SOURCE: Goddard Systems, Inc.

December 07, 2010 14:40 ET

The Goddard School Announces the Top Five Preschooler Approved Toys for 2010

Childcare Franchisor Highlights Toys That Encourage Learning Through Play

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) - Are you shopping for a preschool-aged child this holiday season? Look no further! Children and educators from select Goddard Schools -- leaders in early childhood education -- have announced their top toy picks for children ages two to six years old for the 2010 holiday shopping season. The Goddard School® Toy Test is the only national toy test designed exclusively for children in the preschool age range.

The Goddard School is dedicated to providing an environment where teachers support the nurturing and learning children want and need. It is with this focus that Goddard Systems, Inc., named the number one childcare franchise company for the ninth year in a row by Entrepreneur magazine, has released its third annual list of top toy finalists. 

After a national call for submissions, Goddard educators and children evaluated entrants based on a number of criteria, including:

  • Interactive, child-initiated play focus
  • Creative, social or engaging
  • Appropriate for children from two to six years of age

"Goddard Schools are recognized nationally for our learning through play philosophy and our play-based FLEX Learning Program, which focuses on the value of guided play," said Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. "We feel that our Top Five Toys list will serve as a great resource for parents, grandparents and other family members as they enter the gift-giving season."

  1. Baby Stella & Baby Stella Car Seat (Manhattan Toy Company)
  2. Citi Blocs 200 Piece Hot & Cool Colors Sets (Citi Blocs)
  3. Kid K'NEX Railroad Pals Building (K'NEX)
  4. Medium Classic Dino ZipBin (Neat Oh, International!)
  5. Slimy Squishy Polymer Fun (DuneCraft)

To learn more about The Goddard School, families are encouraged to visit www.goddardschool.com or call 1-800-GODDARD.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 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.