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Helpful (4)

Run, don't walk, away!

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Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Durham, NC
Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Durham, NC

I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The children, the families, and a small group of coworkers, were seriously the only things that kept me around.

Cons

Poor pay compared to other preschools in the area; franchise-wide focus on paperwork and ridiculous "curricula" that does nothing to foster meaningful development in the children; very limited benefits; no set payscale (staff who have an unrelated, or no, college degree make as much compensation or more than those staff who are licensed, accredited teachers); franchisees who aren't required to have any knowledge about preschools or education before opening a school; franchisees who have no desire to spend money on their programs above lining their own pockets.

Advice to Management

There's a lot I could say, but it all basically boils down to this: Your focus should be on the children, and not your personal profit. Toys will need to be replaced/repaired/supplemented from time to time, and this is not a negative reflection on your staff. Kids break things, especially when there's not enough toys to start with or the toys are of poor quality. Your staff should not be expected to buy all of their lesson plan materials out of their own pockets; there should be a per-class monthly budget for supplies ($10-$15/month would suffice--not talking $$$ here). Furthermore, your qualified staff--the ones whom you need to have around to get a high rating from the state accreditation agency--will continue to leave if you continue to pay them the same or at a lower rate than people who have no degree and are just there for a paycheck. Finally--the curriculum is ridiculous, pure fluff that serves no real purpose other than to be a marketing ploy to unsuspecting parents. We were so busy trying to make sure that we covered all of the foreign language, yoga, and sign language content that Goddard advertises that we weren't able to focus on what really matters for Kindergarten readiness--which is learning the social skills necessary for successful participation in a large group learning environment and picking up some ABCs/123s/critical thinking skills. Not to mention that the "training" given to staff on the foreign languages is laughable--I was handed a book with some Mandarin printed out on it and was told to teach it--no pronunciation guides, no explanation of the alphabet, no NOTHING. If you wanted to effectively teach something like Mandarin, you'd be doing a lot more than just throwing a book at someone who has no background in the language. But as things stand now, the "curriculum" is just an empty marketing tool.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Owner is all about money not employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at The Goddard School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great director, staff and kids. Clean. Wear uniforms. Closed week after Christmas with pay F/T employees only. Good with scheduling personal apts.

    Cons

    Owner messes up on paychecks and makes us use vacation for sick, she keeps changing her mind on when u can use vacation. Owner does not replace broken items she waits a year or two. Owner doesn't communicate with parents when employees leave, making them confused. Benefits are too expensive takes ur whole paycheck. Owner doesn't know what employees are F/T or P/T.
    No consistency with younger classrooms with what teachers will be in and out. Owner seems to not know what is going on in school but yet will come in and start bossing the teachers around.

    Advice to Management

    Offer sick time separate from vacation. Let vacation roll over. Start listening to ur directors and staff and know ur staff. Need more room to breath with QA. Hold owners accountable in how they treat staff.

  2. Helpful (4)

    I've worked at much better preschools.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bel Air, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bel Air, MD

    I have been working at The Goddard School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Understanding when personal days are needed. Benefits pretty good. Hourly rate/salary comparable to other preschools. Parents are wonderful and caring.

    Cons

    Clicks within employees. Management doesn't try to solve problems. Too many children in one class. Any suggestions are not welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the FEW educated staff you have. Learn how to become critical thinkers. Implement neccessary developmental training for ALL employees.

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