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What is Your Professional Development Plan for 2020?

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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

EarlyChildhood Education Helps to Improve the Quality of Care

In recent news, a school-age boy in a Mississippi Child Care Center was left alone with some infant/toddlers. During the time that the 9-year old was left alone with the toddlers, he repeatedly hit and kicked the toddlers.

As I watched the video, I felt sick to my stomach. In fact, after watching the video, I became angry at the fact that this abuse happened  in a childcare facility. Then I thought about the qualifications of the caregiver that was responsible for those infant/toddlers.

In  my years of working with children, I have discovered that hiring qualified early childhood professionals assures that the children will receive high quality care and education.

In most states, the requirements for teachers are very minimal. For example, in the state of Missouri where my childcare center is located, the bureau of childcare only requires the following for childcare workers to work in a childcare center: (not including directors)

  • 12 training hours a year
  • Hepatitis A
  • PPD Skin Test
  • Back Ground Screening
  • Physical

You may have already noticed that college education is not a requirement to work with children. However, in the public school system, the teachers must have a Bachelor’s Degree along with continued professional development hours.

Studies have shown that the most crucial ages of brain development is between the ages of 0-5; however, our young children are in the hands of under educated professionals everyday.

When I started my home daycare in November 1998, it took me a little over a year to realize that I must go to school to be educated on how to effectively care for young children. In 2000, I enrolled in a Child Care field based program through a Local Community college, which paid for my early childhood education. After completing nine college credit hours in early childhood education, the quality of my program improved dramatically. Furthermore, after only completing 12 college credit hours in early childhood education, I was ready to move my preschool out of my home to provide quality care to more children.

I shared my story with you to say, that I believe that having formal early childhood education improves the quality of care that children receive.

If you own a childcare center, I want to challenge you to reflect on the educational requirements of the staff. If you are not happy with the quality of care that your staff provides; raise your educational standards.

Are you a home provider? If so, I challenge you to consider taking some early childhood classes or work toward receiving a CDA Credential. As you further your education, you will feel more like a Preschool teacher and the quality of care that you provide will begin to improve as you begin to implement the knowledge that you receive for a formal education.

If you are worried about the cost of  a formal college education, I suggest that you check with your local Child Care Resource and referral agency for some financial assistance . **Be sure to inquire about a T.E.A.C.H Scholarship.

Also, the United States Government offers Pell Grants to help pay for college and you or your staff members just may qualify.

Finally, I want to leave you with this formula that I developed about 6-years ago and I strongly believe it is the key to quality care:

Educated+ Trained Early Childhood Professionals =Quality Child Care

I look forward to reading your thoughts about this blog post. Feel free to share your goals to improve the quality of care in your childcare business. Thanks for all that you do for young children!

Shiketa Morgan

Resources to Improve the Quality of Care

Naeyc

NAFCC

Quality Child Care Center eClub

7 Steps to High Quality Care eCourse (Free )

Family Home Child Care Empowerment eClub

Early Childhood Investigations (Free Webinars)

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