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Parenting in today’s world is increasingly complicated and difficult.
At The Goddard School we actively collaborate with you in the process of raising your child aligned with your vision. We develop plans designed to help your child reach his or her fullest potential.
The Goddard School focuses on quality childcare and our faculty is here for you every day. Our School Owners, Directors and Professional Teachers always put communication first, especially when it comes to informing you of your child's daily care and activities.
We offer an array of opportunities to ensure we’re meeting your needs and expectations, including:
Daily Activity Reports
Our schools provide parents with a daily report of your child’s activities.
We believe it important to have regularly scheduled conferences throughout the year.
Organized Goddard Community Events
Each of our Schools organizes many events throughout the year to build connections and relationships with those in the local community.
Flexible and Summer Hours
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All children are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion.
And we believe it is important to maintain and support a child’s inherent kindness. That’s why our Schools work to educate children that they are part of a larger community, a community that they can personally make a positive impact on.
It is never too early to help children experience the joy of giving to others while learning to take responsibility for their actions and developing a sense of citizenship. Every Goddard School participates in national and local community events and supports specific charities in a variety of activities throughout the year.
One of our favorite Goddard Cares programs in 2012 was launched as part of Goddard Community Games. Goddard Schools across the nation honored our military service men and women by sending cheerful messages and well wishes through special Goddard Cares Postcards. Goddard children and their families sent over 25,000 caring postcards in 2012! See a few of the cards and follow us on Pinterest.
To help develop a sense of caring and community for your child you can do such things as:
Keeping it Hands-On
Young children learn better by doing. Helping a neighbor is a great way to start
Sharing as a Family
Giving clothing and toys that are no longer worn or played with is a great way for the whole family to participate
Complimenting Simple Gestures
Let your child know when he or she demonstrates caring by comforting an infant, picking up a toy a child dropped and giving it to them, or saying thank-you when they receive a gift.
It is all of the little things that add up to making caring a part of their lives. We also invite you to inquire about the community events in which your local Goddard School is involved and to explore how you and your family can participate.
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We understand the importance of introducing children to skills they will need to integrate into the 21st century at an early age.
That’s why The Goddard School is the first preschool program that is a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) was founded in 2002 as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education and to kick-start a national conversation on the importance of 21st century skills for all students. We feel strongly that our partnership with this organization and the integration of these skills in the F.L.EX. curriculum is the right thing to do for our students, our economy, and our democracy ensuring that all students are ready to succeed in school, careers and life in the 21st century.
An early learning program should prepare your child for school and develop core skills to help him or her focus in school, participate in active learning and apply learned skills to new situations. These skills, called 21st Century learning, include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. The best time to develop these skills is in early childhood.
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We all want to give our children a great start—and encourage them to reach their full potential.
That’s why The Goddard School is pleased to offer Curiosityville, a fun and engaging home-to-school connection which allows students to continue classroom learning while at home with their family.
Curiosityville is a personalized learning world for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. It combines playful activities, lovable characters, and innovative technology to allow parents and teachers help children become great learners—ready for school and life.
In a unique partnership between The Goddard School and the team at Curiosityville, Goddard teachers are provided with supplemental educational materials for 21st Century skills for children online and in the classroom. Children engage with an international cast of six lovable animated characters, including Pablo the painter, Ruby the teacher, Joe the gadget guy (and Curiosityville’s mayor), Rosie the scientist, Jack the policeman and Olive the dancing chef. Together, they guide children through an ever-expanding mix of interactive, playful learning experiences that encourage kids to explore, think creatively and problem-solve. In addition to reading, math, science, social studies and other core skills, Curiosityville incorporates evidence-based standards linked to effective learning and life-long achievement – executive-function, social and emotional development and 21st century skills. As a Goddard parent you will receive access to your child’s profile, shared with your child’s teacher, with personalized suggestions for activities you can do at home.
Curiosityville’s personalized and comprehensive program is consistent with Goddard's approach to early learning understanding that every child is unique in growth and development. We are pleased to provide you with such a robust tool to track your child’s progress and offer you ideas and resources along the way.
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We are proud to have adopted two new Houghton, Mifflin and Harcourt (HMH), a global leader in education, programs at The Goddard School.
The first program focuses on preparing preschool/pre-k student for educational success. The second program focuses on offering advanced professional development for our faculty and staff.
Parents often ask us how we choose the products and programs that supplement our proprietary F.L.EX.℠ curriculum and how we select professional development programs for teachers.
We conduct a three-step process for all new programs that includes:
1. Comprehensive review of evidence-based programs that meet or exceed national and state standards.
2. Piloting programs in our schools and seeking feedback from teachers, parents and owners.
3. Correlation of the programs to the F.L.EX.℠ curriculum to ensure seamless integration in the classrooms.
The result is exceptional educational programs for your child!
HMH's new preschool/pre-k program, designed to ensure success for today’s Pre-K and 3–4 year-old learners through the latest research and interactive learning philosophies. SPLASH goes beyond a language and literacy program by providing a flexible instruction plan allowing children to learn and explore at many different levels. Teachers can pick and choose activities depending on individual child interest. This important structure is a perfect complement to the personalized Goddard School F.L.EX.℠ program.
Leadership & Learning Center
The second program focuses on enhanced professional development programs through HMH’s Leadership and Learning Center, a world-class professional development research and solutions provider. The HMH program will design exclusive courses for Goddard Systems University, focused on delivering the best combination of teaching, leadership, curriculum, and technology.
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We understand the importance of delivering a solid curriculum by well-trained teachers, but we also utilize age-appropriate technology in the classrooms.
That’s why we have teamed up with Promethean, a technology solutions leader, to integrate the most advanced learning and instructional tools into our classrooms.
As leaders in early childhood education, we feel that our relationship with Promethean enables us to design and develop transformational education solutions that support the F.L.EX.℠ curriculum and more. Promethean’s interactive, integrated solutions are backed by unparalleled support and training to ensure our educators have the resources they need to transform their classrooms into engaging, efficient learning environments focused on academic success for all students.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media recently released a comprehensive statement, "Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8,” providing important new guidance to early childhood programs on the effective use of media and technology. Rita Catalano, Executive Director for the Fred Rogers Center, stated, "We believe that when used appropriately, technology and interactive media have tremendous potential to nurture early learning and development.” The relationship with Promethean supports this appropriate use, and the most important thing about bringing the Promethean interactive boards into the Goddard classroom is that the children are having fun while using technology to play, practice, collaborate and create.