Chester (River's Bend) 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.

  • This is our first year with The Goddard School. It is such a positive environment for our children. They are happy to go to school each day and have made great progress in their education. The entire faculty is friendly and welcoming. The building is bright, cheerful, and safe. The constantly changing themes and artwork keep things interesting. We will certainly miss Goddard when the twins start kindergarten this fall!

    Aaron & Alexis's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The Goddard School has been nothing but AMAZING for my son - he has learned so much and such a short period of time. I am truly amazed. The teachers are also amazing!

    Branson's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • My wife and I truly appreciate the time and dedication that the employees bring to the Goddard School. Add the fact that our 6 year enjoyed her time there and began public schools having been well prepared from her experience and time while at Goddard, it was not a tough decision to enroll our 2 year old there beginning in the Fall.

    Audrey & Caroline's Father

    Kindergarten Classroom

  • Our 2 children have been in the The Goddard School at Rivers Bend since they were babies. Now they are in 4th and 2nd grade and still attend the after hours daycare. Stephen and Paula's dedication and their team's passion for child care and education is admirable. It is especially important for parents that have a busy schedule to have a place were we know our kids are going to be safe and also will have educational activities. We have been blessed. Frank Duarte

    Demi & Francisco's Father

    Before/After School Program

  • My baby is loved as a family member with Ms Edie and Ms Lavern. I feel she is safe and I can work at peace. Steve is the best, I can't thank him enough for opening a space for my baby in Jan as I was out of options for daycare and had to go back to work.

    Mark & Andrea & Ashley's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • Not only does my daughter learn new things faster than I can keep up with, but the staff has made us all feel like family! My daughter has flourished in the care of Goddard, and I could not be more grateful for the peace of mind they have given me when I'm at work.

    Arden'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.

January 2020 - January 2030


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 2021 - June 2026


The Brand Ambassador Award acknowledges a franchisee that has gone above and beyond GSI’s system standards to keep its facility and program current and competitive while meeting GSI’s highest standards in the areas of quality assurance, business operations, brand standards, marketing, advertising and public relations.

January 2019 - January 2020


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 2019 - January 2020


The Leadership Award recognizes the top franchisee or franchisees 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


This award recognizes the best in the Tri-Cities area -- as voted by the readers of the Progress-Index Newspaper.

January 2013 - January 2014


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

January 2013 - January 2014


The Philip Schumacher Scholarship was named for the retired President and CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI). This $10,000 scholarship is presented annually to a franchisee who exemplifies managing an outstanding business, commitment to maintaining and improving The Goddard School brand as well as being valued by their community and respected by fellow franchisees for his/her commitment to quality.

January 2012 - January 2013
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