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The Goddard School The Premier Early Childhood Center

The school is conveniently located at 3000 University Parkway in Sarasota. It’s open year ’round except for major holidays.

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  • | 12:00 a.m. February 29, 2024
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All parents want to start their children off on the right foot. Finding the best school to provide a top-notch education, loving childcare and socialemotional skills can be challenging.

The Goddard Schools for Early Childhood Development give families all these qualities in a secure environment. That’s what first drew Jennifer Kayali to enroll her two older boys at the school. “I liked it from the first day,” she says. “I felt very comfortable and very safe.”

When they moved to Florida, the Kayalis decided to open a Goddard school in Sarasota. “My husband and I were looking to make a difference in the community by providing a safe and educational environment for families with young children” Kayali says. The premier early childhood center in the two-county area, the Goddard School of Sarasota prioritizes safety, and has special security parameters in place. The franchise company also conducts two unannounced inspections each year, in addition to state inspections, to maintain the schools’ high standards.

“Our #1 goal is safety, and education is second,” says Kayali.

What also makes our school unique is that children are taught through Goddard’s proprietary curriculum, Wonder of Learning. It is inquiry- and play-based learning which develops their creativity and curiosity, making education fun! Inquiry-based learning guides the Wonder of Learning curriculum offered at Goddard. It is a teaching and learning approach that embraces the natural curiosity and sense of wonder children bring into the classroom. Through childled experiences, children learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring their interests, investigating concepts, and asking questions.

Some children enjoy being at our school so much that they want to stay at school even when their day is over, and it is time to go home. “Kids cry because they don’t want to leave,” she says.

Since Kayali opened her school in March of 2020, she and her staff have built positive and strong relationships with the children and their families. Multiple sets of siblings have enrolled over the years, and she has a 5-year-old who started at the school as a one-year-old.

Next year, her first group of children who started at Goddard as infants will graduate to kindergarten. The Goddard School of Sarasota enrolls children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Kayali attributes much of this loyalty to her teachers. “They’re excited to come to work and take care of your children,” she says.

If you are interested in enrolling your pre-school aged children in the Goddard School of Sarasota for Early Childhood Development, Kayali encourages you to come by to take a tour. The school is conveniently located at 3000 University Parkway in Sarasota. It’s open year ’round except for major holidays.

Learn more at, call 941-499-1900 or schedule a tour today at 3000 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243.