Amber O'Brien of The Goddard School, at 460 Granary Road in Forest Hill, joined more than 350 Goddard School franchisees at the 2013 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational child care programs in a technology-driven age.

A highlight of the gathering was the award ceremony, where O'Brien received the Circle of Excellence Award.

"It was exciting to be recognized at this year's convention. For the past 25 years, The Goddard School has nurtured children into respectful, confident and joyful learners, and we are focused on raising the bar even higher over the next 25 years," O'Brien said. "I am proud to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life."

Inspired by The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play for its children and families, the convention blended education and fun to motivate, inspire and energize franchisees.

To learn more about The Goddard School, contact 410-420-0666, http://www.goddardschool.com or 1-800-GODDARD.