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The Goddard School of Orange Park

The Goddard School is more than a warm and nurturing place. It’s more than a great education for your child. It’s peace of mind.

415 Meldrum Lane
Orange Park, Florida 32065
904-291-9991 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
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The Goddard School of Orange Park

Meet  Valerie

Meet Valerie

Welcome! I am the Founding Owner of The Goddard School in Orange Park located in OakLeaf Plantation. I am honored to serve this growing, family-oriented community, and am confident that families will find everything they are looking for (and more!) when they stop in to meet us in person. Reflecting on our 15-year history, so many things make me proud of this school—we have served over 1,500 families in the OakLeaf and surrounding areas (including 600+ Pre-K graduates), we are the only school in our market that has maintained a consistent and invested management team for all of our 15 years (our onsite owner and her family live in OakLeaf), our teachers are incredibly talented and committed with an average tenure of 6+ years, and we have worked diligently as a team year-after-year to earn an outstanding reputation within the educational community here. My career has spanned over 30 years where I’ve developed expertise in business, small business operations, human resources, early childhood facility management, and providing top-notch customer service and experience. Prior to opening the school I was a Partner in an International Human Resources Consulting firm in Chicago. Having watched my own daughter develop and thrive in a Goddard School just outside of Chicago, I decided to change the course of my own life’s work to open this amazing school. Outside of the school, I spend as much time as possible with my inspiration—my daughter who, at age 20 is the oldest Goddard Pre-K alum in the state of Florida, and is also a successful college student. So proud of her and thankful that being her Mom led me to this great opportunity!
  • Our School

    Welcome! We’re committed to your child’s health, safety and education, which is why we provide children with safe and healthy learning environments at our School.

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  • Faculty

    Our teachers blend the highest standards in early childhood education and development with nurturing care.

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  • Special Programs

    We enhance our play-based curriculum with a range of enrichment programs designed to fit your child’s interests. 

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  • Reviews & Recognition

    We greatly value feedback we receive from parents and our communities, and are proud to share these publicly.

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It's Their Time to Thrive!

This year is your child’s time to thrive! Find out how The Goddard School sets your child up for success, so they’re prepared to confidently take on the world around them. 

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What Teachers Mean to Me

Every member of the Goddard faculty has special, often extraordinary, gifts they share with their students.  When a child comes home happy and can’t wait to see their teacher the next day, tell us about it. Take this moment to celebrate your child’s teachers!  

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We work tirelessly to ensure children thrive in a healthy, safe and warm environment. Within this secure and nurturing environment, children can discover their unique gifts.

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Our programs go beyond academics and help children develop important social-emotional skills like kindness, empathy, responsible decision making and more.  

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The F.L.EX.® Learning framework is designed to provide a well-rounded learning experience in a safe, nurturing environment to help prepare children for school, careers and life. 

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