Fort Mill Times

Goddard School to open in Lake Wylie

A Goddard School is on its way to Lake Wylie.

The Pennsylvania-based early childhood school will open on Charlotte Highway (S.C. 49), west of Robinwood Lane, beside CVS.

“If they stay on their construction schedule, it should be the winter when they should be finishing up,” said company spokesperson Monae Linder.

An 8,000-square-foot building will be built on the 1-acre site. A typical Goddard School serves children age 6 weeks to 6 years old during the day, with older students at other times.

“They may offer before and after care, and we often offer summer programs for students up to 12 years old,” Linder said.

Goddard School has almost a dozen Charlotte-area locations. The nearest are in Fort Mill and Rock Hill, both owned by Bill and Amy Strickland. A new owner will operate the Lake Wylie location.

The school comes after an announcement earlier this year of Creative Kids Lake Wylie, a new children’s learning center on Charlotte Highway at the entrance to Paddlers Cove. That 13,500-square-foot facility expects to open mid-May serving children age 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Giving Tree Child Development Center on Highway 274 has been serving families with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years for more than a decade.

Lake Wylie has an estimated 2,207 children 14 years old or younger, according to U.S. Census data. That’s almost 23 percent of the total population, up from 1,747 children in 2010.

John Marks: 803-831-8166