The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development
The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development has been encouraging social and academic success for children from 6 weeks old to junior kindergarten through their play-based curriculum for nearly 30 years. With over 460 schools nationwide throughout 36 states, make no mistake that this large operation has your little one’s best interest at heart. Each location features an on-site owner and both an education and operations director on hand who collaborate to ensure the best possible preparation for each and every child.
“We pride ourselves on knowing every parent and child by name,” Hendersonville location owner Leisa Byars says.
The school, which opened in 2010, operates on the same trusted values as its many other locations while offering the individual attention your child deserves. Below are 10 reasons why you should consider Goddard’s Hendersonville location for your child’s early education needs and why Sumner Parent Magazine named The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development “Best Pre-School in Sumner County” for five consecutive years.
From the minute you drop them off to the minute you pick them up and every second in between, be assured that your child is in good hands at Goddard. Besides the building being protected with a security system, safety measures include health and safety policies, curriculum guidelines, a written sign in/out log and requiring authorized caregivers to provide identification.
“We’re not afraid of the word “love,” Byars says. The school employs teachers who love children and “work together to make sure every family enjoys a loving, nurturing experience.”
3. Award-Winning School
Besides annually being named Best Pre-School in Sumner County by Sumner Parent Magazine from 2011-2016, they were also named Large Business of the Year by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and honored to be named President’s Club Circle of Excellence Winner the same year by Goddard.
4. Professional Teachers with Degrees
“We believe that the deepest, most genuine learning happens for children through plan and fun activities, lovingly guided by highly-trained teachers.” Not only does Goddard hire the best candidates but they continue to educate their staff to ensure their students “the best preparation for social and academic success.”
5. F.L.EX. Learning
Goddard encourages learning through F.L.EX. (Fun Learning Experience) by offering individual, customized education options tailored to each child’s interests. Fun while learning is aided by an outdoor classroom which features a science center, amphitheater, music and arts center and a garden as well as a lending library that allows children to borrow books to bring home.
6. STEAM & P21 Education
Beyond the core education courses of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics) Goddard paired with Partnership for 21st Century Skills. P21 teaches valuable life skills through the four Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Students attending Goddard perform 45 percent higher than peers on Columbia University’s CPAA (Children’s Progress Academic Assessment) which assesses literacy and mathematics.
7. BASE Fitness
Balance, agility, strengthening and endurance are taught through the school’s BASE fitness program which encourages healthy activities. The school also features an indoor gym and a rock climbing wall.
8. Healthy Eating
The Goddard School works with each family to create a healthy diet that fits the family’s lifestyle and the child’s needs. Socialization and table manners are also taught during meals.
The school’s Apple Bottom Yoga curriculum further encourages a healthy mind and body along with enhancing self-awareness and discipline.
10. Community Involvement
Since opening, the Hendersonville location has gifted over $50,000 to local charities including United Way of Sumner County, Nashville Rescue Mission and Children Are People. Not only does this benefit the community but it also teaches the importance of compassion and giving to the students.
To learn more about The Goddard School in Hendersonville, check out their website at GoddardSchool.com, speak to them directly by calling 615.822.9300 or schedule an appointment to stop by the school at 108 Cinema Drive.