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Early learning leaders around the globe are breaking through challenges, leading the way in innovation, testing new best practices, and impacting children and families in a much more powerful and positive way than ever before. Each week, tune in to top child care business guru Kris Murray on the Child Care Rockstar Radio podcast for interviews with early childhood leaders and experts that will leave you inspired to get to the next level of success, whatever that means for you.

Kris Murray is President of Child Care Marketing Solutions, and the Founder of the Child Care Success Academy, the world’s largest and most comprehensive business coaching program for early childhood entrepreneurs and leaders. She is the author of two top-rated books on early learning business, and the mom of two great kids. She and her team are based in the mountains of Colorado.

Child Care Rockstar Radio Kris Murray

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Early learning leaders around the globe are breaking through challenges, leading the way in innovation, testing new best practices, and impacting children and families in a much more powerful and positive way than ever before. Each week, tune in to top child care business guru Kris Murray on the Child Care Rockstar Radio podcast for interviews with early childhood leaders and experts that will leave you inspired to get to the next level of success, whatever that means for you.

Kris Murray is President of Child Care Marketing Solutions, and the Founder of the Child Care Success Academy, the world’s largest and most comprehensive business coaching program for early childhood entrepreneurs and leaders. She is the author of two top-rated books on early learning business, and the mom of two great kids. She and her team are based in the mountains of Colorado.

    The Powerful Benefits of Using a Coach with Brian Duprey

    The Powerful Benefits of Using a Coach with Brian Duprey

    This week, Kris is joined by Brian Duprey, Certified Child Care Coach and the Director of Business Development at The Child Care Success Company. He is a 20-year veteran who came to his first Child Care Success Summit in 2015 and became a coach in 2017. Last year, Brian wrote his first book, Child Care Millionaire, for early childhood business owners wanting to grow their business into a (multi) million-dollar company, and he also co-authored The Happiness Guide for Early Childhood Education with Kris. Kris and Brian discuss surviving COVID-19 as a child care center owner, money managing, marketing, expanding business, tour tips, escaping to Jamaica, and more.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [6:55] Brian talks about how his five locations, Little Angels, are operating during COVID-19.  From closures to lowered capacity, to utilizing funding programs; he is now operating at a higher occupancy than pre-pandemic.
    [9:44] Brian shares his best tips for how his businesses survived the pandemic, including transparency with his employees, outreach to his competitors, donuts, and pizza.
    [12:45] Why anyone interested in expanding their business needs to (virtually) attend Brian’s breakout workshop “Innovation Expansion Opportunities” at The Child Care Reimagined Success Summit and why he recommends people should strive to be salmon. Yes, salmon.
    [14:33] Brian opened nine schools and has never borrowed from a bank; he owns four of his five buildings and he opened his first center with only $5,000.
    [16:20] Having multiple schools gives you more flexibility and helps you leverage staffing, productivity, profits, and more. Five schools are much easier to run than one. The hardest school to open is #2 because people are so emotionally invested in their first school and don’t want to relinquish control.
    [19:00] Buy in cash and quickly pay off debt so you, too, can spend half the year in Jamaica!
    [20:42] Thanks to the strategies learned from the Child Care Success Summit, Brian has done more with his business in the last five years than in the 15 years prior to the summit.
    [23:23] Brian talks about how a strategy session/coaching call works. Schedule your free call here!
    [28:12] The three major “pain points” Brian finds when coaching clients are enrollment, staffing, and the daily overwhelm. He dives deeper into how he approaches overcoming these and why there are tips he only teaches on these phone calls.
    [30:18] Treat tours like a sales call and other tour tips.
    [35:26] Brian is most proud of the book he co-authored with Kris; The Happiness Guide for Early Childhood Educators. He values his educators and their happiness and wants to change the mindset to a place where they want to make a difference. Owners need to read this, too!
     
    Quotes:
    “When you focus on helping other people, and not just yourself, you get helped in the process.” — Brian “Five schools are much easier to run than one.” — Brian “A tour is a sales call.” — Brian “The most important person in a team is the person watching the children.” — Brian  
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Kris Murray
    The Child Care Success Company
    Child Care Success Academy
    Child Care Success Summit — offering $1 ticket
    Grow Your Center
    Brian Duprey
    Little Angels
    Schedule a Coaching Call
    Child Care Millionaire (Brian’s book on Amazon)
    The Happiness Guide for Early Childhood Educators (Kris and Brian’s book on Amazon)

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    Becoming a Stronger, More Resilient Leader with Nefertiti Poyner

    Becoming a Stronger, More Resilient Leader with Nefertiti Poyner

    Kris couldn’t think of a better time to bring in the wonderful Dr. Nefertiti Poyner, to talk about resilience and the right protective factors that will serve us through the storms of life. In this episode, Dr. Poyner shares her unique insights for staying resilient in times of crisis and stress, how we can let go of toxic people and patterns in our lives, and advice for directors and leaders to get through the pandemic with a little more grace and sanity.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [12:20] Dr. Poyner always wanted to be a teacher and had great role models in her family and throughout her own upbringing. She loved teaching but could have used the knowledge she knows now about socio-emotional health and why some children struggle with balance.
    [14:30] The Devereux Center for Resilient Children provides assessments and reports for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They also lead workshops and programs for helping adults learn how to fill their own cup, so they show up in the world with more empathy and compassion for others.
    [27:16] There is strength in asking for help.
    [29:13] Fun Fact: Dr. Poyner loves the Golden Girls and definitely would be a Sophia.
    [30:21] Having empathy for your team doesn’t mean you always have to agree with them. It means you are walking in their shoes because you would want them to do the same.
    [32:56] Teachers still have to prove all the time that they work hard and that their job and industry should be taken just as seriously as any other profession.
    [36:44] Protective factors don’t make challenging times go away, but they do buffer our experience. Examples of protective factors include:
    The Umbrella — one or two close friends that protect us through the rainy days of life. A Sense of Internal Belief About Ourselves — when we like the person we see in the mirror, we are more resilient. Protective Self-Control — we can learn to be vulnerable about our emotional ups and downs, and see that others won’t judge us or think of us as weak.  
    Quotes:
    “If you do have to do virtual learning, keep it interesting.” — Nefertiti “Nobody can make you feel any way. You allow that to happen.” — Nefertiti “It takes a healthy village to raise a healthy child.” — Nefertiti “Give yourself permission to waste a little bit of time.” — Nefertiti  
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Kris Murray
    The Child Care Success Company
    Child Care Success Academy
    Child Care Success Summit — offering $1 ticket
    Grow Your Center
    Devereux Center for Resilient Children
    Nataly Kogan
    Gretchen Rubin

    • 50 min
    The One About What Shark Tank Is Really Like (and much more) with Dave Vasen

    The One About What Shark Tank Is Really Like (and much more) with Dave Vasen

    This week Kris is joined with Dave Vasen, founder and CEO of brightwheel, one of the leading parent management software platforms that features best-in-class parent communication. Dave shares his journey into developing and launching brightwheel and gives us an exclusive behind the scenes story of appearing on Shark Tank and striking a deal with Mark Cuban.

    • 50 min
    The Everything School: Grow Your Leaders, Grow Your Empire

    The Everything School: Grow Your Leaders, Grow Your Empire

    Tameenah Adams is a Child Care Business Coach for The Child Care Success Company and has over 18 years of experience in personnel management. She joins Kris for a conversation about gaining confidence through preparation and action and how she has continued to expand her empire and development centers throughout the pandemic.

    • 55 min
    Peeling Back the Layers: How to Feel Better and Help the People in Your Life Feel Better with Alyssa Campbell

    Peeling Back the Layers: How to Feel Better and Help the People in Your Life Feel Better with Alyssa Campbell

    Alyssa Campbell is an emotional development expert, podcaster, and founder of Seed and Sew. She joins the show to talk with Kris about the method of Collaborative Emotion Processing that she co-created, how developing emotional intelligence skills saved her life, and why this work is of the utmost importance for leaders and teachers to deal correctly with the tiny humans of tomorrow.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:28] Once Alyssa developed the emotional intelligence tools she now teaches today, she went from feeling exhausted and drained to now being able to recognize her triggers. Through this, she can give herself proper self-care so that she shows up as her best self to the world.
    [9:13] Alyssa got her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and after many different careers in early education, landed at a school that had great resources and support. This is where she co-created the Collaborative Emotion Processing method and launched Seed and Sew.
    [11:02] Although the focus is the children, the real work begins with ourselves. The more emotional intelligence we master in our own life and heal our nervous system, the more we can teach kids to do the same.
    [13:22] A career highlight for Alyssa was getting to work alongside an occupational therapist who opened her eyes to how crucial it is to regulate our central nervous system in everything we do.
    [14:44] Seed and Sew provides that village mentality where everyone is working together to help one another. They offer several free resources including her podcast Voice of Your Village, and paid services such as the Tiny Humans, Big Emotions course, and a S.E.E.D Certification program.
    [20:06] Fun Fact: Alyssa studied abroad in Austria and knows how to speak German!
    [23:19] Important steps of emotional intelligence as leaders and teachers prepare for adult/child interaction:
    Self Awareness. Daily check-ins and keeping tabs of how we are really doing. Biases — Uncovering our biases and working on what’s really driving our behavior. Scientific Knowledge Self Care [35:25] If Alyssa could tell her past self some advice, it would be to start your personal work earlier, and dig into anti-racism and bias work sooner as well.
    [42:55] Teachers are not often seen as professionals, and this can lead to a fear of not being perfect. It’s really about realizing that it’s about the marathon, not the sprint, and that progress is more important than perfection.
     
    Quotes:
    “It’s never a child’s job to get calm for us, it’s our job to get calm for the child.” — Alyssa “When we are using these tools it’s not just going to affect how you show up with the tiny humans or at work, it affects how you show up in relationships with others because it affects how you show up with yourself.” — Alyssa “Good is good enough.” — Kris “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” — Kris’s new magnet  
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Kris Murray
    The Child Care Success Company
    Child Care Success Academy
    Child Care Success Summit — offering $1 ticket
    Grow Your Center
    Child Care Authority
    Child Care Exchange
    Voices of Your Village
    Seed and Sew
    Implicit Association Test
    Lori Goodrich
    Dr. Willis
    LatinX Parenting
    Self Reg
    Mind in the Making
    Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents
    How to Be Anti-Racist
     

    • 49 min
    A New Twist on Classic Topics in ECE: Quality, Diversity, Head Start, and More with Dr. Calvin Moore

    A New Twist on Classic Topics in ECE: Quality, Diversity, Head Start, and More with Dr. Calvin Moore

    Dr. Calvin Moore was recently named Interim CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition. He joins the show to talk about what first attending the Head Start Program as a student meant to him as he moved up the ranks into executive positions. He and Kris also discuss why obtaining a CDA (Child Development Associate) certification is so important, and how we attract and retain a more diverse workforce.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [10:15] Dr. Calvin Moore was recently named interim CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition. He’s also the first CEO of the Council to hold its early education credential, the CDA. Previously, he was the regional program manager for the Office of Head Start in Atlanta within the Administration for Children and Families for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    [13:29] Calvin started his journey with Head Start as a child in 1969 and began working for the program in 1991. He worked his way up as a teacher, center manager, coordinator, and eventually Executive Director.
    [15:19] Calvin and his wife love living in Alabama, and they have a very busy household with both a 19- and 10-year-old.
    [19:31] It is the 45th Anniversary of the CDA credential. While they were affected by the pandemic, they are rebuilding and seeing a strong interest from teachers for community and keeping their skills sharp. They also have seen double the numbers of CDA renewals and an extremely large turnout at their Leadership and Learning Series.
    [26:49] Calvin believes in equitable systems in the way that every community should get access to a Head Start program, no matter what socioeconomic bracket they fall in.
    [30:28] Consistency is a big part of Head Start, and consistent messaging is something we need more than ever.
    [31:50] Calvin’s book, Men Do Stay, discusses myths of male teachers in the early childhood field and ways that we can do a better job of retaining our talented future male leaders and life changers. He gives his own example of how male leadership at a school helped other male teachers feel more welcome, and why continued professional development is so important.
    [36:02] Look back at your program and see if you market in a way that supports diversity. We can do better than the 2–3% statistic of males in ECE now.
    [41:11] Calvin did four years in the Air Force, which gives him a different perspective than most.
    [49:11] There are so many benefits to getting a CDA, a few of the key ones being a place for new professionals to feel oriented and welcomed in the industry.
     
    Quotes:
    “People were looking for ways to connect in this crisis, and we were glad to provide them with an outlet, information, and skill set.” — Calvin “No matter what your budget is, you should not spend an inordinate amount for child care.” — Calvin “Let’s get every child care professional a CDA. It will allow us to have a base level of confidence in the ECE field.” — Calvin “I really believe the CDA catapulted me into life-long learning about child development that I might not have discovered otherwise.” — Calvin  
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Kris Murray
    The Child Care Success Company
    Child Care Success Academy
    Child Care Success Summit — offering $1 ticket
    Grow Your Center
    Child Care Authority
    Child Care Exchange
    The Culture Code
    calvinm@cdacouncil.org
    CDA Council
    Men Do Stay
     

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