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25tips_kidsLunch time can be a very busy time of the day and the time of day that the kids Really Love!

Today I am going to give you some ideas on how to have a smooth transition into lunch, how to get the kids involved and most of all some healthy meal ideas!

Lunch time is a great time to promote self-help skills and there many ways that you can get the children involved, including:

  • Selecting a child to help you clean  and set the table
  • Place the food in serving bowls to encourage the children to serve themselves and to serve the food Family style. (be sure to use child size serving utensils)

Also, Children love to sing songs and what a great way to start lunch time by singing a lunch time song. Here’s a lunch time song:

I smell lunch, I smell lunch,

(rub your tummy) um um good. um um good.

I can smell the______ (name the food) I can smell the_______ (name the food)

um um good um um good.

Then repeat!

According to the Missouri Eat Smart Childhood obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care, “Overweight is now the most nutritional disease of children. Preschool children who are overweight are almost 5 times more likely to be overweight as young adults.”

Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Childcare also concludes that children may get 50%-75% of daily food needs in childcare. This is why it is vital that childcare programs serve nutritional balance meals.

Here are Five Healthy Lunch Ideas for your menus:

Day 1

Turkey Slices

Whole Grain Bread

Corn

Peaches

Low Fat Milk

Day 2

Tuna Salad

Whole Grain Crackers

Tossed Salad

Apple Slices

Low Fat Milk

Day 3

Turkey Meatballs

Mashed potatoes

Orange slices

Whole Grain Bread

Low-Fat Milk

Day 4

Beef Stew (with vegetables)

Whole Grain Cracker

Fruit Cocktail

Low Fat Milk

Day 5

Chicken & Rice Broccoli Casserole

(Boil the rice, drain the water when fully cooked, add canned chicken & cream of chicken, broccoli and cheese)

Blueberries

Low Fat Milk

**Menu ideas meet the Child Adult and Food program Guidelines

Need more menu ideas, be sure to download your copy of my Healthy Child Care Menus ebook.

With Healthy Kids in Mind!

Shiketa Morgan

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is vital that kids start their day with a healthy breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast in the morning, helps a child concentrate better while in school.

Moreover, when parents come to visit your Child Care Program, they may ask to see your menus and having healthy menus is a great way to attract to families to your program.

Also, According to the Child Adult and food program, children ages 12months-12 years of age should be served the following food groups for a healthy breakfast:

  • Milk
  • Grain
  • Fruit/vegetable

Also, it is a good idea to rotate your menus so that children are served a variety of foods. If you have picky eaters in your care, I suggest that you get ideas from parents, to find out what their children love to eat for breakfast.

Could you use some new menu ideas? Do you desire to serve healthier food choices to the children in your care?

Below I have provided the top five breakfast choices that I have found that kids enrolled in my child care program loved!

Day 1

Pancakes, Hash browns and Low Fat Milk

Day 2

Blueberry Muffins, Strawberries and Low Fat Milk

Day 3

Cinnamon French Toast, Pineapples and Low Fat Milk

Day 4

Cinnamon Oatmeal (add raw sugar and sprinkle Cinnamon), Raisins and Milk

Day 5

Granola Bar, Pineapple slices and Low Fat Milk **Check for Nut allergies

If you would like more menu ideas and 12 weeks of healthy menus, be sure to download my Healthy Child Care Menu’s ebook below.

With Healthy Kids in mind!

Shiketa

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I can hardly believe that it’s been 5 years since I launched the Child Care Business Owner Blog. In fact, when I published the blog, I only wanted to share tips about the Business of Child Care including; blogging about my Journey as a Family Home Child Care Prover and my years as a Center Owner/Director.

In 2010, my Millionaire Mindset Group Leader (Cheryl Robinson) inspired me to share from my expertise in the Field of Child Care by; writing  ebooks, hosting webinars and building a network online that empowers Child Care Business Owners.

I’m so thankful for my connection with Cheryl Robinson, because she saw something in me that I did not see in my self. That’s the power of having a mentor in your life!

Most of all, I’m glad I took her advice, because over the course of 5 years, the Child Care Business Owner blog has grown from 1 follower to over 5,000 followers and there has been over 200,000 visits to the blog.

Moreover, in 5 years, I have added ecourses, a free enewsletter, membership clubs, ebooks and coaching services to the blog to empower you to Succeed!

Furthermore, my goal is to empower you and many other Child Care Business Owners to build a Successful and Quality Child Care Business through the CCBO Network!

If you have been a subscriber of my blog or enewsletter for any amount of time, I would like to hear from you. In fact, I want to know how my online network has empowered you in the Business of Child Care. Be sure to post your review on my Child Care Business Facebook Page!

Be sure to Check out my 5 Year Anniversary ebook sale!! All of my Child Care Business ebooks are on sale during the month of August for only $5.00!! Get yours today!!

Do you Desire to Start-up or Expand Your Child Care Business? If so, be sure to join my Inner Coaching Circle for One-on-One Coaching Time with me!  For more information about my coaching services, click here

More to come…
~Shiketa

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This blog post is an excerpt from my family Home Child Care Empowerment Club.

Holding an annual or bi-annual parent-teacher conference with your parents is a sure way to get the parents to view you as an early Childhood professional and to let them know that their child’s early childhood education is important to you.

Let’s go through the steps of conducting a successful parent/teacher conference:

  1. Step one- Plan the times of year that you would prefer to hold conference with parents
  2. Step two- Decide if the conferences you will have an assistant to care for the children while you conduct conferences, will they be during nap time, in the evenings, on the weekends or over the phone.
  3. Step three-Create a form to notify parents of upcoming parent/teacher conferences and times that are available. Be sure to include a feedback form for parents to record what they would like to discuss. ** Give parents at least three time choices.
  4. Step four-Plan to hold conferences for no more than 20 minutes, so be sure to write down a conference topic for each family. For example: for the first 5-minutes; thank the parents for attending the conference, tell them how much you enjoy having their child in your program, go over what you will talk about for the next 10 minutes and allow the parents to talk or ask question for the last five minutes.
  5. Step five- Practice your conference and time yourself.
  6. Step six- After all parent/teacher conferences are complete, issue a parent survey to get the parent’s feedback. This will help you to make needed improvements, if any.

To your Success!

Shiketa

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Do care for children between the ages of 2-5? If so, I want to inspire you to take a closer look at your Preschool Program. In fact, the next time that you receive a phone call from a parent; I want you to confidently say this: I have an amazing Preschool program!

Moreover, with more Public schools offering preschool programs, I believe that it is vital that home daycare Providers and Center Owners, offer parents a Full-Day Preschool Program.

Furthermore, parents want their kids in an educational environment and they love the convenience of having all their kids (including their infant-toddlers) in the same place.

Today I am going to share with you 10 ways to Build a Preschool Program in your Home or Center:

  1. Implement a Research Based Curriculum in your Preschool Program. Ideas: Creative Curriculum, High Scope or even Project Construct, High Reach and that’s just to name a few. You can even check out my Curriculum Club. (12 month membership club)
  2. Provide daily activities that stimulate the minds of preschoolers such as: Art, science, music, handwriting, dramatic play, manipulative and even some opportunities to cook.
  3. Plan your day with a daily schedule that offers a variety of active & quiet activities. Click here
  4. Keep track of each child’s development by assessing the children’s development on a quarterly basis. Download Developmental Assessment forms.
  5. Hire Teachers with early childhood education or if you are a home provider, consider taking some early childhood classes.
  6. Set up an environment that is fun and enriching for preschoolers. Moreover, the environment should include Learning Centers: Blocks, dramatic play, Art. Science, reading center, sensory table, etc. ( Home providers, see my article How to Create a Preschool in your home)
  7. Provide parent-teacher conferences at least once a year. At your conference, be sure to share feedback about each child’s progress and get feedback from parents. (click here)
  8. Send home weekly progress reports for parents. This is a great way to inform parents of their child’s progress in your preschool program.
  9. Create a Preschool Supply List! Parents love the idea that their little ones are going to school. Here are a few items that you may want to put on your Preschool Supply list: Markers, Crayons, Tissue, Nap time linen, Writing journal, extra clothes for Cubby, hand wipes and back pack.
  10. Market your Preschool Program. Be sure to include your preschool program on your website, on your brochures, flyers and banners. For more marketing ideas, grab my Marketing 101 toolkit!

Bonus: Find out what other preschool programs in your area are offering parents and do something different!

That’s all for now and It’s time for you to get to work on your preschool program! I want to hear from you, so be sure to leave your comments or questions about this post. Talk to you soon!

Shiketa

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staff trainingNext to having a Dynamic Curriculum, it is vital that you train your staff to deliver a Dynamic preschool or Child Care Program. Today I am going to share with you 5 easy ways to train your staff, so that children in your program are provided with High Quality Preschool or Child Care Experience.

1. Hire teachers that have experience and seek to hire teachers with early childhood education from an Accredited College. In fact, I believe that quality care begins with educated and trained staff.

2. Before you allow your new teachers or assistants to work in your classroom(s), Schedule a training day. At your training; give your teachers a description of your curriculum and a handbook about your classroom. If you want quality services you must have a written plan, train your staff on the plan and follow-up to see that your teachers are implementing your guidelines.

3. Require that your teachers attend workshops on curriculum development, health,safety & nutrition, Physical Environment and Parent Communication.

4. Develop an observation and mentoring plan for your teachers and provide them with resources that will empower them to become dynamic teachers.

5. Finally, Consider having weekly or monthly quality care meetings. In your meetings, it is vital that you tell your teachers how they are doing, offer them quality care tips and get their feedback.

Its time to get to work on empowering your staff! More to come…

With a Dynamic Preschool Program in mind,

Shiketa

Bradley Russle 2Today I want to inspire you to create a dynamic preschool program. In fact,  I believe that a dynamic preschool program begins with the Curriculum. Furthermore, I have discovered that parents tend to choose child care program, based on their curriculum program.

Please allow me to use my Center as an example. In my Child Care Center, I pull ideas from several researched based Curriculum programs, including:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Reggio Emelio
  • Project Construct
  • High Scope
  • along with Biblical Principles from Abeka Curriculum

Moreover, our goal is to meet the developmental needs of the children and provide a high quality preschool program. Furthermore, I have found it to be so  boring to use one curriculum and this is why I pull principles from the curriculum programs listed above.

Furthermore,the principles that we implement in my center (from the curriculum programs listed above) have been proven to prepare our preschoolers for school success!
I am in no way endorsing any of the curriculum programs above, however, I am encouraging you to take a closer look at your Curriculum and consider getting new ideas for your Child Care or Preschool Program.

Also, it is vital that you pick and Implement a curriculum model that fits into the mission of your childcare program.

Curriculum is not only about learning the alphabet and numbers; however, Curriculum is what you do from the time that the kids arrive until they go home.

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Here are 5 Easy Ways to Create a Dynamic Preschool Curriculum Program:

1. Start by Creating a brochure that describe your Curriculum in an overview format: Monthly themes, the letter, shape, color of the month, character development topic, social skills focus, etc) By reviewing the researched based curriculum programs above, you will gain some ideas for your brochure.

2. Set-up enriching learning centers in your classrooms.

3. Create a Daily Schedule

4. Require that your staff complete and post lesson plans. (based them on the curriculum theme and developmental needs of the children)

5. Create a System that tracks and assesses the development of the children in your program.

If you don’t have the time to develop your very own curriculum; I have done the work for you in my Curriculum Club.  My Curriculum club derived from my 15 years of writing lesson plans and implementing research based curriculum in my program. Check it out Today! (click here)

Shiketa

Caring for children with special needs seems to be trending in the Child Care Industry. In fact, caring for children with asthma seems to be in great demand .

Moreover, I believe that if parents know that you accept children with special needs; you will stand out among the facilities that may not market that they care for children with special needs.

Furthermore, parents want to know that you are knowledgeable about their child’s special need and if you care for children with asthma, I want to inspire you to learn all that you need to know about Asthma in Young Children.

I have been caring for kids with Asthma since 1998 and I must say that it is vital that you have an Asthma action plan on file for children in your care with a diagnosis of Asthma. Also, it is important that you talk with parents on a regular basis about how they manage the asthma at home and what you can do to help manage the onset of asthma attacks.

According to the Massachusetts Public Health Guide: Caring For Children with Asthma, “Good asthma management helps children live full healthy lives and stay out of the emergency room. There are four parts to successful asthma management:

1.Monitoring the child’s symptoms (such as breathlessness) so treatment can be provided before an asthma attack occurs.

2.Providing medication as prescribed by the child’s doctor.

3.Removing asthma triggers from the childcare environment.

4. Educating everyone who cares for the child so they understand how to manage the child’s asthma – including recognizing asthma symptoms, identifying and removing triggers,and providing the correct treatment.”

For more information about Caring for children with asthma, download the Massachusetts Guide of Caring for Children with Asthma.

With Quality Care in mind,

Shiketa Morgan

Accreditation = Quality Care

I stopped by my Child Care Center to drop of supplies and I noticed there was a large envelope in the mail. When I opened the envelope it was my New Missouri Accreditation Certificate. My Child Care Business has been Accredited since 2003 and I believe that Accreditation is a great way to validate that you have a Quality program!

I was so excited to receive the Accreditation Certificate, because I know that having Accreditation assures that children are provided with the highest quality of care including: Health/ Safety practices, Curriculum, Physical Environment, Family Interactions and so much more!

Another added bonus: In the State of Missouri  (where my facility is located) Accredited child care programs are paid 20% more than facilities that are Only State Licensed.  So, be sure to find out if your state offers any type of incentive for being Accredited.

Do you desire to get your Child Care program Accredited? If so, I want to encourage you to review past blog post on Accreditation. (click here)

With a Successful Quality Care in Mind…

Shiketa Morgan

In 2013 I noticed that my enrollment began to decline. I had a great marketing plan and a child care program that Parents loved. I refused to quit and kept working on building enrollment, holding open houses and inviting parents to help me spread the word about the center.

Then in 2014, I knew it was time to expand the Business. In fact, I had been at that location for over 12 years and it seemed like the need for childcare was declining in the area.

Over a course of 2 years I lost about 80,000 in income and the business was struggling. Then in August 2014, I received a text message from my massage therapist. In the test message was a photo of a Child Care Facility.

I looked at the picture message and I thought, this could be my new building that I’ve been dreaming of. So, I contacted the Owners of the Building, signed the lease 60 days later and moved into the Building December 1, 2014.

I must say that, moving into that location was the one of the best decisions that I could have every made!

My income has increased, My Assistant Director and I spend our days conducting tours, I have 8 new employees. Most of all, my business is no longer struggling, because I dared to make one decision: Expand!

Furthermore, My business moved only 10 minutes a way from the old location and it made a dramatic difference in enrollment. If your enrollment is low, it may not be your marketing plan, it simply may be a matter  of you making the decision to relocate or do something different. ” If you want something different, you have got to do something different.”

I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments…

Shiketa

Check out my Child Care Business Expansion Guide or contact me today to schedule a Personalized Business Coaching Session!

Over the years, I have noticed that it is easier to get the mothers involved in my program. In fact, it seems like the dads prefer that the moms get involved. However, after holding a Donuts with Dads event at my childcare facility and watching the effect that the event had on the children, I have decided to inspire the Dads to get more involved in my facility.

Today I am going to share with you 7 ways to get the dads involved in your program:

  1. Get to know your dads by talking with them on a regular basis
  2. Ask dads for their opinion about program events or policies
  3. Invite dads to host an annual car wash to help raise funds for your program
  4. Dad love sports, so be sure to plan sports related days such as: baseball cap day,etc.
  5. Host a super bowl event for dads at your facility
  6. Ask dads to donate male related items for the dramatic play area(s)
  7. Invite the dads to come by your home or center to talk with the children about their profession

This is just a small list of ways to get the dads involved in your program. Moreover, I believe that when dads get involved in your program, that it will compel more single dads to bring their children to your program and the kids will be so proud of their dads!

Do you have any ideas on how to get dads involved? Feel free to share!

With Dads in Mind,

Shiketa


When to Start Planning for the Graduation

To allow enough time for planning the graduation, I suggest that you start planning six months in advance. This includes: planning the date of the graduation, creating a list of what you will need for the graduation and getting feedback from parents.

How to Prepare the Children

The children are definitely the spot light of the graduation and you definitely want to prepare them for the event. I suggest that you begin preparing the children for their graduation activities, 3 weeks before the ceremony. It has been my experience that it only takes approximately  3-weeks of singing songs and memorizing poems.

To assure that the children are not nervous and are excited to sing in front of their parents, their friends and other family members; be sure to prepare them to smile and get excited!

Information to Provide to Parents

Ninety-days prior to graduation day, invite the parents to give you their feedback or ideas for your upcoming preschool graduation. Parents usually have really good ideas and this is also a great way to ask them to run errands for you to assure that you have all that you need for the graduation.

After you get the parents feedback, prepare a letter announcing the graduation, date and time. The letter should also include how many guest that the family can invite, how long the ceremony will be, what the children should wear, graduation cap/gown fees (see resource link for cap/gowns) and a detail of what will take place at the graduation. Be sure to include graduation clip art and insert the names of your preschool graduates in the letter.

How to Get Parent Involved

After you have decided what you will need for the graduation day, invite parents to help you to decorate, assist with the other children the day of the graduation, pick up decorations, order the cake or simply help the graduates get dressed in their cap and gowns. Whatever you need parents to do, it is best to create a sign-up sheet for the graduation event and invite parents to get involved. (see sample sign-up sheet)

Ideas for what you will need

Here are a few ideas for what you will need for the graduation:

  • Order cap and/or gowns for the graduates (require that parents pay the fees)
  • Graduation songs/poems (see links below)
  • Graduation Diplomas (comes with cap/gown, see link below)
  • Invitation for the event (comes with cap/gown)
  • Prepare a few special words to say to the children
  • Invite their friends to make a large Good bye card with their hand prints painted on the poster board
  • Graduation Cake, refreshments, paper plates and napkins
  • Balloons, streamer and graduation sign for the front yard (congratulating graduates)
  • Graduation Music (get cd at party store)
  • Graduation Card Box for graduates
  • Special gift from you to the graduates; to present the day of the graduation

Planning the Graduation Day/Activities

I think by this point, you may already know how you want to plan your graduation day. It really does not have to be a long event; In fact, I suggest that the event last know longer than 45-minutes to an hour. Simply create an agenda for the event and have fun. Here is a sample agenda:

  • The entrance of the graduates (music playing)
  • The children begin to sing songs
  • Reciting of Poems
  • The children will share what they loved most about preschool
  • Special words from you
  • issuing of Diplomas (pictures)
  • Introduce your class of 20….. to the parents
  • Invite kids to toss hats!
  • Serve refreshments/gifts
  • Wrap up-the event

Here are some photos from my 2011 Graduation!

    
Task for this week….

  • Visit your local party supply store to get ideas for your graduation
  • Visit the resource links below
  • Get ideas from other providers and parents
  • Create your plan

Resource Links
Pre-K end of the year party ideas
Order Preschool Graduation Kits
Preschool Graduation ideas
Party City Graduation Supplies

Are you planning to have a Camp this Summer? If so, April is the perfect month to start marketing your Camp.

However, if you have been too busy to market your camp; it’s never to late to start today!

The summer time is a great season for the business of Child Care. In fact, school-age children are out of school and parents need a fun and enriching place for their children to be.

Today I want to share with you 5 easy ways to market your summer camp:

1. Create a festive Flyer about your camp on your computer. Be sure to include the dates of the camp, events along with field trip information. Include a registration form with the flyer.

2. Start Marketing your Summer Camp On Your Social Media Pages; using summer related images that include a link to your website or your phone number.

3. If you own a center, display Summer Camp banners on your playground fence or in your windows. (If allowed in your municipality)

4. Send flyers and information to families that attended your camp in previous years.

5. Plan lots of fun theme based activities along with field trips and be sure to market all that you have planned for your camp! Need Summer lesson plans for preschoolers, join the Curriculum Club!

All you have to do is Plan it, Market it and they will come!

Much Success to you!

Shiketa

For more Summer Camp Planning or Marketing tips, grab my Marketing 101 kit and my Summer Camp Planning eguide.

imagesCATF3502During the month of April, I plan my entire Summer Field trip Schedule. In fact, my field trip schedule for the preschoolers and the School-age children are slightly different.

The School-age children go on field trips every day and the preschoolers go on a field trip every other week. I plan daily field trips for the School-age children because they get bored being indoors all day and they need some time away from the program.

However, preschoolers need more supervision on field trips and I believe the liability is greater to take preschoolers on field trips every day.

So, here is what I recommend that you do before planning field trips:

  1. Create a field trip policy for your Summer Camp and train your staff on your policies.
  2. Places that you can take the School-age children every week include: The local park, Library, Free movie Camp and visit a local attraction. (For at least 1-2 hours a day)
  3. Plan to take the preschoolers on a field trip every other week and invite parents to join you, to assure adequate supervision.

Need ideas on how to Plan safe field trips for your Summer camp; download my Summer Camp Planning eGuide today! (click here)

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I look forward to planning a Cool and Fun Summer Camp For young children every year. In fact, I believe that a great Summer Camp begins with the Activities that are planned for the children.

The first step is to develop a weekly or monthly theme for your Summer Camp and start planning some cool Summer Activities for the children. Need some ideas?

The Summer is approximately 12 weeks and here are 12 Cool Summer Time themes that children love:

  1. Watermelon Fun
  2. Ice Cream Fun
  3. Let’s Go Camping
  4. Water Fun
  5. On the Beach
  6. Travel
  7. Safari Adventure
  8. It’s a Luau
  9. Patriotic Fun
  10. Going on a Bear Hunt
  11. Summer Safety
  12. Summer Gardening

bxp26686I also suggest that you plan special events during your summer camp, such as; having a Luau Day, Inviting the children to wear swim wear to Water Fun day; invite the parents to bring watermelon for Watermelon Day!

Moreover, be sure to plan lots of Art, Music/Movement, Science, Cooking, Sensory, Literacy and Math Activities, based on a Fun Summer time Theme.

Don’t have time to plan Summer Activities? If your answer is no….Join my Monthly Curriculum Club on or after May 1st to receive Lesson plans during the Summer months. Join today!

Need ideas on how to market and plan a Safe Summer camp; download my Summer Camp Planning eGuide today! (click here)

Shiketa

You must have a plan to be a Successful Child Care Business Owner!

At the beginning of every year, I create a professional development plan for my self and I require that my staff create their very own professional development plan.

Furthermore, I believe that creating a professional development plan is a sure way to grow as a Business owner and a Child Care professional. So, let me ask you a question? Have you developed a professional development plan for this year yet?

If not, I want to share with you a sample Professional Development plan for the upcoming year!

  1. Plan to attend a Leadership Conference every year. Your Business will rise or fall on your ability to lead. Not sure where to go? Check out the Chic Fila Simulcast or a live conference this year. click here You will be so glad you attended a Leadercast!
  2. Create a Plan to earn the required clock hours for your state. I suggest that you take a variety of classes on various topics such as: Curriculum development, Health & Safety, Program Planning, etc.
  3. Subscribe to a Business Magazine. Reading business magazines will inspire you to be innovative in Business and adds more excitement to being a Business owner! My favorite is the Entrepreneur Magazine.
  4. Read more early Childhood magazines and articles. This is also a great way to stay up to day on new issues in the field of childcare and to refresh your knowledge.
  5. Get a Business Coach! Having a Business Coach, provides you with the support that you need as a Business Owner and a good coach with coach you out of your comfort zone. Need a coach, contact me today!

That was just a brief overview of what a professional development plan looks like, however, I think you get the point; you must have a plan to be a Successful Child Care Business Owner!

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

          

Being positive doesn’t just make you better. It makes everyone around you better. ~Jon Gordon

Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to create a positive place for my employees to work. In fact, having negative employees inspired me to promote more positivity in the work place. After all, I believe that children need to be around positive people!

I recently created a Code of Positivity to post in my Child Care Center and I have decided to share it with you. (click here)

Are you wondering how I created a positive work place for my employees? Take a look at the following tips below:

  1. Be Positive!  If you have a positive attitude your employees will be a reflection of your attitude.
  2. Create a No Gossip Policy. Gossip can destroy your business and it brings down the moral. So never Gossip with your employees and don’t allow them to gossip in your Business.
  3. Talk Positive. At my monthly team meetings, the team is required to say 2-3 positive things about each other and at the end of our meetings, the energy level is exciting!
  4. Model friendliness. People love to do business with friendly people. Smile at your employees and smile when you greet your parents. You will be amazed at how being positive will brighten up your Work Place.

Several hours before writing this blog post, a parent stopped by my Child Care Center for a tour. She told me this: “I love this place; its clean, and everyone is friendly.”  See…I told you! People love to do business with friendly people.

To your Success!

Shiketa

For more employee or Business management tips, subscribe to my 21-Day Mastermind eCourse, click here.

staffMany years ago I heard Bob Harrison say this, ” People don’t do what is expected, but people do what is inspected.” I have found this principle to be so true when it comes to supervising employees. In other words, if you want your staff or assistant to do what you desire them to do, you must have an inspection system.

Today I am going to share with you 3 easy ways to effectively supervise your staff.

  1. Manage your Center or Your Home daycare by walking around. If your team know that you are not watching, they may get too comfortable. Also, being actively involved in your Child Care Business, is a great way to see what is going on in your Business. Bob Harrison calls this method the “MBA”: Managing your business by walking around.
  2. Let your staff know that you have a system in place that assures that your Child Care program provides quality care. For example, every Monday, I observe each classroom based on my center policies, Accreditation guidelines and licensing regulations. I believe this is a proactive way of supervising my staff. I evaluate the health/safety practices of the teachers, child-teacher interactions, planning practices and so much more. Furthermore, I look to see that activities are being implemented and a few other routine duties.
  3. Finally….Plan to take the time to mentor your staff or assistants. recently I discovered a bible scripture in the book of Luke and it says: “Everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” So, in other words…..if you want your staff to be as effective as you are, it is vital that you train them.

For more information on how to empower your Staff, be sure to sign-up for my 21-Day Mastermind eCourse for Child Care Business Owners, that desire to improve their Business Management and leadership skills.  (see my Online Institute)Click here

To your Success,

Shiketa

now hiringYour hiring practices will make or break your Child Care Business. In fact, can remember the first time that I hired a teacher to work in my home daycare back in 1999. I posted an ad at a local grocery store and it turned out to be that she was an excellent assistant. (Luck was definitely on my side, because I had no clue how to interview new employees)

Furthermore, I do not remember having a formal interview with her or hosting an employee orientation back then. However, I must say that it is important that the entire hiring process is conducted in a professional manner.

It took me many years to learn how to effectively hire, train and mentor my new employees and today I want to share with you seven ways to makeover your hiring practices.

  1. Place a professional looking ad online, share your job openings on your website and on your social media page or with a local agency when you have a job opening. Tip: Try Indeed.com, you will receive a $50 credit with your first ad.
  2. Get prepared to interview your potential employees. Schedule a face-to-face interview for no more than 20-30 minutes. Ask questions such as: Tell me about you? Tell me about your experience working with young children? How do you handle difficult behavior? What would your previous employer tell me about you? How do you define Quality Care? Are you able to work anytime during my business hours? That is just a few questions that will help you to hire the best person for your Child Care Business.
  3. When the potential applicant arrives for the interview, pay close attention to his or her character along with his or her attire. Have the applicant to complete an employment application before the interview.
  4. After the interview, let the applicant know that you will contact him or her once you have verified all the information on their application and have reached a decision. ** Never make any promises.
  5.  Interview at least 3 applicants before making a hiring decision. If you rush through a hiring decision, you could hire the wrong person for your Business.
  6. Follow your Gut feeling. If it does not feel right….don’t do it. I have second guessed my self many of times and hired the wrong person, because their credentials looked good, However, my gut feeling was not to hire the individual.
  7. Invite  potential employees to voluntarily teach in your program for 30-minutes to an hour; so that you can observe his or her classroom practices. **This practice has helped me to eliminate hiring teachers that were not the best fit for my program. So….be sure to never leave the applicant alone, have another staff member help you to observe the potential applicant.
  8. Once you have made your decision. Offer the applicant the job along with mentioning the starting salary and including any benefits.
  9. Before the applicants first day, plan an orientation day. On the orientation day, show the new employee around your home or center; discuss personnel policies, issue tax forms, give the employee a copy of your policies and introduce the new employee to staff and parents.
  10. Be sure to let the employee know that the first 90 days of employment is a probationary period and it is vital that you or someone on your team train the new employee. So, it is necessary to have a written training/mentoring plan in place.

To Your Success,

Shiketa

For more information on how to Makeover your Business Practices, check out my ( Going to Another Lever 21-day Mastermind eCourse) Be sure to subscribe to my weekly enewsletter! Having difficulty managing employees or your Child Care Business, join my inner Coaching Circle!

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Enrollment Building Online Begins with Your Website!

You website is your online business card and it is vital that your website is compelling parents to call you!

Two years prior to writing this blog post, A parent checked out my website, then she called my center for more information about my preschool program.

During a phone call with the mother, I offered her a Free day and she said, ” No thanks, I have already made my decision to enroll based on what I saw on your website!”

That was an amazing feeling and right now today, I still have parents telling me that they love my website.

Today I am inspired to share my Website marketing tips with you and inspire you to build a website that compels parents to call you!!

Here are 15 Steps to building a website that compels parents to enroll their child in your child care business:

1. Be sure to include your prices on your website, including your registration fee

2. Include photos of children engaging in activities or give a virtual photo tour ( get the parents permission)

3. Upload enrollment forms to your website

4. Upload menus to your website (use www.scribd.com)

5. Include Curriculum Information in the form of a download

6. Describe what a day is like in your program for each age group on your website

7. Invite parents to join your email list (mailchimp.com)

8.  Connect your social media pages to your website

9. Create an Owner or Director’s Page on your website

10. List any accomplishments such as: Accreditation, Licensing or Recognitions Received. Don’t Forget the Parent Testimonials!!

11. Create a tab for every program: Infants, Preschool, After School and/or Summer Camp

12. Don’t forget the contact page that includes your phone number, address and email address

13. Update your content on a weekly basis

14. Include your calendar of events

15. Finally add a Staff page on your website. Be sure to include staff requirements and what it is like to work in your program. This is a great way to attract the best employees for your Team.Moreover, include how potential employees can apply for employment in your child care business.

I look forward to checking our your website, so be sure to post a link to your website below! For more enrollment building tips, be sure to check out my Marketing 101 toolkit!

With Your Success in Mind,

Shiketa

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(This blog post is a Freebie from my Marketing 101 toolkit)

According to Houston Chronicle, “Video marketing is but one option you have available as a tool to promote your business. Understanding the power of video marketing may help you to see how video marketing can be beneficial to your business and a good use of your marketing dollars.”

Moreover, Videos are easier to share over social media; it allows your website to rank higher on search engines, Video marketing helps to improve your brand, allows you to seem more engaging and is a great way to educate your parents about your program.

Today I want to share some video marketing tips with you:

  1. Consider making a video of the kids doing activities in your program (with the parents permission). Simply record the video on your cell phone and be sure that it is no longer than five minutes and upload to your social media pages once a week or even add to your website.
  2. If you are not camera shy; practice making 1-minute videos of yourself talking about your childcare business or giving parents a tour of your childcare space.
  3. You can also make cool videos of your program, by using photos with Animoto.com. I love this website and I use it to make videos of my Child Care Center!
  4. You may also want to create a You Tube Channel to upload videos of your program. YouTube is one of the top 3 websites as of January 2013 and it is great way to gain more business exposure.

Are you ready to start making videos? If not, practice first. I actually love recording my voice and adding pictures to the Video presentation with the Window Movie Maker on my computer. I would love to see your videos, so be sure to share!

For more marketing tips, download my Marketing 101 toolkit today!

Shiketa

A Photo really is worth 1,000 words

According to small business trend.com, “With Facebook declining in popularity among younger users, more and more businesses are turning to Instagram to reach younger demographics.”

Furthermore, Instagram is one of the top social media sites and is a great way to inspire potential clients. Moreover, marketing your Child Care Business on Instagram is a fun way to build your brand, connect with your parents and gain new clients.

As always, before uploading photos of children, I strongly suggest that you get permission from parents, because some parents do not want photos of their children on social media.

It’s time to increase your online marketing platform and get your Child Care Business on Instagram today!

Social Media Examiner is a great sight to follow for social media marketing tips and I want to inspire you to subscribe to the site today and check out their article titled: “26 tips for using Instagram for Business.”

You Business is one photo away from inspiring your next potential client! Time to do the work on your Online Marketing…..

 

Check out some of my Instagram Photos below that I have shared of my Child Care Center…

That was just a sneak peek at my photos, follow me on Instagram today, by clicking here.

Shiketa

Resources you may like: Marketing 101 toolkit.

facebookI believe that Facebook is the best thing that could have ever happened to Business Owners. In fact, you can log on daily from your phone or computer and have immediate access to your current or potential customers. How wonderful is that!

In the fall of 2014, I utilized Facebook to help build my enrollment in my new Child Care facility by posting my expansion progress daily on Facebook.

The daily posts created momentum and the end result was this: My enrollment grew from 22 children to almost 50 children in 60 days!

Today I am going to share with you seven ways to Use Facebook to Build Enrollment!

  1. Upload a cover photo to your Child Care Business Facebook page that speaks volumes about your Business.
  2. Use your Facebook page to share photos of daily activities.
  3. Keep it professional! Only share information about your Child Care Business on your Facebook page.
  4. If you are making improvements or have fun events coming up…share it!
  5. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Share your Business Successes on your personal Facebook page and invite your Facebook friends to like your Child Care Business Facebook page.
  6. If a parent refers another family, give them a shout out on Facebook.
  7. When families enroll in your program, feature their picture on your Facebook page. (be sure to get their consent)

When your Facebook friends and clients see all the fun and excitement that’s happening in your Child Care Business, they are going to share it! So start posting more today!!

Bonus tip: Invest in Facebook ads. You can buy an ad, for as low as $5-$20 and reach thousands of parents in your community.

For more marketing tips, be sure to download my marketing 101 toolkit.

Shiketa Morgan

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I believe that the classroom environment is the #1 teacher. In fact, children learn best when they have an environment where they are provided with lots of hands-on-activities that includes: exploring, discovering, problem solving and questioning.

Are you doing most of the teaching? If so, today I want to inspire you to create a classroom space that does most of the teaching and that inspires Learning.

1. De-clutter: Children learn best in an organized environment. If it does not belong in your class, remove it. Think about how you feel when there is clutter on your desk? If your answer was overwhelmed; that’s how children feel in a cluttered environment. Be sure that your classroom space is always organized, with the exception of playtime!

2. Set-up or Makeover Your Learning Centers: Toddlers, School-age and Preschool-age children  need clearly defined play areas. Having centers, provides the children with a variety of activities to explore in small groups. Check out the attached article: click here

3. Create a Literacy Enriched Environment:  According to Early childhood News, “In a well-established and well-organized classroom, there should be print everywhere!” This includes: Labeling toy containers, having a word wall, lots of books and so much more. Discover how to create a literacy enriched environment today, click here.

After you makeover your classroom space, expect positive feedback from parents. In fact, parents love an organized, literacy enriched and educational environment for their children.

That’s all for now and I think it is time for you to get to work on your classroom space!I would love to hear from you, be sure to leave your comment below.

Shiketa

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I will be the first to admit this: My office is not always organized. In fact, I get so so busy mentoring staff, talking with parents, preparing meals and I forget all about my office.

Furthermore, when I get the time to sit in my office, the office tends to be more of a quiet place for me to re- group.

As you may already know, I recently moved into a new location and my new office has observation windows. The observation windows, motivates me to keep my office organized, because everyone that walks pass those observation windows get to take a peak at my office.

Now that I focus on keeping my office clean and organized, I feel more focused. In fact, I find that when my office is a mess, I feel all over the place. What about you?

Are you ready to DE-clutter your office and get focused? I am no expert at office organization, so I decided to do some research and I have found some great office organization tips for you:

  1. Divide Your Work Space into Zones. Organization expert Peter Walsh suggests that every professional first ask themselves, What do I want from my office space, and is it meeting my needs? After establishing how you want and need to use the space, set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space. ~Forbes Magazine
  2. Re-Evaluate Your belongings. Whether you’re starting from scratch or not, you need to evaluate what you actually need at your desk, and what can go. Clutter exists because our brain tricks us into thinking everything’s important. As you go through your stuff, ask yourself: does this item have a purpose? Is it redundant our outdated? Are you keeping it because you need it, or because you might need it? Did you even remember it was there? From the answers to those questions, you should have a good idea of what to do with it—even if you don’t like the answer.
  3. Reading Materials.
    • Relocate them. Magazines and newspapers on top of the desk rob you of valuable real estate. It is unlikely that you are going to read a magazine as soon as it arrives. Look around your office. How about moving them to the credenza or the top of a filing cabinet?
    • Decide how long to keep them. Once six months have passed, recycle them, even if you have not yet read them.
    • Unsubscribe to the magazines that you hardly glance at. Be honest with yourself and let go of unread magazines that take up valuable space.
    • Read a magazine at lunch or while waiting for an appointment. Before leaving on a plane trip,  stuff your briefcase with unread magazines. Out they go as soon as you read them; no magazines make the return trip.
    • Tear Out Articles – The fastest way to go through a magazine is to glance at the table of contents and decide if there are any compelling articles. Rip them out and toss the magazine.
    • Pass them along to doctors’ offices, hospitals and places where others can enjoy them.
    • Recycle whenever possible.

Now it is time to get to work on your office space! You will find more tips below in the resource links below. My goal is to simply inspire you to get that office space organized, so that you can have more productive Business days.

Shiketa

Sources:

Life Hacker

Forbes

Its time to Get organized

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If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail…

I can hardly believe that 2014 is almost over!

I don’t know about you, but this has been a roller coaster of a Business year for me. However, I love how the year is ending. In less than 6 days, I’ll be moving into my dream facility and I am so thankful.

Furthermore, as I wrap up the Business year, I must say that if you plan each business week very carefully and get focused; you can accomplish just about anything.

However, as I write this blog post, we are less than 44 days away from a brand new Business year and today I want to inspire you to take some time to reflect.

Most of all, I want to inspire you to plan ahead. As you can see, time goes by very fast and if you want to have a successful year, you must plan for it!

Here are 7  Steps to Planning for a Fun and Successful 2015:

1. Take a moment to reflect on the highlights of your year. Did you celebrate your successes? If not, it’s not too late to celebrate.

2. Did you have any challenges? If so, how did you overcome the challenges? Did you get coaching or seek counsel? What do you plan to do differently next year?

3. Create a plan for 2015. Plan your events with excellence and market your events to your parents.  Do you have a calendar of events that you issue to parents? If not, this is a good time to create one. Issuing a calendar of events for the upcoming year, is a great way to create momentum and get your parents excited about your program. I have attached a copy of my Program Calendar for you to review or to use as a template.

4. Develop a marketing plan for 2015 that includes a social media marketing plan.  Facebook is a very popular social media platform . In fact, according to Facebook newsroom; there are over one billion people on Facebook. Furthermore, I want to inspire you to consider Facebook ads. Facebook ads are as low as $5 and you set the marketing budget.

5. Buy a new Business Book to read. New information will empower you to build a Successful business.  Here is a great article to review: 10 Business Books to read in 2015!

6. Thinking about Expanding ? Don’t think anymore, this is the time to start planning. Check out my Child Care Business Expansion guide.

7. Its time to Create Your 2015 Vision Board! Need ideas? click here

 

It’s time to do the work for 2015….

Shiketa

 

 

We are less than 5 days away from Thanksgiving and I hope that you have already planned your holiday schedule and notified your parents of your holiday closing schedule.

Many Child Care providers plan their holiday schedule at the beginning of their preschool year and issue it to parents.

However, if you are a new family home childcare business owner or a new center owner, be sure to post your holiday schedule where parents can see it. (if you have not already posted your holiday schedule)

Many family home providers follow me on social media and one of the questions that I get shortly before the holidays is: How many days will you be closed for the holidays?

Every year during the holidays I close my center for Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. Also, during the month of December, I close Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

When I was a home daycare provider, I closed my business the last week of the year and the parents were notified (in writing) of the closing 6-months in advance.

**Parents do not like it when they are not giving enough notice for planned closings.

Another way to notify parents of your holiday schedule is via a parent handbook and on your website. If you do not have a parent handbook, be sure to purchase a sample parent handbook today! click here

Whatever your holiday schedule may be; I hope that you take some time to enjoy the holidays with your family and I challenge you to do something special for the families in your childcare business this holiday season.

 

With the holidays in mind,

Shiketa

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How to Train a New Child Care Worker?

Earlier this week, one of my Facebook friends sent me an inbox message and she asked me if I had a resource on Training New Staff Members.
I was glad that she asked that question, because I have several resources that will empower home providers and center owners in the arena of staff management.

However, before I share the links with you, I want to share 5 Effective Ways to Train a New Child Care Worker:

  1. Plan a new employee orientation that consists of the following: meeting co-workers, review job duties, give the new employee a tour of his or her work environment, plan time to complete tax forms; review policies and procedures,etc.
  2. On the employee’s first day; provide hands-on-training for the employee or pair the employee up with your best worker. (Modeling is a great way to train new employees)
  3. On the second day, give the employee some space to do his or her job and stay close by to answer any questions.
  4. At the end of the employee’s work week, ask the employee how did his or her week go? Get feedback and provide support!
  5. Take some time to observe the employee during the first 3 weeks of employment, because the way that an employee is trained, is how they will continue to work.

For more staff management resources I would like to recommend that you check out the following:

21 Day Mastermind eCourse (find course in online Institute)
Director’s Handbook
The Art of Owning a CenterTo Your Success!
Shiketa

 

Do you frequently have problems getting parents to pay you on-time? Is this issue causing a cash flow problem in your Child Care Business? Are you frustrated with late payments?

You can avoid or minimize many of the problems that most Child Care Business Owners face by simply getting the strategies and tools that you need to makeover your tuition policy.

Furthermore, I believe that if parents are constantly late paying tuition, this could lead to a cash flow problem in your Business!

Many Childcare Business Owners ask me how do I get parents to pay them on-time and my answer is always as follows:

  1. You have to be very diligent about collecting payments on-time
  2. Parents must know that they must pay you on-time or choose another provider
  3. Be assertive about collecting payment, because being passive about your money, will only lead to delinquent accounts
  4. Finally,  if you know that you provide a great service and then you know that you Deserve to get paid for it!

Check Out What Providers Think about the Tuition Makeover Policy eCourse

The Tuition Policy  Makeover was great! After 23 years as a home provider, I’ve found that since the recession, I’ve had more difficulty with this issue and needed to change the way I collect from clients. It was easy to follow each step that was outlined each day. It was worth every penny! I plan to use it as I transition from Family Childcare to a Center.”
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Many years ago, I discovered that when parents visit your program, they use their senses to make a child care decision. In fact, when they walk into your home or center, parents immediately notice the following:

  1. The sounds in the environment, such as singing or laughing
  2. How the environment smells
  3. The look of the environment

Before you schedule your next tour or interview with a parent; Lets take a look at what you must do to create an environment that sells your Child Care program.

  1. Be sure that your home or center has a fresh clean scent. Most of the parents that visit my center, always comment on the fact that there are “No odors” in the building.
  2.  Consider Scheduling tours during structured times of the day: circle time, lunch or story time. Transition times, may not be the best time to do a tour, because the children are loud and you may even hear screaming or yelling.
  3. De-clutter your classroom space.
  4. Post the children’s work on the wall.
  5. Have bulletin boards that includes: a daily lesson, plan, menus, events and daily schedule.
  6. Be sure that the chairs are pushed up to the table and toys are not all over the floor.
  7. Remove all damaged items from the environment and dust regularly.
  8. Post bright colorful educational posters or projects on the walls.

I think you get the point! Parents love a place that smells great; they will choose a childcare program based on the environment and you want parents to hear pleasant sounds when they enter your facility for the first time. The first impression…is a lasting impression.

For more tips on creating a quality environment, click here or subscribe to my Free eCourse 7 Steps to Quality Care.

Shiketa

 

Stop worrying about your competition and focus on how you can standout from the rest!

Child Care is a very competitive Business, however, it is vital that you think like the Big corporations. In fact, its time that you find out what makes you different from the rest of the Child Care Businesses in your Community.

Have you noticed that where ever you see a Walgreen’s, you may soon see a CVS Pharmacy or a competing pharmacy? Furthermore, you may have noticed that on every major intersection in your community, you will find at least two gas stations? This Business principle is called: Clustering.

According to Bloomberg Business week, “Numerous studies show that on average, a business located in a cluster has a stronger growth and survival rate than those located outside it.” So don’t be concerned if you are located near a cluster of Daycare’s.

One week prior to writing this blog post, I decided to check out the competition near my new Child Care Facility. After calling or visiting the nearby Child Care Facilities, I noticed the following about my competition:

  1. Their rates were higher than mine
  2. They were not Accredited
  3. They provided evening and weekend care

Knowing this information, I plan to open up on the weekends and extend my hours in 2015. I also plan to market the following information to Parents: We have Affordable Rates with Quality Accredited Care.

Customers always want more for their money, so be sure that you over deliver!

As you can see, it is vital that you find a way to stand out from your competition and use your differentiating factor to market your business.

Before you print more Business Brochures or add new content to your website, take some time to do your research and include (on your Brochures and your Website) how you to stand out From other Daycares in your Community!

Have you checked out your competition lately?

For more marketing tips, check out my Marketing 101 toolkit.

Resource Link: How to Take Advantage of Business Clusters

It always seems impossible, until it is done. ~Nelson Mandela

 

In 2013, I declared that 2014 would be the year that I would grow my Business. In fact, the opportunity to expand came to me in August 2014.

When the opportunity to expand presented itself  to me, I was very hesitant to look at the building. However, I knew that if I did not go look at the building; I just might miss my opportunity.

In a previous blog post, I shared with you that I signed the lease to my new location on October 1, 2014. Moreover, twenty-two days into the expansion I realized this: If I want to take my business to another level, I must do the following:

  • Work on my mindset
  • Have laser like focus
  •  Change my words

Do you desire to grow your Business someday? Thinking about starting a Child Care Business? If so, I want to share with you why I think the three tips mentioned above are vital to your Business Growth or Start-up process.

 

1.Work on Your Mindset. Your mindset will either help or hinder your Business Success. In fact, your mindset has brought you to this point in your Business. So, if you want to do something different or bigger; you must think on a different level.

How do you get a different mindset? Read personal development books, attend Business seminars, hang around people who think bigger than you, watch personal development or Business Success videos on YouTube. Your Business will only rise to the level of your mindset. It’s time to think on a different level!!

2.Have laser like Focus. As you are growing your Business, there will be distractions and it is vital that you plan your time effectively. You can plan your day effectively by creating a daily or weekly to do list for your Business Growth or Start-up.

If you do not plan your time well; you will waste time and have many unproductive days. As of September 1, 2014, I created a  90-day expansion plan and I have very little time to waste. So every day, I focus on 3 top priorities until the tasks are complete.

3.Change Your Words. God has created us all with the power to shape our lives with our words. I challenge you to choose your words carefully as you grow or start-up your Business. I have seen the positive and the negative effects from the words that I have spoken out of my mouth. That is why, I challenge you to speak words of growth, increase and blessings over your Business.

If you feel the need to complain, sing a song or cover your mouth. Negative words will only hinder your Business Growth or Start-up process. Whatever you want to see manifest in your Business, that is what you want to speak out of your mouth.

Much Success to you and I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments below,

Shiketa

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Before you have another Fundraiser, I want to challenge you to really think about the purpose of your next fundraiser. In fact, your purpose of your fundraiser will inspire parents to help you raise the funds that you need.

Two weeks prior to writing this blog post, I decided to have a fundraiser to help pay for infant-toddler & School-age  equipment for my new location. The parents are really excited to help raise funds for our expansion.

Moreover, many of the parents were reporting to me on a daily basis about their fundraising efforts and after talking with just three parents (several days) before writing this post; I knew that this fundraiser would be my biggest Fundraiser ever!

Furthermore, one of my parents told me that she had already started on a second fundraiser sheet, because she believes that the Fundraiser was for a good cause!

So, don’t just have another fundraiser; have a fundraiser with a purpose and a good cause in mind.

Ideas for having a Fundraiser with a Purpose:

1. Expansion

2. Making- over Your playground

3. Buying Computers for your Preschoolers

4. To Make- over Your Daycare

5. Help a family of a Sick Child

Happy Fundraising!

Shiketa

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Your Dream Will Come True (Get Focused)

On October 1, 2014, my husband and I signed the lease on our Dream Location!

That was an exciting day for the both of us! In fact, that was the day that I realized that I am finally moving in the Direction of my dreams and I could hardly believe that we were sitting at the table with the children of the man who built our new location over 20 years ago.

While we were signing the lease, the Owners of the building revealed to us why they chose us and they said this: “We chose you because we loved the name Learning Days and we also love the fact that your husband (who happens to be a contractor) will help you maintain the building.”

I shared this with you to let you know that, your name speaks volumes about your Business! Also, be sure that you have an assigned maintenance person when negotiating a lease or even buying a building.  Read the entire eNewsletter now!

 

Inspiring You to Succeed….

Shiketa

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Its Pumpkin Season!!

In fact, kids love to explore pumpkins and yes..taste the pumpkin too! Last week, as I walked through my Child Care Center, I observed the toddlers creating a pumpkin friend with Bagels, pumpkin spread and raisins.

The kids were so engaged in the activity and could hardly wait to taste their creations. Today I want to share the recipe and step by step instructions on how to make a Pumpkin snack for the children in your child Care Business to enjoy.

** Be sure to check for pumpkin allergies

You will need the following:

  • Canned Pumpkin Spread (1 can for every 10 children)
  • Cinnamon
  • Large Box of Raisins
  • Bagel half
  • Spoons
  • Raw or Organic Sugar
  • Paper towels
  • Medium size bowl to mix the pumpkin spread
  • Can opener
  • A Fork to mix the ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

Ahead of time set out all the ingredients & materials…

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My former and late business mentor told me this:
A closed mouth will never get fed!
In other words, if you don’t tell others about your Business, you just may not have any business. ~Angela B.

It’s time to get out the bull horn and start introducing your Business to your community!

This is the best time of the year to Market your Business. In fact, it’s almost back to school time and a great time to build enrollment!!

Please allow me to share my story of getting out and marketing my Business.

There is a hotel directly across the street from my Child Care Center. I noticed that there are families living in the hotel, so I decided to drive over to the hotel to see if I could leave flyers in the lobby.

I put a smile on my face, I introduced my self as the Owner of Learning Days and the Owner of the hotel, kindly agreed to allow me to display flyers is his lobby.

Also, I stopped by several local gas stations and asked if I could leave cards on the counter and they happily agreed to help me promote my Child Care business.

I want to encourage you to Get out and Promote your Business! Be sure to tell me all about your experience!!

With Your Success in Mind….

Shiketa

business makeover(Article Excerpt from the 2014 Child Care Business Teleseminar makeover Kit)

As a busy Business Woman, I love to get makeovers and this includes: wardrobe makeovers, hairstyle make overs and yes even a facial makeover.

It feels great to get a makeover and one thing that I love about makeovers is the simple fact that when you get a makeover, you Feel Great!
So with that in mind, I have a question for you? Are you ready to makeover your Business? Are you ready to experience what it feels like to Makeover you?
I’m not just talking about buying new office equipment or painting your office walls; I’m talking about transforming you as the Business owner!
I believe that when you makeover yourself, you make over the Business.

So let’s take a look at 5 easy ways to make- over your Business:
1. Take some time to reflect on the practices that are no longer working for you and stop doing them right away. In fact, if your practices are not getting you any results, it’s time to do something different. Step 2 will lead you to some new practices.
2. Buy some new business books! I recommend that you read 12 books a year or 1 book a month. Think about what you need to improve in your Business and increase your knowledge on that subject. Need some ideas: I recommend that you buy books on the following subjects: Leadership, marketing or branding and personal development. Moreover, be sure to pick books that are written by successful business owners.
3. Plan to attend a Business Conference. It will give you some new insight and fresh revelation. In the spring of 2013 I attended a Chick Fila Leadercast and it was Amazing! In fact, at the conference; I discovered that I was a hoarder and I needed to keep things simple in my Business!
4. Makeover You! Get some new clothes and get a new hairstyle. When you look great, people are naturally drawn to you and you will also feel great.
5. Work on your brand! In fact, how are you showing up to your customers on-line and off line? Take a look at your social media presence; do you need a brand over haul? Your brand is everything that you do in Business, so choose your social media statuses carefully; makeover your website; update your marketing materials, get new uniforms for your employees, update your business sign or business cards.

Whatever you do, makeover your brand. A fresh brand makeover will attract new customers and cause others to want to connect with you.
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If you get  control of your time, you will get control of your life. ~ Bob Harrison

It’s time to double your power and your personal effectiveness!

If your goal is to expand your business or to simply improve the business that you currently have, mastering your time has to be apart of you going to another level.

In fact, if you do not learn to effectively manage your time, you will easily become burn out and will be not be able to effectively mange your business.

The Top “2” Time Wasters of all:

  1. Social media
  2. Reading Email

We are living in the social media and study shows that people are spending more and more time online. However, I have found that spending too much time online can take you away from what is important.

My suggestion to you is for you to plan a certain time everyday that you dedicate to marketing your business online, reading email and for learning new information.

Furthermore, I suggest that you review my  Online marketing plan e-book to find out how you can effectively market your Business Online utilizing free social media tools. Those tools will allow you to schedule your post ahead of time and spend the rest of your time running your Business!

I want to inspire you to evaluate how you spend your time; do more of what you love or High-Pay off tasks, delegate low pay- off tasks and start taking control of your time. Most of all, start getting some results!

Here are some examples of what I define as High-Pay Off and Low-Pay Off task

High Pay-Offs

  1. Marketing your Business
  2. Planning for your Business Growth
  3. Evaluating the Daily Operations of my business
  4. Delegating task that can be done by someone else
  5. Attending Training Seminars that are related to your goals for the year
  6. People Development…Training Staff/Others
  7. Short to do list
  8. Doing High Priority task first

 

Low Pay off Items & Time Wasters

  1. Spending too much time reading email
  2. Spending more than 30 minutes scrolling through social media sites
  3. Long conversations on the phone when you could be planning, reading a business book or spending time with family
  4. Long to do list (10 or more important task a day)
  5. Subscribing to blog and websites that do not provide you with information that lines up with your goals
  6. Handling unexpected situations that occur throughout your day

To Your Success,

Shiketa

Are you struggling with Managing your Child Care Business or Your time? Contact me today to schedule a 1-hour Time/Business Management  Coaching Session!

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Your Brand is Simply How You Behave!
 
 
If your behavior is in question at any time, during any transaction, with any person interacting with your  business, your brand is both in question and in jeopardy!
 
Just in case you are wondering, what does your Brand have to do with Marketing;
 
Your Brand has everything to do with marketing of your Child Care Business. In fact, how you carry yourself and the practices in your childcare business is a great marketing tool.
 
I have discovered this: It takes years to build a trusted Business brand and only a moment to destroy it!
 
 
Here are six ways to Establish and  Improve your Brand:
  1. Always be polite to your parents and their family members.
  2. Strive to improve any practices that are not satisfactory.
  3. Get your parents feedback on a regular basis, because if parents are not happy, this could affect your brand.
  4. Ask your parents the following question: When you think of my daycare; what words come to mind? This is a great indicator of what type of brand you have established for your business.
  5. If you have encountered  a negative situation with a parent, be sure that your last conversation with the parent is on a positive note.
  6. Be sure that you have a logo on any literature that goes home, on your website and on marketing brochures

That was only a few branding tips, however, I want you to know that you are your Business Brand, so be sure that you reflect your brand with your appearance, how you answer the phone, be mindful of what you post on social media, etc.

Be sure that your behavior reflects your Business Brand!

To Your Success,

Shiketa

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Since starting the going to another level I have changed some big things about me. Finance has never been a strong suite for me, but I am keeping track of my budget for the first time. I mean I have always had a budget but I never really kept track if I was staying on track or not, but I am now keeping track weekly, and so far am under budget and right on track. I am so thankful that I found this program and that things are going in the right direction for me and my company. 

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Going to Another Level in the Business of Child Care!

It is so ironic to me that I happen to be in the middle of Another Business Expansion! In fact, I am so excited to have another opportunity to expand.

As you may already know, I expanded my Child Care Business into a Center in 2003 and Now I am in middle of lease negotiations on a 6,000 sq foot building.

My Dream Location!!

I am not writing this email to brag about my business expansion, however, I want to share some very important Expansion tips that I believe are a crucial part of the expansion process:

1. Be prepared to issue (2 years) of financials or profit and loss reports.
2. Be prepared to write a Lease proposal.
3. Before moving into a new location, check the license records on that location (if the building was previously licensed for childcare, particularly the enrollment numbers.)
4. Complete a start-up budget for full capacity and a budget that reflects being only filled to 50-60 percent of the capacity. This method will give you a realistic view of how much money the Center will make.

For more Expansion or Start-up Tips, Download a Copy of my Child Care Business Expansion Guide Today!

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Much Success To You!
Shiketa Morgan

Are you a Family Home Child Care provider? Have you been thinking about Expanding Your Child Care Business?

Not sure what steps you need to take to move your Business out of your home? Do you have some anxiety or worries about taking on the over head of a center?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, The Child Care Business Expansion Guide is for you!

I know first hand how to Effectively Expand a Child Care Business from my home to a Center. Furthermore, I have discovered what it takes to operate a Successful Child Care Center.

In fact, I owned and operated a NAFCC Accredited Home Daycare for over five years and I expanded my home daycare into a Commercial Location in 2003 and I am Still in Business Today!

Many of the Child Care Business Start-up books on the market today are written by people who have never operated a Child Care Business and there are very crucial details that are missing from their books, because they have not had the first- hand experience of actually operating a Child Care Business.

Moreover, this is why I believe that my Child Care Business Expansion Guide will be beneficial to you, because I have first-hand experience in Starting-up, Operating and Expanding a Child Care Business.

I am so excited to share my Expansion story with you and eager to provide you with the information that you need to expand.

After reading my book (The Child Care Business Expansion Guide) you will be empowered to take the necessary steps to Expand your Child Care Business From a Home based Business to a Commercial Business.

Download Your copy of my ebook today and Activate your Dream of Owning a Child Care Center. I did it and You can too!!

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Much Success To You!
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According to the United States Small Business Association, Choosing a business location is perhaps the most important decision a small business owner or start-up will make, so it requires precise planning and research.

It involves looking at demographics, assessing your supply chain, scoping the competition, staying on budget, understanding state laws and taxes, and much more.

There are 3 things that you must do, before choosing a Location for Your Child Care Business:

  1. Check the Demographics. Are there working families with young children living near your center. Get demographics here, click here (simply enter your zip code to get demographics)
  2. Check out your competition. Are they filled to capacity? What are their rates? Are they Accredited? How long have they been in Business?
  3. Do you need professional help? Should you hire someone to write your Business Plan? Do you need a Business Coach? Don’t try to do it all yourself, hire help if you need it!

For more Start-up or Marketing tips, download my ebook: 10 steps to Starting a Child Care Business.

To Your Success,

Shiketa

For Start-up Coaching Contact me Today!

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According to the Missouri Eat Smart Childhood obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care, “Overweight is now the most nutritional disease of children. Preschool children who are overweight are almost 5 times more likely to be overweight as young adults.”

Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Childcare also concludes that children may get 50%-75% of daily food needs in childcare. This is why it is vital that childcare programs serve nutritional balance meals. Here are some tips for serving healthier meals in your childcare program:

Breakfast

  • Limit sweetened cereals served
  • choose cereal that contain more fiber
  • limit sweet breakfast items
  • provide more whole grain foods
  • serve more fruit and less juice
  • provide low-fat or skim milk

Lunch

  • Limit the processed foods
  • More raw fruits & vegetables
  • Use low-fat or fat-free salad dressing
  • Serve whole grain breads
  • offer low-fat milk as a drink

Snack

  • Limit sweet snacks
  • provide protein snacks (peanut butter…

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Its Pumpkin Season!!

In fact, kids love to explore pumpkins and yes..taste the pumpkin too! Last week, as I walked through my Child Care Center, I observed the toddlers creating a pumpkin friend with Bagels, pumpkin spread and raisins.

The kids were so engaged in the activity and could hardly wait to taste their creations. Today I want to share the recipe and step by step instructions on how to make a Pumpkin snack for the children in your child Care Business to enjoy.

** Be sure to check for pumpkin allergies

You will need the following:

  • Canned Pumpkin Spread (1 can for every 10 children)
  • Cinnamon
  • Large Box of Raisins
  • Bagel half
  • Spoons
  • Raw or Organic Sugar
  • Paper towels
  • Medium size bowl to mix the pumpkin spread
  • Can opener
  • A Fork to mix the ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

Ahead of time set out all the ingredients & materials (listed above) on the table for the children to see. Have the children to wash their hands before sitting at the table.

Give each child a paper towel with a slice of bagel. Open the canned pumpkin, invite one child to pour the spread into the bowl. Then invite other children to help add the sugar and cinnamon to the spread.

Next, invite a child to mix the pumpkin spread. Then give each child a slice of bagel, pass the bowl of pumpkin spread around the table and invite each child to get a large scoop of pumpkin spread to spread on their bagel.

After each child spreads the pumpkin spread on their bagel, be sure that each child has the recommended serving size of raisins to add to their bagel.

Finally, encourage the children to create facial features for their pumpkin friends by using the raisins to create the eyes, nose and the mouth; then enjoy! Be sure to take pictures!!

This snack meets the Child Care Adult and Food program guidelines.

Grain: Bagel

Fruit/veg: Raisins/Pumpkin

For more menu ideas, Download your copy of the Healthy Child Care menus ebook.

Til next time…

Shiketa

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You have the power to transform your Business

with your words.

When I opened my Child Care Center, it didn’t take long for me to discover that I hated supervising employees. In fact, I despised it so much that I spoke about it quite often.

Talking about my hate for supervising employees only brought me more difficulties as an employer and it resulted in the following:

  • Meetings about strife amongst employees
  • Employees called off work frequently
  •  Dealing with poor attitudes
  •  High Turnover
  •  Employees walking off the job and many other issues

I think you get the point. My words created years of frustrations for me as an employer and my situation did not change until I changed my words about being an employer.

Your words can also affect your relationship with your parents. If you complain about your families all the time, you just may be complaining your business a way. Try to find the good in every situation, if there is nothing good about dealing with the family; discontinue the relationship.

However, as I developed my leadership skills and changed my words, I was a happier Business Owner and things began to change in my Business.

What about you? Are you happy with your Child Care Business? What have you been speaking over your business lately? Take a moment to reflect….

I want to encourage you to choose your words carefully, because your business will only rise to the words that you speak.

Discover how I changed my Child Care Business in my ebook, The Art of Owning a Child Care Center or subscribe to my 21-Mastermind eCourse for Leadership and Business Management tips!

To your Success,

Shiketa

I look forward to your comments below!

To be sure that you are prepared for tax time or in the event of an audit, it is vital that you effectively manage and maintain your tax records. Every year at the end of the year, I take a look at how I have been keeping track of my business income and expenses for tax purposes.

In fact, I perform a personal audit by reviewing my bank statements, check books and reviewing the receipts that I have filed away in my records.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, after you file your tax return you will have many records that may help document items on tax return. Moreover, you will need these documents in the event your return is selected for examination. Here are Four easy ways to manage your record keeping:

1. Use manila folders or 3-ring binders to keep track of business expense and tax records for the current year. Be sure to create a folder for: income, business expenses, payroll, quarterly tax returns, Business loans,etc.

2. Store a way all old tax and personnel records and keep them for up to 10 years.

3. Store all personnel and records with sensitive information such as; social security numbers in a locked file cabinet.

4. Get a back-up system and invest in a computerized bookkeeping software to keep track of your income and Business expenses.

For more record keeping tips, click here.

Shiketa

For more business management tips, check out the 21-Day Mastermind e-Club.

My Leadership Journey….

I realized the importance of having great leadership skills when I expanded my home daycare into a center. In fact, my poor leadership skills had a huge impact on my business including; my response to creating change, managing employees, my attitude toward negative employees or even dealing with difficult parents and most of all….my role as the leader in my business.

After I finished typing the paragraph above, I thought, Wow…I was a mess! Yes, I was ready to expand my business, yet…I was not prepared for all that came with owning a center with 4-6 employees, managing a six-figure salary, conducting business meetings, mentoring employees and so much more that comes with owning a center.

After experiencing 2-years of having a high turnover rate, hiring the wrong people and having a bad attitude about my business, I was ready to make a change. That change was to Develop the Leader Within me!

Change the Leader…Change the Organization.~John  C. Maxwell 

I agree 100% with the John Maxwell Quote above.  In fact, reading John Maxwell Books is what changed my business; helped me to discover my strengths as a business owner and inspired me develop my leadership skills.

Moreover, reading John Maxwell books helped me to discover that the problem was not my employees, it was not the parents, the problem was my attitude about the issues that I was facing. As I developed my leadership skills, every time that a problem occurred, I reflected on how I could effectively handle it.

I must say that as my leadership skills improved, I was able to restore the unity on my team, my worst employee became my best employee, I developed a supportive relationship with my parents, I trained my employees to be leaders so that they were more effective and the morale in my business improved dramatically.

To be quite honest with you, those changes did not take place over night, however, it did take a period of three years to see some consistency in my leadership and I am still growing as a leader today.

Home providers: If you do not have a desire to expand your business, please know that developing your leadership skills will be quite beneficial to you. In fact, it will empower you to think big for your home based business, gain influence with parents and it will give you vital skills that you need to lead assistants that may work with you in your home.

If you have a goal to expand your business, improve your business management skills or develop a millionaire mindset, you want to be apart of my 21-Day Mastermind e-club.

My leadership journey inspired the e-club and I believe that as you receive the empowering information that is provided in the club, you will transform your business.  In fact, you will be equipped for your next level. 

 Join the Going to Another Level Mastermind e-course Today!

Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership.~John Maxwell

 

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According to the Missouri Eat Smart Childhood obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care, “Overweight is now the most nutritional disease of children. Preschool children who are overweight are almost 5 times more likely to be overweight as young adults.”

Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Childcare also concludes that children may get 50%-75% of daily food needs in childcare. This is why it is vital that childcare programs serve nutritional balance meals. Here are some tips for serving healthier meals in your childcare program:

Breakfast

  • Limit sweetened cereals served
  • choose cereal that contain more fiber
  • limit sweet breakfast items
  • provide more whole grain foods
  • serve more fruit and less juice
  • provide low-fat or skim milk

Lunch

  • Limit the processed foods
  • More raw fruits & vegetables
  • Use low-fat or fat-free salad dressing
  • Serve whole grain breads
  • offer low-fat milk as a drink

Snack

  • Limit sweet snacks
  • provide protein snacks (peanut butter, yogurt, etc)
  • 100% Juice or raw fruit
  • whole grain crackers
  • raw fruits or veggies

Thanks in advance for helping to reduce the Childhood obesity rate in America by simply making healthier changes in your menus and also by educating parents.

If you would like to receive more nutritional resources, please Download a Copy of the Healthy Child Care Menus ebook.

 

With Healthy Kids in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

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