Often times it is believed that because we are in the child care industry that we have a very limited amount of marketing and business growth strategies available to us…
Marcia St. Hilaire Finn, Managing Owner and Director of Bright Star Early Care and Preschool, lights up wherever she is with her enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude. She joins the show to talk about her start in Dominica and how she ended up in Washington D.C., her advice on setting smart goals, and shares her logistics on her teacher engagement and culture of fun and dedication. Marcia also discusses how her background in Pediatric Nursing helps Bright Star stand out, along with their attention to serving the children and their families using music, language studies, and healthy living.
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 busiest character actors in Hollywood today, Glenn Morshower, joins the show to talk with Kris. Glenn has appeared in over 200 film and television projects in a career spanning four decades including the FOX hit series 24. Glenn talks about discovering his love for theatre at a young age, and some career highlights that catapulted him forward. He also shares his wonder and optimistic perspective on life, gives us permission to be silly and joyful, and to focus on gratitude when looking to expand and manifest abundance.
Many of you saw Les Brown speak live at the Child Care Success Summit in Dallas, and saw first-hand how his words can be life-changing and bring you to both laughter and tears. Today he joins the show to talk with me about the influences on his own life and path, his tenets for quality and joy in our lives, and why embracing and sharing our story is critical to shaping the lives of children and their families. Les is one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers and is a highly-sought-after resource in business circles ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders all over the world.
In this episode, I am joined by Leann and Jake Chamberlain, a husband and wife team that run Brighton Montessori in Brighton, Michigan. Leann was the recent winner of the Child Care Rockstar contest at the 2018 Child Care Success Summit. Her vulnerable and authentic approach won the hearts of everyone there. They discuss what it felt like to get out of their comfort zone to enter the contest, the ways they continue to grow their enrollment and connect with the community, the unique challenges of running a Montessori school, and what’s next for the dynamic duo.
In the Child Care Success Academy, we are constantly proud of the perseverance of our clients. We are impressed at the level of commitment they demonstrate in order to positively transform their businesses and lives. I’ll be honest, when owners come to us feeling hopeless and lost in their own businesses, it takes a lot of hard work, sweat, and more often than not, even tears to turn things around. But they push through all of this because they know from our client testimonials that it is possible to stop feeling hopeless in your child care business.
As a child care business owner who is constantly bogged down with day to day tasks, often times you can lose sight of why you began your journey in the child care industry to begin with. In order to stay motivated and continue to strive for excellence in your business, you must take a step back once in a while and rediscover what is fueling your passion. In the video below, Coach Brian Duprey shares his insight and tips to help you clearly define your “why” for owning your child care business.
Michelle Smith-Lank has been in the Child Care Success Academy for several years and a true definition of a Child Care Rockstar. She talks about how she got into the field and came to open Kids World Learning Center and the lessons in growth, marketing, and expansion she has learned throughout her career.
Many hats are worn as the owner of a child care business. Too often I see owners lose sight of what their true role is within their school, whether it’s because they are spending too much time in the classroom due to high employee turnover or they are constantly having unsure staff members knocking on their door looking to them for direction. It might be tough but in order to have a successful child care business and grow, you need to clearly define what your role is and stick to it. In the video below I share with you what the three principles of strong and effective leadership are.