March 5, 2009 - KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – Goddard Systems, Inc., named the number one child care franchise company for the eighth year in a row by Entrepreneur magazine, is proud to announce that it has received company-wide accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Internationally recognized for accrediting top-quality schools within the United States and around the world, CITA evaluates quality, continuous improvement and student success. Recognition by the organization is highly coveted and rarely given to child care companies.
“As the premier child care provider in the United States with a strong commitment to early childhood development and education, Goddard is pleased to have received this prestigious certification,” said Joseph Schumacher, Chief Operating Officer at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Parents look to Goddard for quality child care and CITA accreditation further emphasizes to the community that Goddard programs, from infant development to private kindergarten, have been reviewed by the experts and meet or exceed their expectations.”
The first individual school to receive CITA SACS accreditation is the Goddard School located in Birmingham, Alabama.
“Being part of the CITA accreditation process shows our willingness to be held accountable to the school community and to educational professionals,” said Birmingham owner Kevin Hamby. “CITA accreditation differentiates us from other early childhood education providers and demonstrates our enthusiasm for providing the best child care and education possible.”
Comprising seven regional accrediting agencies, private school agencies and other educational service and regulatory agencies, CITA protects the public trust by ensuring schools reach high standards and act in a trustworthy manner. Goddard Systems, Inc. was found to meet all seven of CITA’s accreditation quality standards including a research-based curriculum, teaching methods that enhance student learning, and a commitment to continuous improvement.
On March 30, 2009, Goddard Systems, Inc. will be presented with a certificate honoring this prestigious accomplishment at the AdvanceED Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Goddard Systems, Inc. will continue to work with CITA to set up protocol and an approval process for each of the Goddard schools nationwide.
About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.
About CITA www.citaschools.org
The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) is the most rapidly growing accrediting agency in the world. It was created in 1994 by the regional accrediting organizations in the United States following a long history of collaboration under other auspices. As a global leader in accreditation, CITA provides systems of accreditation around the world. CITA Standards promote quality schools and continuous improvement to enhance student success. CITA provides standards for education systems and develops customized accreditation protocols. CITA accreditation engages CITA schools in the world's largest network of accredited schools. CITA provides customized accreditation protocols and standards for schools that cross the USA regions and for national and international schools around the world. CITA awards the accreditation. Participating regional commissions manage the accreditation protocol. Today, members of the CITA Alliance accredit more than 32,000 schools in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.
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