Franchise Opportunity Rating
Review completed: August 2019
$750,000 - $2,000,000
$712,800 - $786,100
1016 W. 9th Ave
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Contact: Jeff Travitz, CFE
Phone: 800.272.4901 x209
Email: [email protected]
In 1988, entrepreneur Anthony A. Martino established The Goddard School preschool franchise to deliver a high-quality, play-based learning program to families throughout the United States. Since then, we have grown into an institution that parents and families trust, reaching more than 70,000 students in more than 525 Schools in 38 states.
As Goddard Schools open across the country, we continue to use the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.
Actual owner reviews from our third party, independent surveys.
"We appreciate the new curricular resources and the overall training options. The GSU trainers are top quality and the subjects of training webinars are 'right on' topics that apply to teachers needs."
Gordon, Overall Brand Rating: 86
"I believe that Goddard's reputation is good across the country. I feel like that my FBC is accessible and will listen to my concerns and help me with tasks. I like Goddard Connect and the resources that I can access on the site. I feel like the company does a good job to get other franchisees connected across the country."
Brooks, Overall Brand Rating: 72
"They are interested in providing a strong school experience for all of their customers. My Franchisor works to recruit individuals who care about what each franchisor is doing and will work to bring us to the next level."
Denise, Overall Brand Rating: 72
The typical Goddard School owner is a successful businessperson who is too young to retire, weary of corporate life and eager to run a business of his or her own. The best part is that no prior teaching or childcare experience is necessary. All you really need is the drive and commitment to run a successful school.
If you are an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces purchasing your first franchise, we will reduce the initial license fee by $20,000.
Owning a Goddard School franchise has many benefits, including investing in the nation’s leading childcare brand, making a lasting impact on your community and gaining the opportunity to earn a significant living while enjoying the flexibility of running your own business.
No education experience is needed to open a Goddard School franchise. Our team will teach you the skills you need to operate a high-quality preschool.
In addition, we offer the following support systems:
Goddard Systems University: Developed specifically for Goddard School teachers and directors, Goddard Systems University (GSU) provides training for your faculty at no additional charge.
Operational Support: Franchise business consultants from our Operations team are available by email, phone and scheduled in-person visits to advise franchisees and provide ongoing support with the operation of your business.
Education Support: Our team of education support specialists makes scheduled in-person visits to each School to work with the School on the implementation of its education program, and can provide requested additional professional development training for faculty at no extra cost.
Marketing, Advertising and PR Support: Our Marketing, Advertising and & Public Relations Department develops all the marketing and advertising materials and executes national and regional campaigns on your behalf in digital, social and traditional media. Our team also collaborates with you to execute campaigns in your local community.
IT Support: The Goddard School Franchise uses a proprietary online system to help you manage the business. Our in-house IT and help desk teams support all Goddard School technological systems by phone and email.
GSI’s dual-management approach means that every School is co-led by an on-site franchisee and an education director who work together to make sure every family enjoys a warm, positive experience. While the franchisee runs the day-to-day business and is available for the children, their families and the faculty every day, the education director is responsible for the curriculum, programming and teacher development. The Education Director sets the stage in preparing children for success in school and in life and ensures that children achieve genuine learning through play that is lovingly guided by highly trained teachers.
Getting the word out about your Goddard School is crucial for lead generation and enrollment. Our Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Department develops all the marketing and advertising materials and executes national and regional campaigns on your behalf in digital, social and traditional media. Our team also collaborates with you to execute campaigns in your local community.
A day in the life of a Goddard School franchisee is all about building relationships. From connecting with Goddard families to communicating with faculty and staff to collaborating with GSI support employees, our franchisees are busy making connections. With support from the Education Director, as well as help from dedicated Franchise Business Consultants and other members of the GSI team, Goddard School franchisees have the ability to create a flexible schedule to enjoy the work-life balance they’re looking for.
The following are the minimum requirements for opening a Goddard School franchise:
Our finance team ensures that the loan process for each franchisee goes as smoothly as possible. At the most frequently used financial institutions, we have one point of contact who knows The Goddard School model. This means that franchisees work with an experienced professional who has helped other Goddard School franchisees.
Mature Goddard Schools reported an average EBITDA of $373,321 in 2018*. In addition, Goddard Schools have reported a monthly increase in revenue year-over-year for the past nine years!
*Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. The average is based on 2018 results of Schools open more than 18 months, as stated in Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document. 196 of 458 (42.6%) of franchises in this group did as well or better than the average. Your individual results may vary. There is no assurance you’ll earn as much.
Times can vary depending on location, but new Goddard School locations typically open within 18 to 24 months. However, GSI currently has a limited selection of immediate franchise opportunities in markets across the country with pre-approved locations, which can expedite the site selection process. One GSI advantage is a dedicated real estate team that works with you every step of the way to help you identify prime Goddard School locations. From there, one of our expert project managers will assist you with the development and construction phases of your Goddard School.