Choose success with The Goddard School Franchise.

Brand Strength

By every measure, The Goddard School Franchise has an impressive track record. Join The Goddard School and become a member of a franchise system that has been ranked the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine every year since 2002.

By every measure, The Goddard School Franchise has an impressive track record. Join The Goddard School and become a member of a franchise system that has been ranked the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine every year since 2002.

Why Education

The Goddard School core curriculum emphasizes early childhood development and incorporates enrichment programs in math, foreign language, art history, sign language, world cultures, music appreciation, fitness, dance and manners. Our unique approach nurtures children into joyful, confident learners who are well-prepared for success in school and in life. Your School will also help them make a positive impact on your community.

“Some of the most successful business people I’ve encountered have had the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities as part of their work. With The Goddard School you’re changing children and you can feel great about making money doing so.” – Kyle D. Pruett, MD, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board

Ribbon graphic showing The Goddard School franchise ranked as the #1 childcare franchise by Entrepreneur magazine

Industry Leader

Goal-oriented entrepreneurs recognize The Goddard Schools’ successful combination of a proven business model, a record demand for childcare and fellow franchisees with a commitment to "doing well by doing good." Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the corporate headquarters of The Goddard School Franchise and the acknowledged leader in the childcare franchise segment, is awarding franchises to qualified applicants who want to go into business for themselves, not by themselves. GSI was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine for the fourteenth year (January 2015) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the eighth year (October 2014).

Black and white photo of the first Goddard School

History

With more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education, The Goddard School has grown from one location in southeastern Pennsylvania to more than 400 locations nationwide.

  • History

    With more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education, The Goddard School has grown from one location in southeastern Pennsylvania to more than 400 locations nationwide.

    Black and white photo of the first Goddard School
  • 1980's

    Photo of Anthony A. Martino, founder of The Goddard School franchise
    • 1986

      The first Goddard Early Learning Center opened in Malvern, Pennsylvania

    • 1988

      Anthony A. Martino, founder of the AAMCO Transmissions and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks franchises, formed Carousel Systems to offer Goddard Early Learning Center childcare and preschool franchises

  • 1990's

    Black and white photo of the first Goddard School, before it became a childcare franchise
    • 1990

      The first Goddard Early Learning Center franchise opened in Marshallton, Pennsylvania

    • 1993

      Goddard Early Learning Centers are renamed The Goddard School

    • 1994

      Goddard Quality Assurance developed its quality scoring system, one of the most stringent QA programs in the industry

  • 1990's

    A banner announcing the opening of the 100th Goddard School franchise, which is located in Pickerington, Ohio
    • 1998

      Carousel Systems, Inc. founded Goddard Systems University to provide comprehensive and continuing education to franchisees and their faculty

    • 1999

      The 100th Goddard School opened in Pickerington, Ohio

  • 2000's

    The exterior of the 200th Goddard School franchise, which was opened in Vancouver, Washington
    • 2002

      American Manufacturing Company (AMC) acquired the franchise assets of Carousel Systems, Inc. and continued franchising as Goddard Systems, Inc.

    • 2005

      The 200th Goddard School opened in Vancouver, Washington

    • 2007

      The first metro/downtown Goddard School opened in Columbus, Ohio

  • 2000's

    AdvancED logo
    • 2008

      The 300th Goddard School opened in Centennial, Colorado


      Goddard Systems, Inc. awarded the first-ever Anthony A. Martino scholarship to Connor Sullivan, a graduate of The Goddard School located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

    • 2009

      Goddard Systems, Inc. received program accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA - now AdvancED)

  • 2010's

    Children at a Goddard School franchise playing Simon Says
    • 2011

      Goddard Systems, Inc. named Strategic Council Member of The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)


      Goddard Schools (nationwide) attempted Guinness™ World Record for most participants (multi-location) for Simon Says on Friday, September 23, 2011

    • 2012

      Goddard Systems, Inc. earned Middle States Corporate Accreditation

  • 2010's

    The exterior of the 400th Goddard School franchise, which was opened in Highland Heights, Ohio
    • 2013

      The 400th Goddard School opened in Highland Heights, Ohio


      The Goddard School celebrated 25 years of learning through play by raising more than $188,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities in one month

    • 2014

      The Goddard School was named one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the eighth consecutive year

  • 2010's

    The exterior of a Goddard School franchise, with the caption “#1 Childcare Franchise”
    • 2015

      The Goddard School was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the fourteenth consecutive year

Real Owners. Real Success.

Why we chose The Goddard School Franchise.

The great thing about being a Goddard School owner is that anybody from any background can do it. The two things our franchisees have in common are that they have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy working with children. Check out these testimonials to hear why people just like you chose The Goddard School Franchise.