March 2, 2023

The Goddard School’s Kim Kick Honored as a Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association

Longtime franchisee from Orange, CT, recognized for excellence in franchising

The International Franchise Association (IFA) named Kim Kick, owner of The Goddard School of Orange, CT, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Kick was honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

The Goddard School of Orange is one of more than 600 locations in The Goddard School franchise system, the nation’s leading provider of premier early childhood education programs. Kick opened The Goddard School of Orange in 2006 with her father after 10 years of teaching at the elementary level. This location has become one of the system’s top performers in multiple categories including parent satisfaction scores (NPS), health and safety, teacher retention and profitability.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank both the IFA and Goddard School for recognizing my commitment to and achievements in the franchising industry,” said Kick. “During my time as a Goddard School owner, I’ve had the unique privilege to provide care and education for thousands of children while watching them develop a lifelong love of learning. Owning a Goddard School has enabled me to give back to my community in ways I never thought possible, and I’m so grateful to be part of the Goddard family and the continued opportunities this provides, both personally and professionally.”

In accordance with Goddard’s mission to make the world a better place through early childhood development, Kick’s top priority is the continuous advancement of her school’s educational programming. At the height of school closures and faculty shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, she led her school to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—one of the industry’s most respected recognitions— for the third time. Kick is also committed to serving her community outside of her school, creating a scholarship in memory of her father to enable more children to receive world-class education. She is actively engaged in system-wide events and initiatives and serves as a franchisee representative to support collaboration and relationship building between the franchisor and other local school owners.

“With more than 465 franchisees in our system, this group of dedicated professionals is the backbone of our business, and Kim represents the best of the best in the Goddard family,” said Dennis R. Maple, chairman and CEO of Goddard Systems, LLC, and IFA board member. “Kim is proactive in providing quality care and developmentally appropriate education in a safe and nurturing environment, positioning her school as a premier employee destination and giving back to her community, all while never taking her eyes off maintaining and growing her profitable operations. Kim’s students and their families, faculty, fellow franchisees and all of us here at Goddard are grateful for her contributions and lucky to know her.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship and supporting their fellow franchisees.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the IFA. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like Kim exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

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