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How to Build a Website That Inspires Parents to Call You

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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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Your Environment Sells Your Program

(Maplewood Earlychildhood Center)

Photo Credit: Maplewood Early Childhood Center

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

 

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