The Montgomery Planning Board recently granted approval for the construction of a Goddard School for 136 children on a three-acre property that formerly housed the Pear Tree Creations gift shop on the corner of Route 518 and Vreeland Drive.
Tuladhar Educational Services (TES) of Edison bought the property in 2017 for $750,000, according to NJ Parcels.
The Goddard School currently licenses more than 460 franchised schools with more than 65,000 students in 36 states. The franchise offers year-round daycare for children from six weeks to six years old including after-school enrichment and summer camps.
The planning board approved a reduction of the building footprint and the number of students at its October meeting. The board had granted prior approval for a 12,331-square-foot facility with a maximum of 176 children. The amended approval is for an 8,925-square-foot facility with a maximum of 136 children. It will have 41 parking spaces.
Goddard Systems, the franchisor of The Goddard School, is consistently named one of the top childcare franchises. It is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. ■