T he Goddard School in Middle River combines preschool and day care by offering kindergarten- readiness curriculum and child care services while fostering creativity, curiosity and connections within their classrooms.

The Goddard School in Middle River Greenleigh 11560 Crossroads Circle, Suite 108-117 Middle River, MD 21220 410.600.1014

“We’re open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. so parents can go to work or do what they need to do during the day without having to worry,” said David O’Brien, owner. “We provide care for children as young as 6 weeks old, and all the way through Pre-K. We put a cap, gown, tassel on them, do a big graduation, make Mom cry, and send them on their way to kindergarten.” O’Brien has 25 years of experience working with children and has been a part of the Goddard School franchise, comprising more than 570 Goddard schools in 38 states, since 2005. Goddard Schools’ highly educated teachers create customized learning plans designed specifically for each child’s development, and empower children to learn authentically through play. A science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concept fosters social and emotional growth. Goddard School offers classes for each stage of development — including an Infant class and a “First Steps” class as little ones

begin to develop gross motor skills; Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K classes; and even Junior Kindergarten and Private Kindergarten classrooms to prepare children of all ages for full-day school. St. John Properties is host to three Goddard School locations, with the others located in Annapolis Technology Park and Cromwell Center. The Greenleigh facility began as a 13,000-square-foot “empty shell.” O’Brien worked closely with St. John’s in-house space planning, interior design and construction teams to create an inviting and functional school atmosphere. In addition to classrooms, Goddard School in Greenleigh is equipped with two small

offices, a full-sized kitchen and an 850-square-foot indoor gymnasium. The facility also has an outdoor recreation area for daily use, weather permitting. “St. John Properties is a one-stop shop. There were no third party vendors used to get this business open, other than our furniture suppliers,” O’Brien said. One of the biggest factors that sets the staff at St. John Properties apart from the rest is their customer service — a sentiment O’Brien expressed often. “Their people, it didn’t matter who we dealt with, they were always happy, upbeat and helpful,” O’Brien stated. “You could tell they really enjoyed where they work.”



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