We want to CONGRATULATE Judy Bradby who was voted the 2019 Child Care Rockstar at the Child Care Success Summit last month. Judy owns LeaRN Lily Child Development Center in…
Developing a learning center from scratch presents a dream scenario, enabling one to incorporate all their past experiences into a shiny new flagship location. But as a real estate project, it presents a unique set of challenges. Regardless of whether you’re working with a seasoned group like STNL Development or you’re tackling your first project on your own, there are a number of best practices that’ll help any project run more smoothly. We’ve presented nine of them below.
Speaking with early childhood providers across the country, we hear a common theme: it’s challenging to get the right materials for the classroom quickly so they can focus on high-quality care and education. They’re passionate about unleashing the individual potential of every child and believe that streamlining back-office functions enables them to focus more time and energy on their education mission, providing a better experience for children.
We’re 10! Can you believe it? I have been thinking a lot lately about the stories and milestones of this journey my team and I have been on for the last DECADE. Wow. I am amazed and blessed, as I sit here reflecting on what we’ve created.
With systems in place, you can focus on bigger picture things rather than being bogged down in day to day operations. When you are able to be the true visionary of your company, you can lead your team forward to places of growth and excellence that would otherwise not be possible.
A strong, positive company culture starts with a strong, positive, inspired leader who has a passion for their work and truly LEADS (by example.) A couple of years ago, at the Child Care Success Summit, Kris Murray showed a video to illustrate a point – and it stuck with me. This video was of a guy dancing at some sort of outdoor music festival.
One of the most important pieces of your Hiring Funnel is your careers page on your website. You have done all the work of finding creative ways to market your job opening. Now you need to give applicants a call to action – tell them what to do. “To apply, go to www.yourcareerspage.com.” When they arrive at your careers page it should answer all their questions and sell them on WHY they should want to work for your school.
I once heard a story about sharing your brownies. Imagine you’ve gone through the trouble to make a delicious batch of homemade, ooey-gooey, chocolatey goodness.
So, it wasn’t that unusual when “life happened” and it didn’t look like Mallorie would be able to attend the Academy Mastermind Meeting in Florida last January. What WAS unusual, and what caught my attention, was the way her fellow academy members rallied behind her when they learned that she wouldn’t be able to attend. They knew how important it was – how life-changing it could be – if Mallorie would just SHOW UP to that meeting. Mallorie said that she was surprised that she got about 20 comments, inboxes, or texts from fellow academy members who helped her problem solve, get creative, and find a way to get there.
Picture this. You are a happy successful child care director. You arrive to work Tuesday morning happy and ready to make a difference in the lives of your staff and your children. You greet several staff and parents as you walk to your office, you get settled in and are ready for a productive day. Then it happens. Your office administrator tells you that Mrs. PickyParent is on the phone wanting to talk to you. Your smile fades, your heart races, you’d do anything to crawl under a rock at this very moment. You think to yourself, “I should have run those errands this morning, and then I wouldn’t be here right now having to deal with this lady.” Bottom line, this client has sucked the joy out of your work. She has you second-guessing the most basic of decisions and makes you and your staff nervous when she’s around. In fact, with as many complaints as she seems to have, you wonder why she chooses to stay enrolled at your school. We all have them……that ONE client that has you wondering why you ever got into this business in the first place.