Goddard School

  • Goddard Systems
1016 Ninth Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • (800) 272-4901 / (610) 265-7128
  • (610) 265-7194 (Fax)

The Goddard School, franchised by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), is recognized as the "#1 Franchise Preschool Chain in the U.S." (Entrepreneur, 01/08) and is ranked in the "Top 200 Franchises," (Franchise Times, 10/07). GSI has 290+ schools licensed in 37 states, and is expanding the network throughout the United States and Canada. GSI has achieved its initial goal as the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and now has its sights on the next level - recognition as the premier childcare provider.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1988

Franchising Since: 1988

Operating Units

Franchised Units 388 100.0%
Company-Owned Units 0 0.0%
Total Operating Units 388 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 280 100.0% In 37 States
Canada 0 0.0% In 0 Provinces
International 0 0.0% In 0 Foreign Countries
Total 280 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
New Jersey 57
Ohio 41
Pennsylvania 34

Registered in the following Registration States

California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Alberta

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? No
Size of Corporate Staff 105
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance No

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising No
National Advertising No
Regional Advertising No
Local Advertising No
Marketing Materials Brochures, Direct Mailers, Emails, Promotional Items
Additional Services: Grand Opening, In-House Marketing, Marketing Research, Newsletter, Online Extranet, Press Releases

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing Included
Central Purchasing N/A
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control Included
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


King of Prussa, PA 3 Weeks
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $600K
Cash Investment $150K
Total Investment $694.5-713.5K
Average Total Investment $704K


Initial Franchise Fee $135K
Average Franchise Fee $0K
On-Going Royalty 7%
Average Royalty 0%
Advertising Fee 4% or $2,000

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 15+
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 10+
Space Needs (in square feet) None
Preferred Site Types N/A
Encourages Conversions N/A
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? Yes
Listed in the SBA Registry? No
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 5
General Business Experience 4
Specific Industry Experience 2
Formal Education 3
Psychological Profile 1
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 15
Term of Renewal Period 5
Passive Ownership? Allowed
Area Development
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? No
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 50
USA Yes, All United States
Canada Yes, All Canada
Overseas No
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Request Information for Goddard School

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