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 2, Episode 1: A Deep Dive into How 'Build Back Better' Would Affect Child Care
Jacob Stewart, director of state government relations at the Early Care and Education Consortium, has been closely following the Build Back Better Act and its potential implications on the child care industry.
In this podcast, he breaks down what could happen should this act (as it stood at the end of 2021) become law, as well as state implementation.
Episode 20: Understanding what the Build Back Better Plan Means for Child Care, Plus Talking Accreditation with Storm Webb and Cindy Lehnhoff
In this episode, we talk with Storm Webb, executive director of the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation organization, and with Cindy Lehnhoff, director of the National Child Care Association.
These women have been on the front lines of seeing how daycares are dealing with challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and are closely monitoring the Build Back Better plan being debated by Congress.
In our discussion, we talk about everything from accreditation and what the Build Back Better plan would mean for child care centers, as well as the expected increased number of middle-class families who will receive subsidies for child care, as well as universal free preschool, should the Build Back Better plan pass as it stands.
Episode 19: Brain Development in Young Children and the Effects of Stress with Prerna Richards
Prerna Richards is the founder and CEO of Together We Grow, an early childhood organization providing professional development, coaching and consulting for parents, teachers and administrators. She’s a coach and early childhood educational consultant.
Her desire to make a difference in the lives of children has shaped her life and her career. When she came to the United States, she had a degree in interior design. But when her daughter started preschool, she became a teacher and realized this was her passion and her calling in life.
Since then, one of her focuses is helping educators understand the importance of brain development in children and how to nurture positive growth. Our brains are almost entirely wired by the time we turn 5, and during those years, the foundation is laid for our entire lives.
In this podcast, Prerna talks about her life and her work with children, including the effect of stress, particularly stress caused by the pandemic.
Episode 18: Opting to Open a Franchised Child Care Center & Helping Other Owners Run Their Businesses with Nannette Ray
Nannette Ray was born at the height of the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. Her mom was a single parent who worked several jobs and died when Nanette was in the ninth grade, which instilled in her the desire to make her mother proud.
She went on to earn her MBA, own two Kids ‘R’ Kids learning academies and to found and become president of TNR Advisors & Management Consultants, which helps many child care centers with financial decisions and planning.
In this podcast, she describes the path that she and her husband took to becoming child care center owners and to helping other owners with the financial aspects of their businesses. A key part of that is looking forward rather than focusing only on the past.
She discusses why she opted to open a franchised daycare versus an independent center as well as common mistakes she sees in how new owners operate child care centers, such as not operating with a budget.
You can learn more about Nannette and her work to help businesses make data-driven decisions at www.tnraccounting.com!
Nannette Ray recently received the Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award for 2021. As founder and president of TNR Advisors & Management Consultants, Nannette is responsible for measuring, managing and improving overall performance of the organization and day-to-day operations.
She has successfully run various companies over the last 16 years and uses this knowledge to successfully perform as managing partner. She runs the business with her husband, Terrence Ray, who is a CPA and the company’s vice president.
Nannette is a mother of three who holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and information systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds an MBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
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Episode 17: How to Funnel More Money to Your Child Care Business | Louise Stoney
Louise Stoney has been in the child care field for well over 35 years and dedicates her work to helping providers put the systems in place to tap into and manage the funds available to them. In this episode, she discusses:
The critical role automation plays in providing information that can uncover any funds child care providers are leaving on the tableWhat shared services are, how they work and the benefits they offer to child care businessesHow she works with public policymakers to help them better understand the child care landscape and make the right funding availableThe ways child care management software can transform recordkeeping to drive better decision-making at every levelThe concept of one-stop-shopping or subsidy management, and how to do itThe three most important things you have to do to run a successful child care business, also called the Iron TriangleAnd so much more! About Louise:
Louise Stoney is a true powerhouse in the space – someone who’s making waves in how we collect and analyze child care data to spur positive systemic changes. Louise is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education (ECE) finance and policy, and Co-Founder of both Opportunities Exchange and the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance. Louise has worked with state and local governments, foundations, ECE providers, industry intermediaries, research and advocacy groups in over 40 states.
Public and private organizations have sought Louise’s expertise to help craft new finance and policy options as well as write issue briefs on challenging topics. She has helped model ECE program costs, revise subsidy policy and rate-setting strategies, re-visit QRIS standards and procedures, craft new approaches to contracting and voucher management, and more. Louise holds a master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
You can learn more about Louise and her work at www.oppex.org
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Episode 16: The Power of Play for Both Children and Grown-Ups | Emma Tempest
This episode is pure joy as we get to talk with Emma Tempest, an internationally-known play coach who helps early childhood professionals incorporate play into their programming in a meaningful and often transformational way.
In this uplifting chat, Emma shares:
Why play is critical for child development – and adults too!How adults can misinterpret play for bad behavior. How the traditional way to leverage play – often limited to a reward for a child who does their schoolwork or behaves well – is a backwards way to look at it. The detrimental effects of removing play from a child’s education.How adults can get in touch with their inner child.The importance of a mindset shift toward curiosity to embrace play in all its forms.Why there’s no such thing as “unstructured play.”The five things adults can do to best support children’s play.And so much more! About Emma:
Emma Tempest is a Play Coach. How cool is that? She develops training and coaching for educators and families around how children learn through the power of play, and how to use play as a tool for building a strong foundation of wellbeing. But that’s not all – Emma also helps adults through play. Her belief is that play joins everybody together – from all ages, races, nationalities and cultures.
Originally from England, Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Leeds Metropolitan University. She now resides in New Jersey, but spreads her teachings far and wide, because, frankly, we ALL need this in our lives.
You can find Emma in the following places:
Website: https://makeyourownrainbows.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theplaycoachInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_play_coach/ Additional Resources:
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