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Date ArticleType
10/23/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

The Goddard School is Coming to the Nocatee Community

Experienced Goddard franchisee to open second early childhood education center in Ponte Vedra Beach to serve area families


PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (October 23, 2023)The Goddard School®, a nationally acclaimed early childhood education franchise, is set to open its second location in Ponte Vedra in late 2024. The Goddard School of Nocatee will serve the South Ponte Vedra and Nocatee Community. It will be the fourth location in the Jacksonville area for owner Liz Scott, who presently owns The Goddard School of Ponte Vedra Beach, The Goddard School of Julington Creek, and The Goddard School of Baymeadows/Gate Pkwy


The new 15,000-square-foot early childhood education center will feature 12 classrooms to care for and educate approximately 240 students. The school will add about 40 teaching jobs to the community. 


“We are thrilled to bring The Goddard School to the Nocatee Community, where the demand for high-quality childcare continues to grow,” said Liz Scott. “We look forward to fostering a lifelong love for learning in our students, and we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment where our little learners will thrive.”


The new school will feature an indoor gymnasium, a STEAM room, an outdoor sports court, an outdoor learning classroom, an outdoor amphitheater, and a turf athletic field alongside multiple playground structures. Additionally, the school will be equipped with hospital-grade sanitization equipment to ensure a healthy environment.


With a focus on exploration, learning and social-emotional growth, The Goddard School uses a play- and inquiry-based approach grounded in the most current, academically endorsed methods in early childhood education to nurture the extraordinary in every child. Children can explore and discover music and art, learn to communicate using sign language and secondary languages and develop problem-solving skills through play. Moreover, Goddard Schools across the country offer Life Lesson Library, Goddard’s proprietary program that features a collection of award-winning best sellers and long-time favorite books designed to help children develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making skills. 


For families interested in learning more about The Goddard School and how to enroll in the new Ponte Vedra (South) location serving the Nocatee Community, please call 904-643-3312.


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About The Goddard School® 

Learning for fun. Learning for life.®

Children learn best through experience. For 35 years, The Goddard School has nurtured the extraordinary in every child, employing 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 provides every child with a warm, caring and safe environment that supports their individual social, emotional and academic development and appreciates their unique talents and personalities. The Goddard School’s proprietary educational program—backed by expert knowledge, data-driven insight and unwavering compassion for growing minds—encourages children to explore their curiosities and interests as they discover the wonder of learning. A team of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education guides the children through their learning journeys. The Goddard School serves almost 100,000 students from six weeks to six years old in 37 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit GoddardSchool.com.


About Nocatee

Nocatee is a master-planned community with a balanced approach to development to provide a wide variety of residential lifestyles, employment opportunities, shopping, schools, civic uses and recreation. More than 10,000 families call Nocatee home, enjoying unrivaled amenities and easy access to Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. The community offers several neighborhoods with homes priced from the $400s to more than $4 million. To learn more about the Nocatee lifestyle, call 904-924-6863 or visit nocatee.com.