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Hi Clubhouse! Marcus keeps trying to remember all the fun board games Mr. Alex taught him to play. Can you name a few for us, please?
Trevor made this sign that “says” he misses Ms. Annie!!
Pajama day!
Trevor Nelson

Welcome to The Goddard School! Our goal is to be a resource for families and a community where parents can share information and learn from each other.

Operating as usual


So your bundle of joy has transformed into a mini daredevil. Time to break out the pool noodles! Curiosity is a healthy part of growing up. Make your home a safe place for them to explore with these babyproofing hacks.

Check out our website for more baby safety resources:


Is your baby ready for solid foods? 🥑 You’ll know it’s time when they can sit up mostly unassisted.
Follow these tips to make mealtime safe and fun!
For details and more Baby Safety Month resources, visit our website:


Back to school means back to packing lunches. If you dread this daily task, try some of these easy lunch hacks!
🍎 Slice an apple and then wrap it up with a rubber band to prevent browning.
🍎 Use cookie cutters to make sandwiches into fun shapes like flowers or hearts.
🍎 Take smaller, metal cookie cutters to slice shapes into fruits and veggies. Apples, carrots, cucumbers and melons work great!
🍎 Flatten sandwich bread with a rolling pin, fill it with your choice of foods like hummus and cucumbers, roll it up and slice to make sandwich rollups.
🍎 Add sprinkles to almost any food to make it more enticing! Sprinkles can also be savory — like chia or h**p seeds.

Visit our website for more back-to-school tips and resources:

Early Childhood Webinars & Parenting Help - The Goddard School 09/12/2023

Has your little one ever caught you off guard by dropping a verbal bomb (bonus points if it was in public)?🙊 Maybe your child struggles with separation anxiety and you feel like you’re glued together. How about those attention-seeking theatrics that deserve an Oscar? 🎭 We've been there, too, and have experts who can help! Register to attend our free webinar on Tuesday, October 10, at 1 PM ET for strategies to help curb inappropriate language, ease separation anxiety and understand attention-seeking behaviors:

Early Childhood Webinars & Parenting Help - The Goddard School Our team of early childhood education and development experts host insightful parenting webinars. Register for past, current, and future webinars here!

Three Ways to Celebrate Grandparents’ Day With Your Child 09/08/2023

With Grandparents’ Day coming up on September 10, Lee Scott, Chair of our Educational Advisory Board, shares a few activities that can help your child show their grandparents just how loved and appreciated they are ❤️

Three Ways to Celebrate Grandparents’ Day With Your Child By Lee Scott, Chairperson of The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board Per a recent study, 42% of working parents rely on grandparents for childcare. These generational role models play a crucial part in their families’ lives, often providing much-needed support for households across the c...

Photos from The Goddard School's post 09/07/2023

Look at these happy little learners! 😍 We’re so excited to welcome them back to The Goddard School®. Show us your child’s first day of school pictures in the comments below!

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Photos from The Goddard School's post 09/06/2023

It's National Read a Book Day, and we’re celebrating our little readers! From as early as 6 weeks old, Goddard helps children develop a love of reading because it has immense benefits like improving visual, cognitive, language and social-emotional development. It’s never too early or too late to start — here are some ways to read with children at every age and stage!

📖 Choose durable books for infants. Touching, holding and mouthing are all part of their learning process!
📖 Make it interactive with toddlers. Point out pictures, ask questions like, “can you find the sun?” or “how do you think they feel?” and bring the story to life with sound effects.
📖 Ask your preschooler to choose the books. This supports their self-expression and decision-making skills.
📖 Pick stories that have rhymes and repeat the rhyming words together with your pre-k or kindergartner. This helps them with letter-sound recognition as they get ready to learn to read on their own.

Find more reading tips for every age on our website:


Does your child struggle with any of these behaviors? You’re not alone! Our experts, including Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Lauren (Starnes) Loquasto, have hosted webinars on navigating challenging behaviors like biting, tantrums and separation anxiety. Visit our website and register for free access to all of the recordings. And keep an eye out for upcoming events:


How’s your child feeling about school lately? 🤔

Even if they love learning as much as these Goddard students, it’s easy to forget how much fun school can be (we get it — summer is fun, too!). Luckily, it's easy to reconnect with what makes school exciting. (Hint: Routines are important.)
Visit our website for back-to-school resources:


Raise your hand if your summer has felt like a never-ending clean up! ✋

Recommended books to ease the back-to-school transition for families 08/23/2023

Going back to school can be a challenging time for little ones. Lee Scott, Chair of our Educational Advisory Board, recently joined CBS 58 to discuss easing the back-to-school transition for families and children through the best way we know how — books!

Recommended books to ease the back-to-school transition for families MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Goddard School has recommended books designed to teach children skills ranging from self-management to social awareness, bridging the gap between home and school for the ba


Watch our Chairman and CEO, Dennis R. Maple, surprise Katie Engels with the news that she’s the 2023 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship winner! And try not to cry with them.

Katie graduated from The Goddard School of Piscataway in 2011. Congrats, Katie — we wish you all the luck in your future career as a nurse!

Check out our website to learn more about Katie:


🐌 ABCs, dancing and… snails?

Those are just a few things these Goddard students learned from their teachers. No wonder they love them so much! Still, reuniting with teachers (or meeting new ones) is a big change. Help your child feel as excited as these students with back-to-school resources on our website:


📓✏️ Back to School Night ✏️📓
We are so thankful for this awesome crew of educators and can’t wait to get started on a new school year!


Happy National Tell a Joke Day! It’s one of our favorite holidays – after all, you can’t beat the comedic ingenuity of a four-year old. 🤣 Just listen to these Goddard students’ jokes!

Their punchlines weren’t written for grown-up ears… but you’re still giggling, right?

What’s your child’s favorite joke? Share it in the comments!


Happy National Tell a Joke Day! It’s a favorite holiday here at The Goddard School - Midlothian - Walton Park because you can’t beat the comedic ingenuity of a four-year-old. 😁 Plus, we love their infectious giggles. Our friends at the Goddard School® of Wayne, PA, tell some of their best jokes in this video. What can we add? Share your child’s favorite joke below!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 08/16/2023

Our annual Water Wars went a little differently this year! School Age parents showed up in a big way to ambush our unsuspecting kiddos and it was EPIC!


Check out this review from one of our amazing parents! Thank you so much for your kind words!! We’re so glad you’re part of our Goddard family 💙


Ms. Keely has been with us for 3 years and we are SO lucky to have her as a part of our Goddard family. Her positivity radiates throughout our school 🌟

Photos from The Goddard School's post 08/09/2023

❤️🩹 You are looking at FIFTEEN teachers attending an Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR class tonight! ❤️🩹

Photos from The Goddard School's post 08/08/2023

Reading stories makes going back to school a breeze! 📚 Highlighting key social-emotional skills, these books from Life Lesson Library help prepare your child to confidently embrace change, make friends and explore the world around them.

Explore relationship skills at the zoo with a mischievous gorilla, discover how a single dot can unleash a child’s creativity and learn self-management with Llama!

Visit our website for more recommended reads:

Photos from The Goddard School's post 08/04/2023

Just a little chat by the fish tank on the way out today. The cutest!


Have you ever worried about your child’s behavior? Beyond the occasional window licking or eating your pet’s food. 🙃 Well, you’re not alone. According to a recent study conducted by OnePoll and The Goddard School®, 83% of parents with children ages 0-6 are worried about their children’s behavior. The top three concerns are sleeping habits (48%), aggression (46%) and separation anxiety (44%).

Read the article on our website to find tips and tricks that will help you navigate challenging behaviors.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 08/02/2023

Our Junior Maker’s Market was a HUGE SUCCESS this year. Our summer campers raised over $530 to benefit Sanctuary Rescue after planning, prepping, and executing their own business ideas. If you stopped by the market, thank you for supporting not only a local animal rescue, but also the ideas and confidence of future entrepreneurs! Today our summer campers got to present a check to Kristen from Sanctuary Rescue and thank her for all the help they do each day to save animals. ⭐️


Routines: not everyone loves them, but they work wonders — for little ones and grown-ups.

✔️ Create simple routines like a predictable bedtime to boost comfort and security.
✔️ Set expectations with your child by preparing them for what’s next, whether it’s bath time in five minutes or a countdown to the first day of school.
✔️ Throughout the routines, stay present with your little one and go through them together.

Check out our website for more tips:

Photos from The Goddard School's post 07/27/2023

You know the visitor is fun when even Mr. Ted can’t stay away! helped us build our own rocket ships 🚀 and construct our own creations during free build! What a blast!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 07/27/2023

Grab your tissues! Look at these Goddard grads’ first day of school vs. graduation day. They grow up so fast. Is your child a Goddard grad? Show us a picture of them then and now (we promise to only cry a little).

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Photos from The Goddard School's post 07/25/2023

School is better with friends! But relationships take work, even for our little ones. Set your child up for a lifetime of healthy friendships by giving them the tools they need while leaving plenty of space to try their new relationship-building skills.

Head to our website for detailed tips:

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Who is ready to go back to school?! Current and incoming families are highly encouraged to join us for an open house Back to School Night on August 10th from 6-7pm. Did we mention is stopping by too?! See you there! 🍎📚✏️


What better way to wrap up a week than with a “Drive-In” movie! Happy Friday! 🥳

Photos from The Goddard School's post 07/20/2023

How are YOU feeling today? Our Sailboat classroom practiced showing off their different facial expressions while looking through some emotion flash cards! 😁😡😢😯


Did you know today is 🌎 Emoji Day? Watch these Goddard School students try to mimic popular emojis! We’d love to see your little ones give it a try — share a pic in the comments or tell us your favorite emoji. 🤔😎😘😬


It’s 🌎 Emoji Day! Can your little one bring their favorite emoji to life with as much zeal as these Goddard students? 🤔😎😘😬 Give it a try and tag us, or just comment your favorite emoji below!


🩵Say hello to our newest Goddard family member! Ms. Aniya welcomed her baby boy on Wednesday and both mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations Ms. Aniya! 🩵


If you couldn’t attend our webinar on navigating challenging childhood behaviors, don’t worry! You can visit our website to register for free access to the recording:


🌟Happy 1 year anniversary Ms. Kylie! We’ve been lucky enough to have her as one of our floaters this past year and the children love her! Thank you Ms. Kylie for always showing up and jumping in wherever we need you! 🌟
We love you!


If you couldn’t attend the Parenting with Goddard webinar on challenging childhood behaviors, you can still watch it! Visit The Goddard School® website to register for free access to the recording:

Photos from The Goddard School's post 07/12/2023

Our Jumping Jellyfish class had a blast making these adorable “Beach Bear” dessert cups and (messily 😉)enjoying them with their lunch!

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