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…
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.
Lety Carvajal and Raul Pineyro of Springview Academy in Florida join the show today to talk about working as a married couple, the cute story of how they met and became a partnership, and spotting teacher burnout. They are both highly focused on professional development, active leadership and creating a culture that serves children and their families yet also provides the staff with a healthy amount of freedom and autonomy. They share the story of how they went from 125 children to 350, almost tripling their enrollment and the strategies of success that keep them at the top of their game.
Mike Garatoni of Growing Kids Learning Centers in Indiana joins the show to talk about scaling up, growing, and advice for schools of any size to grow and expand even more. He and his wife Beth found high-quality care quite limited as parents themselves and knew they wanted to help be part of the solution. Mike and Kris talk about the importance of starting from the end goal and working back, delegation, how he empowers his directors, and challenges they faced in the early scale-up phases. They also talk about simple tweaks that have made a huge difference and what we can expect from Mike and Growing Kids in the future.
I am beyond honored to share my journey with Kris over the past 10 years to commemorate The Child Care Success Company’s 10th anniversary this month! It all started back in 2009 when I began to receive emails from The Child Care Success Company. At this point in time, I had already been a director of (seemingly) successful preschools for over 17 years. I was really tired of the same old thing but already having my center be known as one of the best around, I did not have much motivation to change. At that time, I ordered the Child Care Business Success System “Gold Edition.” I found Kris’s style to be very engaging and loved her personality.
In this inspirational episode, we hear from Kris’s very first client Alison Pfeister and her daughter Alexandra Kroon. Their school, the TLC Academy for Young Children in Hudson, Ohio is a family owned business, founded by Alison and her husband in 1989 after the birth of Alexandra, who now serves as the director. Alison shares the story of how TLC continues to be successful after many years, highlights of her journey as an early child care business owner, and provides resources and inspiration for building a culture of play, respect, and transparency.
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 2011 after the buyer of Over The Rainbow Child Development Center backed out of their purchase, Lisa Giancarli found herself inherently becoming the owner and operator of the school. Having no prior experience in child care, with the exception of raising her own children, Lisa quickly became overwhelmed and wanted out of the business. It wasn’t until 2015 that Lisa discovered the Child Care Success Summit™ from an email that her husband had forwarded to her and she decided to take a leap of faith and go see what the summit had to offer. She was instantly “wowed” by the amount of knowledge and resources provided and by the end of that weekend she had joined the Child Care Success Academy™ and hasn’t stopped positively transforming her child care business since then.
Jennifer Vazquez, the owner of A Sunny Start Preschool, joins the show today. She talks about the culture of caring, how she sets herself apart from the competition in her three full locations in the Miami area, how she attracts great employees and the marketing techniques that have helped grow her enrollment the most.
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.