Ashland 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.

  • We always refer friends to Goddard. We love that both of our sons have identities there. Kids at Goddard are loved and challenged. Even during tough times, Goddard does everything they can to give children a place to grow, while their parents are in the workplace.

    Hayden & Dean's Father

    Pre-K Classroom

  • On our first day, with only meeting the Owner on a virtual tour, the Director referred to our son by name as we arrived for drop off. We had not even met her yet, but she still knew our family! This example of organization and preparation is one of many, as we are impressed daily with responsiveness and attention to detail. We trust our teachers. We trust the dedication of the management staff and onsite owners. This is a second home for our child, that comes with learning!

    William (Liam)'s Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The building is bright, clean and cheerful. The staff is friendly, professional and very engaged with the children. The owners and management are also all of those things and very responsive. If you ever have a concern, they listen and address it without making excuses. I’ve always taken comfort in knowing the teachers are doing a great job of caring for my daughters and teaching them as well.

    Anna & Ella's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • All of the staff are so welcoming a loving. I walk in and know that my child is loved and treated with kindness everyday.

    Sloan's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • This school feels like family not just a daycare! We absolutely adore it and recommend to anyone in need of child care!

    Connor & Hayden & Baby Girl 's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • It's early on , but I like the many activities which stimulate all of the senses. I also feel that my child is safe each day she comes to school.

    Amelia's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • I like the kids having a soft curriculum built into the diverse play that is so important for preschool aged children. Introducing them to time, manners, nature, building relationships, responsibility, and a variety of ways to be creative, etc. is invaluable.

    Josephine & Charles's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • We love it. We are on the stretch run with our third child and recommend it to all of our neighbors.

    Finley & Daxton & Piper's Father

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The integration of technology is fantastic. The entire environment is organized, well run and inviting. When I pick up my child, he is happy and smiling.

    Oliver's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • We love the teachers and how much the children learn! We love the new addition to the school especially the indoor gym. Everyone is always so friendly and really listens to parents concerns. We appreciate and love all of the staff and this school!

    Daniel's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The Goddard School staff is very dedicated to making sure my daughter is happy and well taken care of. Her education is of utmost importance and I feel she is being taught very well. I will recommend the Goddard School to anyone seeking a great start for their children.

    Isabella's Mother

    Kindergarten Classroom

  • Very organized and centered around making it fun for the children. My daughter really enjoys coming to school to learn. We could not be happier with sending our daughter to school at Goddard.

    Brooke Lezah & Walter (Raleigh)'s Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The Goddard School has a very caring staff.

    Lotus's Father

    Before/After School Program

  • The communication between the teachers and parents. We also love how all the teachers know our children and us. That means a lot

    Mia & Ana's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The teachers have been excellent in every classroom and the owners are always very nice when you see them. Based on my experiences over the last few years I know I’m sending my daughter to a safe place where she is being exposed to great elementary school learning activities and making good friends as well.

    Emerson's Father

    Goddard Graduate

  • I like the fact that I don't have to worry about my son when he's at The Goddard School :) I have had a good experience with all teachers and employees. My son loves going to The Goddard School. He never has a problem at drop off which tells me he loves the environment and people there!

    Bennett & Cooper's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • We love how much Emmie loves it! I can tell she has the best time and is learning a ton.

    Emmie's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • Teachers are enthusiastic and caring. Owner is very engaged. All is very organized and neat.

    Calvin's Father

    Infant Classroom

  • This Goddard School is run so well. Everyone from the owners to the teachers are so involved with the children and care so much about them.

    Molly's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • I love the staff and the community feel. We recommend any friends who have babies to go there! We've had both of our boys there and have LOVED it!

    Charles & Gavin's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • We love the caring staff, facility and outdoor area.

    Maggie & Clara's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The teachers care deeply about the children's well-being and development. The school is organized, communicative, and collaborative.

    Lincoln (Linc)'s Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • love the staff, love the attention they give my children, great attitudes, proactive. Clean environment, great interaction with staff and children. Everyone seems kind.

    Maya & Alexander's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The structure and the genuine caring nature of the staff combined with an actual curriculum, make it the only choice for our family!

    Elizabeth (Gracie)'s Father

    Infant Classroom

  • My child is well-loved and well-cared for! The owners, directors, and teachers have been wonderful to work with. My son seems happy and has a great time at The Goddard School. He has been exposed to so many enriching experiences already and he's only 7 months old!

    Matthew & Henry's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • -curriculum focused learning: I find great value in the fact that Goddard has lesson plans weekly/daily for each classroom that incorporate reading, language, and technology -overall the staff turnover has a much better rate compared to other schools -facility is well cared for and maintained -sense of community within the school (preCOVID festivals, classroom parties, etc)

    George (GW)'s Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • Everyone is so welcoming and it seems like everyone knows our names!

    Josie's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • We love it here! Feels like a family!

    Vivi (Vivian)'s Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • First, all of the staff are amazing! Secondly, the program is second to none.

    Annie & Braxton's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • My child has flourished here. She is ahead of her peers in other settings, and I have a fantastic relationship and partnership with her teachers, the directors and the owners. Wonderful!

    Madison & Trinity's Mother

    Toddler Classroom


Cognia ( offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, Cognia serves 36,000 institutions, nearly 25 million students, and five million educators every day.

June 2013 - June 2023


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 2017 - January 2018


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


Voted Best of Tri-Cities & Richmond Magazine's Best Award as childcare provider.

January 2013 - January 2014


This award recognizes the best in the Richmond area -- as voted by the readers of Style Weekly.

January 2012 - January 2013
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