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First Time Parenting

First Time Parenting

By Dr. Kyle Pruett

Becoming a parent is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. There are countless surprises in the event itself, even if you are in the minority of parents who were able to thoughtfully plan whether and when this should happen to you. Parenting is an important job we feel must be done well, which makes it all the more uncomfortable to feel so clueless about what’s happening to you, your marriage and your body. Moms are supposed to ’just know’ what to do, and fathers are supposed to ‘just know’ how to help them. Neither of these maxims helps much because they are mostly wrong and arcane. And if you are an adult when you become a parent, you are accustomed to knowing what to do as you work your way through your daily life – it’s probably been a while since you felt this inept, sacrificed this much sleep, effort and confidence and all for what – a few gassy smiles and some drool?

A few noteworthy first timer tips:

* The ‘sensory surprise’ is my phrase for what catches many moms and dads off guard early on; holding the naked baby next to your skin (which is a very good thing to do) is calming and soothing for both you and the baby. Who knew? This touching, smelling, caressing stuff helps us find each other as sensory beings in this way too verbal world. This is especially true for dads who have been in the cheap seats for the physical/sensory aspects of the gestation.

* The ‘vocal surprise’ follows. When was the last time you found yourself singing or humming to anyone who would listen? Babies listen intently and seem to have an appetite for the human voice when it’s playing with sounds as in rhythmic speech, singing or cooing. Don’t hold back. This is the vocal equivalent of skin-to-skin cuddling and is just as enriching for both of you.

* The next ‘surprise’ for the first timer might be the magical effect of swaddling on a fussy baby. Firmly but tenderly securing the babies arms and legs in the swaddling blanket keeps the baby warm and secure and is an important thing to learn how to do well. It seems to automatically comfort most babies and makes you feel like you know what you’re doing – especially important for first-time dads.

* Two-thirds of his/her early life will be devoted to sleep, lumped into three-or four-hour segments at first. Sleeping through the night will come, but stomach capacities of the newborn aren’t initially adequate to this task. So get yourself informed about what to expect, problem-solving with your nurse/pediatrician ahead of time. Sleep issues are among the thorniest for first timers, so listen to the seasoned pros about whether to sweat or not.

* First time parents are often accompanied by first time grandparents. Here are a few tips for the first time grandparent:

o Ask permission before rattling off advice. Egos are a little raw just now, so make sure you aren’t overstepping family boundaries.

o Support the parents, both of them. Show them your tricks only if asked; this child is theirs, not yours.

o Don’t expect much attention or entertainment when helping out.

o When you help, help them both. Helping your child’s partner is helping your child raise your grandchild.

Could We All Be Bullies?

Could We All Be Bullies?

By Dr. Kyle Pruett

With everything on its mind, why did our federal government initiate an anti-bullying campaign on behalf of children this past fall? [Stop Bullying Now (www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/)]

The majority of American parents have become increasingly worried about the probability that their children will be bullied, and they’ve begun to ask for solutions. A recent Harris poll found that two-thirds of parents worry that their preschool/kindergarten children will be bullied. Though bullying has been a part of human experience since before recorded time, our shrinking world increases its presence and possibly forecasts an increased toll to our children. My grandparents believed, ‘what didn’t break you, made you stronger’; today, we’re a little more worried about the ‘breaking’ coming before the ‘strengthening’ – especially among our youngsters.

Bullying is a problematic, but not inevitable, part of human interpersonal business. It differs from the usual scrapes and chafes of everyday life because of its intentional nature. Toddlers and preschoolers are busy working on their unique sense of self, using newly learned personal pronouns to announce what’s theirs. This includes their toys, body parts and random objects that catch the eye (see Toddler Property Laws in my book, ‘Me, Myself and I’). So, when someone unknowingly violates one of these property laws, ‘No, mine!’ gets screamed and a brief, small (in the scheme of things) social encounter of an aggressive nature may occur. A parent or teacher usually handles such incidents with some helpful words and – it’s on with the day.

Bullying, however, is an intentional, aggressive act – social or physical – with the sole aim of intimidating a peer. Such acts happen daily on the margins of adult supervision and as such are witnessed by most peers. Most of the children we know have either been a perpetrator, victim or bystander – since as long as they can remember, these three jobs may even be a continuum.

We are born with a drive to master the world around us, and a portion of selfishness and aggression seems to be part of everyone’s tool kit. Parents begin early by helping their children get the ‘dosage’ right, helped along by culture and society’s expectations. One of nature’s partners in this process is the innate capacity for empathy which shows up, developmentally, in the middle of the second year of life. Remember the toddler offering (temporarily) his binky or blankie to a sad friend? How do we get from there to Michele Anthony’s descriptions of the painful social bullying in her Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades – in just a few short years? Well, we could go on forever, but in this article’s worth of advice, I know parents are pretty sure they’d like to strengthen their child’s defenses against distressing stuff.

Supporting an early drive to care for one another is the winning strategy. The brain –and its hormonal partners- treat acts of kindness and caring with the same special care as it does warm human relationships. The ‘relationship hormone’, oxytocin, increases whenever such acts are performed, improving our capacity to regulate our emotions and get our aggression and selfishness under control. If parents can ‘catch’ their children in small acts of kindness and add a few words to explain why this feels good – to them and to the child, and why they value it so highly – resilience to bullying when parents are not around is under construction.

Speaking up about how we treat each other is an especially powerful tool in anti-bullying strategies because it has the power of majority. Bullying feeds on our silence. Let’s help each other and our children find our voices.

Age Appropriate Fitness

Age Appropriate Fitness

Focusing your child’s physical fitness on fun activities will increase your child’s ability to move with confidence and competence. Exercise increases overall metabolism, builds a healthy heart and lungs, strong bones and muscles, and improves coordination, balance, posture and flexibility.

Infant

Encourage babies to explore activities that allow for reaching, rolling, sitting, crawling, pulling themselves up and walking. ‘Tummy Time’ is the perfect opportunity for babies to practice lifting their heads and develop strong muscles. Placing toys just out of reach encourages babies to reach for the toys, assisting in physical development.

First Steps/Toddler

Support young toddlers mastery of walking by allowing them to be active! Play with them as they learn to run, hop, dance and throw. Have them chase bubbles or invent a silly walk – play becomes exercise. Remember to always provide encouragement to toddlers as they build self-confidence.

Preschool +

Preschoolers need plenty of time and space to run around and play. Taking your child to a playground or park is a great way to release energy and exercise! Encourage creative dancing and riding scooters and tricycles. Play ‘Statues’ by playing up-tempo music. Have your child move while the music is playing and freeze into a statue when you pause it. Play outside with your child and teach hand-eye coordination by showing the basics of throwing, catching and kicking a large, soft ball.

Back to School Prep

Back to School Prep

Parents can help make the “back to school” transition much smoother for their child if they prepare in advance. Try to add activities or planned outings to your child’s day. This structure helps prepare them to be on a schedule when they return to the classroom. If the child will be going to a new school, parents may want to schedule a visit with their child before the first day. Consider taking your child on a fun shopping trip where they can help pick out their clothes, lunchbox and supplies.

Ensuring your child has adequate sleep and proper nutrition is very important. Your child will do their best if they get to sleep early and eat a healthy breakfast each day before school. A daily diet of junk food is not compatible with learning. It can cause listlessness and hyperactivity which can impair a child’s ability to learn. Skipping breakfast especially is a detriment to a child’s education.

Adjust your child’s sleep schedule a few weeks in advance to help avoid struggling to get them out of bed for school. Set up a consistent daily routine so that your child wakes up and goes to sleep at the same times each day. If you have not created one already, start a bedtime routine, including bathing, selecting clothes for the next day, cuddling together for a bedtime story and a kiss goodnight. Begin a regular morning routine that includes a healthy breakfast, packing a nutritious lunch, grooming and getting dressed for the day.

Fathering

Fathering

by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D

One of the principal behavior changes of American parents in the last generation centers on the wish that fathers be more involved day-to-day with their children. My research on the issue of whether or not this is a good thing comes to two firm conclusions: 1) children raised by involved dads are thriving, healthy kids, and 2) fathers do not mother any more than mothers father.

So, what is unique about the way men parent, and does it matter to children?

* Fathers roughhouse with their kids right from the beginning more than mothers. This is interesting to children, they respond to it, and even seek it out. It helps to build physical confidence in boys and girls.

* Fathers allow frustration to build to elevated levels before intervening when their children are mastering something new. It turns out that dads think this helps children learn to handle frustration at manageable levels – preparing them for life’s uneven playing field. They are right.

* Fathers may give their children more leeway in new circumstances while mothers tend to stay physically closer to their children in the park or at the mall. Dads want children to explore. Children tend to like it, and learn independence from it.

* Fathers use more real-world consequences to discipline whereas mothers use more social-relationship consequences. Children who receive both integrate them well, giving them a stronger sense of internal control and self-discipline than children with uninvolved or absent dads.

* Kids with involved dads – dads who have fed, changed diapered, bathed, and comforted (with the support of their spouses) – do better in school, have higher self-confidence, use less violent problem-solving themselves, and have stronger verbal skills.

Children can distinguish the voice of their father from their mother at birth – and their handling styles at six weeks. Any questions? Just ask the kids what they think of fathering.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Four Ways to Encourage Gratitude

Four Ways to Encourage Gratitude

Teaching children how to be grateful is important. Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board, offers four tips on how to encourage gratitude.

1. Regularly express your own thankfulness verbally. Saying things such as “We are very lucky to have grandma nearby” or “I’m thankful to have a son like you in my life” or “Your dad made that so easy for all of us” can help demonstrate the appreciation you have for the people around you.

2. Express gratitude behaviorally. Take a casserole to a neighbor who has been kind or needs some extra help for whatever reason—even better if the children help you make it. When the hand-me-down toys end their cycle, make a thrift store run with the children in tow.

3. Make generosity part of your family’s routine. When seasons change, collect clothes from everyone’s closet to donate or take canned goods to the local soup kitchen.

4. Take the children along on community fundraising activities, runs, walks, etc. Explain to them why this matters to you. Make sure your children meet the organizers and understand the purpose; if it’s personal, it’s remembered.

Four Ways to Help Children Fall Asleep

Four Ways to Help Children Fall Asleep

Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board, offers four ways to help children fall asleep.

1. Improve the odds of bedtime going smoothly by not starting the lessons until the child reaches four to six months of age. Starting too early will teach your child to cry, not to sleep.

2. Be patient and give the process time to work. It takes adults an average of 20 minutes to fall asleep, even though we’ve done it thousands of times, and that’s when our sleep hygiene is working reasonably well. Many adults, especially parents, need a bit more time to fall asleep. Keep in mind that children may experience similar challenges.

3. Some crying is nearly universal at bedtime. Putting your child to bed when already asleep to avoid the crying might cause him to be disoriented when he wakes up in the night, which he will surely do. You’ll be up yet again because he hasn’t learned how to put himself back to sleep, just to cry for you.

4. Through your routine, children will learn what happens next, so put them down when they get drowsy, sit down near them, using occasional light touch and your voice to soothe when the pacifier pops out and they have to put out the effort to find it, which is just what you want to them to be able to do in the middle of the night. It’s the wise parent who then says goodnight softly and leaves the room. Some crying may ensue, so wait for a few moments beyond what you think you can stand, then go back in briefly to reassure the child (and yourself) in the softest voice and touch you can manage. In a matter of weeks, research reassures us that your small student will be on the path to being able to fall back to sleep on his or her own.

DIY Banana Chips

DIY Banana Chips

Many store-bought banana chips are loaded with added sugar and fat. Follow these simple instructions to make healthy banana chips at home.

Ingredients:

* 1 ripe banana

* Lemon juice (optional)

Slice the banana (or bananas, depending on how many chips you want) into 1/8-inch-thick rounds, and lay them on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees F for two to three hours or until golden. Then let the chips harden at room temperature. Enjoy them as is or serve with nut butter. For an extra kick of sweetness, brush lemon juice on the banana slices before baking.

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Five Benefits of Imaginative Play

Five Benefits of Imaginative Play

Imaginative play benefits the growth of the cerebellum. This part of the brain is “responsible for key cognitive functions such as attention, language processing, sensing musical rhythms, and more” (Brown & Vaughan, 2009, p. 34). Here are five other benefits of imaginative play for children.

1. Play fosters the development of imagination. Imaginative play encourages children to be anything they want to be. This anything-goes thinking allows them to come up with ideas that they might not think about in a more structured environment.

2. It encourages the development of problem-solving skills. Problem solving requires the ability to think creatively. Imaginative play involves experimenting with different activities, such as building with blocks or sculpting with modeling clay (White, 2015). Engaging in these playful activities helps children become more creative, which gives them the ability to solve different problems (Roskos & Christie, 2000).

3. Play allows a child to fail without consequences. For example, when children play house, they imagine themselves as parents or spouses. They learn from those scenarios without dealing with negative consequences. Imaginative play, in other words, gives children the freedom to fail and try again without feeling defeated

(Lillemyr, 2009).

4. It encourages social-emotional development. When pretending to be, say, a mother or a father, the child must imagine being in that person’s shoes. As a result, the child learns to interact and think about things as a parent, which helps the child become empathetic and practice language that is more in a parent’s vocabulary than a child’s.

5. It helps children unwind. Unstructured imaginative play gives children the opportunity to be in their own world for a while without worrying about anything except playing and having fun.

References

Brown, S., & Vaughan, C. (2009). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. New York, NY: Avery.

Lillemyr, O. F. (2009). Taking play seriously: Children and play in early childhood education—An exciting challenge. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Roskos, K. A., & Christie, J. F. (2000). Play and literacy in early childhood: Research from multiple perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

White, R. E. (2015). The power of play: A research summary on play and learning. Retrieved from http://www.childrensmuseums.org/images/MCMResearchSummary.pdf

Four Steps to Creating a Beautiful Children’s Library in Your Home

Four Steps to Creating a Beautiful Children’s Library in Your Home

When it comes to your home, every child’s personal library should be a happy place to retreat to. Refreshing your child’s library space isn’t a lengthy process, and it can be done quickly. If your child’s library is collecting dust or is simply needing a makeover, try these four tips to start building a beautiful children’s library right in your own home.

Clean out the clutter. A fresh start is often the best way to inspire a new vibe to your reading area at home. Remove all the books from the shelf and start to sift through them. Divide the books into two piles, books your children read often and ones they do not read often. You can toss out the books your children have outgrown or never touched; put them in a bag and donate them or give them to family or friends.

Always add new books to your children’s collection: Board books, concept books, fairy tales, picture books, rhythmic books and early readers. Figure out what you don’t have and explore from there. Make sure you have an assortment of various books so you can build a multifaceted collection for your children. Try to incorporate pieces that have a range of difficulty levels, an assortment of genres and a diversity of cultures and authors. In this way, when one of your children is in the mood for a different type of book to read, there will be many options.

Make their library fun and inviting with a warm atmosphere. Consider relocating the library to a place where it will get the most use. Whether it’s in their bedroom, playroom or family room, you want your children to be able to feel they can easily access their home library and stay a while. Motivate them to search and grab by putting books low on the shelf or at their eye level so they can take books easily and often. Don’t forget to create a reading nook with a comfy chair, bean bag or a soft rug for an inviting space for them to lounge and hang out once they have found books to delve into.

Continue to nurture the collection and reading space. As your children grow, continue to keep their library relevant, up to date and aesthetically pleasing. Clean out and add new books as their interests and reading levels change over time. Continue to add to their collection. Don’t be afraid to swap out old furniture, artwork and decor to keep them interested and curious. You always want to keep them fascinated about exploring their space. Sometimes rearranging and adding a few great books is all that’s needed.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Participated in Lake County Humane Society Donation Drive

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Participated in Lake County Humane Society Donation Drive

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 14, 2014 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Drive in Concord Township was the host to an educational canine from the Lake County Humane Society on February 14, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250, ages six weeks to six years old. 

“We were all delighted to see the dog and be able to pet and snuggle him,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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Eloise scooting closer to the doggy!

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in a Lake Humane Society Donation Drive

 

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in a Lake Humane Society Donation Drive

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 13, 2014 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Township will be the host to the representatives of the Lake County Humane Society on February 14, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am. During the past few weeks, the infant rooms have been collecting monetary donations along with items off of the Humane Society’s wish list.

On Valentine’s Day, staff members from the Humane Society will be visiting the school with an education canine for the children to meet. They will take all the donations back to the Humane Society for the animals to enjoy. The babies have expressed a true love for furry friends in the past few weeks, sparking the teachers to encourage the Goddard community to reach out to our local humane society. The children have brought in pictures of their own pets to share with their class, and they are overjoyed to see their pet’s picture hanging on the wall throughout the day. The three infant rooms have decorated a bandana to give to the education canine when he comes to visit. So far, we have raised $400 within just 4 classrooms! The children love animals of all kinds, and it’s important to teach them at a young age to be kind and gentle to nature and animals.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002  and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250, ages six weeks to six years old. 

“We are all delighted to raise money and items of need for such a great cause!” says Turk.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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The babies made a colorful bandana to give to the educational canine that will be visiting our school from the Lake County Humane Society on Friday, February 14, 2014.

The babies made a colorful bandana to give to the educational canine that will be visiting our school from the Lake County Humane Society on Friday, February 14, 2014.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Particiated in a 2013 Giving Tree

 

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Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Particiated in a 2013 Giving Tree

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) December 19, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Township was the host to a 2013 Giving tree drive in the beginning of December. 

2013 Giving Tree

This year we would like to designate our Giving Tree to help meet the needs of the Mobile Health Clinics in Chogoria, Kenya.

Since 2009, a Global Health Fellow has been working at Village Hopecore in Chogoria offering technical expertise and management skills to the health program. Haylee Barbo, the 2013-2014 Global Health Fellow, began her tenure in July, eager to begin her career upon graduating with a Masters in Public Health, concentrating on global health and specifically epidemiology. While in Chogoria, Halyee is implementing and supervising public health programs; she is also able to use her analytic schools to monitor, evaluate, and measure impact of these programs. For this school year she intends to liaise with community leaders to strengthen linkages between VHI and local churches, schools, ministries, and other youth organizations. Haylee will also contribute in the short and long term to the establishment of standards as well as the realization of high-quality water sanitation, and hygiene practices in all of Eastern Kenya.

The Mobile Health Clinic in Chogoria serves over 64 schools and over 19,000 students in Maara District of Eastern Kenya. A team of two community health workers and two nurses treat sick children as well as provide every student with de-worming medication and anti fungal creams (common infections in this part of the world). The water, sanitation, and hygiene program benefits over 27,000 students by providing all students, with treated water and hand washing stations on the school grounds; thus, our need for hand soap and hand sanitizer.

The malaria prevention program educates parents and teachers on the importance of malaria prevention in the home and also distributes treated mosquito, bed nets to all students (kindergarten-grade 8). The sexual and reproductive health program educates youth in the schools and out of school and provides free testing, counseling, and treatment of STIs. 

The dental hygiene pilot project will begin in January, in one school. Most kids do not receive their first tooth brush until high school and therefore have no dental hygiene prior to the 9th grade. The aim is to educate elementary age school children on the importance of dental hygiene and provide them with a tooth brush to use every morning at school. The idea is that this brush will be left at school and teachers will be supervising children as they brush their teeth every morning. They will also be adding two additional projects in December and January. One will provide free education, counseling, testing, and treatment to commercial sex workers in the area, who are at a very high risk for contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS and the other is a vision project, one in which students in primary schools will be given eye tests so that they can further provide them with assistance in the classroom and eyeglasses.

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Giving Tree Instructions:

*Take an ornament.

*Purchase the item and place it in the designated boxes.

*Please return all purchased items to school by Monday, December 16th

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The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250, ages six weeks to six years. 

“We were all ecstatic to see the amount of donations brought in by our families,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from , 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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2013 Giving Tree Donations

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in annual Giving Tree

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in annual Giving Tree

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) December 11, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Township will be the host to Giving Tree on December 2-16, 2013.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to six years old. 

“We all delighted to help out such a great cause in Kenya,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

2013 Giving Tree

This year we would like to designate our Giving Tree to help meet the needs of the Mobile Health Clinics in Chogoria, Kenya. 

Since 2009, a Global Health Fellow has been working at Village Hopecore in Chogoria offering technical expertise and management skills to the health program. Haylee Barbo, the 2013-2014 Global Health Fellow, began her tenure in July, eager to begin her career upon graduating with a Masters in Public Health, concentrating on global health and specifically epidemiology. While in Chogoria, Halyee is implementing and supervising public health programs; she is also able to use her analytic schools to monitor, evaluate, and measure impact of these programs. For this school year she intends to liaise with community leaders to strengthen linkages between VHI and local churches, schools, ministries, and other youth organizations. Haylee will also contribute in the short and long term to the establishment of standards as well as the realization of high-quality water sanitation, and hygiene practices in all of Eastern Kenya.

The Mobile Health Clinic in Chogoria serves over 64 schools and over 19,000 students in Maara District of Eastern Kenya. A team of two community health workers and two nurses treat sick children as well as provide every student with de-worming medication and anti fungal creams (common infections in this part of the world). The water, sanitation, and hygiene program benefits over 27,000 students by providing all students, with treated water and hand washing stations on the school grounds; thus, our need for hand soap and hand sanitizer.

The malaria prevention program educates parents and teachers on the importance of malaria prevention in the home and also distributes treated mosquito, bed nets to all students (kindergarten-grade 8). The sexual and reproductive health program educates youth in the schools and out of school and provides free testing, counseling, and treatment of STIs. 

The dental hygiene pilot project will begin in January, in one school. Most kids do not receive their first tooth brush until high school and therefore have no dental hygiene prior to the 9th grade. The aim is to educate elementary age school children on the importance of dental hygiene and provide them with a tooth brush to use every morning at school. The idea is that this brush will be left at school and teachers will be supervising children as they brush their teeth every morning. They will also be adding two additional projects in December and January. One will provide free education, counseling, testing, and treatment to commercial sex workers in the area, who are at a very high risk for contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS and the other is a vision project, one in which students in primary schools will be given eye tests so that they can further provide them with assistance in the classroom and eyeglasses.

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Giving Tree Instructions:

*Take an ornament.

*Purchase the item (hand sanitizers, hand soap, toothbrushes, ect.) and place it in the designated boxes.

*Please return all purchased items to school by Monday, December 16th

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The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participated in a Harvest for Hunger Food Drive

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp., OH

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participated in a Harvest for Hunger Food Drive

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) December 4, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. was the host to Harvest for Hunger Food Drive on November 4-15, 2013.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk. The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to six years old. 

“We were all delighted to bring in non-perishable items for this food drive,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The school had a friendly competition to see which classroom could donate the most amount of food items. The winner was the Infant 3 classroom with 194+ individual food items. As the winners of the competition, the Infant 3 classroom received new children’s books to add to their classroom library. As a school, our total donation weighed in at 725 pounds!!!!

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: A Day in the Life

 

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The Goddard School
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A Day in the Life

….of a student at The Goddard School

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) September 11, 2013 — The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH presents A Day in the Life.

Parents now have the chance to head back to school and experience what it’s like during a typical day at The Goddard School. The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH is excited to announce A Day in the Life. From morning meeting to snack time, to music & movement to interest center time, parents will get a lesson on what it’s like to really to a student at The Goddard School.
 
“A Day in the Life offers parents a first-hand look at what their child does every day,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH. “This event will showcase how activities for social, physical and creative play development can be woven into a day of learning and fun.”
 
Throughout the morning, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even Sign Language. By participating in the event, parents can discover how The Goddard School can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities for learning. 
 
On September 24, 2013 The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH will host A Day in the Life from 9:00am-11:00am. The event will be open to both current and interested families. To RSVP, please call 440-350-1333.
 

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital New Toy Drive

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital New Toy Drive

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) September 11, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Township will be the host to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital New Toy Drive on September 9-18, 2013. Faculty, students and parents alike are pulling together to collect and purchase new toys for the children at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. We are anticipating an abundance of new toys that will be delivered to Rainbow’s on Thursday, September 19, 2013. 

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250, ages six weeks to 6 years old. 

“We are all delighted to particpate in such a rewarding event,” says Turk. 

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Participated in St. Jude's Trike-a-thon!

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Participated in St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon!

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 16, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Drive in Concord Township was the host to St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon on July 16, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to ten years old. 

Leading up to the event, our classrooms were full of talk regarding bike and street safety. Our students participated by asking their families, neighbors and community members to donate money for the Trike-a-thon. They were then able to bring in their bike and helmet to school today and ride within the designated area. We even had a few bike races! Today we raised over $1300 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We couldn’t be more proud of the energy and excitement displayed by both our students and families alike! 

“We were all delighted to contribute to such a great cause,” says Turk. “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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Olivia and Paige racing through the designated area for the Trike-a-thon.
On your Mark, Get Set, GO! (The Pre-K class getting ready for the Trike-a-thon!)

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp., OH participates in St. Jude's Trike-a-thon!

 

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 Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp., OH
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp., OH participates in St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon!

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) July 10, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Township will be the host to St.Jude’s Trike-a-thon on Tuesday, July 16th from 10:00am to 11:00pm.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to six years.

For the past few years we have showed our support for St. Jude’s by hosting a Trike-a-thon at our school. The St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon is a fun program that introduces children to proper trike and riding-toy safety habits. It educates parents about the importance of riding-toy safety and also serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude. For the past few years we have participated in the St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon, helping raise money for the patients of St. Jude. Since its inception, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates of childhood cancers from less than 20% to 80% today. The funds we raise with St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon help St. Jude treat the world’s sickest children battling cancer and other deadly diseases for free.

“We are all delighted to participate in this Trike-a-thon fundraiser for such a great cause ,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Local Teacher Named Teacher of the Year

 

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Tina Turk
On-site Owner
The Goddard School
(440) 350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Local Teacher Named Teacher of the Year

The Goddard School Recognizes Local Teacher Anna Stirrat for Early Childhood Education Excellence

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) May 6, 2013 — Anna Stirrat, a teacher at The Goddard School® located at 7645 Fredle Drive in Concord Township, has been honored with Goddard Systems, Inc.’s (GSI) “Teacher of the Year Award,” which was announced during national Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th – 10th).

GSI, franchisor of The Goddard School, presented its seventh annual “Teacher of the Year Award” to five Goddard School early childhood educators from across the United States, in recognition of their exemplary work. Chosen from more than 8,000 Goddard School teachers, these teachers are credited with initiating projects that benefit their classroom, school and/or community on an ongoing basis.

Stirrat, a Pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Concord Township, developed The School Garden, an invitation for play, inquiry, curiosity and community. Stirrat began this project in 2008 by digging a small plot in the school yard to plant sunflowers, one tomato plant and one watermelon plant. Now a year round program, the children prepare the soil, plant the seeds (indoors), transplant to the outdoor garden, nurture and care for the plants and then harvest the crops. The children wash and prepare their crops to be taken home, canned or enjoyed as snack. Some items from the garden were sold to raise funds for military families in the community.

“Anna is an extremely creative and talented teacher,” said Tina Turk, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Township. “Anna transforms the classroom into a wonderfully stimulating environment to help engage the children in the learning process. She has made a significant impact on each of the children, I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

GSI received numerous nominations for the “Teacher of the Year Award” from Goddard School owners and directors as well as recommendations from parents, peers, and in some cases even children. In addition to the recognition, the teachers receive a cash prize and a gift package from GSI.

“Anna represents one of our best resources in early childhood education. GSI is proud of her accomplishments and looks forward to many successful years ahead,” says Sue Adair, Director of Education for GSI. “Each year, the caliber of the submitted nominations grows more robust and we are thrilled to honor these outstanding educators.”

The Goddard School offers a year-round program for children from six weeks to six years old, and focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills for each child. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township, MA is owned and operated by Tina Turk. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour, call Tina directly to arrange a personal appointment at (440) 350-1333 or visit online at www.goddardschool.com.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Plants Seeds of Change During Root for Earth WeekWeek-long event featured a variety of hands-on learning activities, teaching children the importance of

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Plants Seeds of Change During Root for Earth Week
Week-long event featured a variety of hands-on learning activities, teaching children the importance of environmental stewardship

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) April 26, 2013 — Celebrating Earth’s environmental resources, children at The Goddard School located in Concord Township spent a week participating in exercises and activities focused on recycling and conserving energy during the School’s Root for Earth week. The program celebrates The Goddard School’s commitment to protecting the environment and the future of generations to come.

The Root for Earth event kicked off on Earth Day, as The Goddard School located in Concord Township joined more than 45,000 Goddard School children nationwide in turning off all nonessential lighting for one hour. Through their exploration of the outdoors, children develop their appreciation of nature along with social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills. In addition, the children participated in a variety of hands-on learning activities focused on conservation, including our Recycled Fashion Show!  During our “Root for Earth” week our children collected recycled materials to create their own outerwear for our recycled fashion show. We created a run way in the gym for the children to walk down and show off their creations-some chidlren made head gear, skirts, vest, musical instruments and so on. The attached picture is of a few of our Kindergarten girls after they walked the run way. They are sporting “Tree headbands”-they traced their hands to use as leaves because they use their hands to help the environment. They also are sporting “Rain sticks” that they made out of wrapping paper tubes and rice/beans. 

“At The Goddard School, we focus on providing children a well-rounded learning experience so that they develop skills for long-term success not just in school but in life beyond the classroom,” said Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Township. “Through Root for Earth, children learned about the important impact they have on our planet in a fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate way. We believe that by teaching children to respect our planet at an early age, they will grow into environmentally responsible adults.”

In addition to Root for Earth week, The Goddard School also offers an environmental conservation enrichment program called Growing Up WILD™ from the Council for Environmental Education that introduces children to nature and wildlife through a variety of activities.

For more information, visit www.goddardschool.com.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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Some Kindergarten girls showing off their recycled “Tree Headbands” and “Rain sticks”.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2013

   April 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: A Toddler’s Property Laws, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Whoever coined the phrase “possession is nine-tenths of the law” must have been the parent of a toddler. After “no,” the word that toddlers use most frequently is “mine.” This is a natural, and often amusing, component of the child’s new sense of self. The following humorous list has been around, in various forms, for years. It certainly reflects a universal experience.

A Toddler’s Property Laws

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it might be mine, it’s mine.
  3. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  4. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  5. If I had it before, it’s mine.
  6. If I’m making something, all the parts are mine.
  7. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  8. If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
  9. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness in their communities, 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 Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch as nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. Additionally, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 to Root for Earth with us!

Mother’s Day Handprint Bouquet!

Materials
A piece of scrap paper
Colored cardstock
Pencil
Crayons and/or markers
Scissors
Green pipe cleaners
Single-hole punch
Ribbon

Directions

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of scrap paper and cut the tracing out with scissors.
  2. Use this cutout as a template for tracing your child’s handprint onto five or six pieces of colored cardstock. (Children who are old enough to use a pencil may enjoy this task!)
  3. Cut out all of the new tracings with scissors. Punch a hole in the bottom of each one, just above the bottom edge of the palm, with the single-hole punch.
  4. After all the handprints are cut out and the holes are punched, encourage your little one to use the crayons and/or markers to draw colorful designs on the handprints.
  5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half for each handprint “flower.”
  6. Thread about 1/4 inch of the folded end of the pipe cleaner into the hole you punched in the handprint. Fold it down to the secure the pipe cleaner to the cardstock.
  7. Twist the two sides of the pipe cleaner together to create a stem.
  8. Repeat for all of the handprints.
  9. Once all of the handprint flowers are complete, tie them into a bunch with a ribbon. Present them to Mom, Grandma or Auntie to thank her for all that she does!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

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April 22, 2013
10:00am

Fashion Show
April 24, 2013
10:00am

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In The News: Preschoolers in Concord Township Celebrate Sustainability with a Flip of the Switch

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
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Preschoolers in Concord Township Celebrate Sustainability with a Flip of the Switch
The Goddard School® “plants seeds of change” to create a healthier Earth with Root for Earth event

WHAT:  To plant seeds of environmental awareness in the community, The Goddard School located in Concord Township is hosting Root for Earth — a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities to promote a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch, as Goddard School children in Concord Township join nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide in turning off all nonessential lighting for one hour.

In addition, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week, including:

· Grounds Clean Up! We will be discussing the importance of not littering and keeping our earth clean.

· Recycling Fashion Show on Wednesday (April 25th). Our students will be dressing up in the finest ‘recycle-wear’ that they have created from recycled materials.

WHEN:  April 22 – April 26
 “Lights off!” takes place Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Concord Township
 7645 Fredle Dr., Concord Township, 44077
 440-350-1333

WHY:  Root for Earth provides an opportunity to teach children about environmental issues early so they grow into environmentally conscious adults. The Goddard School uses 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. Our talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.? The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.? Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Names Teacher of the Year

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

  

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township Names Teacher of the Year

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) April 3, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Township employes Anna Stirrat who is named Goddard Systems Inc. Teacher of the Year. Each Goddard School is eligible to nominate one candidate from their faculty. In addition to letters of reference from franchisees, directors, peers and parents, all nominations had to include the submission of an ongoing project carried out by the nominee that benefited the class, school or community. Anna’s project “The School Garden” –An invitation for play, inquiry, curisosity and community illustrates her outstanding commitment to the children and famillies in our care! We are so proud of Anna!

The School opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to six years old. 

Anna Stirrat has been a part of the Goddard team since 2008.  She graduated from Ashford University with a Masters degree in Education. 

” Anna was chosen for this recognition because of her dedication to the community, children, parents and faculty of The Goddard School in Concord Township ,” says . Kristina Turk

The Goddard School located in Concord Township offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Licensed by the State of OH and overseen by Goddard Quality Assurance, Goddard provides a safe and secure learning environment.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333 .

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.? The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.? Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: "A Day in the Life" at The Goddard School® located in Concord Township

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township   
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

“A Day in the Life” at The Goddard School® located in Concord Township

  

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) November 6, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Township is the host to “A Day in the Life” on November 9, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to six years. 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a child at The Goddard School? On Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:00am you will have a chance to experience “A Day in the Life”…of your child! From meeting time to exploration of blocks and dramatic play, we are inviting you to experience a sample of your child’s fun-filled day of learning at Goddard! At The Goddard School, we believe the best environment for learning is one that allows for exploration, testing things out, seeing what works and trying again. “A Day in the Life” will give you a first-hand look at our emergent curriculum and show you how we skillfully weave in engaged learning activities that build upon what individual children can do and encourage them to try new things. We invite all parents to join us from 9:00-11:00 on November 9th!

“We are all excited to host “A Day in the Life” at our school,” says Turk. “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.” 

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday – Friday, 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Vote for The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH

 

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Contact: 
Kristina Turk
Owner
The Goddard School
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Vote for The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) October 4, 2012 -http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10151027742726829&set=pb.131960246828.-2207520000.1349374989&type=1&theater

 Goddard Schools nationwide are competing in a cardboard box contest. Each school was able to submit one picture of their cardboard box project. The school’s picture with the most “likes” on The Goddard School Facebook page wins an interactive white board. The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH is currently in second place. Please help out our local school by following the link above and voting (“liking”) our picture. 

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Concord-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

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Contact: 
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Concord-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

WHAT:        The Goddard School® Block Party

The Goddard School located in Concord will join Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking attempt for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).”  The attempt is part of The Goddard School Block Party, an event celebrating the importance of play and its role in developing critical life skills and future career opportunities. Children and families throughout the community are invited to participate in Simon Says and a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities designed to demonstrate the power of learning through play. 

WHO:          The Goddard School located in Concord

WHEN:       Friday, October 5, 2012 at Noon
Anyone interested in participating in the record attempt needs to sign in by 11:30am and be ready to follow the leader by 11:55am.
  
WHERE:     The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr, Concord, Ohio

WHY:          Participating in The Goddard School Block Party underscores that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord participates in a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Foundation

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord 
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord participates in a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Foundation

Concord, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) August 16, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord will be the host to a Victory Garden Family Field Day on August 25, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

The Goddard School located in Concord opened in August 2012 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children , ages six weeks to 6 years. 

Schedule of Events: 10:00 Opening Ceremony *Singing of National Anthem *Military Speaker;  10:30 Activities *Family Field Day Events *Raffle Baskets *Bake Sale *Children’s Art Sale *Lemonade and Produce Stand *Crafts;  12:00 Closing Ceremony *Prizes for all children *Raffle Basket winners announced

As a result of the garden at The Goddard School this summer, the children have been investigating why/how gardening started in the school systems. Our findings are that during World War I, gardening became a part of the school’s curriculum. The children at The Goddard School helped plan this event to raise money for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Foundation. All donations and profits will be donated to help build a Fisher House in the Cleveland area. Fisher homes are available for veterans who require lengthy hospital visits and continuing care. “We are all delighted to team up with this outstanding military organization,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: 10 Year Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®Carnival Open House

 

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
www.goddardschools.com

10 Year Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®
 
Carnival Open House

Saturday, July 28, 2012

10:00am-noon

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 23, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Township celebrates their 10 year Anniversary!

“We are eager to celebrate our 10 year Anniversary,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. Concord Twp., OH in Concord Township.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including carnival games in every classroom, hot dogs, lemonade, face painting and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to six 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 7:00am-6:00pm.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment 440-350-1333.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: 10 Year Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®Carnival Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
www.goddardschools.com

10 Year Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®
Carnival Open House

Saturday, July 28, 2012

10:00am-noon

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 23, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Township celebrates their 10 year Anniversary!

“We are eager to celebrate our 10 year Anniversary,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. Concord Twp., OH in Concord Township.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including carnival games in every classroom, hot dogs, lemonade, face painting and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to six 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 7:00am-6:00pm.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment 440-350-1333.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Mother's Day Tea

 

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Contact: 
Kristina Turk
Owner
The Goddard School
(440) 350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Mother’s Day Tea

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 3:30pm

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) May 9, 2012 –The students at The Goddard School in Concord Township have invited their Mother’s to attend a Mother’s Day Tea this Friday, May 11, 2012 at 3:30pm. The students have been busy this week making place mats and table decorations in order to “set the table” for the Mother’s Day Tea. On Friday, mother’s are invited to enjoy a cup of (ice) tea and fancy cookies with their child! The students have also made gifts that they will present to their mother’s at the event.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) was recently named the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2012

May 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Media Use by Young Children, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Remember when the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its recommendation that children two and under should not watch any television and that children over two should limit exposure to two hours per day? Many parents seemed as reassured by this advice as they were confused. How could such an esteemed organization give advice that was “so out of touch with real American family life” (as one mother commented to the evening news)? Over the last several years, children’s media appetites have hardly slackened. In fact, “screen time” has eclipsed “TV watching” as the name for such activities, given the plethora of devices on which real or animated moving and talking figures can now inform, distract, stimulate and babysit our young. So what is a parent to do?

  • If you want your children to play imaginatively (great pre-literacy foundation!), keep the playthings away from the screen. University of Massachusetts researchers found that toddler play erodes and disorganizes when TV is on.
  • Keep the media diet balanced. Print materials, screen devices, video games and DVDs should be rotated and refreshed (if not occasionally “lost”). Think of nutrition’s representation of a healthy, balanced diet. The food pyramid evokes positive images of a “media pyramid.”
  • The best way to use the positive impact of TV (yes, there is one and this is it) is to engage parent-child pairs in co-viewing programming that stimulates learning and delight with the use of humor and playfulness (not silliness), novel topics and perspectives. This prevents the use of TV as a babysitter, but that’s the point. There is no stand-in for you, or the delight that you take, in your child’s growth and health.

Imaginary Friends

As you watch your little one playing, you may notice him chatting away to no one in particular. Do not be alarmed–imaginary friends are completely normal for toddlers and are an indication of your child’s ever-burgeoning creativity and social development.

According to researchers, imaginary friends may appear due to a change in your child’s life, for example, a new sibling or a new home. They could also be your child’s way of learning to express his emotions and understand roles and relationships. As a result, your child may blame his naughty behavior on his imaginary friend. Do not make a big deal out it. Simply explain to your child why the behavior is unacceptable.

Allow your child to explore his relationship with his imaginary friend. In time he won’t need his “friend” anymore. Be sure to keep the “friend” in his world–not yours. If you acknowledge his imaginary friend as a “real” person, he may stick around a lot longer than necessary.

Father’s Day Craft: Popsicle Stick Puzzle

With Father’s Day right around the corner, here is a craft that is not only fun for the children, but fun for dads, too!

Materials
8-10 large Popsicle sticks
White glue
Tape
Small utility knife (for the adult helper’s use only!)
A copy of a favorite photo of daddy

Instructions

  1. Lay the Popsicle sticks side-by-side so they align at the top and bottom.
  2. Place pieces of tape along the top and bottom of all the sticks to hold them together.
  3. Flip the sticks over, center the photo and stick it to the Popsicle sticks using white glue.
  4. Place a few heavy books on top and let it dry completely.
  5. When dry, remove the tape on the back and have the adult helper use the utility knife to separate the Popsicle sticks and cut through the photo.
  6. Mix the sticks up and wrap them or bundle them together and tie a ribbon around them and give to dad on Father’s Day!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

News Items

Mother’s Day Tea
Friday, May 11, 2012
3:30pm

Closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 28, 2012

Contact Us

7645 Fredle Drive
Concord Township
www.goddardschool.com
(440)350-1333
email: ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in a collaboration day with Harvey High School

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township participates in a collaboration day with Harvey High School

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) April 11, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Drive in Concord Township will be the host to the Harvey High School Girls Track Team on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

The Goddard School located in Concord Township opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates children ages six weeks to 6 years. 

The Harvey High School Girls Track Team will be joining us on Friday, April 13, 2012 for a Community Service Outreach Project. The team will be working in the classrooms with the children on reading, art, activities, etc.

“We are all delighted to build a sense of community and team work with Harvey High School  ,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 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.

In The News: Stepping Up for the Environment

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Stepping Up for the Environment

The Goddard School® is proud to announce that it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2012 for the fourth year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 PM, hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour.

Goddard Schools across the country will help spread the message that by working together, each one of us can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard Schools will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 26th leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 30th at 10 AM, a day before the global event, when we will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how people can conserve energy in our daily lives. The Goddard Schools 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. The children will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.

Save Energy at Home

Help save the environment and–bonus!– reduce your household’s heating and cooling bills with these simple tips. Children can help with some of these, too, so be sure to include them in your quest for home energy efficiency.

  • Switch from standard incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents (you’ll use 75% less energy).
  • Always turn off lights and electronics when leaving a room. Some electronics, like cable boxes and DVD players, use energy even when they are turned off. Plug these items into power strips to completely shut off the flow of electricity.
  • Make sure the doors to your home, windows and appliances like the refrigerator and oven are always closed tightly when using heating and cooling systems to ensure the systems work as efficiently as possible.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re home, when you leave and when you go to sleep at night. Setting your thermostat below 68°F in the cooler months will help cut heating costs.
  • If you’re in the market for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels. These labels will help guide you toward energy-efficient products as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gardening with Children

Teaching your child how to garden is a fun, hands-on learning experience that encourages patience, imagination and environmental awareness. The best part about learning to garden is that it’s something your family can enjoy together, indoors or out!

Before you begin, talk with your child about the whole gardening process to pique their interest and help them become excited about the experience. You could also pick up a children’s book about gardening or visit a children’s gardening Web site.

When you’re ready to start, gather a few supplies and child-appropriate tools–soil, seed cups, watering cans, etc. Take a trip to the garden center together to pick out your supplies and seeds or seedlings for planting. Some great plants for children to begin gardening with include sunflowers, snow peas, cherry tomatoes and strawberries. Read seed packets and plant tags–anything with easy care and a short growing season are perfect for little ones to plant! Remember that some non-edible plants can be poisonous. Check the National Capital Poison Center Web site for a list of some poisonous plants and always supervise your child while gardening.

Now that it’s time to plant, choose your location. If you have a large garden, section off an area; if you don’t, use an old sandbox filled with soil as your child’s special garden. Encourage your child to care for his plants throughout the entire process–from seed, to seedling, to mature plant, to harvest. How exciting it will be when the whole family is enjoying the flowers, fruits and vegetables your child raised all on his own!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Contact Us

7645 Fredle Drive
Concord Township
www.goddardschool.com
440-350-1333
email: ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Township is Stepping Up for the Environment

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Contact: 
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Township is Stepping Up for the Environment

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) March 19, 2012 – The Goddard School located in Concord Township is proud to announce our participation in the fourth annual Stepping Up for the Environment event. This entire week of activities and lesson plans begins on Monday, March 26th and leads up to a big “Flip the Switch” celebration on Friday, March 30th at 10 a.m., a day before the global Earth Hour event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

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 Concord Township will join 380+ 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.

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

The Goddard School located in Concord Township 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. The children will also create invitations asking their parents and their community to join them in “Flipping the Switch.”

On March 30th, The Goddard School located in Concord Township will be Stepping Up for the Environment by turning off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

For more information, please contact Kristina Turk at The Goddard School located in Concord Township at 440-350-1333 or ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

About Goddard Systems, Inc.
Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 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. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.

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In The News: Children and Teachers "Step Up" Awareness about Saving Energy and the Environment

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Contact:  
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com         

Children and Teachers “Step Up” Awareness about Saving Energy and the Environment

WHAT:    The Goddard School® Stepping Up for the Environment Event.

Goddard Schools will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 26th leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 30th at 10 a.m., a day before the global Earth Hour event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund. 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.

WHO:       The Goddard School located in Concord Township.

WHEN:     On Monday, March 28th, children will discuss reduce and reuse first, then recycle. They will also create an Earth Hour Banner out of recyclable materials.

On Tuesday, March 27th, children will go on a “Litter Bug Scavenger Hunt” around the property.

On Wednesday, March 28th, children will use recyclable materials to make musical instruments.

On Thursday, March 29th, children put on a “Recycled Runway Fashion Show.”

On Friday, March 30th at 10 a.m., the school will “Flip the Switch” and turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour.       

WHERE:    The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr.

WHY:         During Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.

Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading childcare company in the U.S., with more than 380 schools nationwide.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

About Goddard Systems, Inc.
Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 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. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.

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

 

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Contact: 
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Concord Township to Host Goddard Community Games Event

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) January 17, 2012 — The Goddard School® located in Concord Township 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 February 11, 2012 at 10:00am-12:00pm.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Concord Township, 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 Concord Township; 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 Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School, located in Concord Township. “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 insect observations, balancing act, discovering wind power, playdough,scavenger hunt, obstacle courses and so much more. Each hands-on activity will demonstrate the transformative power of play and how it can foster a lifetime of curiosity and discovery.

*Join us on Friday, February 10th at 10:00am when we hold a pep rally for the Concord Fire Dept showing our appreciation for helping to keep our community safe. The children will be presenting representatives from the Concord Fire Dept cards, banners and small token to show our gratitude. 

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 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 34 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: MEDIA ALERT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com 

           
MEDIA ALERT

Concord Township area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT:   Goddard Community Games Event
  
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township will host the Goddard Community Games. During this amazing week of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the importance of play in children’s learning and in the development of 21st Century skills. 
  
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 Concord Township; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:   The Goddard School located in Concord Township

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN: February 6-10, 2012 at 9:00am-5:00pm: Friendship Day, Play Along Day, Goddard Good Deeds Day (Hop-a-thon), Goddard Cares Days and Community Hero Day (Pep rally at 10:00am in honor of Concord Twp Fire Dept.)    

ALSO join us on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 10:00am-12:00pm for a school-wide play-along day!
      
WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Concord Township
                  7645 Fredle Dr.
                  440-350-1333

WHY:   Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is the leading childcare franchise company in the U.S., with more than 360 schools nationwide. www.goddardschool.com.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition 1

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Parenting with Pruett: Music and Dance, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Children have an innate appetite for music. Music is the superb para-language between emotion, expression and imagination. In the musical world, feelings come together with play, movement and memory in a way that is not ultimately dependent on language. That is precisely why it is so indispensible to young children, no matter their culture or class.

All young children, even those with only minimal hearing, have a powerful, almost riveting affinity for music. Research has shown that a fetus responds to musical cues from the middle trimester onward and never stops attending to it afterward. Infants are the same. Watch an infant’ s face as you sing or play music. Even words rarely elicit such a complex reaction. The desire to move and bounce to, kick their feet to, rock back and forth to–even match the mood of–almost any musical stimulus is powerful in most children.

Play with music is so complex and rich, it probably teaches more economically than any formal kind of instruction. The neurobiological processes underlying the appreciation and facilitation of music-assisted play and interaction involve the brain pathways for memory, hearing, balance, motor control, hormonal secretion, cognition and, of course, emotion. Talk about a big bang for the developmental buck

Snacks That Stack Up

Are your preschoolers turning their noses up at the same old snacks? Transform ordinary snacks into the talk of the playground.

  • Substitute multigrain crackers for bread, and layer turkey, tomato and cheese for the snack that really stacks up!
  • Use cookie cutters to add the “wow” factor to everyday cheese slices, bread, pineapple, wholegrain waffles, cucumbers and more!
  • Try whole wheat or flavored tortillas instead of bread. Simply spread on a little cream cheese or low-fat yogurt, add diced fruits or veggies, roll it up and presto–your little ones will be raving!

Going on a Treasure Hunt

An ancient treasure map has turned up miraculously on your door step and it leads to a treasure chest hiding in your home! Great for parties or just a fun afternoon activity, send your children roaming around your house or backyard for some fun-filled treasure hunting adventures.

Like a scavenger hunt, create clues that will send the treasure hunters from one hint to the next, eventually ending at the “buried” treasure! Have fun and be creative when writing your clues–use riddles or rhymes–but don’t make them too difficult for young children to figure out quickly.

Once you’ve created your clues, set up your landmarks for the treasure hunt. You could use stuffed animals and pretend they’re “wild horses,” build a totem pole out of empty boxes or fill a small kiddie pool with sand (outside, of course) and encourage the children to dig for their next hint. The possibilities are endless! Be sure to set boundaries, and keep all landmarks and the treasure chest within your home or backyard where you can easily supervise.

Cardboard treasure chests can be found in most party stores, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you could make one using a few supplies from your local craft store.

Contact Us

7645 Fredle Drive
Concord Township
www.goddardschool.com
440-350-1333
email: ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Crib Replacements Are Here!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Kristina Turk
Owner
The Goddard School
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Crib Replacements Are Here!

SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) September 1, 2011 –At the Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH, we take the health and safety of your child seriously. Putting strict Quality Assurance guidelines in place, and having Goddard Systems, Inc. representatives verify compliance two times a year, is only one aspect of our goal to ensure a safe program.

As stated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “Beginning December 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. The new standards take effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors on June 28, 2011, addressing deadly hazards previously seen with traditional drop-side rails, requiring more durable hardware and parts and mandating more rigorous testing.”

As part of our continuous effort to maintain the safest environment for the children in our care, we have replaced all cribs in our school before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) required deadline of December 28, 2012.     If you would like more information regarding the new guidelines, please visit www.cpsc.gov

 

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 45,000 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.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Block Party Edition

Goddard Parent Newsletter – The Goddard School Block Party Edition

 

FLEX Your Mind and Body

Participating Goddard Schools across the country will be hosting Goddard School Block Party events from Monday, September 19th through Saturday, September 24th, 2011.

Open to the public, The Goddard School Block Parties invite families from the community to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning, as well as the importance of providing a healthy, active lifestyle for all children. Schools will host a broad variety of playful learning activities, such as reading, obstacle courses, oversize games, “dress up” and art projects.

Set a World Record with Us!

During The Goddard School Block Party, on Friday, September 23rd, children, parents, faculty and guests at each Goddard School will participate in the Guinness World Records™ “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” This unique, synchronized event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 1:00 PM EDT and 10:00 AM PDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

Save the PLAY Date

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, is the exclusive preschool sponsor of Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play, a powerful global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning. This event will take place Sunday, October 2nd, at Rash Field in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, MD and will feature an amazing day of play for families and children, designed to bring playful learning back to the forefront.

Join GSI and our Baltimore-area Goddard Schools at the Ultimate Block Party in our Let’s Play Café. Children will enjoy manipulating play dough, shopping at a pretend farmer’s market and participating in a series of engaging pretend restaurant activities while learning about nutrition, counting, sorting and other important lessons through play.

Let’s Move!

Fitness and nutrition are the main focus of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. In June 2011, First Lady Obama introduced her childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity. As a leader in our industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to with the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative for The Goddard School Block Party event.

Every day, both inside and outside the classroom, 370+ Goddard Schools nationwide take great strides to get preschoolers, toddlers and infants up and moving. To help encourage your children to get active at home, here are some simple, helpful ideas that you can do with your young child:

1. Take It Outside – Limit “screen time” and encourage your child to go outside and play. Have a relay race, set up an obstacle course or bring back one of your favorite childhood pastimes like hopscotch or jump rope.

2. It’s In Your Nature – Take your child on a nature walk. Use this great opportunity to talk to your child about the plants and animals that you see while getting fresh air and exercise.

3. Get Dramatic – When you’re transitioning a child from one activity to another – like play time to dinner time – ask them to move like their favorite animal. Hop like a kangaroo, slither like a snake or waddle like a duck.

4. Be a Good Sport – Preschool-age children love to learn the basic rules of popular sports and games. Take this opportunity to talk about sportsmanship.

5. Be Free – Remember free play? Let go of some structure, and encourage your children to use their imaginations in their indoor and outdoor play.

6. Stretch It Out – Children love basic yoga moves. Take a few minutes each day to stretch with your little one.

7. Put Some Movement In Your Music – When you sing songs or listen to music with young children, encourage them to dance with scarves, create movements to go with the lyrics or just move their bodies to the music.

For more information about The Goddard School Block Parties and to download a copy of The Goddard School Play Along Song and The Goddard School Play Tips visit www.GoddardSchool.com/BlockParty.

News Items

Week Long Open House
September 19th-24th
9:00am-5:00pm
Concord Twp., OH

Simon Says Game
Friday, September 23rd
1:00pm
Playground: West Building

Saturday Open House
September 24th
10:00am-12:00pm
Concord Twp, OH

Farmer’s Market
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am-12:00pm
Garden: West Building Playground

Let’s Play Cafe
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am-12:00pm
Classroom: East Building

Contact Us

7645 Fredle Drive
Concord Township
www.goddardschool.com
440-350-1333
email: ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News:  National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & NutritionThe Goddard School® located in Concord Township to Host Block Party

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
4403501333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

 
National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition
The Goddard School® located in Concord Township to Host Block Party

Concord Township, OH (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2011 — The Goddard School located in Concord Township is proud to announce it will host The Goddard School Block Party to recognize and celebrate the power of play in learning, fitness and nutrition. The event, which will be celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is to be held on Saturday, September 24th at 10:00am-12:00pm.

During this amazing event full of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. This event will also educate children, parents and the community about healthy eating and fitness habits. In addition to developing healthy minds, it is at the core of The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program to instill lifelong healthy lifestyle habits. The Goddard School Block Party will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including Let’s Play Cafe, Freeze Dance, Farmer’s Market, Animal Action, Parachute Popcorn, Life Size Memory Game, Playdough Chefs and so much more.

As a leader in the industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity.

In conjunction with Guinness World Records™, Goddard Schools all across the United States will also be participating in a record-breaking game of Simon Says. Goddard Schools nationwide will work together to break the record for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” The festivities will also feature a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song. The community is invited to participate in Simon Says and all of the entertainment and activities. This event will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 1:00pm.

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

“Nutrition and exercise are important to all children’s overall health. That’s why the children attending The Goddard School enjoy various physical fitness programs as part of their teacher-planned, child-directed learning activities each day,” continues Kristina Turk.  “We also work closely with our families to help guide good nutritional choices as an integral part of our home-school relationship.”

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named No. 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 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. To learn more about The Goddard School, click here.

In The News: Concord Township Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition

MEDIA ALERT–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com          

Concord Township Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition

WHAT:  The Goddard School® Block Party

The Goddard School located in Concord Township will host The Goddard School Block Party. We are continuing our campaign regarding the importance of play and its scientifically-based role in developing critical life skills and career opportunities for 21st century learners. This year our Block Party will also highlight the importance of fitness and nutrition in our children’s lives. In addition to developing healthy minds, it is at the core of The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program to instill lifelong healthy lifestyle habits. As a leader in the industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity.

During this amazing event full of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. This event will also educate children, parents and the community about healthy eating and fitness habits.

In conjunction with Guinness World Records™, Goddard Schools all across the United States will also be participating in a record-breaking game of Simon Says. Goddard Schools nationwide will work together to break the record for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” The festivities will also feature a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song. The community is invited to participate in Simon Says and all of the entertainment and activities.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Concord Township

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:  Monday-Saturday, September 19th-24th

Monday-Friday: Open House 9:00am-5:00pm Come see how play drives cognitive development through investigation, promotes independence and intregates mind and body.

Friday: 1:00pm Join us as we attempt to set the Guinness World Record as we play the “Largest Game of Simon Says” with Goddard Schools across the nation!

Saturday: Open House 10:00am-12:00pm Join us as we discover how play builds emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills.:          

WHERE: The Goddard School located in Concord Township

                7645 Fredle Dr. Concord Twp., OH 44077

WHY:  Participating in The Goddard School Block Party will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults and also emphasizes the importance of health and nutrition.

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 45,000 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.

In The News: The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. is having a week long OPEN HOUSE!Local preschool offers event for community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. 
440-350-1333
concordtwpoh@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. is having a week long OPEN HOUSE!
Local preschool offers event for community

Concord Twp., Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 26, 2011 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years old, located at 7645 Fredle Dr.  is hosting a week long Open House on Monday, August 1st – Friday, August 5th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Children of all ages will get a glimps of what their day would be like at The Goddard School. They may even go home having learned a yoga pose, spanish word, sign language, math fact, sight word, fact about another country, or self help skill. *New Families will also receive $100 off first month’s tuition when they enroll by Friday, August 5th.

On-site owner, Kristina Turk, along with her Education Director, Leanne Mastropietro, 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

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 45,000 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.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. participated in St. Jude's Trike-a-thon

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. 
440-350-1333
concordtwpoh@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. participated in St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon

Concord Twp., Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 25, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twp. was the host to St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:30am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates children ages six weeks to 10 years old. 

The St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon program teaches children about bike safety while raising money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. All donations help St. Jude to continue its mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. We are excited to announce that this year raised $1,583 to help St. Jude’s Children Researach Hospital! 

“We were all delighted to help out such a great organization! ,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

 

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 45,000 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.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. participates in St. Jude's Trike-a-thon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. 
440-350-1333
concordtwpoh@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. participates in St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon

Concord Twp., Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 20, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twp. will be the host to St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:30am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates ages six weeks to 10 years old. 

The St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon program teaches children about bike safety while raising money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. All donations help St. Jude to continue its mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Last year our school raised $700 for this cause! We are excited to see how much we can raise this year!

“We are all delighted to help out such a great organization! ,” says Turk.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

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 45,000 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.

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In The News: Preventing Summer Learning LossesThe Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. stresses the importance of maintaining daily structure and learning during "carefree" summer months

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Preventing Summer Learning Losses
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. stresses the importance of maintaining daily structure and learning during “carefree” summer months

Concord Twp., OH (Grassroots Newswire) June 23, 2011 — Now that the school year has ended, it is only natural for kids to look forward to the leisurely nature of the summer season. The arrival of beach trips, pool parties and sleepovers, however, doesn’t mean that children should depart completely from their daily routine. Keeping particular elements of 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.

According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

“Routine provides structure, which is often lacking during the summer months when children all too quickly become detached from the lessons they learned throughout the school year,” said Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp.. “Maintaining a schedule throughout the summer supports an environment that is less of a contrast to the classroom and provides a healthy balance between building skills, play and rest.”

According to Turk, families can incorporate the following habits into their child’s day to encourage and maintain a routine throughout the summer season:

  • Early to bed, early to rise: To the best extent possible, children should adhere to a regular bedtime each night and wake up at the same time each day. This will not only ensure proper rest but will establish a sense of discipline as well.
  • Clean up and get dressed: Upon waking up, it is important that children brush their teeth, get dressed and perform any other hygienic tasks that they normally would before a school day. Allowing kids to stay in pajamas or dirty clothes longer than necessary can result in lazy behavior.
  • Make eating an event: Keeping a child on a consistent meal schedule is critical to maintaining a sharp body and mind. Establish specific times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sit with children at the table to encourage conversation while eating.
  • Take a rest: If a child partakes in a scheduled nap time while at school, then he or she should be allotted time at home for regular rest as well. Make this time consistent, perhaps after lunch, and have the child rest in the same place everyday.
  • Perform daily chores: Asking a child to help around the house is an ideal way to get them involved in a daily routine. A morning chore and an afternoon chore can convey a sense of responsibility and supply a sense of rhythm to the day.

“In addition to providing consistency, routines can present children with security and comfort as they adjust to the changes that come along with their new summer schedules,” said Turk. “The purpose is not to create rigidity but to provide a flexible structure that establishes a sense of purpose kids need to grow and mature.”

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. offers a year-round program for children from six weeks to six-years-old. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each child’s individual needs.

For more information on why The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. is the place for fun and learning, please contact Kristina at 440-350-1333.

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 45,000 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.

In The News: Open House

 

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Open House

The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH

Concord Twp., OH (Grassroots Newswire) May 26, 2011 —

The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, June 2nd from 3:00pm-8:00pm. We are offering 50% off first month’s tuition when new families enroll at the event! Time to gear up for summer and see all the fun activities we will be doing for our Let’s Go Exploring Summer Camp -OR- explore our options for fall! Bring your child or come alone!

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 45,000 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.

 

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In The News:   What Your Child Learns Through Play

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp
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What Your Child Learns Through Play

By Kristina Turk

There are a myriad of developmental skills that children learn through play. From their infant to Pre-Kindergarten stages, children are experiencing and learning new things each and every day. With play consuming most of their time, there are different things children learn during every stage of their growth.

Infant to Six Months: Everything is a baby’s first. For example, the first time a baby opens his eyes in his bassinet, he discovers something new — an animal on his mobile. The next morning, there it is again. Will it be there tomorrow? Yes, and then baby learns to trust that when he opens his eyes he will always see the mobile’s giraffe looking back at him. Babies will engage in play first by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes. Your baby will demonstrate his memory by repeating an action that made you laugh yesterday. Once infants can hold a rattle a whole new world opens up — you will watch them turn it over, bang it, shake it and even taste it. Rolling over also widens a baby’s world from what is placed before him to 360 degrees of eye-catching curiosity. The new world is fun.

Six Months to One Year: Baby is now his own driving force to play. He no longer needs an adult or older sibling to spark his interest. Rolling over and sitting up has created choices and as he discovers how to move from lying to sitting, he is covering ground and taking aim at his own source of interest. Place toys within and outside of your baby’s reach to encourage self-discovery and motion. Your child is brilliant and will look at a familiar object when called by name. Babies not only want to turn objects around, they want to talk to them and use them the way you tell them to use them. See my hands! You say “clap” with a smile on your face and baby wants to clap and smile, too.

First Steps (12 to 18 months): No longer a baby, a First Stepper “steps” into everything. A First Step child will play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you think) and recognize animals like the ones from the mobile. He will join in the conversation with simple words and phrases and respond to “bye, bye,” with an unsolicited wave. One-year-olds love to demonstrate their knowledge — they will point to anything you name and find body parts, like their ears, when they cannot even see them. They have learned to trust their own experiences with their ears. Your one-year-old will play with you and imitate your actions. Watch your child reflect your love a baby doll with “hugs and kisses” and help you the way you have guided him.

Toddler (18-30 months): A toddler’s world is all about ME – “”Me do it”! This demonstration of independence is an exercise in trusting the child’s own limits. A toddler will speak on a play phone and answer questions such as “Why?” and “Where?” Playing is on his terms – when and how. Toddlers love new experiences, too. They have graduated from ’turning it over and tasting it’ to doing it right. A toddler will put a puzzle together, hold crayons in his hand, hum and sing as he plays, and join activities without prompting. Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to join in imaginary play – pour from one cup to another and manipulate play dough.

Get Set (30 to 36 months): Just like the name states, get set for more play. The Get Set child is truly developing an identity. He knows his own name – first and last – and can tell you where his friends are playing. Get Setters know ’they can do it’ and want to be like adults. They will share and wait turns, communicate in short sentences and demonstrate their personal understanding of the world around them in their play. Get Set children will soak up any information you share with them. They can understand words like “under” and “over” and the description of how a plant grows. Art is no longer about exploring the material itself, but rather what they can do with the material. They will even paint with the opposite side of the paint brush just to see what it will create. Get set for your child to amaze you with his knowledge of good hygiene and specific book choices. A Get Set child can also multi-task now; try singing and doing the motions to the song or have a conversation while he paints.

Preschool (36 months +): This is the age of expectations. The preschool child’s play looks like going to work. As he mingles among the Interest Centers he is also playing out a role. Preschoolers have a large vocabulary and understand the intonations of language. As they act out a role, they will try on different emotions and see how they fit into their own personality. Preschoolers have begun to connect the spoken word to written language and can orally retell a favorite story. They are interested in cause and effect and can identify their colors, shapes, sizes and weights; and they want to explore what happens when they change them. A preschool child may remain in a particular Interest Center for long periods of time until he has exhausted his curiosity. Don’t forget to stand back because the preschool child also needs his space to move. Watch as he develops rhythm and tempo as both an individual or group learner. Either way, preschoolers are movers and shakers.

Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +): Complexity is the nature of the Pre-K classroom. Pre-Kindergarteners are complex social beings wanting to play with specific friends and still identifying when they want to do it alone. They can recognize how objects and people are the same and different simultaneously, and they can appreciate those attributes. Playing is beginning to turn into concepts. For instance, all of the exploration at the water table develops into an understanding of water – floating, sinking, absorbing, dissolving, etc. Pre-K children use their four years of play experience to develop an identifiable knowledge – they can match by relationships and verbalize invisible concepts, such as time and calendars. They no longer need to see or hold the toy to play; they can recall previous experiences and use the knowledge. While listening to music they can name the instrument, move to the beat and sing along. In Pre-K, phonemic awareness and the written word are magical – writing words is play.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years, is located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Twp. On-site owner, Kristina Turk, along with her education director, Leanne Mastropietro 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.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr in Concord Twp, families are encouraged to please contact Kristina Turk at 440-350-1333 for more information.

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 45,000 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.

In The News: The Week of the Young Child

 

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The Week of the Young Child

 

Concord Twp, OH (Grassroots Newswire) April 7, 2011 — The Goddard School in Concord Twp., OH will be celebrating The Week of the Young Child April 11-15, 2011 sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is NAEYC’s 40th year sponsoring this national event. NAEYC’s theme for the week is “Early Years Are Learning Years.” The purpose of this event is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs. Each morning at The Goddard School during the week of April 11-15th we will be inviting our parents to take 5 minutes to do a special activity with their child at The Goddard School. The schedule is as follows:

Monday: Take 5 minutes to shoot hoops with your child.

Tuesday: Take 5 minutes to draw a picture with your child.

Wednesday: Take 5 minutes to create a silly face with your child.

Thursday: Take 5 minutes to read a book with your child.

Friday: Take 5 minutes to paint a picture with your child.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the children in our lives!

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 45,000 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.

 

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

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp.
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

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

Concord Twp.,OH (Grassroots Newswire) March 16, 2011 — The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 Earth Hour for the third year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 26th 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 Concord Twp., will join 370+ 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 Concord Twp. will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 21st leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 25th 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 Kristian Turk, owner of The Goddard School, located in Concord Twp.. “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 Concord Twp. 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 25th, The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will be engaged in various activities all week. Monday we will create an Earth Hour Banner that includes recycled materials and discuss reduce, reuse and recycle. Tuesday we will be picking up trash around the school’s property and talk about how children can improve their neighborhoods they live in. Wednesday is our summer camp sneak peak open house. Thursday we will be using recycled materials to create musical intruments. Friday we will be creating costumes from old newspapers, paper bags and magazines to put on a fashion show during our 10:00 lights out hour.   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 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 45,000 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.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception four years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2010 over one billion people in 4,000 cities in 126 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 90 million Americans 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: Let's Go Exploring is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. Summer Camp Sneak Peak Will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd from 9:00am to 5:00pm

 

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Let’s Go Exploring is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp.
Summer Camp Sneak Peak Will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Concord Twp., Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) March 9, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twp. is offering Let’s Go Exploring for a Summer Program.

The Children will experience entertaining visitors, fun field trips, Soccer Shots lessons, Wildfire Dance lessons and school readiness programs throughout the summer! Our weekly themes will be: Welcome Campers, Indoor Camp, Music Camp, All Things Water Camp, Taekwondo Camp, St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon Camp, Magic Camp, Basketball Camp, Gardening Camp and Outdoor Camp. Our Summer Camp begins Monday, June 13th and ends Thursday, August 18th.

“Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School® located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twp..

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to eight years old, 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 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 Leanne Mastropietro directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

 

 

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 45,000 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.

 

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In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp: Kindergarten Open House Wednesday, February 23, 2011

 

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Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp
Kindergarten Open House Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 14, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twp is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

Choosing a kindergarten program may be one of the most complicated decisions that a parent has to make-and at The Goddard School we understand that challenge. That’s why we’ve worked with parents and school districts to develop our premier private Kindergarten program. Our Kindergarten program features a certified Kindergarten teacher, low student/teacher ratios, full and part time schedules and small class sizes.

“Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Riverside Local School District school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 years old, 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment 440-350-1333.

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 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 360+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Hop-A-Thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation Visits The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp

 

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp   
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Hop-A-Thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation Visits The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp

  

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 11, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr. in Concord Twpwas the host to the Hop-A-Thon: MDA’s Disability awareness program on February 10, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp opened in June 2006 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates 250 children, ages six weeks to 8 years old. 

Each hopper (child) collected donations per hop. Together we raised $815 to donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. By participating in this event our children became aware of physical disabilities and the importance of accepting and helping all children. The children were excited to share with their parents and other students the things they learned that day!

“We were all excited to have Hop-A-Thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation visit our school,” says Kristina Turk. “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.” 

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 convenience of extended hours from 7:00am to 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

 

 

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 45,000 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.

 

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In The News: Families Participate in a Day of Play at the Goddard Community Games

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Families Participate in a Day of Play at the Goddard Community Games

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 9, 2011 — On February 5, 2011, Concord Twp-area children and families came together to experience a day centered on learning through play. During the Goddard Community Games event hosted by The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp, parents and children participated in a number of hands-on activities that demonstrated the power of play for helping children learn the skills they need for success and well-being in life. 

Children, parents and faculty helped to kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally. The pep rally featured The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they paraded through the School; included the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp; and culminated with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

At the Goddard Community Games, 50 parents and children explored the Imagination Playground and Smartboard, played a variety of music and movement activities, participated in various math activites, explored creative art and much more… 
 
“The Goddard Community Games were a fun and educational way to show families why play matters and that how children play influences their choices in the future,” says Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. “Through imaginative activities, we were able to demonstrate how play can help today’s children become tomorrow’s leaders.”

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.

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

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp
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ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp to Host Goddard Community Games Event

Concord Twp, Ohio(Grassroots Newswire) February 2, 2011 — The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp 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 February 5, 2011 at 11:00am-1:00pm.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Concord Twp, 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 Concord Twp; 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 Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School, located in Concord Twp. “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 exploring the Imagination Playground, music & movement activites, smartboard activities, patterning, creative art, and many more…. 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.

In The News: Todderoo Program

 

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Owner
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ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

Todderoo Program

Concord Twp, OH (Grassroots Newswire) January 21, 2011 — The Toddleroo program allows the opportunity for parents and toddlers to spend one-on-one time together. This eight-week program begins February 7th and will take place on Mondays from 9:30am-10:30am.

The Toddleroo program includes Circle Time, Arts and Crafts, Music and Movement and Gym Time. It’s a fun interactive setting for young toddlers and their families.

The Goddard School is one of the most well respected names in childcare, and now parents and toddlers have the opportunity to participate in our program together.

 Please call us at 440-350-1333 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

 

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. to Host Goddard Community Games Event

 

 

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp.
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. to Host Goddard Community Games Event

Concord Twp., Ohio(Grassroots Newswire) Jan 20, 2011 — The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp. 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 Feb 5 at 11:00-1:00.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., 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.

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 Concord Twp.; 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 Kristina Turk, owner of The Goddard School, located in Concord Twp.. “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 musical chairs, dancing, learning over-under concept, popcorn parachute, yoga, patterning, block play and so much more!. 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.

In The News: 100th Day of School Celebration at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp.

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp   
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100th Day of School Celebration at The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp.

  

Concord Twp.,OH(Grassroots Newswire) January 14,2011– The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle Dr.will be hosting a 100th day of school celebration along with a 100 canned good drive on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. opened in June 2002 and is owned and operated by Kristina Turk.  The school accommodates children, ages six weeks to 8 years old. 

“We are very excited to celebrate the 100th day of this school year along with donating 100 canned goods to those in need” says Turk. “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.” 

The Goddard School offers a program that 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 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 Kristina Turk directly to arrange a personal appointment at 440-350-1333.

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.

 

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In The News: MEDIA ALERTConcord Twp., OH area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

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Kristina Turk
The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com                    

MEDIA ALERT
Concord Twp., OH area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp., OH will host the Goddard Community Games. During this amazing day of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the importance of play in children’s learning and in the development of 21st Century skills.
      
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 Concord Twp., OH; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:   Saturday, February 5th @ 11:00-1:00: Join us while we FLEX our mind and body!         

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Concord Twp., OH
               7645 Fredle Dr.
               440-350-1333

WHY:    Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.
  
Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is the leading childcare franchise company in the U.S., with more than 360 schools nationwide. www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Imagination Playgound has arrived at The Goddard School

 

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Kristina Turk
Owner
The Goddard School
440-350-1333
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Imagination Playgound has arrived at The Goddard School

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 10/12/2010 —

When kids are the experts, when they get to design, construct, tear down and re construct their own scenarios, when there is no right or wrong way to play, a foundation for healthy active lives is formed.  The bright blue foam blocks in the Imagination Playground in a Box keep kids’ brains turning. Instead of prescribed activities, the water-friendly environment invites messy creative play. Many parents won’t think quite that deep however, they do appreciate happy chaos and smiling faces.  “This is a true reflection of how I believe kids learn best, through open ended creative play.” says owner Kristina Turk. “In the short time we have had the Imagination Playground I have observed kids building a fire engine, a fire station (following a visit from the fire department), houses, castles, spaceships, teeter totters, stages- Their imaginations come to life.” explains Turk.

We’ve all heard that play is a child’s work.  It is the mantra of child-development experts.  From our kids’ teachers at school to the surgeon general prescribing at least 60 minutes daily of physical activity to the United Nations High Commissions for Human Rights affirming every child’s right to play, there is little to discrepancy. American schools have cancelled recess despite evidence that children do better academically when they are given as little as 15 minutes a day to play.  Unstructured play time hones children’s intellectual and social development; it instills within them a sense of confidence and competence. Come see the new Imagination Playground at the Goddard School in Concord Twp where we believe that kids learn best through play!

 

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 third consecutive year (October 2009); 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 34 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: Imagination Playground at The Goddard School

 

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Imagination Playground at The Goddard School

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) October 1, 2010 — This summer, I learned of the Imagination Playground through a friend who is the principal of one of Cleveland’s new Innovative Schools. This amazing model contains movable parts so that children create and build their own playground, tear it down and start again the next time.  Thus the play area never looks the same from day to day.

We are thrilled to announce our Imagination Playground is due to arrive here at The Goddard School in Concord Twp., on October 1, 2010. Call or stop in to play. For more information about the Imagination Playground visit www.imaginationplayground.org

 

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 third consecutive year (October 2009); 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 34 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® Earns CITA AccreditationThe Goddard School located in Concord Twp Demonstrates Top-Quality

 

 

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The Goddard School® located in Concord Twp
440-350-1333
The Goddard School® Earns CITA Accreditation
The Goddard School located in Concord Twp Demonstrates Top-Quality

Concord Twp, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 9/30/10 — The Goddard School located at 7645 Fredle in Concord Twp has recently been awarded the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).  Internationally recognized for accrediting top-quality schools within the United States and around the world, CITA evaluates quality, continuous improvement and student success. Recognition by the organization is highly coveted and rarely given to childcare companies.

Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance that provides a non-governmental, independent and impartial evaluation of educational quality. To earn CITA accreditation, an education provider’s services, faculty and facilities must meet or exceed standards of quality set by the education community. Accredited schools must follow a protocol of self-study, evaluation review and continuous improvement.

“We’re proud to earn the mark of quality from CITA, and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” says Krisitna Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Twp. “CITA accreditation 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.”

Comprising seven regional accrediting agencies, private school agencies and other educational service and regulatory agencies, CITA protects the public trust by ensuring schools reach high standards and act in a trustworthy manner.

“Parents look to Goddard for quality childcare and CITA accreditation further emphasizes to the community that Goddard programs have been reviewed by the experts and meet or exceed their expectations,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief operating officer at Goddard Systems, Inc., (franchisor of The Goddard School).

The Concord Twp location opened in September 2010. The school accommodates 275 children, ages six weeks to 5 years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour, call directly at to arrange a personal appointment or visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

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 third consecutive year (October 2009), 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 34 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 CITA
The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (www.citaschools.org) is the most rapidly growing accrediting agency in the world. It was created in 1994 by the regional accrediting organizations in the United States following a long history of collaboration under other auspices. As a global leader in accreditation, CITA provides systems of accreditation around the world. CITA Standards promote quality schools and continuous improvement to enhance student success. CITA provides standards for education systems and develops customized accreditation protocols. CITA accreditation engages CITA schools in the world’s largest network of accredited schools. CITA provides customized accreditation protocols and standards for schools that cross the USA regions and for national and international schools around the world. CITA awards the accreditation. Participating regional commissions manage the accreditation protocol. Today, members of the CITA Alliance accredit more than 32,000 schools in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.

In The News: The Goddard School located in Concord Township is sponsoring a Ladies Night Out!

 

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Kristina Turk
Owner
The Goddard School
(440) 350-1333
www.goddardschool.com

The Goddard School located in Concord Township is sponsoring a Ladies Night Out!

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) October 6, 2009 –The Goddard School located in Concord Township is sponsoring a Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, October 15th from 7pm to 9pm for an evening of ‘shopping’, networking and pampering with other Goddard ladies and their friends.  There will be more than 25 different vendors in our buildings to offer a wide assortment of items and services.  In addition there will be Goddard School staff members to answer questions about the school and its programs. Special discounts will be made to current Goddard School families who bring in a new family to register for childcare.  There will also be free raffles for all who attend for some very special prizes.

Please call Director, Leanne Mastropietro (440) 350-1333 or check our websitse, www.goddardschool.com for further information
 

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 Concord Township  Selected for Study Local School to participate in study conducted by Yale University’s Child Study Center, Educational Records Bureau and Children’s Pr

 

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Child’s Play Communications
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The Goddard School® Located in Concord Township  Selected for Study
Local School to participate in study conducted by Yale University’s Child Study Center, Educational Records Bureau and Children’s Progress

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) October 2, 2009  — The Goddard School located in Concord Township is proud to announce that it has been selected to participate in a pilot assessment program in partnership with the Yale University Child Study Center, Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and Children’s Progress. The Goddard School located in Concord Township will work with researchers in the first stage of a comprehensive assessment program designed for children in pre-kindergarten through first grade. Unlike previous studies where only a child’s analytic skills have been tested, this assessment program will examine a child’s unique strengths in analytical, creative and practical abilities for the first time.

“We are delighted to be part of this unique opportunity,” said Kristina W. Turk, owner of The Goddard School located in Concord Township. “Goddard is committed to developing confident learners and improving the quality of early education. This is the first study of its kind for this age group and our participation in this new assessment offers Goddard the chance to work toward the study’s goal of producing a more reliable and validated assessment program.”

The first phase of field-testing will be focused on capturing children’s responses to a series of items delivered on a computer via a touch screen interface. Children will respond to age–appropriate items that are engaging, interactive and kid-friendly. For instance, a child might help a character through a series of situations which have been designed to mimic a game-like environment. This phase of testing will be administered in five 30-minutes sessions through a series of questions developed in consultation with leaders in the field of educational research. As this assessment program takes into account the strengths of all types of learners, the data collected can be used in independent school admissions and placement decisions to ensure that a student will be able to thrive in his or her educational environment. 

“Each child is unique and the goal of this assessment program is to gain a comprehensive understanding of how different children learn,” said Christopher Camacho, PhD, Director of Research at Children’s Progress. “This is the first study developed for this age group to take into account analytical, creative and practical abilities on an independently completed computerized assessment. Our goal is to use this data to offer educators and admissions officers a broader picture of intelligence. We also aim to develop new creative teaching strategies based on the child’s analytical, creative and practical abilities.”

From September 2009 through May 2010, The Goddard School located in Concord Township will be included in a group of approximately 30 schools across the country that will be participating in the initial round of field-testing. The school will participate in the field-testing free of charge and participation is completely voluntary.

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 has achieved its initial goal as the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare. The company now has its sights on the next level — recognition as the premier childcare provider in the United States.

About ERB www.erbtest.org
ERB partners with its 1700 member schools in 46 states and 47 countries to ’light the pathway to student learning’ through high quality assessment tools that inform instruction, curriculum and admission decisions. ERB accomplishes its mission through quality testing products, programs, and services to support the work of teachers and schools by providing the means of identifying students’ strengths and weaknesses. After almost 80 years, ERB has remained true to its original mission and purpose, while simultaneously expanding its products, services, and offerings.

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In The News: Media AlertParents Become the Preschoolers During "A Day in the Life of a Preschooler" 

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Contact:         
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The Goddard School® located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
 

Media Alert
Parents Become the Preschoolers During
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler”
 

WHAT: The Goddard School’s A Day in the Life of a Preschooler event

It’s Back to School time and The Goddard School® is proud to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From circle time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will find out what it’s like to be a preschooler. During a fun-filled morning on September Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 10:30am – 12:30pm, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities or learning.
 
WHO:  The Goddard School located in Concord Township
 
 

PRESS: PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

 
WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 10:30am – 12:30pm:  A Day in the Life of a Preschooler 
                       
WHERE: The Goddard School, located at 7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
                       
                       
Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 330 schools nationwide. To learn more about The Goddard School located in Concord Township, families are encouraged to call 440-350-1333 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

In The News: One-Star Award

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Owner
The Goddard School located in Concord Township
440-350-1333
ConcordTwpOH@goddardschools.com


One-Star Award
The Goddard School located in Concord Township, Ohio Wins State Award for Excellence in Early Care and Education

Concord Township, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) May 6, 2009 — In recognition of its excellent child care program and its ongoing commitment to children, The Goddard School located in Concord Township, Ohio has received a One-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Bureau of Child Care and Development, the state agency responsible for licensing and promoting high standards among Ohio’s child care programs.  ÂÂÂ

“The Goddard School located in Concord Township, Ohio provides a higher standard of care that exceeds Ohio’s licensing standards. This translates to more teachers, a greater commitment to in-service training and a more nurturing environment for children to grow and develop,” said Terrie Hare, Chief, Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development. “This outstanding commitment to children and early learning is why (The Goddard School located in Concord Township, Ohio) has earned our One-Star award.”


Step Up To Quality is a voluntary rating system for early care and education programs. Participating programs can earn a one, two or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also gives parents a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs.   


One-Star Step Up To Quality programs meet the following criteria:



  • A ratio of one teacher for every five infants (ages birth-12 months) or 2:10, one teacher for every six infants (ages 12-18 months), one teacher for every 7 toddlers (ages 18-36 months), one teacher for every eight toddlers (ages 30-36 months), one teacher for every 12 preschoolers (36-48 months), one teacher for every 14 preschoolers (48-60 months), one teacher for every 18 school-aged children (ages 5-15 years).  

  • Teachers receive five hours of child development training per year, above licensing requirements.  

  • To reduce staff turnover, the program provides at least one employee benefit to staff members.  

  • Teachers are familiar with Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards and are trained to prepare children for kindergarten.  

“(The Goddard School located in Concord Township, Ohio) is proud to be a One-Star program. We know that learning begins the moment babies open their eyes. Because of that, we are committed to high-quality care and education. Thank you Ohio for this recognition and thanks to our staff for their outstanding work with children,” said (program director name).  


Achieving these benchmarks is crucial for the future of Ohio’s children. This as more parents join the workforce and more children are cared for outside of the home. In Ohio, 65% of children under the age of six have both parents in the workforce. At the same time 90% of brain development occurs before the age of five.  


Children enrolled in high quality early learning programs, particularly low income children, are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money and be employed in high-skilled jobs than their peers.  



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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