Today Kris is joined with very special and inspiring guests, Brian and Carol Duprey! Brian Duprey is a seasoned 20-year veteran in the childcare industry. Along with his wife Carol, they have opened and operated eight different childcare centers in central Maine and currently, own five schools. They have been married for over 26 years and have five children and four grandchildren. We talk with Brian and Carol about their very inspiring mindset and attitude, overcoming challenges along the way of becoming business leaders, strategies they use when hiring great teachers, and how after all these years of working together they still end each night holding hands! Success and a winning attitude are woven into everything they do, and it is their mission to help others and inspire them to live the best life possible.
Kym Pomares has blossomed into an amazing force as the owner of Courthouse Academy in Virginia Beach. She is an inspiration, always combining work and play and is now leading her school as a culture of excellence and doing great things. Courthouse Academy is a traditional & Spanish Immersion Preschool and Elementary School. She is always growing and making a bigger impact in the world, and opens up in an honest and candid conversation about the challenges she has overcome throughout her time in this industry, and how she handled them and persevered like a true rockstar.
Finding and keeping high quality staff for your child care center or preschool is top priority for most of our clients. Recognizing your team members for all their hard work is a great way to build morale and add to the positive culture of your work place. Consider creating an official employee recognition program and implementing some of these ideas. Usually, people shine when their efforts and accomplishments are noticed and shared with others.
In today’s episode we are joined by child care rockstar Donna Jensen, owner of the Learning Station. Donna’s passion for creating an enriching, safe, and supportive environment is inspiring and the reason why she is always full with a long waiting list of potential families. We hear Donna’s background from working at a local preschool to owning a franchise and ultimately leading to what has become the Learning Station. She and Kris also discuss why a large team works for her, the importance of lists and tracking data, and finding a great mentor. Finally, she shares resources that she loves and that are captivating enough to break her away a game of Candy Crush!
This week’s episode features Child Care Rockstar Radio’s first guest interview — the awesome Summer Picha and Katie Wagoner, Peaceful Valley Montessori! Summer and Katie have been partners together for about eight years and have increased their business by 10x, going from a small but mighty 30-child Montessori to two school locations with almost 300 children. They represent the type of childcare rockstar that impact the community from a place of authentic education and intent and are proof positive that you can manifest your dreams. We hear how they went from teachers themselves to business owners, their mission to impact children, families, and teachers and what the future holds for more growth and expansion.
Attracting and retaining high quality staff is a top priority for child care center owners and directors. It is challenging to find top notch people, so when you do find the perfect fit for your open position, you want to be sure you have an attractive employment offer for them, complete with employee benefits. Unfortunately, providing Employee Benefits is a sensitive topic for many child care centers. Budgets are tight, and owners think they “can’t afford” to offer a bunch of perks to their employees. While you might not be able to afford HEALTH INSURANCE for your staff, there ARE lots of things you CAN offer.
In your journey of running a preschool, how many times have you asked someone for feedback? Was the experience a positive one? Most of the time when we ask someone for feedback on a project, a habit we tried to change or how our performance was, quite often the focus is on what we did wrong or how we need to improve. How do you feel when you give feedback? You may want to help a teacher who asked, but feel like you don’t want to hurt her feelings about where she went wrong. You might even find yourself thinking about how you would have done it better. All in all, the process of giving or receiving feedback is quite often negative and focuses on something that can’t be changed.
I just got back from a cruise!! It was amazing! I was lucky enough to go on the Child Care Marketing Owners Mastermind at Sea last week, and I was so inspired by the level of sharing and participation from all of the owners and directors that attended. Probably 70 percent of what we covered and discussed had to do with our people, our staff, our teams. The owners on the cruise were very concerned with creating the best working environment possible for their staff, and that was so encouraging and inspiring to me.