Inspirational and Empowering Child Care Business Owners To Build Successful Child Care Businesses

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I am so excited to announce that my New book, 7 Keys to Successfully Operating Multiple Locations is now available for download!!

Can you feel my excitement? I was so eager to write this book, because  I know first hand that many Child Care Business Owners want to grow their businesses, however, they decide not to because of the fear of what it could be like operating muliple locations.

My book provides you with the strategies and keys that you need to successfully operate one or multiple locations!

It took 21 years to write this book and I promise I poured all that I know about operating and managing muliple child care centers.

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With your success in mind!

Shiketa Morgan

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Keep Building, Keep Growing and Keep Dreaming!

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Have you applied for the payroll protection plan or any SBA Funds for your Child Care Business during this pandemic?

Covid 19 hit the childcare industry and many other industries hard and having financial assistance from the SBA and other agencies is how many businesses are surviving right now. However, it is still vital that you maintain your record keeping in the event of an audit.

Today I want to share some strategies with you that will help you to maintain your current budget plus the additional funds that you receive from the Small business assosciation or Federal PPP funds.

 

 

  1. When you receive SBA funds, keep those funds seperate from other business funds. It may even be helpful to you to start another bank account.
  2. Keep track of how you spend the funds by using a log. (SBA Working Capital form
  3. Only use the funds on monthly operating expenses such as: rent, payroll, food, supplies, utilities, etc.
  4. Using SBA funds frees up your monthly workin capital and allows you to stay afloat during this pandemic.
  5. Finally be sure to keep all receipts.

With your Business Success in mind,

Shiketa

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Do you plan to grow your child care business or add employees to your team? If so, my new podcast series is for you.

As the month of August comes to a close, I will be reading the book: Developling the leaders around you and I want to invite you to join me.

I read this book year years ago as I was building my team and I feel led to read it again as I work on growing my Child Care Business.

Read my entire blog post today and list to my larest podcast episode: https://www.doingbusinessbyfaith.com/developing-the-leaders-around-developing-the-leaders-around-you-by-faith-series

 

With your Success in Mind,

Shiketa

 

I’ve been caring for school-age children for over 21 years . In fact, I have grown to love this age group because they love to have fun and they look forward to going to a program that meets their needs.

Throughout the month of August, I have been featuring blog post about how to create a cool place for school-age children and I thought I would end this month’s theme by covering  10 areas that I believe contributes to providing a quality program for school-age children.

1. Find out what the children want. The best way to keep the children interested in your program and to prevent the children from being bored is by asking the children what they like to do. Upon enrollment, ask the child to tell you what he or she likes to do and plan to incorporate what the child likes into the daily activities.

2. Serve Breakfast and Snacks that the children love. I have walked into my school-age classroom and found some children enjoying snack while others choose not to eat, because they do not want what is being served. To assure that all the children participate at meal time, ask the children in advance what they would like for snack and add those food choices to the menu.

3. Choose a teacher that connects with the children. Many early childhood professionals prefer to care for preschool-age children for a variety of reasons. However, I think that it takes an individual that desires to work with youth, understands the school-age child and is highly trained to work with them. Moreover, the teacher must be very energetic, because school-age children have lots of energy and they need a teacher that will keep them motivated.

4. Connect with the local school. It is vital that you connect with the local school and adapt your program to what is happening in the local schools. In fact, I’m sure the parents and children love to see a bulletin board in your program that displays their school’s activities and events. Moreover, when you connect with the local schools by sending them information about your after school program, they will tell parents about your program. This is a great way to build rapport with the school principal and staff. Also, consider featuring the local schools on your website as a resource link to parents that visit your website.

5. Plan plenty of open-ended Art & Sensory activities. Believe it or not, school-age children love to do messy activities just like preschoolers.  During the process of getting my center accredited, one of the requirements of receiving accreditation was to provide sensory activities for school-age children. I was quite shocked and I gave it a try. The kids loved all the hands-on and sensory activities. Many of the activities included:

  • Shaving cream fun
  • Pails of water with cups, spoons, bowl
  • yarn, scissors, glue
  • Variety of construction and white paper
  • Flour and measuring cups
  • Home made playdoh
  • Gak
  • Variety of felt and tissue paper

I know many of the items above are messy and that’s the point….kids love messiness!

5. Promote Literacy, Math, Science and Technology Use. Offering daily literacy activities will help the children to develop their writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. So be sure to have a variety of books and magazines on hand for the children to read. Also provide a place for writing that is well stocked with paper, pens, markers and pencils. To support math and science, be sure to add the following items in the environment: calculators, calendars, clock, maps, math problem cards, plants to water, rocks, leaves,etc. Moreover, we are living in a time where technology is a necessity and the children will love it if they can bring, cell-phones, i-pads, i-pods or laptops to the program. Be sure to create technology rules.

6. Have a Transportation Policy in Place.  To assure that your expectations are clear on van safety rules, pick-up, drop-off and driver procedures; it is vital that you create a transportation policy. Moreover, be sure to create a policy with safety in mind. Some of those rules could include, but are not limited to:

  • Drop-off and pick-up times at the local schools
  • Parent responsibilities to call when children will be absent
  • Van rules (wear seat belts, no loud voices, do not bring weapons on the van,etc)
  • Bad weather procedures
  • Car seat regulations for your state
  • Transportation fees
  • Number of children allowed on the van
  • Information that should be available to the van driver
  • Head count procedures

7. Fun Filled Daily Schedule. To create a consistency in your program, create a daily schedule. Your daily schedule must meet the needs of the children in your school-age program. Here is a sample morning schedule:

6-7:15am- Free choice activities (computers, writing, reading or table games)

7:15-7:30- Clean-up/prepare for breakfast

7:30-8am- Breakfast

8:00-8:15am Clean-up/prepare to leave for school

8. Daily Chores. Having a chore for each child is a great way to promote independence and to teach the children to be responsible. Simply create a chore chart, post classroom chores and invite the children to choose their chore of choice. Chores can include: plant helper, meal time helper, line leader, office helper, preschool helper,etc.

9. Parent Involvement. Parents play a very important role in their children’s lives and it is important that parents are involved in everything that you do in your before/after school program including: getting their advice on after school activities, home work time or even inviting parents to talk with the school-age children about their careers.

10. No Bullying Policy. Bullying seems to be a major problem among school-age children, however it does not have to be a major problem in your before/after school program. In fact, it is vital that you create a no bullying policy and discuss it on a regular basis with the children. Also, the parents must be aware of the “No Bullying” policy. Don’t forget to post, NO BULLYING signs.

With your Success in Mind!

Shiketa Morgan

 

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Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected
and stepping outside your own experience.
~Masaru Ibuka
When children reach school-age years they are eager learners, naturally imaginative and creative. Moreover, school-age children  learn by doing as they interact with their peers and  explore the materials in their environment.  This is why it is vital that you promote creativity in your program in the following ways:

1. Provide open-ended materials that children can do many things with such as: felt, fabric, yarn, card board boxes, etc.

2. Arrange the environment to encourage children to explore and be messy.

3. Provide space for projects that cannot be completed in one day.

4.  Allow projects to stay in place for days so that the children can expand the project.

5. Be sure to allow long blocks of time where children are free to lead their own activities without adult involvement.

6. Encourage the children to make their own plans and implement them.

7. Provide samples of creative work.

8. Store materials where children can easily choose them.

9.  Allow children to explore subjects that were introduced at school or on fieldtrips.

10. Encourage children to freely express their ideas and feelings.

11. Give the children opportunities to extend younger children’s play.

12. Allow time for brainstorming.

13. Introduce children to visual and expressive arts.

14. Help the children develop specific skills.

15. Give children your feedback on their projects and activities.

16. Avoid ditto sheets and prepackaged craft projects.

17. Make each child feel unique.

18. Help children to understand that it takes practice and hard work to develop their talents.

19. Encourage risk taking.

20. Plan times where children can share or display their work.

21. Provide sensory play; soil, sand, water,etc.

22. Ask questions while children are being creative, such as: tell me about your project?

23. Accept each child’s creative ability.

24. Model creativity

25. Post a sign  that reads, CREATIVITY ZONE!

I challenge you to take 25-days to implement each step to promote creativity in your program and you will be amazed at what the children will create!

Check out Growing up Creative by Teresa Amabile

With a Cool School-age Program in mind,

Shiketa Morgan

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I began transforming my school-age program in the spring of 2010 with the help of a Missouri T.E.A.C.H. project Pilot grant. The information and resources that I gained while completing nine college semester hours of youth development training hours inspired me to create a cool place for school-age children.

In this blog post, I will share with you 5 ways to create a cool place for school-age children:

1. Solicit feedback from the children. Ask the children what type of activities that they would like to see in the program this summer.

2. Assess the environment and added materials that are appropriate for their age group. Changed the classroom centers to ,”Clubs.” School-age children love to belong to clubs and this makes the environment a cool place to explore. For example, The cooking center is now called the, ” Cooking Club” and the Art area is now the “Art Club.”

Fun materials to add to your environment: Games, clay, paint, paper, scrap booking materials, yarn for crocheting, hobby magazines, wood working materials, variety of books, dress-up clothes, blocks, large cardboard boxes, computer, sports equipment, puppets/theater, dramatic play prop box (hair dresser, store,etc)

3.  As you make changes  observe the children to see how they are responding to the environment. If the  children seem to be very involved in the materials and more focused…you did a great job!

4. At my childcare center, we plan a cool and fun-filled summer camp every year. The weekly activities are theme based and there are  a variety of field trips planned every week. For example: Mondays- Park Day; Tuesday- Visit a local attraction; Wednesday- Free Movie Camp; Thursday- Library (Summer Reading Club) Friday- Visit local attraction.

The parents are responsible for all field trip fees and the field trips are planned for the entire summer. Furthermore, the last week of camp is back to school fun and we plan a big back to school party for the children.  See my website for ideas

5. Ideas for the Fall Before/After School – Kids Club- In many cases parents need some place for their school-age children to go before/after school and creating after school club activities, is a great way to keep the children from getting bored. Some of the after school kids clubs could include: Art, Science, Music, Cooking, Drama, Technology, Math, Literacy Club. For more tips on how to create clubs visit, After School Training Tool Kit website.

Cool Summer Camp Marketing ideas:

  • Add a large Summer Camp Here Sign in your window (if permitted)
  • Market your summer camp program on your website and on your social media pages
  • Decorate your windows with summer decor
  • Be sure to insert Summer Camp Enrolling signs in your van window (if permitted)
  • Issue Summer Camp Flyers to your local schools
  • Offer incentives for parents who refer families to your summer camp

For more marketing ideas, check out my Marketing 101 Toolkit.

With your Child Care Business in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

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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.

In the event that you need assistance with your preschool program, Be sure to schedule a coaching session with me today. I’m just a phone call away! Click here

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Every year in August as my summer camp comes to an end, many of the school-age children leave the program to go back to school and this usually leaves 16-to-20 slots for me to fill. In fact, this year, I started marketing my program 6-weeks before the camp ended, so that  as the school-age kids were leaving the program….the preschoolers would be coming in.

Several days prior to writing this blog post, I was observing two of my staff members as they talked about how many of the kids had already left the program due to the summer camp ending. One of the teachers looked really concerned. So, I walked over and said to her, “You seem to be worried about the enrollment?” She (sadly) replied, “Yes I am.”

I kindly reminded her that this season is not going to last long and that we will have new students coming soon. Also, I encouraged her  not to worry about her hours being cut or losing her job. After I spoke with her, she smiled and appeared as if two buildings were lifted off her shoulders.

Moreover, since my talk with the teacher who was concerned about low enrollment, I have enrolled six new students and this was the response that I received from that concerned staff member, Wow! You said more children would be coming!

I only have a few more enrollment slots to fill, however, I am so thankful that I did not have to lay off staff due to a sudden shift in enrollment after the summer camp ended. Furthermore, after my brief talk with that teacher, I also realized the importance of having open and supportive communication with your staff during tough seasons.

Furthermore, be careful of  the words that you speak over your childcare business as you build enrollment. Your words are so powerful. So, be sure to stay in a mode of expectation.

I shared my story with you to encourage you to reassure your staff when there is a change in enrollment, especially during low enrollment seasons.

Here’s something to think about: you depend on the money from your business to pay your bills and your staff depends on you to provide them with a  job to pay their bills, so in the event that you foresee or anticipate a shift in enrollment, they should be informed. This will help to minimize unnecessary anxiety or gossip.

Also, be sure that you are not worried and always have confidence that more kids are coming. As you walk in confidence during a Low Enrollment season, you can be assured that your staff will catch that same attitude!

With Enrollment in Mind!

Shiketa

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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 Morgan

 

 

I have been journaling as a Business Owner for over 20 years now. Journaling has helped me to reflect and come up with solutions for many of the challenges that I have faced as a Child Care Business Owner.

In fact, I beleive that, journaling is a great way to  grow as a Business Owner. As a Former Director, I had many stressful days because I struggled as a Leader and I struggled with trying to meet the need of everyone else including: staff, kids and parents.

Journaling is very valuable to your Journey as a Director, a as Home Provider and even as a Center Owner. Listen to the audio below and be Inspired to Journal!

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Do you 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.
  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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When you enroll new children in your Child Care Facility, parents need to be informed of your policies and procedures. The best way to inform parents about your program policies is by issuing a parent handbook.

The parent handbook that I have created is designed to provide your parents with an overview of your facilities policies and procedures. It is also a great way to orientate families into your program and market your childcare program to families that are considering enrolling their children in your program. The handbook also includes a sample transportation policy, emergency preparedness letter and a payment agreement.

Need a parent handbook for your child care program? Download your copy today and personalize the handbook to fit your program philosophy! click here

To Your Success,

Shiketa

After several years of experiencing low enrollment at the end of Summer Camp, I realized that the best time to build enrollment for the fall is during the month of  July.

Why July? I will tell you why…

  1. July marks the mid way point of Summer and you do not want to wait til August to Build fall enrollment
  2. Parents are thinking about preparing their children for back-to- school in July
  3. It’s a great time to reach those parents who are looking to enroll their children in preschool in the fall

Need some ideas on how to market your program for the fall?

Here are 8-ways to build fall enrollment in your program:

1. Invite your families to tell other families about your fall enrollment building campaign,  by offering an incentive to families who refer new families.

2. Hold a virtual Open house in July and be sure to have curriculum information, daily schedules, class photos, pricing info available online for parents to see. (parents want their children in an educational program)

3. Be sure to create a fall enrollment banner for your website and update info about your childcare or preschool program on your website.

4. Start marketing your fall enrollment specials on your social media pages during the month of July.

5. Insert enrollment forms in colorful 2-pocket folders. Be sure to add your program name or business card on the front of your enrollment folders. (during this Covid 19 pandemic, set up an outdoors enrollment info table)

6. If you own a center; invest in fall enrollment banners to hang on your playground fence or to display in your windows.

7. Offer Trial days.

8. Add preschool related clip art to your windows such as: school buses, apples,alphabet,etc.

 

Happy Enrollment Building!

Shiketa

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I’m just a phone call away for a Business Strategy session!

I know that this is a tough time to be in business. COVID- 19 has caused us all to focus on staying well, while trying to protect our businesses at the same time.

Families have been impacted by the virus and as a result, the child care industry has taken a big hit.

You may have a business full of kids and your business may not be struggling, however, you may feel stuck and out of focus. If that is you, I want to tell you today, its time to get motivated again and get re-inspired.

Furthermore, I want to help you to get motivated during tough times and coach you through any challenges that you may be having in your Business.

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It’s Marketing Monday and I  want to remind you stay focused on your Marketing Plan.

In fact, this is the time to focus on how you are marketing your Child Care Business.

This week I want to encourage you to take a closer look at your marketing plan  including your brochures, your website, your social media pages and so much more.

Need a marketing refresher? Need some fresh insight?

Download my Marketing 101 ebook for Child Care Business Owners. https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb2.php?c=cart&i=1360438&cl=155501&ejc=2&custom=shop

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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.

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

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Every year, I plan a Summer Camp safety meeting for the following reasons:

  1. To discuss my  summer camp curriculum theme with my team.
  2. Talk about how to keep the children safe.
  3. And….to have some Pre-Summer team fun!

In fact, my theme for the summer camp is: A Summer of Fun and Learning!

If you have an assistant or a team of teachers; I want to challenge you to have a Summer Safety meeting before your Summer Program begins.

It has been my observation that kids are normally left in the vans during the summer months; kids are exposed to extreme temperatures during the summer months and kids may be away from the daycare more, during the summer months.

So why not be proactive and plan a safety meeting that will empower you and your team to keep children safe.

Would you like to see my meeting notes? If so, you can take a peek at my Summer Camp Safety meeting agenda to get some ideas.Summer Safety tips.

For more summer safety tips, be sure to download a copy of my Summer Camp Planning Guide.

Your Coach,

Shiketa Morgan

 

 

 

I can hardly believe that the month of March is almost over!

In fact, it’s really hard to believe that  in approximately 60-days, Summer will be here!

Today I want to inspire you to start planning a dynamic Summer program!

Furthermore, parents love for their children to be in a Summer program that is Fun, Filled with lots of Activities along with fun field trips.

Do you need some Summer Camp Planning ideas? If so, check out my Summer Camp Planning Guide.

Your Child Care Business Coach,
Shiketa

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Has your enrollment been impacted by this pandemic? If so, I want to encourage you freshen up your enrollment building strategies and be inspired at the same time.

Do you have 9 -minutes to listen to a complimentary audio? If so, listen now.

 Listen to Session 2: Enrollment Building Strategies Now! 

With your Success in mind,

Shiketa Morgan

 

 

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It has been predicted that the Child Care Industry may not bounce back after this pandemic, however, I don’t agree!

In fact, that prediction has inspired me to inspire you to develop a bounce plan!

Did you miss my Developing a Bouncing back Mindset in Business of Child Care?

If so, Here is a link to my Live Video. Click here

It’s Time to develop a Bounce Back Plan!

 

I have been inspired to Host a Coaching Session on Facebook Live on the Child Care Business Owner Facebook Page.

In my Facebook Live Coaching Session, I will get to know you, I will share with you how my Child Care Business has bounced back many times, we will talk about the state of Child Care and I will provide you with some Bounce Back Strategies and motivational Insight as we go through this tough season!

I hope to see you on April 28th at 1pm est and Get Ready for a Bounce Back!

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” Big Faith Leads to Big Success”

I was browsing Facebook about a week ago and I heard a lady say this: “Many child care businesses are closed and I don’t know if they will ever reopen.” I immediately thought, that is not true. In fact, I believe that as long as parents need to go to work, there will be a need for childcare. Furthermore, many families may be working from home now, but this still does not mean that it will always be that way.

On a personal not: In my 21 years of owning a Child Care Business, My Business has survived:

  • Seasons of low enrollment
  • Tax issues
  • False accusations on the business
  • Government Shut downs
  • And Financial hardships

This is my first time going through a pandemic and to be quite honest, as I reference back to the issues that my business has faced in the past; I can honestly say that I’ve seen worse.

One of my employees test positive for the COVID 19 virus back in March and has recovered.  I decided to close the business for two weeks after the employee tested positive and Closing for 2-weeks, cost the Business $8,000.00!!

However, when I decided to close, my goal was to put the health & wellness of the families over the need of the business.

So when we re-opened on Monday April 13, 2020, I re-opened with a mindset that this will be a Grand-Re Opening for my Center.

Before we closed I took a look at the budget and I made decisions on How we would be able to survive closing for two weeks and what would be the  financial plan when we re-opened.

In some states, daycares are forced to close to June and if you plan to re-open, this is the time to develop a financial plan for your business.

Furthermore, you may be dealing with decisions to close or to re-open before June and whatever your situation may be; I want you to know that it is vital that you develop a Bounce Back Mentality with a plan!

I am planning to do a podcast and/or a Live on the Child Care Business Owner Institute Page that will provide you with strategies and inspiration that you need to make it through this pandemic.

Please take a moment to tell me how your business has been impacted by this pandemic. Also, if you have bounced back, feel free to share and if you are having challenges, please share.

Your feedback will inspire my upcoming Live and/or Podcast.

Be Inspired!!

Shiketa Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

1378884_10203583732824100_1697272836321419097_n Several hours before writing this blog post, I took a trip to the Grocery store and to the Post office.

In fact, As I began to check out at the grocery store, I noticed there was tape on the floors to promote social distancing between each customer and I saw COVID 19 signs all over the store. Then I thought, COVID 19 has truly changed How we Do Business! 

Seeing  all those yellow signs all over the store and yellow tape on the floor inspired me to think about what I needed to do differently to protect my employees, children and staff.

Then after leaving the grocery store, I went to the post office and I saw red tape on the floors and plexiglass in front of the help counter. When I saw that plexiglass, I thought: that’s a great idea.

So, I immediately called my husband and I asked Him if He could install  some hanging plexiglass in front of our receptionist desk at our center to protect the health of our office staff.

I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced that we cannot continue doing business as usual. In fact, this is the time to implement new practices that will reassure your parents that you care about their well being and their health. Most of all, you must protect your very own health as well.

My center closed for 2 weeks and while we are closed, I have been thinking of ways to prevent the spread of germs during this COVID 19 Pandemic.

We have a upcoming summer camp and I’m wondering how this pandemic is going to affect where we go on field trips. Furthermore, I am already considering having a private preschool graduation with just the kids and staff and go Live on Facebook for the families to see our ceremony.

Whatever you decided to do, please remember to keep the health and wellness of your families in mind.

I would like to ask you a question? What have you decided to do differently to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus? Please share below.

I look forward to your response.

Shiketa

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As I consulted with one of my coaching clients the day before I wrote this post, I was reminded that Child Care Providers all over the world are faced with making lots of decisions that will have a major impact on the lives of families, including:

  • Deciding whether or not to open or close their business.
  • Staffing challenges because some teachers are concerned about catching the Coronovirus.
  • Families may unenroll their children if you close your business
  • Some families are working from home and your enrollment is low

I’m aware that there may be other situations that I may have not included , however, I just wanted to take the time today to say this: Do whatever is best for those families that you serve.

As a Center Owner, I decided to leave my center Open for those families that need our services and my staff are happy that we are open. The parents that work from home, stay in touch with us and I use social media to inspire and inform our families.

Most of all, if you choose to stay open during this Coronovirus  pandemic, be sure to do all that you can to prevent the spread of germs including:

  • Checking temperatures upon arrival
  • Having children to wash hands upon arrival
  • Limiting access to only allowing parents to pick up their children.
  • Requiring everyone that enters your home or center to wash hands upon arrival.
  • Sanitize/ Disinfect all surfaces touched by kids, parents and staff daily.
  • Do not allow sick children, parents or staff to enter your home or center.

Furthermore,  this Caronovirus Pandemic has truly revealed the fact that Child Care Providers are truly needed.

In fact, our first Responders, Nurses, Doctors, Business Owners, Grocery Store workers and many other professionals depend on us right now.

Thank you for all that you do for Young Children and their Families.

Much Success to you!
http://www.childcarebusinessowner.com

If you are having challenges in your business right now, I’m just a phone call away for Business Coaching. Click here

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Tips For reducing the spread of The Caronavirus in Child Care:

1. Have children, parents and staff to wash hands upon arrival.
2. Sanitize doorknobs, light switches, time clocks, ink pens, computer keyboards with Clorox wipes daily.
3. Sanitize mouthed toys daily.
4. Disinfect floors daily and all table tops and chairs.
5. Do not allow Staff and/or children with a cough and fever to enter your home daycare or Center.
6. Be sure that your hands are clean before touching your face.
7. Get plenty of rest and load up on vitamin C/ Zinc supplements.
8. Remember to frequently Wash your hands!

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Do you have enrollment slots that need to be filled? Have you set a goal to enroll more children by a set date? If so, I want to show you how to reach your enrollment building goals?

When I moved into my new location on December 2014, the building was licensed for 99 children and I only had 25 children on my opening day. To make a long story short, by the spring of 2015; I had over 85 children enrolled!

Want to find out how I did it? I want to share with you 5 easy ways to reach your enrollment goals:

  1. Get a dry erase board and post your enrollment goals. When you can see your goals, it motivates you to stay focused. Focus is the key to Success!!
  2. Post pictures of the children engaging in educational activities. You don’t have to announce that you have openings on Facebook: Simply market what you are doing in your program and you will entice new families to Check you out
  3. Tell Parents you have openings. If your parents are happy with your services, they will tell other parents about you. ** Be sure to offer a referral incentive.
  4. Follow-up with parents that call you or that have stopped by your facility. Set aside everyday just to do follow-up! You will be surprised at how many parents are delighted that you took the time to call.
  5. Get those enrollment packets ready. In fact, your expectation will attract what you desire. So, get prepared for the increase that is about to come your way!

It’s time to get to work and don’t stop until you reach your goals! Be sure to Check out my Marketing 101 toolkit!

Shiketa

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, subscribe to the 7-Day Child Care Business Management eCourse, click here.

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At the beginning of each business year, I host a staff development meeting. The objective of the meeting is to inspire my staff to grow and think like professionals.

In my 21 years in this field, I have found that the more that I learn, the more that I would grow as a business owner.

Moreover, I found that as my team grew, it only helped the Business Succeed.

When I opened my home daycare, I had no college or childcare education. In fact, I only had a medical assistant certificate.

However, when I went back to school and majored in early childhood, I was inspired to grow my business. So as you can see, as you increase your knowledge, you expand your capacity for growth.

Today I want to share some ideas with you that will inspire you and your team to grow as early childhood professionals:

  1. Subscribe to the Child Care Exchange Magazine. Its a great way to gain access to leadership resources and child development articles. Visit http://www.childcareexchange.com to sign up for their amazing enewsletter.
  2.  Make over your lesson plans by subscribing to the Mailbox. The mailbox is loaded with a wealth of theme related activities and forms. Visit http://www.themailbox.com.
  3.  Become a member of Naeyc. Naeyc is a great place to stay up to date on early childhood news and they have great child care magazines as well along with their annual Naeyc Conference. Visit their site today http://www.naeyc.org.
  4.  Focus on growing as a business leader in 2020. My mentor John Maxwell said: Change the Leader, change the Business. Subscribe to John Maxwell leadership emails at http://www.johnmaxwell.com. (Be sure to check out his wonderful leadership books).
  5.  Meet with a Business Coach on a monthly basis. A Business coach will hold you accountable for attaining your business goals and inspire you to go to another level. Also, I believe that you should pick a coach that’s been on the journey where you want to go. For coaching options, visit my coaching page and I look forward to coaching you in 2020! click here

Its time to get busy on your professional development plan for 2020, because growth is waiting for you!!

Shiketa Morgan

Check out my new book, Build Your Business by Faith

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At the end of every business year, I clear out the clutter and make room for new things. In fact, As I write this blog post, we are only 4 days into a new business year.

So, if you have clutter in your office, get rid of it! Clutter causes you to feel all over the place. More over, it’s difficult to focus in a cluttered space and clutter impacts how you feel as a Business owner.

Today is a great day to remove the clutter so that you can think clearer,  get focused, and get ready to have  a fresh vision for 2020.

During the month of January,  I will be preparing for my Doing Business by Faith Master Class ( that empowers business Owners to Build their Faith For Business Success), working on my new location in Atlanta and working in being focuses in 2020!

When you have a Clear Vision, a Clear Direction with a focused mind nothing is impossible for you.

Have you been feeling stuck? Have you been feeling un- inspired? Ready to Grow your Business? Do you feel that there is another level for you to reach in Business?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, I want to invite you to join my Doing Business by Faith Master Class.

Registration Opens soon! Sign-up at www.doingbusinessbyfaith.com

Much Success to you in 2020!!

Shiketa Morgan

I’m Just a phone call away. If you need coaching, sign up today!

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Creating a winning team is a vital part of providing quality child care care.

In fact, a winning team starts with having a great coach, “The Director.” You are the coach of the team and you call all the plays. When you fail to call plays, the team does not know which way to go.

It is your role to communicate with the team on a regular basis and make sure that all the players are doing their part on the team, because what one player does not do, affects the entire team.

Teamwork is birthed

When you concentrate on

“ We” instead of “me.”

~ John Maxwell

Tips for Building a Winning Team

  • Stay focused on the Big Picture…your center’s goal
  • Be sure that your staff members are positioned where they have the most value
  • Deal with the weak links…immediately
  • Inspire your staff to make things happen
  • Give your staff direction and confidence
  • Keep bad apples by themselves, if possible or get rid of them
  • Hold staff members accountable
  • Communicate…Communicate and interact!
  • Keep the morale high by having fun
  • Promote unity with social gatherings
  • Reward your staff for their efforts
  • Show them you care and challenge them to be the best

For more tips on how to effectively manage your team or your Child Care Center, download my Director’s Handbook

Shiketa Morgan

You may also want to Check out my Art of owning a Center Audio Coaching Series!

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Hello There,

How has this business year treated you? Have you met any of the goals that you have set? Did you get the same results that you had last year?

Are you ready to take your Child Care Business to another Level? Ready for Expansion? Ready for something new?

Whatever your answers may be, I want to encourage you to take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished this year.

Moreover, I want to encourage you to focus on finishing this Business year strong!

If you have been following my blog for at least 3 years, you already know that I love to inspire my blog readers to finish the year strong and come into the new business year with a new mindset.

Here are 5 ways to finish this year strong and come into 2020 with fresh insight and a clear vision:

  1. Reflect on what you have accomplished this year and celebrate.
  2. Set your goals now for 2020 and be intentional about your goals.
  3. Build your book reading list now for 2020, because Your Business will only rise to the level of your knowledge. You can start with creating a widh list on Amazon.
  4. Get Feedback from your staff and parents and make necessary improvements.
  5. Create that Vision board for 2020 and keep it before you to hold you accountable!

I want to here from you. Leave me a comment below and tell me what you have accomplished this year and what your goals are for 2020!

I hope to hear from you soon!

Shiketa  Morgan

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41jQC0gyfPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBuilding my Child Care Business has been a Journey full of ups and down. In fact, growing my Child Care Business took years of dedication, commitment, sacrifice, personal growth and so much more.

Furthermore, over the course of 20 years, my child care business has grown from a home daycare to multiple locations and I believe the business grew as a result of principles that I wrote about in my new book.

Do you desire to grow your Child Care Business? If so, My new book is written for you!!

Watch the video below: https://www.facebook.com/shiketamorgan/videos/10214399460530533/?t=86

IMG_20190830_080840_748As I reflect on this photo ( taken 6 years ago) I was in a season where I was so exhausted and my Center  wasn’t doing to good. The enrollment was low, I was barely able to pay my bills and I was tired of struggling in business. Also, I was uninspired and ready to quit.

However, I didn’t know that God was preparing me for that next level of Increase. I didn’t know that within a year, I would be moving into a new location that was prosperous and to be honest, I still fell like I hit the jack pot today!

So, if you are in a season like I described below, it’s may not be time to quit; you just may have outgrown where you are and it’s time to move onto another level that God has prepared for you!

I want to help you get prepared for that level. There is nothing worse that going into your harvest and not being prepared!

I would love to coach you into that next season. Sign up today!

Much Success to you,

Shiketa

IMG_20190829_071536_481I logged onto Facebook this morning and I clicked on the memories link and there was my Start-up budget from my Dream Location.

As I looked at the budget, I thought about how scary it was (back in 2014) to consider opening up a location with a start-up budget of 10,000.

In fact, I can remember laying in my bed during the start-up process  worried about where the money was going to come from.

Furthermore, I was considering expanding at a time when the business was already not doing to good.

Five year later, I can honestly say this, that was one of the best business decision that I could have ever made. “Never consult your bank account when it is time to grow, Consult your Faith.”

Taking a look back. My home daycare start-up budget was only $600 and that was back in 1998 and it took just as much Faith back then to leave a job with great benefits to start my own business.

As you can see, it doesn’t matter how much it cost to get starter, the real question is, Do you have the Faith to believe that you can do it?

Are you considering starting up a home daycare or a center? Are you thinking about expanding?  Does the fear of not having enough money cause you to shrink back?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, I want to invite you to contact me today to schedule a 1-hour Start-up coaching session with me.

I have discovered that when it scares you, you probably should give it a try. In fact, all you need is the right counsel, Big Faith and determination!

So what are you waiting for? Contact me today and let’s move your business to that next level! Sign-up for  a 1-hour Start-up or expansion coaching session today.

Shiketa Morgan

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My New Book will be available this Fall!

 

 

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In August 2010, I was inspired to start a blog for Child Care Business Owners. The purpose of the blog is to inspire and empower child care business owners to build high quality and successful childcare businesses.

Nine years later, I believe that the blog has inspired over 200,000 child care business owners online and it keeps growing!

Since I’ve launched the blog, I’ve added: coaching services, ebooks, membership clubs ecourses and lots of inspirational blog post.

Most of all, I hope that the Child Care Business Owner blog has inspired you to succeed in business and I look forward to inspiring you in the days ahead.

To celebrate 9 years🎉🎊 online, I am offering the following resources for only $9 ( limited time only):

1. Art of Owning a Child Care Center Bundle

2.Tuition Policy Makeover

3.Marketing 101 toolkit

4.Forms Galore

Take advantage now, because all the resources above are worth over $300 in value and you can get all 4 resources for only $36.00 today.

Simply click each link above and be empowered!!

The best is yet to come,

Shiketa

This is your opportunity to win a Free coaching session with me. Simply comment below and tell  me 9 ways that this blog or any of my resources have empowered you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can hardly believe that it has been 5 months since I’ve blogged! I have been busy settling into a new city and working on developing my leadership team.

As I wrote my Leadership meeting agenda for this week, I was inspired to share the agenda/training with you because I know that if you have employees; you may face some of the same challenges that I have faced with having employees.

Today I am going to share with you some principles that I gained from a book that I am reading titled: How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie. 

Let’s talk about People skills

“Business is 80% People skills and 20% Knowledge”

The Big Secret of Dealing with People

There is only one way to get anybody to do what you need them to do and that is by making them feel important and making them want to do it.

Remember this:

1.     Every body likes a compliment. (So remember to be intentional about giving compliments)

If you walk in a classroom and notice a clean and organized space, you can say; I love how you keep your room organized and clean. 

2.     Being critical kills ambition. (so give appreciation and encouragement)

Example: If you walk in a room and a teacher seems stressed. Stop and ask, is everything ok? After listening, you can say: I’m sorry you are having a rough day, but it will get better. How can I help?

An employee is late: You can say? I notice you were late, is everything ok? Then you can say, please remember to call if you anticipate being late so our rooms are not out of ratio. Also, I understand that traffic can be bad, however, please remember that it is very important that we are in compliance with the state child- to-ratio guidelines. So with that in mind, we need our team in the building on time.

So, try leaving a friendly trail of sparks of gratitude as you walk through your building. You will be surprised at how they will set sparks of friendship and connection with your team!

With your Success in Mind!

Shiketa  Morgan

If you like this blog post, you will like the Art of Owning a Child Care Center Audio Coaching Series!

Lead By Example

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Its been a while since I’ve had the time to blog. In fact, I have moved to Atlanta and I am focused on expanding my Child Care Business.

I’ve also been traveling back and forth from Georgia to St. Louis checking on my centers.

The plan to move to Georgia has been in my heart for five years and it feels great and sometimes scary to be living my Dream!

Today I want to inspire you to Lead by Example. As a Center Owner, I know that it is sometimes almost impossible to get in the classrooms, because you have so much paper work and staff issues to deal with however.

However, I want to inspire you to plan to lead by example, roll up your sleeves and get involved in your center.

After all, its your Vision and no one can model your vision for your staff and parents like you can.

While I was onsite at one of my St. Louis locations, a parent walked in the classroom and saw me interacting with the children. The parent said, ” This made my day!” I think it is amazing that you come onsite and you Lead by example!”

He also said, “ This also lets me know that you are still involved in the center and that you care about what is going on in your center.”

That feedback that I received from that parent awakened me to the power of leading by example and also, it reminded me that our staff and parents are watching what we do as Owners, Providers and Directors.

So, I hope that I have inspired you to stay involved, show your staff what you want to see in your Child Care Business simply by Leading by Example.

Also, if you have a Dream to Expand or Start-up your Child Care Business, I would love to coach you through your expansion. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and take action!

Furthermore, check out the coaching options below and I hope to speak with you soon. I hope that 2019 brings you much success and lots of kids!!

Its been a while since I have heard from you and I would love to hear from you. Simply leave me a comment on this post and tell me how things are going in your Child Care Business.

Shiketa Morgan

Check out my Child Care Business Resources and Coaching Plans:

Art of Owning a Center Audio Series

Child Care Business Coaching

My 12 month eCoaching Plan

Start-up and Expansion ebooks

 

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Keep Building, Keep Dreaming and Keep Succeeding….

I hope that you have been enjoying my blog series: Building Your Child Care Business by Faith. In fact, I hope that you have been inspired to either: Start up your child care business or Keep growing your Business.

Moreover, I have found that when we have dreams and goals; thoughts of self doubt or fear will keep us in our comfort zone. Also, Fear of what could go wrong, causes us to shrink back and stay right where we are.

I can remember, when I had the opportunity to move my Center into a larger location. I was so excited to finally have a building where I could have infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children all in one building.

However, when I drove up to the building, I was worried about how I would get 99 kids enrolled in the center and I was concerned about managing more employees.

I was so worried about the wrong things. I should have been thinking about how much more money the business would be making and how I was getting ready to meet the need of child care in that community.

When your Faith is small, you will second guest yourself or even talk yourself out of an opportunity that is great for your Business.

As I began to activate my Faith, the Best was yet to come…

Today I want to share with you, 3 ways to activate your Faith for Business Building Success!

  1. Get your mind together! If you tend to talk yourself out of an opportunity, its time to recondition your mind. The moment that those self sabotaging thoughts enter your mind say aloud: I can do this. I will have what I need to start or grow my business. You will find that your thoughts will come in alignment with what you say.
  2. Check out your belief system. Do you believe that you can do it? Do  you believe that you can handle the success? I know this for sure, we tend to have what we believe that we can have. So if you believe it, you will achieve it!
  3. Its time to change the way that you Talk. Eight years ago, I bought a book titled, The Law of Confession by Dr. Bill Winston. That book changed my Life. In fact, after reading that book, I learned that your words create your reality. Also, your life will only go in the Direction of the words that you speak out of your mouth. Now before I speak, I consider the Law of confession in my personal life and in my Business. When I found my dream location, I walked up to the door, I placed my hand on the door and I said: This will be the next home of Learning Days! Within a week, My lease proposal was accepted and we moved in the building within 90 days.

As you can see, walking by Faith in Business is a result of things that you cannot see: How you think, what you believe and the words that you speak. Moreover, Faith is simply the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things that you cannot see. So what are you hoping for?

I shared those Faith building principles with you, to get you motivated to Do Business by Faith. Furthermore, I believe that it is your Faith that will empower you to Succeed in Business!

If you have  a dream of starting-up or expanding your Child Care Business, I would love to be your coach. Be sure to contact me soon to schedule a coaching session. Click here. Feel free to leave a comment below if this blog series as inspired you!

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

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Many Child Care providers choose to either operate a home daycare or manage one center. However, if you desire to manage multiple locations, this blog post is written just for you.

In 2003, I had a dream to manage multiple locations. In fact, I saw my Child Care Business being a chain of facilities. I didn’t know how I would start-up multiple locations, so I began to study major child care chains.

My dream became a reality in 2016! In April 2016, I was presented with the opportunity to open a second location. Furthemore, I currently have plans to open a 3rs location in Atlanta.

When the opportunity was presented to me, all I could think about was my dream of having multiple locations. Then I started to doubt the idea. In fact, I have discovered that when your mind is not familiar with an idea, thoughts of self doubt or sabotage will manifest.

If you have a dream of owning multiple locations, I want to share with you: 7 Faith building tips and business skills that will prepare you for your Dream:

  1. Write down your dream of owning multiple locations. (Post it where you can see it daily)
  2. Talk about your Dream. Your words will attract what you need for the dream.
  3. Read books written by Successful Business Owners that have built major brands or simply study someone that has owned multiple locations.
  4. Get rid of any negative thinking. In fact, negative thinking will only hinder your business success.
  5. Work on creating systems in your Current facility that can be easily duplication in all of your centers.
  6. Create a Business expansion Plan and share it with your Staff. Employees want to be apart of a growing company !
  7. Don’t rush the process. It took my dream over 10 years to become a reality. Yours may not take that long, however, Business growth is worth the wait!

I would love to be your Business expansion Coach. If you need my assistance as you expand your Child Care Business, be sure to contact me to schedule your Business expansion coaching sessions! click here

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

Recommended Reading:

Child Care Business Expansion Guide

Doing Business by Faith

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I started my Family home child care business in 1998. In 1999, my daycare was state licensed and four years later, I was tired of the daycare being in my home.

My home felt like a business and not home, so I needed to make a change!

I thought about opening a center. So, I bought a Child Care Center Management book and to be quite honest, the book prepared me for the administrative side of owning a center.

For several months, I took the time to plan my expansion and I visualized my self owning a center.  In the fall of 2002, I began to look for a building.

I found my first building in November 2002 and we moved in the building on April 1, 2003.

If you desire to move your daycare out of your home, this is the time to activate your Faith!! After all, it is your Faith that will attract what you desire for your Business!!

In fact, this is the time to do something. Start reading books, start looking for that building, get a Business Coach and get prepared for Your Business Expansion..

I know that it is easier to stay in your home. However, if you desire to own a center, then go for it. Are you worried about managing employees? If so, get empowered as you listen to my Art of Owning a Center Audio Coaching series.

 If you take the time to empower yourself, you will Succeed!!

Here are a few suggestions for you:

  1. Keep quiet about your expansion plan until you sign a lease on your building.
  2. Once you find a building, give your parents a notice. In the notice, give them a time line of how long the expansion process will take.
  3. If the children in your home daycare are coming with you, let the parents know if there will be a price increase.
  4. Decide what equipment you will take to your center and what you will sale.
  5. As you expand, you may need to spend time at the center, so decided how you will need an assistant to help you. (inform parents of this plan)
  6. Parents will support your expansion plan, as long as you communicate with them. Business growth is always exciting!
  7. Prepare a Start-up budget.

That was just a few suggestions that I have for moving from a home to a center. For more expansion tips, download my book: Child Care Business Expansion Guide.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog series to read upcoming blog Posts:  Developing Your Faith For Multiple locations and Tips for Activating Your Faith For Child Care Business Success!

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

Recommended Reading:

Doing Business by Faith

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Do you feel inspired to start a Child Care Business? Not sure how to get started? In fact, I believe that if you desire to start a Business, it is vital that you develop your Faith.

Faith is the Substance of Things Hoped for and the Evidence of things not seen yet. So what is it that you hope for? Faith is also having confidence that you can Do it!

Do you hope for opening a Center? Do you have hope for starting a Home Daycare?

If the Desire is there, Your Faith will empower you to give birth to that Dream of starting a Child Care Business.

Without Faith, it is almost impossible to Build a Business. Moreover, I have found that It was easy to go to my job everyday; knowing that I would get a paycheck every two weeks.

However, when you decide to start you own business, you will be the person creating the paycheck and that takes Big Faith, Motivation, Tenacity and Determination to keep that business going.

Please allow me to share my start-up story with you.

I worked as a Medical Assistant from 1994-1998. I loved my job, however, I wasn’t fulfilled as a Medical Assistant. In fact, I was starting to get very bored.

I was inspired to start a home daycare back in 1998. Furthermore, I was only making $10 an hour and I was having financial difficulties. I knew there was more for me.

While doing my laundry one day back in 1998, I heard the following words in my spirit: Start a Daycare. I knew that God was inspiring me to start a business and I resisted the thought at first. Until, I decided to give my boss a 6 week notice and I quit to start my home daycare.

Today, My home daycare has grown from one center to two locations and I am still focused on growing my Business by Faith!

Leaving my Job 20 years ago, took Big Faith, however, I did it! 

So, if you have a desire to start a Child Care Business and you don’t know where to start, I would love to be your Start-up coach.

Are you ready to start that Child Care Business? Contact me today and let’s talk about how to get started and How to Build Your Faith for Business Success! Click here.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog series to read upcoming blog Posts: The Faith to Move Your Daycare From Your Home, Developing Your Faith For Multiple locations and Tips for Activating Your Faith For Child Care Business Success!

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

Recommended Reading:

10 Steps to Starting a Child Care Business

Doing Business by Faith

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” Big Faith Leads to Big Success”

Do you desire to start or grow a Child Care Business? Have you been procrastinating because it never seems like the right time to start your Business?

Are you afraid to start that business? Have you been thinking about expanding, but you keep talking your self out of going Bigger?

If you answered yes to any of my questions above, I want to invite you to follow my, Building Your Child Care Business by Faith Blog series.

I know first hand what it feels like to take a risk and start your Own Business or to expand your Business and you barely have enough money in the bank to give yourself a paycheck.

In fact, I have found that you must have Big Faith if you want to start or grow a Business. In fact, it is your faith that will cause you to take a risk and build the business of your Dreams.

Furthermore, without Big Faith, you will be stuck, you will continue to procrastinate and you will continue to talk your self out of Building that business of your dreams.

During the month of August, I will share my story of how I pressed passed my Fears & insecurities and developed my Faith to Grow my Business from my Home to two locations.

So if you are ready to develop your Faith, Start that Child Care Business, Expand from your Home to a Center or Open multiple centers, be sure to follow my, “ Building Your Child Care Business by Faith blog series.” (Be sure to invite other Child Care Business Owners to follow this blog series)

To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

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After several years of experiencing low enrollment at the end of Summer Camp, I realized that the best time to build enrollment for the fall is during the month of  July.

Why July? I will tell you why…

  1. July marks the mid way point of Summer and you do not want to wait til August to Build fall enrollment
  2. Parents are thinking about preparing their children for back-to- school in July
  3. It’s a great time to reach those parents who are looking to enroll their children in preschool in the fall

Need some ideas on how to market your program for the fall?

Here are 8-ways to build fall enrollment in your program:

1. Invite your families to tell other families about your fall enrollment building campaign,  by offering an incentive to families who refer new families.

2. Hold a virtual Open house in July and be sure to have curriculum information, daily schedules, class photos, pricing info available online for parents to see. (parents want their children in an educational program)

3. Be sure to create a fall enrollment banner for your website and update info about your childcare or preschool program on your website.

4. Start marketing your fall enrollment specials on your social media pages during the month of July.

5. Insert enrollment forms in colorful 2-pocket folders. Be sure to add your program name or business card on the front of your enrollment folders. (during this Covid 19 pandemic, set up an outdoors enrollment info table)

6. If you own a center; invest in fall enrollment banners to hang on your playground fence or to display in your windows.

7. Offer Trial days.

8. Add preschool related clip art to your windows such as: school buses, apples,alphabet,etc.

 

Happy Enrollment Building!

Shiketa

For more enrollment building ideas, be sure to download the Marketing 101 toolkit.

 

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Back in 2003 when I opened my First Child Care Center, I bought a book titled: Child Care Center Management. It was a great book and it was filled with forms and great center management ideas.

There is one business management tip that I received from the book and I still implement that practice today and it is: The Monday Memo!

Every Monday, my center Directors issue a Monday memo to the staff. The purpose of the memo is to inform the staff on our goals for the week and to remind the staff of upcoming events.

Also, Our Monday memos remind the staff of important quality care practices and we share team building quotes.

If you manage a team of 3 or more employees, I challenge you to consider issuing a Monday Memo every Monday. Its a great way to consistently communicate with your team!

How do you communicate with your staff every week? Please share….

Have a Great Business Week!

Shiketa Morgan

Need forms for your Center? Download Forms Galore. Click Here Are you having challenges with managing your center? I am just a phone call away. Schedule a coaching session with me today! click here.

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When you enroll new children in your Child Care Facility, parents need to be informed of your policies and procedures. The best way to inform parents about your program policies is by issuing a parent handbook.

The parent handbook that I have created is designed to provide your parents with an overview of your facilities policies and procedures. It is also a great way to orientate families into your program and market your childcare program to families that are considering enrolling their children in your program. The handbook also includes a sample transportation policy, emergency preparedness letter and a payment agreement.

Need a parent handbook for your child care program? Download your copy today and personalize the handbook to fit your program philosophy! click here

To Your Success,

Shiketa

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Summer is Fast approaching!

Do you have cool, fun and enriching activities planned for the children? Need some fun ideas for your Summer program? If so, I want to invite you to join the Child Care Business Owner Curriculum Club.

The Child Care Business Owner Curriculum Club provides you with Summer related theme based lesson plans for children ages 12months -5 years of age.

Get your sample lesson plans today and I hope to see you in the Child Care Business Owner Curriculum Club! https://childcarebusinessowner.com/curriculum-club/

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Week of the Young Child is April 16-20! Be sure to join the Celebration by Visiting Naeyc’s website and download fun Activities that you can do with the children in your Child Care Business!

Join the Fun!

Click here: https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc/overview

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I have been busy coaching in my Doing Business by Faith Mentorship Program. My goal for 2018, is  to create a coaching program where all of my coaching clients will have access to information that will empower them to build a successful Business.

If you are serious about growing your business or creating a mindset for success, I want to invite you to join me and other Child Care Business owners in my New Coaching program.

In the program, you will receive weekly coaching emails from me, you will have access to my private group on facebook and a monthly group coaching call!

Our monthly Coaching Topics are as follows:

January:Your Vision
February: Building Your Faith For Success
March: Business Growth Strategies
April: Developing a Mindset for Success
May: Money Management (for Business)
June: Leadership Development
July: Taking Care of You
August: Multiple Streams of Income
September: Time management
October: Marketing Your Business Online
November-December: Ending the Year Strong!

When you sign-up you will have access to previous coaching content!

Sign-up today and get empowered at https://www.doingbusinessbyfaith.com/doing-business-by-fait…

Hope to hear from you soon,

Shiketa Morgan

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Do you have plans to expand your Child Care Business? Don’t know where to start? Are you afraid of what comes with Business growth?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above. I want you to know that I once had plans to expand my Business. I didn’t know where to start and I was afraid of managing more employees.

Today I want to tell you this…The best days of your Business will come as you step out on Faith and do what fears you the most.

During the entire month of March, I will be coaching on the topic of Business Growth. After all, I have successfully expanded my Business and my Child Care Business is still growing.

Most of all, I will be sharing my story with the members of My Mentorship Progam and providing the members with Business Growth strategies.

If you have a dream of expanding your Child Care Business? It is time to move in the direction of your Dreams!

Sign-up For my Doing Business by Faith Mentorship program Today at www.doingbusinessbyfaith.com.

Much Success to you!

Shiketa Morgan

 Picking good people for your business can sometimes seem like a treasure hunt and it is a test of your leadership. In fact, this has been the area of operating a childcare business that has tested my leadership on may occasions.

During the interview process the applicant appears to be positive, he or she will say all the right things and wear the right clothes. However, the test begins on the first day of employment.

One thing that I have learned with selecting employees, is the simple fact that people do not reveal their true self until after they have been hired. Today I want to share with you some tips on how to pick good people for your child care business.

Selecting a Good Employee For Your Child Care Business

Schedule an interview with potential applicants during a time when the kids are gone are sleeping. Ask the following questions:

  1. Tell me about you
  2. Why should I hire you
  3. Are you willing to work flexible hours
  4. What would your previous employer tell me about you
  5. What are your goals
  6. What would a day be like in your class

Asking the  questions above, will help you to determine if you want this person working in your childcare business or not. Be sure to contact the applicant’s previous employer, to verify employment dates and ask the following question, “Would you rehire this person.” If they say “No”, then I think you can make an educated decision and decide if this person is right for your business.

What happens if you discover that this person is not  right  for your business

Another Lesson that I have learned in this business is; “Be fast to fire and slow to hire.” If you notice behavior that you do not like, address it immediately and discuss a plan of correction. If the employee continues to repeat the behavior, do not hesitate to terminate employment.

Employees are very observant and if they notice that you will allow them to slack in the beginning, they will continue that behavior throughout their employment in your business.

If you keep the wrong person on your team, it will cause you more headaches than you ever thought you could have. The wrong person= wrong results.

Here are some traits of the wrong person: gossip starter, negative about your business, does not honor your request, slacks in performance along with many other negative attributes.

There is no perfect employee, however, you would know when an employee is right for your business, because you will see good results and  you would be so glad that you made the decision to hire the employee.

Moreover, picking the right people will make your job easier and they will be an extension of you and represent your business well!

Bob Biehl says that 60-80% of the success of any company is in these 3 factors:

  • Clear direction
  • “The Right people”
  • Sound finances

Happy Employee Selection,

Shiketa

Ready to improve your Human Resource Practices or Grow as a Business Leader? Subscribe to my Child Care Business Management eCourse or Download my Art of Owning a Center Audio Series.

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