Inspire! Care 360 Resources

Running an early learning center is hard work. You have to juggle a lot of different disciplines: education, leadership, management, staffing, ownership, administration, accounting … the list goes on and on!

Inspire! Care 360 is “Your Childcare Business Partner” and we want to make your life easier. In this Resources section, you will find recordings of some of our best interviews and presentations. Here you will find ideas, insights, and answers that will help you run your school more efficiently and profitably.

Childcare Staff Retention: Turn Your Falling Stars Into Superstars

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Lori Buxton, Managing Director of the Association for Early Learning Leaders (AELL), discusses the “secret sauce” for cultivating a winning team. In today’s ultra-competitive labor market, staff retention is more important than ever! This discussion touches on:

  • Practical plan for investing in employees
  • Tips for identifying challenges, biases & desired outcomes
  • How to distinguish a “head” problem from a “heart” problem
  • Exercises for reflection & growth

The 5 DON’Ts When Investing in Early Learning Supplies, Equipment & Furniture

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Paul Becker, Co-Owner of Becker’s School Supplies, discusses the big mistakes to avoid when inveseting in your school (or early learning center). With over 30 years of experience working with owners and directors of schools, daycares, and early learning centers, Paul is a thought leader on subjects such as:

  • Best practices for buying supplies & equipment
  • What NOT to do when investing in furniture
  • Common mistakes to avoid when purchasing big-ticket items
  • Questions you should be asking your vendors
  • How technology impacts the buying process

4 Fundamental Traits ECE Leaders Must Have in 2020

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Ron Spreeuwenberg is the co-founder and CEO of HiMama. As a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Ron’s background in education and his experience in the childcare industry make him a subject matter expert when it comes to ECE leadership.

Learn the four characteristics shared by the best leaders in early childhood education, and get some new ideas for motivating & rewarding your employees.

  • What is Leadership (and what is it NOT)?
  • How do great leaders motivate employees?
  • What qualities do the best leaders share?
  • How do leaders influence culture?

The 5 Secrets to Build a Waiting List for Your Center

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Cory Gabel is a master of digital marketing, lead generation, website design, and SEO. He has over ten years of experience with digital marketing for early learning centers in the childcare industry. In this interview, he explores:

  • Must-haves for any childcare website
  • How to convert website visits into tours
  • Ways to optimize your online presence
  • Methods for measuring performance and tracking success

Branding with Purpose: Make Your Childcare Business Stand Out

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Thad Joiner, CEO of Better Beans Branding,  discusses how to brand your childcare center like a pro. Thad is an expert on branding and growth for early learning centers, having climbed the ladder himself with multiple locations over the years. Here’s what we learned:

  • Importance of Brand Consistency
  • Key Differentiators
  • Do’s & Don’ts for Branding
  • How to Handle Competitors Copying Your Ideas
  • Ways to Leave a Lasting Impression
  • Interior design, logo and signage examples

Inspiring Potential: Onboarding to Keep Them Aboard

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The onboarding process is a critical time for any employee. The training we provide and the expectations we set go a long way to determine that staff member’s success or failure in our school. This is a process we can’t afford to get wrong! Here’s what we learned in this webinar with Carla Rogg, President of ProSolutions Training:

  • 3 Leadership Power Challenges
  • Strategies to Enhance the Onboarding Process
  • How to Create the Best Culture
  • Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

What Moves the Needle: Formula for Profitability

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As owners and operators of daycare and early learning centers, we often get so busy that we lose sight of our numbers and profitability. At some point, we must devote some time and energy to making our centers more profitable. Here’s what we learned in this webinar with Kathy Ligon, Founder & CEO of HINGE Brokers:

  • 5 Common Themes of Profitable Centers
  • How to Review Your Numbers
  • What to Focus on Now
  • Profitability vs. Building Wealth

Handling Difficult Conversations with Staff at Your Childcare Center

Inspire! Care 360 Founder & CEO, Tony D’Agostino, connects with Chanie Wilschansky, CEO of DiscoverED Consulting, to share their perspectives and insights on having those difficult (and sometimes awkward) conversations about staff accountability. Chanie discusses the four shields of a difficult conversation:

  • Victimhood
  • Crying
  • Blaming
  • Deflection

Walk the Line: The Art & Science of Staff Retention

In an economy with record-low unemployment, it can be hard to find or replace the best team members. Learn the top eight (8) ways to engage and retain your staff by developing – and promoting – an amazing culture in your early learning center! Learn the answers to questions such as:

  • What is the Typical Cost of Staff Turnover in Childcare?
  • How Do You Reach & Retain Millennial Workers?
  • How Can You Define & Develop Values in Your Center?
  • What Are Some Differences Between Management & Leadership?