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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2014

   April 2014  

Early Speech by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Funny as early speech may sound, don’t exploit the humor of it at your child’s expense. Whenever a new skill emerges, it is at its most raw and tender (remember your first poetry recital?); stuttering and stammering are normal when children are learning to speak. Treat early language with the respect it deserves. It has taken tremendous effort to get there. Say it back correctly if you figure out what it is, but don’t “correct” too much. Be patient. Early language should feel good to both of you, and not because it’s right, but because it is intimate communication between two people who feel deeply connected to each other. Soon she won’t be saying much if her first words always are being corrected.

Choosing a Summer Program

Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

Research has shown that age-appropriate programs like The Goddard School, with specific learning goals and learning and developmental standards, are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:

  • Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity – this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
  • Ask for credentials, experience and training of the teachers/counselors.
  • Check the health and safety practices of the program. Make sure you are comfortable that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs.
  • Inquire about the daily schedule of the program. Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment? Ask how much freedom a child has to choose activities.
  • Ask for references.

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness, Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting Root for Earth, a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities for promoting a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Monday, April 21. On Tuesday, which is also Earth Day, more than 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour to symbolize their commitment for making a difference. The children will enjoy environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25 to Root for Earth with us!

News Items

Open House
April 7-11
9am – 6pm
12916 Stonecreek Dr. Pickerington, OH 43147

Scholastic Book Fair
April 7-11
All Day!

Parent Night Out
April 11
6 – 10pm
The Goddard School of Pickerington

Summer Camp Fair
April 9
6 – 8pm
Heritage Middle School

Root for Earth
April 21-25
All day!
The Goddard School

Contact Us

12916 Stonecreek Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147
www.goddardschool.com
614.866.3494
email: pickeringtonoh@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Pickerington to Host Goddard Community Games Event

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The Goddard School located in Pickerington to Host Goddard Community Games Event

Pickerington, OH(Grassroots Newswire) Feb 4th 2011 — The Goddard School® located in Pickerington is proud to announce it will host the Goddard Community Games to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning.  The event, which will be celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is to be held on Saturday February 5th at 10:00 AM.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Pickerington, will feature an amazing day of playful learning with families and children invited to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the skills 21st Century learners will need to grow and succeed.  Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.

We will help kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally. The pep rally will feature The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they parade through the School; include the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Pickerington; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

“As early childhood educators, we feel that play is crucial to a child’s development,” says Mark Fixari, owner of The Goddard School, located in Pickerington. “We want everyone to understand that play matters and that the time is now for us to stand up and play together! The Goddard Community Games is an inspiring event that will showcase how play is essential to the next generation’s academic, physical and social/emotional health.”

The Goddard Community Games will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including Color Stepping, The Freeze, Clean Mud, and Flying Like a Butterfly. Each hands-on activity will demonstrate the transformative power of play and how it can foster a lifetime of curiosity and discovery.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

Fall Leaves

The Goddard School® located in Pickerington, Ohio, recommends trying new activities with your child!

Materials:

Contact paper (clear)

Colored tissue paper

Permanent marker

Double-sided tape

Scissors

Ruler 

*Children should have adult supervision throughout this activity.

How To:

  1. Cut two pieces of contact paper into 5” X 5” squares.
  2. Place double-sided tape on the dull side of one square and secure the square to a table or flat surface.
  3. Peel off the contact paper backing so the sticky side faces up.
  4. Cut or tear small pieces of different colored tissue paper and place them on the sticky side of the contact paper square until completely covered.
  5. Place the second square on top of the first square (sticky side down) so the tissue paper is sealed between the two contact paper squares.
  6. Trace a leaf shape onto the contact paper squares.
  7. Cut out the shape to make a colorful fall leaf.
  8. Use tape to adhere the leaf to a window where the sun will shine through it!

We Put Safety First

Students at The Goddard School® located in Pickerington, Ohio are protected by state-of-the-art technology.

Many Goddard Schools use state-of-the-art door monitors which utilize 3D hand identification to grant access privileges to specific people at specific times.

  • Biometric hand scanners provide fast and accurate
    identification.
  • These systems eliminate the hassle of access cards and or keys which could be lost or stolen.
  • Detailed logs of successful and unsuccessful usage are kept, including verification of who has had access at any given time.
  • Many systems have customizable group control to only grant access to designated persons.

 

We are very proud to offer high security measures for our families and especially our children.

Pack a Healthy Lunch…that your child will enjoy!

Introduce your children to healthy eating by involving them in the lunch preparation.  Children have a tendency to eat and try new foods that they helped to prepare.  And children who help in the kitchen build their confidence which makes them feel important and proud.

Avoid brown bag boredom and try the following healthy, easy and fun options.  Bonus – your children will want to eat these choices!

Turn lunch into an adventure:

Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters.  Children are more excited about eating a star- or dinosaur-shaped sandwich because it makes the experience fun!  Choose cheese or deli meats to replace breads and cut them into fun shapes, too.

Make lunch fun by including a dip: 

Yogurt is a great dip for fruit.

Provide hummus for veggies. 

Use a variety of ‘sandwich’ options:

Bagels, pita bread, wheat wraps or crackers.

 

Consider packing applesauce or yogurt as a treat in lieu of a ‘sweet’ dessert.

Positive Discipline

Infant GirlThe Difference between Discipline and Punishment

Contrary to popular belief, discipline and punishment are not equal.  Discipline is positive and should prevent the need for punishment.  In fact, the word “discipline” is derived from the Latin “disciplina” which means teaching or education.  Discipline helps to guide children toward positive behavior, promotes self-control, encourages children to think before acting and is not damaging to their self-esteem.  Punishment, on the other hand, is negative – whether physical, verbal, withholding rewards or penalizing.

Positive discipline teaches children rules and behaviors in a respectful, loving and considerate way.  It requires thought, planning and patience from parents and caretakers, such as: 

  • “No, don’t run inside!” becomes, “What happened to our walking feet?  Where do we use our running feet?”  or “We will go outside soon and you can show me how fast you can run.”
  • “No, don’t throw the blocks!” becomes, “When did our blocks grow wings?” or “Let’s try building a castle and see what happens!”

 

Use positive discipline to redirect your child’s behavior, and you validate the legitimacy of your child’s desires and shows you care and understand.  Redirecting endorses your child’s right to choose and begins to teach that others have rights, too.

Children also respond to reasoning – it just needs to be put into their language.

  • ‘Inside feet’ versus ‘outside feet’
  • ‘Soft hands’ versus ‘hard hands’
  • ‘Inside voices’ versus ‘outside voices’

 

Create a Positive Environment

  • Show the love; smile, touch, hold, caress, kiss, cuddle, rock and hug your child!  This will not only make your child feel secure and happy, but is essential for normal social development.
  • Listen and answer as an equal – not as an instructor.  This will help build your child’s self-esteem and foster respect.
  • Spend time with your child every day.  Make time every day to drop everything and play with your child – even if it’s only for a couple of minutes.  Your child will realize they don’t need to have a temper tantrum to gain your attention.
  • Catch your child doing something good – praise and compliment!  “You’re doing a great job feeding yourself and keeping your food on your plate!”
  • Provide simple rules and state them in positive terms. 
  • Demonstrate the behavior you want your child to adopt – actions speak louder than words.

Child’s Play: It’s All in a Day’s Work

In Choosing a Preschool, Experts Recommend Child-Centered Play

With so much information about preschools available to parents, it can be difficult to choose the right program. One approach to evaluating a school that can help parents choose is the level of emphasis on learning through play. For young children, play is the natural way to learn, according to the experts.

In fact, research studies confirm that children who are allowed to play function better later in life, both socially and academically.

“Young children who learn through play are more ready to make their own decisions, advocate for themselves and use creativity to solve problems as they grow,” says Dr. Kyle Pruett, a Yale University child psychiatrist and consultant to the Goddard School, the fastest-growing franchise preschool program in the United States.

Dr. Pruett points out that play helps children learn to solve problems, promotes flexibility and motivation, teaches regulation of emotions and builds resilience and confidence. Play is also essential to the development of the child’s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of the child’s physical world.

Playing alone and with others not only builds brain development, it also helps children develop social skills and a sense of ethics. The most effective play is free of evaluation and correction (after all, throwing a ball shouldn’t be “right” or “wrong”), while promoting autonomy.

“True play is actually hard work,” says Sue Adair, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance at Goddard Systems, Inc. “The child lost in play is exploring infinite possibilities. Caretakers and parents can assist the child’s growth by participating in play and creating an environment that encourages play as a means to meet new developmental challenges.”

So after parents have checked the basics that are required for any preschool, how can they find one with the right emphasis on play?

Adair suggests looking at three things:

· Find a school that puts a priority on learning through play. For young children, play is unstructured and freeing. It’s not about expensive toys, in fact, the simpler the toy, the more ways it can be used by a child developing his or her imagination. Toys and equipment should be carefully chosen, first for safety and then for how they stimulate young imaginations and help children develop.

· Look at the total environment. Environment means having clean, safe and spacious places to play, as well as the resources to provide imaginative, rewarding playtime. It also means a caring and well-trained staff, a critical element for any preschool. “Remember, how children are treated is as critical to their development as what they are taught,” says Dr. Pruett.

· Ask about enrichment programs. Only the best preschools offer special enrichment programs at no extra cost, as part of the tuition. Enrichment programs – including yoga, manners and world cultures, for example – develop the whole child by encouraging their innate curiosity and imagination.

“At the end of the day, parents know they’ve chosen the right child care program when their children are given time for child-centered exploratory play during the day,”

Adair says. “For a child, play isn’t optional. The educational and other benefits of play are so important – in terms of healthy bodies and minds – that parents should put play at the top of their list when comparing preschool programs.”

Outdoor Activities & Park Play with Your Children

A day at the park may seem like ‘just another day,’ but learning and bonding experiences flourish at the park!

 

Pack for Safety

Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, water to wash as well as wipes for hands, sneakers or other closed-toed shoes, a change of clothes or a towel for the seat, small first aid kit for those little scrapes and a small trash bag to keep the earth litter-free are all important.

Expect to Get Dirty

Going outside is about the freedom to explore and the only way to explore is to touch it, and yes, it is dirty – it’s outside! Dirty does not mean ‘germy’. Roll in the grass, stomp in the mud, touch the frog and splash in the puddles.

Infant to Six Months

  • Pack for safety: A blanket to crawl on and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. Be prepared to change diapers on the go.
  • Be prepared to climb and crawl yourself. This is the best way for you to ensure your child’s safety. Watch for items going into your child’s mouth.
  • Hydration: the outside air and activity increases the amount of fluids you both need to consume. And while you’re packing the water, pack a snack.
  • Point, name and describe: As your child explores, point out the details; name objects and talk about your experience.

 

First Steps (12 to 18 months)

  • Pack for safety: Bring a blanket and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. This is not the place for skirts or dresses.
  • Plan for breaks and pack snacks, water and a few books.
  • Dig and touch: Collect items to further explore when you get home.
  • Walk the trail with your little one on a riding toy. Don’t forget the helmet.
  • Park Play Etiquette: If your little one finds a playmate, ask the other parent if both of you may join in the play. Your child will learn to ask for your approval before playing with strangers and the parent of the other child will appreciate this overture.

 

Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)

  • Plot the potty path!
  • Bring balls to throw and kick or bean bags and a bucket.
  • Move beyond the park and walk a trail or explore a nursery. Go to the stream, lake or pond and skip rocks. Turn the rocks over to find creepy, crawly things.
  • No breaks required – but pause for a moment to re-hydrate.
  • Look through binoculars – even two toilet paper tubes offer a new view of the world.
  • Tent it! A pop up tent is an instant playhouse.
  • Take an umbrella and put on your galoshes – take a walk in the light rain.

 

Preschool to Pre-K (36 months +)

  • Lie down and look up: Children like to see the world from a different perspective.
  • Picnic: Let your child be a part of packing the necessities and preparing the sandwiches.
  • Play “I Spy” or “I Hear.”
  • Read or draw under the trees.
  • Bring a magnifying cup for bugs and objects to view. Research your bugs and objects when you return home to learn more about each.

 

Go outside all year long – visit http://www.scdconline.org/PDF_files/weatherwatch.pdf to know what is considered safe outdoor weather for children.

Everyday Moments – Integrating Emotion and Learning III

Family - Father DaughterHere is the finish of a three part series of exerpts from Dr. Kyle Pruitt’s book Me, Myself, and I.  These are ideas for parents to help supplement their own wonderful ideas for interacting everyday and to add to our children’s critical young development.

  • Join your child.  Follow her lead in activities she is already involved in.  Don’t take over – it will turn her off.  But if you want her to learn, become a partner in the exploration she has begun.  Add a ball to hide in the pots and pans scene, or move close and take her hand if she is wary of a dog on a walk.  Don’t instantly rescue (unless safety is an immediate concern) because you will lose one of those interesting moments of tension that could be mastered, leading a child to a wider, more complex understanding of the world.
  • If your child balks at a “learning” moment with you, it could mean you didn’t read the five-second check-in right.  Back up and let your child know you know what she is feeling first.  (“I guess you weren’t quite through,” or “It’s hard to have to stop when you are having fun doing X.”)  When the feeling domain feels appreciated, then the learning domain is less burdened.
  • If your child needs redirection after you have connected with his mood or feeling, ask softly what he might enjoy doing.  If you still have no luck make two suggestions of things he might do and help him choose.  He will probably need some pump-priming from you, since you can manage your own mood apart from his.  Remember, how you are in such moments, is as important as what you do.
  • If it’s important for you to initiate an activity that will bring you pleasure and you know it could be good for your child, like reading or going for a walk, stabilize your own mood first.  Only then can you help your child regulate hers.  Once done, then she can crawl up on your lap or get out the door and learn.  For some kids, it’s the other way around.  But for the majority, in the feeling and learning dance, it isn’t always possible to say who is leading.

Everyday Moments – Integrating Emotion and Learning II

Here are some more exerpts from Dr. Kyle Pruitt’s book, Me, Myself and I.  We want to share these ideas with you to help your everyday moments in a busy workweek. 

  • Nothing beats reading.  Children don’t learn interactive, conversational language from TV because it does not respond to them.  Language and eventually reading are learned from being actively engaged in speaking and reading with others – hearing parents and caregivers talk to each other and waiting for the child to respond.
  • Children learn best in the context of their daily lives and when the amount and kind of stimulation fits their temperament, level of development, interests or preferences, and mood.  Pressure to perform or conform to high expectations can lead to stress that can sabotage learning through burnout and confusion.
  • Young children do not need to be taught how to think.  Science is careening ahead pursuing fascinating findings and ideas about how, even whether, children this age actually do think.  But our ignorance dominates our knowledge embarrassingly.  We are still understanding why they even want to think in the first place.  It is like walking or talking, unfolding in due course when the maturational timekeeper tells the mind-body duality, “Johnny: it’s time?”
  • The five-second check-in.  Since most of us don’t spend our days staring endlessly at our toddlers and preschoolers, it is important that you take a few seconds to assess the mood, or state your child is in before you join in his doings, ask him to do something or simply interrupt him.  This is the feeling state that will determine his ability to understand or comply with whatever you might need, no matter how small.  If you are not tuned in, he probably won’t hear (i.e. learn).

Everyday Moments – Integrating Emotion and Learning

By Dr. Kyle Pruett

Excerpt from Me, Myself and I

 

Just wanted to share a few of these ideas with you.  More of these exerpts will be posted in a few days, so check back often.

Your own ideas about how to integrating emotion and learning in everyday moments with your child are probably better than anything I could advise for you personally.  But here are some ideas and suggestions that might help you customize those ideas.

  • Talk with your child.  Hopefully, you have been doing that since the moment she was born.  Chat with her about what you and she are doing.  She’ll become part of the conversation sooner if you express to her what you love about being a parent.
  • Encourage curiosity and understand that repetition is a good thing for him, boring though it might be for you.  The neurological basis for the insistence on the familiar lies in the fact that when synaptic connections are repeatedly activated by the same stimulation, they become immune from elimination during the brain’s pruning process.  They survive to become permanent neural connections that enhance learning.  So go ahead and do what your child likes – over and over.  This is a good rut to be in.

Simply being nearby and available while your child plays on his own is so important, as is your willingness to interact.  So get down on the floor and stay awhile.  Of course, this is hard for working parents, but the effort is worth it.

Benefits of a High-Quality Preschool Program

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An estimated five million children are in preschool programs, and the number is growing. According to the Families and Work Institute, children benefit from quality programs with competent staff and good ratios. They suffer fewer behavioral troubles, have larger expressive vocabularies, feel close to their teachers, and enjoy more complex, less aggressive play with peers.

A high-quality preschool curriculum sets specific goals and uses learning and developmental standards that are age-appropriate. The curriculum builds on each child’s interests and natural curiosity and also allows them the opportunity to direct their own learning. Whole-class and small group activities as well as opportunities for individual interactions with the teacher are encouraged.

Preschool benefits children, their families and their communities. Children in quality preschool programs show improvements in the development of social skills and are more proficient in areas such as following directions, waiting turns, problem-solving, joining in activities and relating to teachers and parents. These advanced skills improve efficiency in classroom settings which allow teachers to spend more time working directly with children and less time on classroom management.

Studies have shown children that have attended preschool are more likely to do better on standardized tests, graduate high school and earn higher wages as an adult than their peers who did not attend preschool. They are also less likely to repeat a grade, to be arrested for a violent crime or to become teen parents.

At The Goddard School®, children are encouraged to explore learning centers including art, math, science and computers; to ask questions; and to take time making friends and socializing. The school focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation for each child and encourages them to develop at their own pace while supported by a team of dedicated teachers.

The Goddard School FLEX Learning Program™, based on the latest research in how children learn and designed with the assistance of experts, provides the optimal environment for the development of young children. The program’s foundation is the learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines with formative assessments, child-focused lesson plans, a creative and fun environment and a personalized child-centered approach that meets each child’s needs.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Pickerington Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

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The Goddard School® located in Pickerington Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

Pickerington, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) March 22nd, 2010 – The Goddard School located in Pickerington is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2010 Earth Hour for the second year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour.

The Goddard School located in Pickerington, will join 360 Goddard Schools nationwide to help spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard School located in Pickerington will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 22nd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 26th at 10 a.m., a day before the global event.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and children to get creative in ’stepping up’ awareness about saving energy and the environment,” says Shayne Fixari, owner of The Goddard School, located in Pickerington. “Joining Earth Hour enables our students to learn an important lesson and get the message out to their families and in their communities.” 

Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. The Goddard School located in Pickerington will integrate learning about the environment into art projects, science lessons and even snack time! Classes will nominate an official “Lightning Bug,” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. Students will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.

On March 26th, The Goddard School located in Pickerington will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will show off their projects and accomplishments about lessons in resource conservation, creative recycled art, a child designed style show, and other expressions of earth awareness.   Then, at 10 a.m., schools will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.
 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times for the second consecutive year (October 2008), Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 39 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 80 million Americans and 318 cities officially voted for action with their light switch. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.  International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Pickerington Earns Top HonorColumbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Sixth Year in a Row

 

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The Goddard School® Located in Pickerington Earns Top Honor

Columbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Sixth Year in a Row

Pickerington, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 12/22/09 — The Goddard School located at 12916 Stone Creek Drive, N.W., in Pickerington has recently earned the Consumers’ Choice Award™ (CCA). The consumer-driven award was established in 1986 to identify and promote business excellence.

Each year the CCA commissions a survey in which consumers are asked to identify their preferred businesses. The criteria considered include value, professionalism and service. Award recipients represent a wide variety of businesses who are product and service providers to the business community and the general public. The recipients of the CCA include local, national and international businesses.

“We’re proud to earn this award of excellence from CCA and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards for the sixth year in a row,” said Shayne and Mark Fixari, owners of The Goddard School located at 12916 Stone Creek Drive, N.W., in Pickerington. “Receiving the CCA demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.”

“Parents look to The Goddard School for quality childcare and receiving the CCA recognition is a third-party testimonial that supports our philosophy, Goddard FLEX Learning Program™ and attention to the health and well-being of the children in our care,” says Sue Adair, director of education and quality assurance at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School.

The Goddard School located on Stone Creek Drive opened in September of 1999. The school accommodates 132 children, ages from six weeks to ten-years-old. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Shayne or Mark directly at (614) 866-3494 to arrange a personal appointment.

 About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 350+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. 

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In The News: 10th Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®School Hosting Open House with Visiting Author

 

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10th Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®
School Hosting Open House with Visiting Author

Pickerington, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) November 11, 2009 — The Goddard School located at 12916 Stonecreek Drive in Pickerington celebrates their 10th Anniversary!

An open house is planned for Thursday November 12th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
“We are eager to celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” says Shayne Fixari, owner of The Goddard School located at 12916 Stonecreek Drive in Pickerington.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including a visit from Dr. Robin Beran, local author of the children’s book “Axel Visits the Shoe”, and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and the convenience of extended hours from 6:45 AM to 6:00 PM.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Wanda Hunter or Katie Thielman directly to arrange a personal appointment 614-866-3494. 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. 

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In The News: Goddard Children Donate to Pickerington Public LibraryThe Goddard School in Pickerington at 12916 Stonecreek Drive recently held a carnival in house hoping to benefit the Pickerington Public Libra

 

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Contact: 
Mark and Shayne Fixari
Owners
The Goddard School
614-866-3494
pickeringtonoh@goddardschools.com

Goddard Children Donate to Pickerington Public Library

Pickerington, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) October 15, 2009 –The Goddard School in Pickerington at 12916 Stonecreek Drive recently held a carnival in house hoping to benefit the Pickerington Public Library.  The community was invited as well as Goddard parents and children.  The families and teachers enjoyed many games, a bake sale, face painting, fun food items, and raffle drawings.

The school had a terrific turnout and everyone was amazed at the amount of money generated, even with tickets ranging from 25 to 50 cents.  A very large check for 533 dollars was presented to Suellen Goldsberry, Director of the Pickerington Public Library, by our owner Shayne Fixari, Wanda Hunter, Director of the school and, Katie Thielman, Assistant Director, along with some of the children.

Thanks to the Pickerington community and The Goddard School for the much needed generous contribution to our local library!
 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. 

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Pickerington is having Carnival!

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Wanda Hunter or Heather Welsh
The Goddard School® located in Pickerington 
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The Goddard School located in Pickerington is having Carnival!
Local preschool offers event for community

Pickerington, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) August 17th, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years, located at 12916 Stonecreek Dr NW, Pickerington OH 43147  is hosting Carnival Open House on August 20th, 2009 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.


Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. All carnival proceeds to benefit the Pickerington Public Library.  Families will also receive $250 off first month’s tuition  when they enroll by August 20th, 2009.


On-site owners, Mark and Shayne Fixari, along with their Education Directors, Wanda Hunter and Heather Welsh, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00am – 6:00pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.


Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Heather or Wanda directly to arrange a personal appointment at 614-866-3494.


About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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In The News: The Goddard School located in Pickerington is having an Author Visit!Local preschool offers event for community

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Contact:
Rosie Berman
The Goddard School® located in Pickerington 
614-866-3494
pickeringtonoh@goddardschools.com


The Goddard School located in Pickerington is having an Author Visit!
Local preschool offers event for community

Pickerington, OH (Grassroots Newswire) March 23, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to Kindergarten, located at 12916 Stonecreek Dr.   is hosting an Author Visit Open House on March 26th, 2009 from 9:00am to 7:30pm.


Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. We will available for tours, answer questions regarding our summer program, and get the chance to meet to famous author, Constance McGeorge. She will be reading one of her stories as well as signing books. Books will be available for purchase.  Families will also receive free registration  when they enroll by March 26th, 2009.


On-site owner, Shayne Fixari, along with her Education Director, Rosie Berman, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00am-6:00pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.


Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Rosie Berman directly to arrange a personal appointment at 614-866-3494.


About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.



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