This podcast, brought to you by Procare Solutions, is all about giving child care, preschool, daycare, afterschool and other early education professionals a fun and upbeat way to learn about strategies and inspiration they can use to thrive. You’ll hear from a variety of child care thought leaders, including educators, owners and industry experts, on ways to innovate to meet the needs of the children you serve. From practical tips for managing operations to uplifting stories of transformation and triumph, this podcast will be chock-full of insights you can use to fully realize the potential of your child care business.
Season 4, Episode 1: How to Help Child Care Staff Embrace Technology, with LaToya Riggins
Technology scares people, and that's true for child care employees.
"Easing them into it helps, and really slowing it down and teaching them," says LaToya Riggins, vice president of professional development of CRAFT by Better Futures.
Proper training and guidance is key, and so is showing employees how they'll benefit from using technology ... and that you're ready to help them.
"Don't be afraid. Technology is a beautiful thing when used correctly. Give it a chance," she says.
In this podcast, LaToya shares her tips for how to get your staff on board with using technology in their classrooms and for running other parts of the business, including using QR codes for check-ins and getting rid of paper documentation that is prone to errors and takes so much time to complete manually.
One such tip is to break staff into small groups so nobody gets lost or is afraid to answer questions. And she has a lot more to share.
"One thing about technology is that it's very forgiving. Everything has an undo button," she says.
To reach LaToya, email her at email@example.com or visit www.betterfuturesdc.com!
Season 3, Episode 9: Why Digital Payment Processing is a Must for Child Care Providers
Tuition collection can be a breeze when families can easily pay you on time and with their preferred method of payment. And for today’s parents, their preferred method overwhelmingly is digital, whether through autopay from their checking accounts or by debit cards and credit cards.
The perks of accepting digital payments at your child care program are many, for both you and them! In this podcast, you'll learn more how your center will benefit with streamlined financial processes, and how families can reap the benefits of using their credit cards, such as flights or cashback offers!
Season 3, Episode 8: How to Grow Your Enrollment With Top-Notch Tours of Your Center, with Molly Hichens
A tour of your child care center should be your Super Bowl, says Molly Hichens. Are you doing enough to wow families who tour your daycare or preschool?
Molly is a second-generation owner at Bright Beginnings Preschool, which has three locations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is about to celebrate 40 years in business! She’s also an accomplished child care consultant and speaker. And when it comes to giving tours to prospective families, she has a lot of great ideas to share, including:
Setting specific days and times to give toursMake the tour posh (her centers bake cookies and offer Perrier water!)Ensure the person giving the tour knows current waitlist numbers and move-up dates for children in the roomHighlight what makes your center special, such as a great curriculumAnd more!Molly's areas of expertise include leadership, intergenerational workplaces, business expansion and increasing revenue while streamlining systems. Visit mollyhichens.com to learn how she helps child care businesses stand out from the crowd!
Season 3, Episode 7: Billions in Child Care Funding is About to Dry Up: What that Means for Providers and Families, with Cindy Lehnhoff
Beginning September 30, 2023, states could be forced to deal with the loss of billions of dollars in federal funding, which will lead to a mass disruption in the child care landscape.
The $24 billion that went to child cares was part of a pandemic program, and has been the largest investment in child care in history. Without that funding, 3.2 million children could lose spots in child cares and more than 70,000 centers could close, according to a Century Foundation report.
In this podcast, Cindy Lehnhoff, the director of the National Child Care Association, explains what's happening and what measures are being taken to save at least some of the funding. She also discusses the consequences of losing the funding — on centers, staffing, families and the economy — and what some states are doing.
Learn more about the NCCA and its work.
Season 3, Episode 6: Building a Nonprofit ECE Center and the Push for Child Care Funding, with Allyx Schiavone
Allyx Schiavone had intended to start a new elementary school in New Haven, Connecticut, until she listened to her community and saw the need for an early childhood education center.
In this episode, she talks about partnering with local Quakers to form the Friends Center for Children. Allyx is the executive director of the center, which is supported by a comprehensive emotional wellbeing program and made accessible with sliding scale tuition.
Allyx also serves as the co-chair of the Child Care for Connecticut’s Future Coalition, representing partners working to increase public funding for early care and education across the state. She has 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Connecticut and New York.
In this episode, she shares her expertise on government incentives in child care and talks about some big things she’s doing, including providing housing to her child care center's employees.
To learn more about Allyx and the work she's doing, visit friendscenterforchildren.org or just Google her name!
Season 3, Episode 6: The Importance of Design and Branding in Child Care Centers, with Better Beans Branding
Think about going to a restaurant. That's an experience you have. It's true in other businesses too, from a coffee shop to a doctor's office to a hardware store. So why shouldn't that apply to a child care center?
That's the message of Better Beans Branding in Duluth, Georgia. This company does branding, design, signs and construction and their clients include child care centers, which Better Beans helps to reach their goals and convey their values in their spaces.
In this podcast, Neel Sengupta, the company’s chief operating officer and managing partner, and Lyndsey Ward, a Better Beans graphic designer, talk about the importance of design in child care centers and how their work creates positive environments for young learners. They share the questions they ask before a project begins, including thinking about how adding space could mean additional revenue. And they describe the trend of parent-interaction areas in child care centers ... because what parents see in your lobby or common space is all they typically see, so you'd better make it interactive and experiential!
To learn more about Better Beans Branding, visit its website and its Facebook and Instagram pages. You also can email firstname.lastname@example.org.