Teacher trainings at your child care center don’t need to be complicated or boring. Keep the spirit light, the morale boosted and the learning fun with these fresh ideas. You…
What Does it Mean to be Demotivated? To be a "Demotivated Employee" means that someone is less enthusiastic about their work than they used to be. The simple prefix "de" implies that they began excited, but something happened to demotivate them. In most cases we don't have to look too far to find the cause. It is usually the manager or supervisor and the environment that they've created. This isn't just my opinion. Gallup research shows that a mind-boggling 70 percent of an employee's motivation is influenced by his or her manager. lt's no wonder employees don't leave jobs; they leave managers.
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.
Whether we like it or not, the child care industry is in a labor crisis. With a booming economy right now, unemployment rates are at an all time low in the United States and companies across the country continue to raise their minimum pay in order to stay competitive and attract hard working employees. Unfortunately, in this industry, it can be hard to keep up with competitive wages and this can make you feel discouraged when trying to seek out A players because you feel like you don’t have enough to offer to them.
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.
A strong, positive company culture starts with a strong, positive, inspired leader who has a passion for their work and truly LEADS (by example.) A couple of years ago, at the Child Care Success Summit, Kris Murray showed a video to illustrate a point – and it stuck with me. This video was of a guy dancing at some sort of outdoor music festival.
In this industry, I see too many of you hire out of desperation because you are in fear of being out of ratio. The people you hire in order to quickly meet ratio usually are not vetted to be sure they are aligned with your school’s culture and values, and they rarely undergo a proper onboarding process to set them up for success.
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.
Teacher Appreciation Week is a national holiday celebrated in United States which takes place in the first full week of May. I hope you already have some plans to celebrate your teachers, but if not, use this article to generate some ideas!
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.