Third Lake (Gurnee/ Grayslake) Reviews & Recognition

The love and commitment of our Goddard families inspires us every day. To help make each child’s learning experiences the best they can be, we are always happy to listen when parents share their expectations. Here’s what our families have to say.

  • The learning environment and approach taken by the teachers is amazing. The kids get so much out of it that truly prepares them for the future.

    Shea & Nolan's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • My kids are happy, safe, and have the best days!!! I never worry about them at Goddard.

    Scarlett & Harper's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • We have been thru a number of daycares throughout our daughters first five years, and we are tremendously grateful to have finally ended up at Goddard. The teachers seem to truly love what they do, and are tremendously engaged in the development of the children in their rooms. The staff is always helpful and friendly, and the overall communication has been second to none!

    Layla & Lukas's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • The school as been essential in the development of my boys. It take a village to raise children and couldn’t do it without The Goddard School.

    Conor & Dylan's Father

    Pre-K Classroom

  • Our experience has been very positive. Mia is learning so much and she is enjoying the environment at Goddard. She loves her teacher and we feel very comfortable with the entire environment as soon as we step in the door.

    Mia's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • Love the Goddard Curriculum! Greatly appreciate the Goddard Teachers and Administration! Excellent Team! Thank you all very much!

    Ella's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Wonderful teachers, a safe and clean environment, and dependable child care services.

    Harper's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Safety, attention to details, educational rigor built into play.

    Josephine & Alice's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • My daughter's teachers genuinely care about her and remember details of her personality and eating schedule. They've worked with us to develop a best nap plan as she gets older, which has been super helpful! I love the classrooms, outdoor space, and spacious gym so she will grow and learn in the best possible environment.

    Lena's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • Engaging activities, learning so many new concepts, high level of care, and very detailed description of their days.

    Sophia's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Organized and treat well the kids

    Marija's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • High standards for child safety, learning and growing in every way. Frequent communication and updates on kids. Extremely dedicated staff who love our kids and it shows.

    Caitlin & Jackson's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • I love seeing the different this school makes in my child. He is learning a lot and doing very well. The teachers and staff are great to work with as well.

    Aiden's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Friendly, consistent environment. Clean. Great activities for the kids. Love the gym.

    Lucas's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • I love this place! My twin daughters goes to Goddard, they are learning a lot and I can see them advance .. Great team .. Would recommend this place to anyone asking about a day care <3

    Fay & May's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Every staff member is dedicated to ensuring the safety and care of our children. Teachers go above and beyond to provide excellent classroom experiences. Goddard is an exceptional school.

    Anna Rose's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • We love the Goddard school in Third Lake, IL! The staff is the Absolute Best and we cannot say enough nice thing about them!

    Molly & Rory's Mother

    Kindergarten Classroom

BERNIE’S BOOK BANK

Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

January 2017 - January 2023

DAILY HERALD READER'S CHOICE

This award recognizes the best in the Chicagoland area -- as voted by the readers of the Daily Herald.

January 2017 - January 2023

WIND POWER

Renewable energy credits (RECs) received through Renewable Choice Energy help to reduce our environmental footprint in the area of electricity consumption.

January 2020 - January 2022

EXCELERATE ILLINOIS

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes a program's commitment to quality beyond the basic state licensing requirements (which cover seven broad areas including staffing, programming, health, safety and hygiene).  The Silver Circle of Quality recognizes completion of a rigorous self-assessment and implementation of a continuous quality improvement process, as verified by a state-approved assessor.

February 2018 - January 2019

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE FOR EDUCATION

Goddard’s Circle of Excellence Award for Education acknowledges Schools that provide the highest-quality and most consistent educational programs in every classroom. To be considered for the award, each School must earn one of the top two ratings of its state’s licensing program, become accredited by at least one of the four primary accreditors or achieve P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Learning) Exemplar status.  Schools that earn this award represent some of the top education programs in our system.

January 2018 - January 2019

THE BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS 

The National Exchange Club’s longest running project, the Book of Golden Deeds Award, recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.

January 2017 - January 2018

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

The humanitarian award honors a School that ‘does well by doing good.’ This award is given to the school that has demonstrated selfless devotion to serving those in need and demonstrates a commitment to community outreach. This award recognizes the life-enriching programs the School has participated in and positive contributions the School has made through community outreach endeavors.

January 2016 - January 2017

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE

Goddard’s Circle of Excellence Award recognizes franchisees that meet the highest standards set by GSI in the areas of health and safety, curriculum, overall quality, punctual reporting and business operations. Eligibility is limited to franchisees that score in the highest range in all of these categories.

January 2015 - January 2016

LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Leadership Award recognizes one franchisee from each of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Western regions based on their leadership and their mentoring of fellow franchisees. These franchisees demonstrate an unwavering belief in the Goddard system. Additional criteria include the adaptation of new programs and services, participation in national and market events, engagement in the community, school accreditations, participation in GSI meetings and being a brand ambassador.

January 2014 - January 2015

MARKET OF EXCELLENCE

This award is presented annually and acknowledges a market that has demonstrated the best collaborative effort in representing The Goddard Schools in their community.

January 2014 - January 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD

Goddard’s Health & Safety Award is presented to the School with the highest average Health & Safety score.

January 2013 - January 2014

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Goddard’s Quality Assurance Award is presented to the School with the highest average QA score.

January 2013 - January 2014

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE

Goddard’s Circle of Excellence Award recognizes franchisees that meet the highest standards set by GSI in the areas of health and safety, curriculum, overall quality, punctual reporting and business operations. Eligibility is limited to franchisees that score in the highest range in all of these categories.

January 2011 - January 2012

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE PRESIDENT’S CLUB

Goddard’s Circle of Excellence President’s Club Award recognizes franchisees that meet the highest standards set by GSI in the areas of health and safety, curriculum, overall quality, punctual reporting and business operations. Eligibility is limited to franchisees that achieved the highest level of excellence, scoring in the top ten percent in each category.

January 2010 - January 2011

BRUCE FORD MEMORIAL AWARD

Goddard’s Bruce Ford Memorial Award was established in memory of New Jersey franchisee, Bruce Ford, and recognizes the franchisee whose generous spirit sets him/her apart. Through his/her actions, he/she demonstrates outstanding contribution to the community, unselfish support of fellow franchisees and an unwavering belief in the Goddard system. This is a peer-nominated award.

January 2008 - January 2009

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE

Goddard’s Circle of Excellence Award recognizes franchisees that meet the highest standards set by GSI in the areas of health and safety, curriculum, overall quality, punctual reporting and business operations. Eligibility is limited to franchisees that score in the highest range in all of these categories.

January 2007 - January 2009

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Goddard’s Outstanding Customer Service Award is determined through Mystery Callers, Mystery Shoppers, Parent Surveys and Parent Concern Calls.

January 2007 - January 2008

PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT AWARD

Goddard’s Enrichment Programs Award recognized Schools that integrated nine or more Goddard Resources into the curriculum.

January 2007 - January 2008
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