Do You Need to Change Your Mindset About Child Care Licensing Inspectors?

Does it ever seem like your licensing inspector picks on you? Do they find little things that, to you, seem like no big deal? Are you stressed out each time they arrive at your center? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions you are not alone. However, imagine if there were no licensing inspectors, or no licensing standards for that matter. What might you be tempted to change at your center? Would you increase your child-staff ratio? Would you let your employees take naps with the children? Would you let babies share bottles with each other? The answer is probably NO to those questions. Why? Because YOU are an amazing caregiver and you are focused on quality, but not everyone is like you.

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How to Compete with FREE Preschool Programs

There is just something special about connecting with someone facing the same types of struggles, and sharing the same passion for their business. However, during the course of this conversation she made a statement that stuck with me. She said, “But, ya know, how can you compete with FREE?” The way she said it was as if this was a rhetorical question with no answer to be had. I didn’t like it, but wasn’t sure how to respond at the time. I realized she said it that way because that’s how she FELT, but that doesn’t mean that there are no answers! There are MANY things you can do to attract children to your school, even when there are free options near-by. So, now that I’ve had time to think about it, let’s explore this topic.

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How to Run Your Schools from the Beach – Jennifer Conner

Today, Kris and special guest, Jennifer Connor from AppleTree Kids, uncover the secret sauce on how to manage your preschools from the beach, or wherever your dream life may take you. They give the inside scoop how to delegate appropriately, grow from within, empower your teams and have backup systems in place so that you can have the freedom to grow your business and just work on the things that you love. Jennifer is a master of delegation, a model of business success, and now proudly has two locations with a waiting list and a very committed and dedicated staff. Find out how she decided to define her dream life, make the move to Mexico, and how it has positively impacted her work and personal life. As a coach and leader, she strives to keep learning and sharpening her own saw, which leads to a great impact on her staff and leadership team, and ripples out to many children and their lives.

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Fun, Flexibility, and Family with Tameenah Adams

Today, Kris has the pleasure of talking with Tameenah Adams, owner and leader of Happy Faces Early Learning Academy. Tameenah is a true rock star and shares her core values, vision, and how she has become a transparent and empowered leader that people want to follow. Between her family at Happy Faces and her own seven children, Tameenah plays with some game-changing strategies, high values and a vision that is open to adapt to her environment. She loves promoting herself and her business out in the community and commits herself to being of service and sharing her gifts to lift up herself and those around her.

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The Extraordinary Power of The Human Touch

As a Childcare Success Coach, I am always listening for and learning things that will help me coach my clients better. So as I was visiting with my neighbors last night, and the talk turned to running a business, my ears perked up and I joined the conversation with a “now you’re talking my language” kind of attitude. Little did I know that is was going to be my neighbor to remind me of the MOST important thing when running a business!

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The Fortune is in the Follow-Up with Chuck Gibbs

Kris is joined by very special guest, friend, skiing buddy, and founder of ChildCare CRM software, Chuck Gibbs. Kris and Chuck have much in common. They both started their businesses around early 2010 and are here eight years later, still great friends with a love for Colorado, working hand-in-hand on impacting the childcare industry and helping others toward their goals and dreams. In this episode, they do a deep dive on what you should be measuring in your business, some game-changing resources you can apply to your business, case studies and success stories on CRM, the specifics of how business owners can utilize ChildCare CRM to provide clarity around the enrollment funnel, as well as the use of automation so one can be enrolling people as they sleep or are on vacation!

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The Secret to Enrollment

The Secret to Enrollment When I was asked to write a blog on enrollment I thought that it should be more of a novel. With so many different aspects to enrolling a family into your center i.e. getting their information, sending the e-packet, scheduling and rocking the tour and asking for the sale, where do you begin? So, I took a step back and thought about myself as a parent when I enrolled my son into preschool. Many of these important aspects of marketing and enrollment were not used (at the center I now run and currently use), so why did I choose this school for my son? As Kris has said, simply put, child care programs are in the TRUST business. Parents are looking for a place where they can leave their child, many for the first time, knowing that they can TRUST the individuals caring for their child. I chose my center because I trusted them caring for my son. As in any relationship, trust must be earned, so how do we as child care center owners earn trust with someone who we have yet to meet?

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Keeping You Recession Proof and Financially Healthy

Kris opens up today’s episode with a thank you to all of her past guests and a fun recap of the amazing conversations over the past nine episodes. Next, she gives tips and keys on how to financially protect yourself and become recession proof. Then, she gives the top two essential tips on how to have a full house, and why you need to get started today. Finally, an exciting new announcement regarding the Enrollment Bootcamp Challenge!

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Expansion, Great Leadership, and Just Plain Old Fun – Vernon Mason

In today’s episode, Kris is joined with one of her favorite friends in the industry, Vernon Mason. Vernon has over 25 years of experience in early childhood. He shares with us his journey of how he started and some of the key points that allowed him to grow from a school of 30 into now five locations. Vernon is an inspiration as a leader and rockstar! Vernon makes it fun and open, from making the snacks in a classroom to helping directors find the confidence and skills to be great leaders themselves. They also cover hiring and letting employees go, his rewards and motivation systems, and what’s next in his career!

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Turning a Dream into a Bigger Reality than You Ever Imagined

Today Kris is joined with very special and inspiring guests, Brian and Carol Duprey! Brian Duprey is a seasoned 20-year veteran in the childcare industry. Along with his wife Carol, they have opened and operated eight different childcare centers in central Maine and currently, own five schools. They have been married for over 26 years and have five children and four grandchildren. We talk with Brian and Carol about their very inspiring mindset and attitude, overcoming challenges along the way of becoming business leaders, strategies they use when hiring great teachers, and how after all these years of working together they still end each night holding hands! Success and a winning attitude are woven into everything they do, and it is their mission to help others and inspire them to live the best life possible.

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