Early childhood education franchise recognized by Entrepreneur, Franchise Business Review and Franchise Times
The Goddard School, the nation’s leading premium early childhood education provider, has once again been recognized as one of the country’s top franchises in this year’s Entrepreneur Franchise 500® and Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 Franchises. Additionally, The Goddard School was the highest-ranking childcare provider in the 2023 Franchise Times Top 400. The franchise’s continued inclusion in these annual rankings is a testament to the outstanding business opportunity that Goddard offers its current and prospective franchisees.
The Goddard School is ranked #68 in the 2024 Entrepreneur Franchise 500, the world’s first and most comprehensive franchise ranking. For 45 years, the annual Franchise 500 has been a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry and recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees. Entrepreneur’s editorial team researches and assesses several factors, including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is then given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranked order.
This is the 26th consecutive year The Goddard School is included in the prestigious list, and in recognition of this consistency, Entrepreneur inducted the company into its Franchise 500 Hall of Fame last year. Additionally, Entrepreneur named The Goddard School a Top Brand for Multi-Unit Owners and Top Franchise for Veterans.
Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 Franchises is a recognition of the best franchise opportunities based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. The Goddard School was among more than 375 franchise brands, representing over 35,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations and financial opportunity. In addition to its Top 200 Franchises recognition, The Goddard School was named a Top Recession-Proof Franchise by Franchise Business Review last year.
“I truly love seeing Goddard’s annual inclusion in industry rankings like the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 and Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 Franchises because it provides validation for the incredible work our franchisees and Goddard Systems employees are doing every day to care for and educate nearly 100,000 young children across the country,” said Dennis R. Maple, chairman and CEO of Goddard Systems, LLC, the manager of The Goddard School franchise system. “The need for high-quality childcare is only accelerating, and we are poised to continue growing to provide even more entrepreneurs with opportunities to build a legacy and serve their communities by opening a Goddard School.”
For 36 years, Goddard’s proven franchise model has supported its franchisees with best-in-class operating standards, marketing, training, innovative educational programing and more. At its more than 600 schools nationwide, The Goddard School provides every child with a warm, caring and safe environment that supports their individual social, emotional and academic development and appreciates their unique talents and personalities. The Goddard School’s proprietary educational program—backed by expert knowledge, data-driven insight and unwavering compassion for growing minds—encourages children to explore their curiosities and interests as they discover the wonder of learning.