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.
When Hanna Compton attended the Child Care Success Summit in 2017 she was sure that everything she would hear during those three days would be old news to her. Hanna graduated from college with a degree in early childhood development and was the co-owner of a successful child care business for nearly a decade at that point so what was there possibly left to learn? To Hanna’s surprise, she was amazed and the invaluable lessons she learned and friendships made that weekend. She couldn’t let go of the knowledge and network at her fingertips so she eagerly joined the Child Care Success Academy as a Freedom member.
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.
Have you had a chance to listen to Child Care Rockstar Radio yet? It’s my favorite Child Care Business Expert’s (and my favorite boss’s) podcast. LOL! Every week Kris Murray chats with child care industry experts and leaders to bring you the latest and greatest trends, inspiring stories of success, and tips and strategies you can use to grow your business. She asks almost every guest, “What is your definition of a Child Care Rockstar?” This blog post shares some of their answers. Not all of them, of course. We are nearing our 40th episode. Can you believe it? Sharing every answer would make this article way too long! But we hope you find some inspiration below!
Who would have thought that in today’s social media driven world, life changing resources could be found while routinely scrolling through your Facebook feed? For Joy Clore Willis, owner of A Kids Gym Learning Gymnastics Academy in Florida, her child care business transformation began when an ad appeared in her Facebook newsfeed for Kris Murray’s free book The 77 Best Strategies to Grow Your Early Childhood Program. After reading the book, Joy felt inspired and was hungry for more so she quickly signed up for Live Enrollment Bootcamp Challenge (going on now) and later joined the Child Care Success Academy after having a revitalizing strategy session with Coach Brian Duprey.