Totally worth the wait! I am so happy we decided to go with Goddard for our two children and we could not be happier with the teachers, Directors and the Owner who are always very responsive and communicate well with parents about everything. We were with another preschool before our spots opened up at Goddard and the difference is like night and day.
Great staff, great curriculum, dedicated teachers, excellent communication between teachers and parents. Individual approach, safety. Amazing graduation event, I was very impressed. Highly recommend!
The best child care in the Lakewood ranch area! Loving and caring staff, great communication, truly feels like family. We left at one point during a time where we had to adjust our budget, but no other center compares. We came back to Goddard and are soooo thrilled we were able to do so. Amazing quality care!!! So grateful we found this place for our son.
I am a very picky (crazy?) mother who toured every preschool in Lakewood Ranch, memorized every school's kindergarten readiness test scores for the past three years, and spent months trying to decide where to send my kids when I went back to work. I had stayed home for 4 years and was afraid my kids would get sick all the time and that they wouldn't be happy without me all day. I decided Goddard was THE place for us for many reasons (consistently awesome test scores, close to home, cost was the same or less as other high-quality LWR preschools, loved the classrooms), but because they are so exceptional, there was a wait list and my little girl didn't have a spot. Dianne to the rescue! If other schools go the extra mile, Dianne runs a marathon. She spent countless hours on the phone with me trying to help me arrange schedules so that my kids could both attend, and when a spot opened I was elated. And the school hasn't let me down. My 4 year old daughter often cries when she has to leave at the end of the day because she loves it so much. My 2 year old loves it too, and he never loved anywhere I left him up until this point. They both love their teachers, who are warm, comforting, friendly, and fun. We've had no trouble with sickness like we did at the preschool my daughter was at as an infant, and they have listened to my concerns, acted on them, and have been supportive, communicative, and helpful. I love that they offer the "school day" prices for moms like me who don't work full time, and their classrooms are so educational and fun. I can't recommend them highly enough! If you can get in, it's your lucky day! 2 years later UPDATE: My youngest will have to say goodbye to Goddard this month as he sets off for kindergarten, and we couldn't be more thankful for our experience here. Every teacher has been exceptional, every year has been better than the last. My son loved the way the school incorporated superheroes, pirates, Star Wars, sharks, and other "awesome" things into the curriculum, and my kids learned so much while still having tons of opportunity to play and socialize. My son never wants to leave, and neither do I. Goddard has become a family to us. My children will have many years more of schooling, but it is hard to imagine that any will be as wonderful as our time here. Thank you Goddard, for all that you have done for my kids!
I'll never forget my son's first day at Goddard. He was two years old and I dropped him off nervous as can be. He received a lovely welcome from his teacher, sat on the table and began to draw with crayons. A few hours later I got a picture of him happy as can be. Now, 3 years later, I know that dropping him off at that school was the best decision I could have made. He is excelling in kindergarten and has developed as a smart, happy, loving child. There is no better school for your child than Goddard School. The teachers will love your child more than you could imagine. I come to work completely assured that my child is beyond well taken care of. The experts they have on hand or through corporate ensure that your child gets the best in class education and development. This is why when I became pregnant with my daughter, I knew there was no question, that Goddard was the best place for her. I am able to come at my lunch break and nurse her and play for a bit. The teachers are all amazing!! Don't waste your time looking anywhere else.. if you want the best.. this is it. period.
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