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We Are Their Role Models

When you watch children playing in your center, are you pleased with what you see?  When you LISTEN to the children, are you happy with what you hear?   This has always been the most eye-opening experience of my professional life.  How about for you?   Watching children play and interact with other children is Read More

Baby Steps

Have you given much thought lately to how people learn?   Let’s look at an example:   You are trying to teach a child to button, zip and tie when getting dressed.  Three challenging tasks depending on a number of circumstances: Age Command of small motor skills Attention span Interest and motivation in achieving the Read More

I Know This is the Right Thing to Do

  Do you think you would you feel better if you only had 5, or 10, or even just 20 decisions to make in a day?  Me too.   Reality check.  It must be an “early dismissal” if we only have 20 decisions to make today, right?   But, it’s probably not the fact that Read More

Do As I Say, Not As I Do. Not!

Want to get your crew in line quickly?  Just model the behavior you want.   Sounds easy, right?  We wish!!!   Most of us have at one time or another given “mixed signals” to staff or family or friends.  We say, “I want you to do this” and then we do just the opposite.   Read More

The Spotlight is On You!

We’re not the kind of people who like a spotlight.  Early childhood professionals tend to be more humble, behind the scenes, get the job done with little fanfare.   We’re really focused on the children…helping them to be all that they can be.   Reality is, you are in the spotlight when you are an Read More

The Ying & Yang of Empowering Child Care Staff

  I’m a really strong advocate of empowering child care staff members.  The more empowered your staff is, the more successful your business can be.   But empowering child care staff is a bit tricky!   You must empower enough – but not too much.   You must direct the empowerment – and contain it. Read More

Me: Before, Now, and Coming Soon!

In every career we all go through stages.   Before we began as child care professionals, we were wide-eyed, excited, full of fabulous ideas, and couldn’t wait to get to the center every day to work with the children.   We had every intention of providing the very best care and education to the children Read More

Be All That They Can Be

As child care professionals, and teachers, our goal is to creatively craft information and experiences for our children.  We must engage them, nurture them, assist them, motivate them, applaud them, and encourage them to grow, flourish, and become all that they can be.   Tall order!  But that is our passion.  That is what we Read More

The Value of GREAT Communication in Your Child Care Center

Communication is the: Easiest component to mess up Most difficult component to do correctly Hardest component to fix Most necessary component in order to succeed. Communication is the foundation, the walls, the ceiling, the refrigerator and the couch of every relationship.   Without great communication …. you’re in trouble!   We all take communication for Read More

Success Strategies:  Benchmarking

Benchmarking: Where are You?  Where do You Want to Be?  How do You get “There”? Benchmarking. An overused term, or a label of accountability? In a time when each of us is expected to do more with less, it is no longer adequate to look at numbers as benchmarks. Boards, stockholders, and funders are asking Read More

Success Strategies: Risk Management Strategies

Each day seems to present more risk factors than we have ever had to consider in the past. As managers, we encounter risk in many areas: decisions about day-to-day business; growth plans for implementing new products or services; changes in policies or procedures; and even career decisions. To be a successful executive, one must be Read More

Success Strategies: Competitive Strategies Today

Competitive Strategies Today The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, based at the Harvard Business School, defines competitive strategy as “how a company competes in a particular business (note: overall strategy for diversified firms is referred to as corporate strategy). Competitive strategy is concerned with how a company can gain a competitive advantage through a distinctive Read More

Success Strategies: Business Growth Strategies

Some say the economy is turning around and business should be improving. We asked several business owners what they would suggest as a growth strategy over the next few months to make an organization more visible, more appealing to current and potential customers. Here are their thoughts on business growth strategies: “Good economy or bad, Read More

Biting My Classmate: What Was I Thinking?

Why Children Bite Taken from the mind of any two year old, as he sinks his teeth into the arm of the little girl next to him … “What was I thinking when I bit her?” The injured girl starts screaming at an ear-piercing level. Adults start scurrying around, separating children, scolding me, and pulling Read More

Every Child is Welcome?

Every Child is Welcome? Is your center open to any child whose parents can pay the tuition? Should it be?  This is probably a question that you wrestle with often. Only you can make this decision. Many might think that this question is speaking to excluding “children with disabilities”. This could include physical, social, mental, Read More

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 4 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 4 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 4) will examine the final two Read More

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 3 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 3 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 3) will examine the third, and Read More

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 2 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 2 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 2) will examine the first Read More