LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, NJ — Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of The Goddard School located in Long Hill, are opening the newest Goddard School to meet the demand for early childhood education options in the growing community.

The couple spent several years working in finance on Wall Street. When they had children, they wanted to take on a new adventure as a family.

“Our children were the basis behind our decision to start the journey of opening up The Goddard School located in Long Hill. It was extremely difficult to find a school that combined nurturing and individualized attention with a 21st century learning program. We believe that a strong foundation in early childhood education is a key to their success in years ahead.” said Sumara Ahmad, owner of the Goddard School located in Long Hill Township.

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“We were inspired by the progress of our children after enrolling them in The Goddard School. We are excited about this journey and passionate about providing the best possible start for children of the community” said Imran Ahmad.

They held a ground-breaking ceremony in February and the School is anticipated to open by this winter.

This is the first Goddard School in Long Hill Township. It is among more than 480 preschools in 36 states, with Goddard anticipating opening its 500th School by the end of the year. The 8,611-square-foot building, located at 57 Plainfield Road, will serve about 135 children ages six weeks to six years old and employ about 26 faculty members.

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 will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about The Goddard School located in Long Hill, visit www.goddardschool.com/Long-Hill-TownshipNJ.

About The Goddard School®

Learning for fun. Learning for life.®

Celebrating 30 years of continued growth in early childhood education, The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, comprised of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education, contributes to the development of The Goddard School’s F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), which helps children explore and discover their interests in a safe, nurturing environment. Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School, earned AdvancED Corporation Accreditation and Middle States Corporate Accreditation for meeting high standards in early learning, child development and childcare. The Goddard School serves more than 65,000 students ages six weeks to six years in more than 480 Goddard Schools in 36 states and is poised to open its 500th School in 2018. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.