Leading Early Childhood Education Provider The Goddard School to Open at Nashville Yards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ~ Nashville, TN - Southwest Value Partners, the owner and developer of Nashville Yards, announced today an agreement to open The Goddard School®, a nationally acclaimed early childhood education provider, at Nashville Yards. The Goddard School of Nashville Yards is set to open in spring 2025 and will enroll approximately 250 children from ages six weeks to six years old.

The 20,000-square-foot facility will span two levels and feature 15 classrooms, flexible indoor and outdoor play areas, state-of-the-art equipment, and train-themed design elements in celebration of the site's history as a rail yard. The school will be owned and operated by Leisa Byars and her husband Del McSpadden who own four other Goddard School locations in Middle Tennessee. Since opening their first school in 2010, Byars and McSpadden have been recognized by local civic organizations for their quality of education and care as well as service to the community.

"At The Goddard School, we are committed to providing the best possible environment for the education, development, and safety of young children," said Byars. "We also know just how important convenience is for working families. I can't think of a better place to be than in Nashville Yards, close to so many major employers and residences."

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Cary Mack from Southwest Value Partners commented on the importance of high quality childcare for a healthy environment at Nashville Yards saying "Leisa, Del, and The Goddard School are the perfect partners; their commitment to the community and track record of success across Middle Tennessee is inspiring."

The play-based learning experience offered at The Goddard School uses academically endorsed methods in early childhood education to teach skills children need to be successful in school and in life. Todd Rolapp from Bass Berry & Sims which is relocating its headquarters to Nashville Yards expressed his excitement about having reliable childcare nearby saying "We are thrilled to see it so thoughtfully incorporated into the design and development of Nashville Yards."

The Goddard School serves more than 75,000 students from six weeks to six years old across 37 states plus Washington D.C., making this 11th location in Tennessee an exciting addition. Dennis Maple from Goddard Systems LLC commented on Leisa & Del's experience saying "Leisa and Del are talented educators with a true commitment to making the world a better place through early childhood education."

Brandon Hoop & Ben Claybaker from NAI Nashville represented The Goddard School of Nashville Yards during negotiations. To learn more about The Goddard School visit www.GoddardSchool.com or call 1-800-GODDARD or visit www.nashvilleyards.com for more information about Nashville Yards
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