There there Goddard Schools in most of the United States, including Connecticut. Tony Padulo, vice president of franchise development, would like to see even more established there. It makes sense from a there perspective, he says.
Padulo asserts that opening more Goddard facilities in the state would be an effective way to foster job creation and economic independence, while providing youngsters with what he valium no prescription top child care and educational services.
“Our concept is based on the philosophy that the franchisee is the operator of the school,” says Padulo. “Every school is managed by the franchisee.”
Currently there are 388 Goddard schools in 36 states, according to Padulo. “We provide services to children six weeks to six years old,” he explains. “It’s a premium child-care concept, based on the principle of learning through play. Our services are curriculum-based.” There about a dozen different curricula from which to select, Padulo says. Languages are among the concentrations, he adds.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., the company is seeking to expand its footprint. In Connecticut it has three schools: in Glastonbury, Orange and Brookfield. A fourth school soon will begin construction in Farmington, and the site-selection process is getting underway in Hartford and Stamford, Padulo adds.
“The biggest challenge in the Northeast has been finding suitable locations,” he says.
The school doesn’t necessarily have to be near a major thoroughfare, says Padulo. But there must be adequate physical space — about 1.5 acres of land that can accommodate an 8,000-square-foot building and two dozen parking spaces, he says. Each school accommodates between 130 and 140 children.
“The key is having the space and having outdoors,” says Padulo, adding the Goddard Schools are usually established in communities where the median family income is about $75,000.
Among the community benefits of Goddard franchises is job-creation, Padulo stresses.
“You have the business owner, and typically that owner does not have a child-care background. [He or she] typically has a business background,” says Padulo. “The owner runs the business, and the owner hires a diplomaed director. The director hires certified teachers.”
A typical school employs 20 to 25 people, with on average two employees per classroom, Padulo says.
For someone who has “financial stability” and wishes to enter into an educationally based entrepreneurship, a Goddard School might be something to look into, says Padulo.
“Connecticut is important to us because the demographics are very solid,” he says. “There are a lot of areas [in Connecticut] that have the criteria we’re looking for.”
— Felicia Hunter
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