Mechanicsville 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.

  • LITERALLY THE BEST SCHOOL. I am so impressed with Danielle, the owner and all of her stuff. It takes a lot for me to let anybody else watch my child or teach my child but every day when I drop him off I know he is 100% safe and I can focus on my workday while I am away so many extra fun activities. I’ve already enrolled my other child to start in a year and a half once he has three.

    Declan & Havey's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The directors and the teachers are FANTASTIC and my kids love going every day. We feel that they are safe and loved when they’re in the care of TGS.

    Eleanor & Isla's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • We love the care and education our children receive at the Goddard. It is truly top notch. Things that we love most are the school’s diversity, curriculum, daily reports and pictures via the tadpole app, the activities provided for the kids, and management of running a safe center in the midst of this horrible pandemic. The Goddard Mechanicsville is provides exceptional care. We are very satisfied with Goddard and recommend it’s service to all parents looking for childcare.

    Audree & Braylon's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • We adore the Goddard school in Mechanicsville, and my son has fun every single day. The staff are so warm and welcoming. Everyone is so helpful, and I know that my son is learning and growing in a great environment. I can't say enough good things. We just love you guys! Thank you for doing all you do every day!

    Ryker's Mother

    Before/After School Program

  • We love the entire system that is in place. It is hard to pinpoint 1 particular activity. However, we can count on our daughter coming home daily reciting something new she has learned (from Spanish words, colors, to age appropriate mathematics).

    Jada's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Always welcomed by the staff at the front. We love the curriculum and structure it gives our daughter. She has learned so much since she's been attending goddard. It's clean, organized/structured and friendly staff!

    Charlee's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • First of all, Lucas and Alice look so happy to go to school. Apart from that, from my standpoint the staff is amazing (this is the 4th daycare my kids are attending). Miss Morgan is very kind and is always trying to provide any information we request. The drop off and pick up is great also. Everyone is so friendly.

    Lucas & Alice & Baby's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • My daughter is only 7 months old but she clearly loves it there. She's engaged all day long and comes home happy and ready to wind down for bed. Miss Danielle has been wonderful working with me with changing schedule needs. I will absolutely recommend them to anyone and if I have a second child down the road, there's no hesitation, he/she would also be going to Goddard.

    Eleanora's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • The kids are having so much fun in the activity that they don't really realize their working hard at education, but walk away with a wealth of knowledge.

    Aidan's Mother

    Summer Program

  • This school is amazing. I have 2 girls at Goddard, and I would HIGHLY recommend this school. The owners and teachers are wonderful!

    Raelyn & Payton's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The staff is extremely friendly, warm and knowledgeable.

    Harrison & Jackson's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • Every teacher my daughter has had is absolutely amazing. It is wonderful knowing that she will be happy and well cared for each day. She loves learning in different ways each day. Goddard is an amazing school and we are so thankful to be a part.

    Luna's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • So far my husband and I have been thrilled. It's amazing to see how excited our child has been to tell us everything that she learned that day.

    Olivia's Mother

    Kindergarten Classroom

  • We have had a fantastic educational experience with many years of our child Goddard.

    Mary's Father

    Before/After School Program

  • My daughter is excited to come to school each day! She loves her teachers and she's learned so much since we started just one month ago! I am already recommending Goddard to everyone I know!

    Ella's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • Everything about The Goddard school is wonderful from the staff to the standard of learning they have provided to all three of my boys.

    Carson & Zachary's Father

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The genuine approach that is displayed with everyone in the building helps with rapport with parents and their children which makes it that much easier to flow in the Goddard curriculum.

    Marleigh's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • The well-rounded curriculum is presented in an excellent manner by knowledgeable teachers.

    Mason & Miles's Mother

    Kindergarten Classroom

  • Teachers actually care for your children as if they were their own. All of the hands on attention and activities they do each and every day. The daily emails with pictures of your children are wonderful!

    Gigi's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The curriculum is very well rounded. I believe my child is learning a wide array of skills and knowledge to properly prepare her for kindergarten.

    Zoe & Quinn's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • I like that even though I am not with my child through the day I feel like with the daily reports and the teachers I know and feel like I was part of her day because of all the information and pictures I am provided

    Kendal's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Staff takes the time to learn your child's name-that he isn't just a number. The teachers are very loving on my child and they give good feedback when I come to pick him up, along with the daily report of what my child did.

    Spencer's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • The teachers! As a parent, I like that the teachers care about my child, even if she is having difficulties.

    Emily's Mother

    Before/After School Program

  • The teachers and administrators are very friendly, knowledgeable, and intelligent. The school is very transparent about everything that goes on at the school, whether it be illnesses, activities, or closings. I feel like I get my money's worth with Goddard

    Diana's Father

    Infant Classroom

  • I was very nervous about putting my twin boys in daycare and going back to work but all of the woman at Goddard have been absolutely amazing in helping our family transition. I can’t say enough good things about this school!

    Jackson & Cooper's Mother

    Toddler Classroom


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January 2020 - January 2030


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June 2012 - June 2022


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


As voted by readers of Richmond Magazine, The Goddard School of Mechanicsville, VA won the Best Childcare Provider of Richmond Magazine's Best of list.

January 2019 - January 2020


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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