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Goddard School Opens Doors in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — A new Yorktown family-owned business held its ribbon cutting Tuesday and a grand opening Saturday much to the delight of area residents.

The Goddard School, located in the Triangle Shopping Center opened in early December, but celebrated the opening Tuesday alongside local officials and other business owners. April Fatato, who is the on-site owner along with her parents, who are also owners, said Yorktown seemed to be the perfect fit for the new school.

“We decided Yorktown for the community, the parents, the kids, the festivals and the fairs,” she said about their choice to move into town. “It’s so family-oriented, and it’s a family place where we wanted to be.”

Fatato was a teacher in the Bronx for eight years, before she decided to obtain her Ph.D. in early childhood. While that was ongoing, she and her family thought up the idea for what is now a new school in town.

“In the midst of that, my father was retiring and wanted to invest in something” and she said her parents “wanted to invest in the school. So we invested in the franchise and then we opened it up,” Fatato said.

Although they were interested in opening up a business, the family is education-oriented and felt that The Goddard School, which specializes in early childhood education, could really help children developmentally.

“The school is different because what we do is take developmental guidelines and we take the standards from the state, and we focus on child centered learning,” she said. “So the teachers take where the children should be and they create lessons just for them. So it’s very tailored to their needs and where they have to be developmentally.”

Now that the doors are open and the classrooms are in use, Fatato said it was finally time to breathe.

“It’s great, it’s amazing, it’s a sigh of a relief because I’m sure as everyone in Yorktown knows, we were in limbo for about two years, so it’s so nice to have it open,” she said. “It’s nice to finally be here and to be welcome in the community.”

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