Ellicott City 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.

  • Excellent staff and curriculum program!

    Grace & Daniel's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • Very welcoming atmosphere, great teachers and a lovely environment for a preschooler to learn and make friends.

    Tigerlily's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Makes learning a safe but fun environment

    Lennox's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • Goddard School's educational services are innovative & effective and provided by caring, top notch professionals.

    Emerson & Eloise's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • The teachers at The Goddard School really care for my son and his well being. Each day, they are engaging him in a variety of activities to keep him entertained, as well as work on various development skills. While it would be nice to be with my son all the time, I know they are doing so much more with him that I could ever hope to do at home activity wise!

    Andrew's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • Teacher turn over ratio is very low and important to having a heathy educational environment. I like the structured classes and lesson plans that encourage creativity.

    Christian's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • I am amazed by the little things that our teachers do on a daily basis to dramatically improve the educational experience for our son.

    Benjamin & baby's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • I like the the structure of the school and the curriculum that is provided for my children. I also enjoy seeing the enthusiasm that the teachers show toward my children and others.

    Nicholas & Noa's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The Jr kindergarten program is fabulous!

    Zachary's Mother

    Junior-K Classroom

  • Teachers and the administration are very caring and professional

    Mahi's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • I like the dedication of the teachers and administrators. Everyone really seems to care about our daughter.

    Vivian & baby's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • Both of our children have attended Goddard. We've been very satisfied with the high level of attention each child has received, the consistency and quality of the teachers and the low turnover of the staff. It has made the experience of going to school for our children very pleasant.

    Riley & Owen's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • Curriculum is educational and fun. My daughter is developing in leaps and bounds.

    Arisa & Baby's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • I am impressed with the staff -- outgoing, attentive, aware. I like the mix of activities that is always going on. It seems there is always something new happening.

    Noah's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • You have a great staff who relate quite well to the children. Your staff is very patient and help the children during each stage of their growth and development. The staff and teachers do a wonderful job keeping the children stimulated on a daily basis and know how to make preschool fun!

    Anna's Mother

    Junior-K Classroom

  • I really appreciate the teachers. They are very caring and professional. I can tell they put a lot of heart and soul into the activities that they do with the children. My son learns a ton and brings home the cutest artwork.

    Willis's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The kids love their spanish class!

    Canan & Ava's Father

    Goddard Graduate

  • The structure of the curriculum is very impressive.

    Uchenna & Nnaemeka (Nna)'s Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • I love the teachers! I also appreciate the hard work from the faculty and staff. Everyone is friendly, thoughtful, and extremely responsive.

    Bahar's Mother

    Preschool Classroom


Child Care Aware is the nation's most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of Child Care Aware of America, Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

June 2021 - January 2030


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredits early childhood programs according to health, safety and education standards. The standards are intended to provide a reliable and accountable accreditation system to encourage the field of early childhood education to strive for a new level of excellence.

January 2011 - April 2027


Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System that awards ratings (up to 5 stars) to family providers, center-based and public school child care programs, and school age before and after school programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas.

September 2022 - September 2023


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

January 2015 - January 2016


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 2004 - January 2005


Goddard’s Carousel Cup was presented annually to Goddard School Franchisees who best epitomized the true philosophy and spirit of the School to parents, children and community.

January 2000 - January 2001


Goddard’s Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the rookie School who has met the highest standards in the areas of overall quality, health & safety, curriculum and business operations.

January 1997 - January 1998
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