Local Man Opens Goddard School in Memory of Late Wife

Published Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, announced the School located in Granger, IN is anticipated to open this fall. Ahead of its opening, the School will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 8 at 4 p.m. at the School located at 14201 State Road 23, Granger, IN.

After losing his wife to cancer in 2015, Bhavesh Patel wanted to keep her memory alive in a way that would highlight her aspirations for educating, while he took on a new business venture to support his family.

“My wife worked in the local school district with young children and they all loved her,” said Bhavesh, onsite operator of the School. “When we went for walks in the neighborhood, every child knew her, and she knew them. I wanted to build something that pays it forward and that builds the fundamental foundation of a child."

This is the first Goddard School to open in Granger and is among more than 500 locations in 37 states. The 10,000-square-foot building will serve 140 children ages six weeks to six years old and employ about 26 faculty members. The building is a part of a new housing development, where it blends in with the upscale homes surrounding it, making it easier for parents to drop off their children before traveling to work.

Opening The Goddard School meant a change in careers for Bhavesh. With a different perspective on life after losing his wife, he decided to leave his job as an automotive software designer to franchise an early childhood education center.

“We want to ensure children feel like they are not going to an institution but a place that is familiar, comfortable and fun to be in,” Bhavesh said.

The Goddard School offers a unique play-based F.L.EX. Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) that's grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. The focus is on building each child's emotional, academic, social, creative and physical skills to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure each one becomes confident, joyful and fully prepared in school and in life.

The newest preschool, anticipated to open in early fall, will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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