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.
Jennifer is the Vice President of Operations at Magic Memories Child Development Centers. She has been working with children and entrepreneurial since she started her own business at age 11, “Best Babysitter.” Today, she discusses her path from starting as Director to growing with the company in the now three locations. She and Kris talk about the importance of having a director that holds everything together like glue, hiring based on core values, how her strategy of onboarding evolved, and how they have developed their culture. Jennifer leads with positivity and connection and shares how she manages conflict resolution and tips on how to have hard conversations.
For Jaime Moran, owner of Over the Rainbow Learning Center in Connecticut, her business transformation began in 2016 when she attended her first Child Care Success Summit. Jaime attended the CCSS in desperation to find a way to quickly fill her two centers. She joined the Freedom Level of the Child Care Success Academy while she was there. Since then, Jaime’s two schools are performing beyond what was once imaginable when she first began her journey in the child care industry.
Dawn Uribe, the owner of Mis Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool, joins Kris today to talk about her vast expansion mode and how she came to the vision of owning a Spanish immersion school. Dawn is a game changer in her marketplace and she has some great golden nuggets on how to drive your vision forward with a system for freedom, why it’s necessary to schedule in time to focus on goals, how to finance your expansion, delegate to your team, and break through fear. She also discusses challenges that are unique to her situation and gives some practical tips for owning your inner rockstar.
Creating amazing, “Rockstar” business owners is one way we accomplish our mission of impacting the child care industry! Child Care Rockstars are ordinary people with a passion and a drive to change the world by improving their early childhood businesses. Each year at the Child Care Success Summit, our members enter for a chance to win the official title of “Child Care Rockstar.” Contestants get 10 minutes on stage to share the results they’ve experienced since implementing strategies they’ve learned from Kris Murray and the Child Care Success Academy. This year’s contest was a close call, but our audience voted and chose Leann Chamberlain as our winner!
Arike Aiyetigbo, Founder and Director of Fountain Montessori Preschool, joins the show from her office and home of the school in London, England. Originally, from Nigeria, Arike is a passionate educator whose mission is to grow her influence by partnering with like-minded parents. She shares her journey how she got into the business of nurseries because as a mom she saw a gap in what she needed, how she has expanded and grown in the business over the past 11 years, and what she would do differently. Arike also speaks about her branding, the nursery and childcare market in the UK, and the shifts she has experienced as an owner to get her name out there in a bigger way.
Charlie Marcotty and Marcy Lee, co-owners of the First Circle Learning Center in Lexington, Mass, join the show today to discuss the key lessons they have learned from over 21 years in early childhood expertise. They bring the excitement, enthusiasm, and partnership in everything they do, and have gone from a school with artificial plants hanging from the ceiling to a school with full enrollment and a waitlist. Today, they talk about filling a gap of adding more education and administration to the child care aspect, how they divide and conquer in their partnership, and the action items and goals they prioritize the highest.