WOODBURY - A nationwide preschool franchise is set to open a new Woodbury location.

Goddard School, a network of preschool and kindergarten facilities, received City Council approval for the Bielenberg Gardens location at the March 14 meeting.

The franchise operates more than 400 schools across 36 states.

Minnesota is home to five Goddard locations in Brooklyn Park, Chanhassen, Lakeville, Medina and Plymouth.

Council members approved plans to construct the 9,990 square-foot building at the corner of Hargis Parkway and Finley Road.

Construction is slated to begin in April and wrap up August in time for fall enrollment.

Goddard Schools, according to their website, emphasize "play-based learning" and offer preschool, kindergarten and after-school programs for school-aged children.

They currently enroll about 65,000 students across the country.