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GODDARD SCHOOL PRESCHOOLERS SELECT THE TOP 10 EDUCATIONAL TOYS IN TIME FOR THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON

The Nation’s Leading Preschool System Chooses Top Toys That Support Playful Learning and Skill Development

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School® a play-based, preschool system, has given children the chance of a lifetime to test the most innovative educational toys on the market through its 10th annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. Preschoolers from 50 Goddard Schools located across the United States voted for their favorite toys, and GSI is proud to announce the Top 10 Educational Toys they chose for 2017.

This summer, dozens of submissions from the world’s leading toy manufacturers were reviewed by The Goddard School Toy Test Committee, a team of early childhood education experts. The committee judged each submission by how much the toy encourages interaction and child-initiated play and by the toy’s ability to promote creativity and collaboration while maintaining the child’s creative interests over time.

The children, who range from six weeks to six years old, were sent 25 toys to play with and critique. With the help of their teachers, the preschoolers selected their favorite toys, and GSI compiled the results.

Following are The Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys for 2017. They are listed in the age-range order suggested for the children:

  • VTech – Lil’ Critters Shake & Wobble Busy Ball (Suggested Age Range: 3-24 months);
  • Fat Brain Toys – Oombee Cube (Suggested Age Range: 10+ months);
  • SMARTMAX – My First Safari Animals (Suggested Age Range: 1–5 years);
  • Peaceable Kingdom Monkey Around – The Wiggle and Giggle Game (Suggested Age Range: 2+ years);
  • VTech – Go! Go! Smart Wheels – Race & Play Adventure Park (Suggested Age Range: 1–5 years);
  • K’NEX – KID K’NEX Budding Builders Building Set (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years);
  • Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant Play Set (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years);
  • Learning Resources Lil’ Lemonade Stand-Off – A Memory Matching Game (Suggested Age Range: 4+ years);
  • DuneCraft – Bucket of Balls (Suggested Age Range: 4+ years);
  • Learning Resources – Let’s Go Code! Activity Set (Suggested Age Range: 5+ years).

“Fun, interactive programs like our annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test are successful because they allow children to think critically while developing their social, creativity and collaboration skills,” said Dr. Craig Bach, GSI’s Vice President of Education. “This experience provides children the opportunity to engage with the top educational products on the market that are aligned with The Goddard School’s philosophy of learning through play.”

Voting to select 2017’s winning toy is now open to the public. The public can vote by visiting The Goddard School’s Toy Test page from November 1 to November 10, 2017. GSI will purchase one hundred units of the winning toy and donate them to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include Laser Pegs, K’NEX Brands, Learning Resources and John Deere’s Gearation Board. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

THE GODDARD SCHOOL PUTS TOYS UP AGAINST ITS TOUGHEST CRITICS DURING THE 10th ANNUAL PRESCHOOLER-APPROVED TOY TEST

Preschoolers Across the United States Select the Top Educational Toys That Support Skill Development and Playful Learning.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, is hosting its tenth annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. As the holiday season approaches, preschoolers at 50 Goddard School locations throughout the U.S. will be tasked with finding the best educational toys on the market for infants and children. The world’s leading toy companies are competing for the prestigious title of Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys of 2017.

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Annually, The Goddard School’s Toy Test Committee, which comprises a group of early childhood education experts, reviews applications from nearly 100 global toy manufacturers. They judge each entry on specific educational criteria such as encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration and supporting skill development and playful learning. From there, the 25 toys with the highest scores are sent to 50 participating Goddard School locations nationwide to be tested by the preschoolers.

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The testing week this year takes place from Monday, September 25 to Friday, September 29. At the end of the week, the preschoolers will vote for their favorite toys. GSI will tally the votes to reveal the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys and announce the results on November 1, 2017; next, voting will be opened to the public until November 10, 2017, on The Goddard School’s Toy Test page.

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“Our students are busy at work uncovering the top toys that promote playful learning,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “Toy Test engages the children through fun, play-based activities, which are the core of our educational philosophy. Learning through play enables them to build skills like critical thinking and creativity, which help prepare them for success in school, career and life.”

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Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Laser Pegs, K’NEX Brands, Learning Resources, and John Deere’s Gearation Board. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

The Goddard School® Announces Recipient of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

We are excited to announce that Logan is our 2017 $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Scholarship winner! Logan is a 2004 Pre-K graduate from The Goddard School. We wish Logan the best of luck in his future academic adventures!

We would also like to congratulate our Scholarship runners up, Alexia and Ryan, for their outstanding academic achievements, social contributions, enthusiasm and motivation. We wish you both continued success!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote!

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The Goddard School® Accepting Applications For The 8th Annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

The Nation’s Leading Preschool System Invites Its Alumni To Apply For A $10,000 College Scholarship

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (January 19, 2016)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of TheAAMS - Haley Check Presentation Goddard School® preschool system focused on learning through play, is now accepting applications for the 8th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. Awarded annually to one high school senior who graduated from The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program, the prestigious scholarship honors an alumnus whose work ethic and perseverance parallels that of Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Three finalists will be selected based on academic record, participation in school, community service, work experience, expressed goals and aspirations along with a video submission. Awarding more than $70,000 through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, The Goddard School continues to provide windows of opportunity to college-bound alumni.

“At The Goddard School, our mission is to teach and prepare children during their most formative years. We use fun, hands-on activities to instill a healthy love of learning while encouraging their natural curiosity. In an age of academic pressure and overscheduling, learning through play is more important than ever,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship signifies our continuing commitment to students who have graduated from our program, and we are pleased to provide our most promising alumni with financial assistance to help fulfill their collegiate aspirations.”

Applications must be submitted by March 11, 2016 to be considered for the scholarship. The finalists for the scholarship will be selected and notified on or before April 4, 2016 and will be posted on Goddard System, Inc.’s social media accounts by April 25, 2016. The recipient will be selected and announced on or beforeMay 10, 2016. Only one recipient will be selected for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship.

For more information on scholarship rules and criteria, please visit www.goddardschool.com/approach-to-education/scholarship. For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.   

About The Goddard School® 

Learning for fun. Learning for life.® For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has used 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 (Fun Learning Experience) reaches more than 50,000 students in more than 440 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.

 

The Goddard School® Announces Recipient of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

Former Student, Haley Malloy, Awarded $10,000 Toward College Tuition

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (June 2, 2015)The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusingHaley1
on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, proudly announces Haley Malloy of Henrico, VA as the winner of the 7th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is open nationally to seniors in high school who have graduated from The Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten program, and is awarded to one applicant who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Haley graduated from the Pre-K program at The Goddard School located in Henrico, VA in 2002, and credits much of her academic success and career path to her early experiences at The Goddard School. Having already made the decision to attend Texas Christian University, Haley will be pursuing a degree in early education when she begins college this fall. Katrina David and Matthew Newman who attended The Goddard Schools located in Sayreville, NJ and Montgomeryville, PA respectively, were selected as finalists for the scholarship.

“The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides us with a way to continue supporting our students long after they have left our schools,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “We aim for our students to be fully prepared, confident learners when they leave our schools, and we are delighted to help lessen the financial burden of college for these promising young adults so they can focus on their academic journey.”

The Goddard School has awarded more than $70,000 to its alumni through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship program, and that number will continue to grow as more and more former students prepare for the leap into college.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

The Goddard School® Announces Stephanie Lane As Director Of The Year Honoree

Educational Director Of The Goddard School Located In Exton, PA Celebrated With Prestigious Award

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 29, 2015 – The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced the Director of the Year honoree and selected Stephanie Lane from The Goddard School located in Exton, PA to receive this outstanding recognition.

Stephanie Lane, Educational Director at The Goddard School located in Exton, PA, has been a valued, loyal member of the administrative team for over six years and was a dedicated teacher prior to taking on a managerial role. Working side by side with her teaching team, Stephanie’s passion for early education, along with her mantra for making learning meaningful, ensures The Goddard School children receive lesson plans that are purposeful, fun and cohesive. She regularly looks for resources to support and challenge the teachers while acting as a mentor, skilled communicator and active listener. Stephanie and her faculty were energetic participants in the Chess at Three pilot program, a story-based curriculum of enjoyable and fun stories that teaches chess to children starting at 3 years old. Her work with Keystone STARS, an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, supports her mission to always improve the quality of early childhood education. Thanks to her dedication to excellence and completing her Director Credential, The Goddard School located in Exton, PA has been awarded  STAR 4 status (the highest status available)  by the Keystone STARS program.

“Working alongside passionate and enthusiastic professionals, I am proud to lead The Goddard School in providing outstanding, quality early childhood education,” said Stephanie. “It is an honor to have been chosen as Director of the Year and I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been set by The Goddard School.

The Director of the Year award program recognizes a director with a minimum of two years of experience, GSI-approved Director Mentor status, consistent Quality Assurance scores of at least 95% in all areas, an education plan that exceeds standards and ongoing participation in Goddard University for the award recipient and faculty.

“For the past seven years, we have recognized on a daily basis the dedication Stephanie exhibits towards the children, the teachers and our Goddard families,” said Wendy Cohen and Melissa Capodanno, co-owners of The Goddard School located in Exton, PA. “Our school has extremely high standards which Stephanie consistently exceeds. This is evidenced by her receiving this distinguished honor of Director of the Year and we are so proud Stephanie is part of our Goddard School family!”

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

The Goddard School® Now Accepting Applications For The 7th Annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

Premier School Invites Past Preschool Graduates For A $10,000 College Scholarship

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (February 11, 2015) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of

Last year's Scholarship winner Shelby Janicki with former teacher Jane Miles and owner of The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD Alec Yeo

Last year’s Scholarship winner, Shelby Janicki, with former teacher, Jane Miles, and owner of The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD, Alec Yeo

The Goddard School® preschool system which focuses on learning through play, is putting out a call for entries for its 7th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. Open to any senior in high school who has graduated from The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program, the scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance exemplified by Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

The Scholarship finalists will be selected based on academic record, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, expressed goals and aspirations along with a video submission. Awarding more than $60,000 through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, The Goddard School continuously provides opportunities and benefits for college-bound alumni.

“The Goddard School program is dedicated to helping children develop into confident, joyful and fully prepared students, and we feel that the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship honors this commitment even after they have left our Schools,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “With college tuition costs soaring, we are pleased and thrilled to be providing an opportunity for graduates to reach their goals in higher education as they embark in a new chapter of their lives.”

Applications must be submitted by March 16, 2015. The finalists for the Scholarship will be selected and notified on or before April 28, 2015 and posted on Goddard System, Inc.’s social media accounts by May 11, 2015. The recipient will be selected and announced on or before May 26, 2015. Only one recipient will be selected.

For more information on scholarship rules and criteria, please visit www.goddardschool.com/approach-to-education/scholarship. For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

In the Spotlight: The Goddard School located in Voorhees, NJ

Voorhees, NJOn April 25, we counted the votes and declared The Goddard School located in Voorhees, NJ the winner of the 2014 Upcycling Challenge!

The competition, part of The Goddard School’s national Root for Earth campaign, encouraged children, faculty and families in Goddard Schools across the country to use their imaginations to create a scene or object using recyclable materials.

The Goddard School located in Voorhees’s project depicted a scene from Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax, including “Truffula” trees made from cereal boxes and tissue paper and “Humming-Fish” made from plastic bottles.

After reading several of Dr. Seuss’s works during the School’s Dr. Seuss Week in March, the children decided that The Lorax, a fable about the importance of preserving the environment, would make the perfect theme.

Once they had their idea, School owner Tracy Sortino emailed the parents to ask them to donate their recyclables. Over the course of three weeks, the parents donated so many recyclables that the School had to recycle the leftovers.

Children worked on the project in the School’s pre-k classroom and displayed the finished product there. The children worked so enthusiastically that it only took them a week to finish it.

Photos of the completed project were posted to Facebook.

Then the voting began.

“Kids would say, ‘Mom, go on Facebook and vote,’” Sortino said, laughing. “Everybody was so into it, and that’s exciting.”

The parents were eager to see the School win the competition, and their support helped the School earn a grand total of 675 votes. The School also racked up around 250 shares on Facebook.

Sortino added that the parents’ enthusiasm helped to further foster a sense of unity. “They [parents] got to see a different side of us,” she said. “I think that really helped to build camaraderie.”

The competition helped the children learn about preserving the environment as well as the importance of teamwork, Sortino explained. The children also learned about energy conversation during The Goddard School’s national Lights Out! hour, another Root for Earth initiative. Goddard Schools across the nation turned off all non-essential lighting for one hour from 10 to 11 AM on Earth Day.

When The Goddard School located in Voorhees was notified on May 2 about its win, the children, teachers and parents were all excited and overjoyed by the news. Most importantly, the School continues to recycle and even recycled the project after it was taken down.

The Lorax would be proud.

$10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced for 2013

 Scholarship Program Recognizes Goddard School Alumni for Excellence in Education

A check for $10,000 was presented to Ethan Mandel of Maple Glen by Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, and Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. GSI has named Ethan Mandel the 2013 recipient of the sixth annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship (AAMMS). The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior in high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The AAMMS is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School franchise system, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies including AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Inc. Mr. Martino worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve great things for himself and his family. In the spirit of Martino’s successes, the AAMMS scholarship is awarded to a graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community.

Winner Ethan Mandel attended The Goddard School located in Horsham, PA and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 2000. Mandel, also a graduate of Upper Dublin High School with an outstanding academic background, will be attending Temple University, Fox School of Business, in the fall and plans to study in the school’s honors program for marketing and business administration.

The public was invited to help select the scholarship recipient. Videos of the top three finalists were posted on The Goddard School Facebook page and fans voted for their top choice. The AAMMS winner receives $10,000 to use toward their education at an accredited college or university. The runner ups receive a gift card to use towards books and school supplies.

“The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduate from The Goddard School who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community,” says Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for GSI. “We have many alumni who meet the criteria, but Ethan really stands out. We are delighted to recognize Ethan as he embarks on his college career; Ethan and his family are truly deserving.”

“As a preschooler, Ethan was full of spirit and so eager to learn. We know he will go on to do great things,” says Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. “We’re just so proud of Ethan and thrilled for his family.”

“The Goddard School is a key example in my life of paying it forward, a staple in my lifetime goals, and helped shape me into the well-rounded individual that I am today,” said Mandel. “I am thrilled to have been selected for this scholarship and to be recognized by Goddard Systems for my academic achievement.”

“Goddard invests their heart and soul in our children and I recently found out that their investment does not end there,” says Karen Mandel, Ethan’s mother. “As a single mom, working full time, the challenges that I faced raising two sons were insurmountable.  I felt like Goddard became my ‘daytime support system’ when it came to providing Ethan with a learning environment that was fun and fundamental.”

“It’s where you start the journey that makes all the difference. That’s why we use proven, play-based methods to nurture healthy development and encourage a lifelong love of learning,” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education for GSI and member of the Educational Advisory Board.

To view the video of the finalists, please visit: http://on.fb.me/16KV888.

For more information on the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, please visit www.goddardschool.com/Scholarship.

Goddard Systems, Inc.® Welcomes Dr. Craig Bach to Serve Inaugural Role of Vice President for Education

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, a leader in franchised educational childcare for 25 years, is pleased to announce Dr. Craig Bach to serve as its first Vice President for Education.

Dr. Bach, an educational researcher with more than 15 years of experience in both K-12 and postsecondary education, will be responsible for overseeing licensing and compliance, accreditation, quality assurance, training, and curriculum on behalf of the nearly 400 Goddard School locations across the nation. He will serve as part of the company’s senior leadership team and will report to GSI Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dzana Homan.

“In this new role, Dr. Bach will focus on not only continuing to build and retain a network of quality educators, but also to develop metrics to ensure high-quality education is consistently delivered and achieved throughout the system,” said Dzana Homan.

“Part of my role will be to translate the value of the educational work we do to the business side of our organization — positive educational outcomes are not only good for our children, they are good for our business as well,” said Dr. Bach.

Longer term, Dr. Bach will lead a research team to study the impact a Goddard education has at the first, second and third grade levels.

“Assessment and evaluation will be fundamental to everything my team implements at GSI,” said Dr. Bach. “Studies continue to show the importance of early education in building a solid foundation for a child’s academic success. We want to make sure that we build on that research and demonstrate that our educationally rich programs continue to provide children with a foundation for a successful future.”

Prior to joining GSI, Dr. Bach served as the Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness and Teaching Professor in the School of Education for Drexel University. During his time with Drexel in the School of Education, he served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $5 million in funded projects, including a NASA funded project to use instructional technologies to teach fractal geometry to high school students, the Pennsylvania Department of Education funded Drexel Tech Prep Consortium and a NSF funded grant to develop online mathematics mentoring with the Math Forum.

Dr. Bach also has experience in the for-profit space. He served as the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Kaplan Higher Education where he managed five teams working on assessment, research, analytics, data management, and performance measurement. Additionally, he worked as an instructional designer for Futurekids — a pre-K to Grade 6 franchise business.

“Our appointment of Dr. Bach comes at an important time in our nation’s emphasis on early childhood education,” said Dzana Homan. “We are impressed with Dr. Bach’s well-rounded experience in the field of education and eager to build on our successful program with his fresh perspective and insights.”

For more information, visit www.goddardschool.com.