For child care business owners, leaving your center for a few days, whether it’s to go on a vacation, due to a family emergency, or just needing a few days…
This week, Kris is thrilled to chat with Judy Bradby, winner of the 2019 Child Care Rockstar Award. As a Pediatric Nurse with over 30 years of experience, Judy saw a need for a place for children who had no other place to go to learn and grow. She opened up LeaRN Lily Child Development Center and through much trial and error and overcoming adversity, now has tripled her enrollment in just 8 months. Judy talks about her nursing background, her mission behind LeaRN Lily, the mistakes she learned along the way, and her vision for the future to provide medical daycare to children all across the country.
One super important strategy to grow your enrollment long-term is to hire the ideal person for conducting tours of your facility. Persuading prospective new parents is a role that is often filled by the childcare center director or assistant director. But what if the strengths of these two top administrators do not lie in that arena? How can you still have amazing tours that create the rates of enrollment that you need to grow your program? There is a simple and strategically crucial answer:
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.
This week, Jason Russell, former police officer, Secret Service agent and current founder of Secure Education Consultants, talks to us about the important subject of school security. Jason merged his experience in security and crisis communication with his wife’s knowledge of child care centers and early education to bring a unique service to the market. Jason shares with Kris what exactly SEC does, the assessment process he goes through to make sure schools are secure, the common gaps in security he sees, and how we can move forward to ensure our schools have the highest level of security.
As schools and childcare centers across the country embark upon the new school year, it is important for owners and administrators to take a fresh look at safety and security. In the midst of a busy school year, some of these checklist items can be put on the back-burner. Schools can use the summer months to refocus and consider: What should owners and administrators review each year to make sure their facilities are safe and secure?
We are all in a heartfelt business. I am very passionate about “Growing Better Humans Every Day,” but the key to that statement is the last word; business. We are running a business. For most of us, myself included, we came up the ranks from teaching before running our center with little to no business experience. Not only that, but we find ourselves getting pulled back into the school operations and put the business/finances on the back burner. We must remember that the business is what allows us to make the difference in these tiny humans’ lives and without it running well we cannot provide the quality care for which we strive.
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.