No matter what stage you find yourself in in your career, it’s really important to have access to resources to support your professional growth. This is especially true for the field of early learning because it’s all too easy to get stuck in our own little bubbles. Your bubble might be a small in-home family […]
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The Child Care Tax Credit can be a godsend for parents and those who are starting up their school. Here’s a little information about how using the credit yourself or telling your potential children and their families about the credit could really help out creating a win/win scenario for everyone. What Is the Child Care […]
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The most rewarding part about being a daycare owner is spending time with the little ones (by the way, we know it’s confusing sometimes, but we prefer the term child care). It’s eye-opening, satisfying, and for the most part, you end up benefiting more from your time with the kids than they do. It’s a […]
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You’re a preschool teacher, family child care owner, or other Early Care and Education (ECE) professional who wants to expand their professional background, perhaps through child care training or another program. Why might you want to do such a thing? Highly qualified early care and education teachers are a key focal point when ensuring high-quality […]
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Caring for children is a valuable, rewarding, and essential career path. It is also incredibly challenging, and teacher burnout is real. One thing that can help you to feel fulfilled and motivated in your job is to find the right type of child care job. While similar, there are some subtle but important differences between […]
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A daycare provider (we prefer child care over daycare, by the way) supervises young children, aged two-five, and provides them with learning and play stimulation to aid their physical and mental development. A daycare provider might work from their home, other people’s homes, or a daycare facility. Following the required steps to become a certified […]
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Being a child care provider can be a fulfilling career path that can allow you to be your own boss while connecting with families in your area. In fact, for someone who loves kids, being a child care provider may not even feel like a job at all. Yet, if you are looking to start […]
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There continues to be increased awareness about how important the early years of life are for healthy brain development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This is a great first step in prioritizing high quality early care and education experiences for all children. But this often leaves people wondering, well, so what? What does that mean? […]
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Wherever you are on your journey to open a licensed child care facility, it is probably the right time to pause and reflect on the purpose of licensing. While licensing can sometimes feel like an inconvenience, it’s an incredibly helpful system to have in place for parents, providers, and the children they serve. By completing […]
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There are so many good reasons to create a preschool at home. Whether you’ve been providing more informal care in your home and are looking to level up, or have always had a dream of running your own preschool, this is an achievable dream for everyone. Here are tips for making sure your preschool program […]
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With the upcoming school year getting closer, and the uncertainty of COVID remaining, parents are being forced to grapple with being full-time parents, educators, and caregivers, while trying to manage their own jobs. An increasingly popular option has been microschools, a hybrid of 19th century schoolhouses, private schools, and in-home schools. There are a number […]
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Like any new business idea, opening a forest school is simultaneously exciting and scary! No matter how long you’ve been scheming about this, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions you need to answer as you begin this process. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from new forest school directors. Hopefully […]
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Education is rife with jargon, and the early learning space is no exception. Case in point: is it ECE, and for that matter, what does ECE mean? Spoiler alert: it’s Early Childhood Education. It’s also Early Care and Education. These two terms are used interchangeably….see isn’t this easy?! Is there a difference between preschool and […]
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COVID-19 has forced a new level of creativity and adaptation for all sorts of businesses, and child care is no different. From changing the way drop-off and pick-up happen, to enforcing new daily routines to allow for social distancing, preschool programs are finding new ways to keep everyone safe and healthy. For Julie Fellom, the […]
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An important early step for starting any new business is to make your business plan. Starting a preschool is no different! What expenses do you need to take into consideration? How can you think about setting your pricing? What ages should you take? What hours should you operate? Here’s how to think through each of […]
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COVID-19 continues to put parents in an impossible situation. With schools closed, they have been forced to stand in as full time teacher and caregiver, while still carrying their own workload, and they're looking for alternatives: the micro school is an increasingly popular one.
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Child care, daycare, preschool, preK, in-home, center-based, Montessori, Reggio, play-based, nanny-share, micro-school….how’s a person to decide what type of child care program or child care provider is best?!
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Tracey McEntyre had plans of being a fashion designer, but then decided to open her own microschool when her son’s needs weren’t being met in a traditional elementary school. She’s setting the standard for excellence in home-based education.
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You work really hard every day, and sometimes you need a little help – maybe with your taxes, maybe with PPP or EIDL loans, maybe with calculating your space/time percentage. If this sounds familiar, we have great news for you! Wonderschool is thrilled to announce that Tom Copeland is joining our community. He will be […]
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Whether you’re an experienced early educator, or someone looking to make a career transition, starting a child care out of your home is a really exciting career path. Here’s what you need to know about how to start a daycare: Ten Steps on How to Start a Daycare 1. Call it Child Care You will […]
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There are a lot of different words thrown around to describe care experiences for young children. How is day care different from child care? And is child care different from preschool? And which of these qualify as “early learning”? Sometimes you’ll hear a child care provider say, “Oh, I’m just child care” or, “It’s just […]
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You’ve probably been hearing about how you need SEO for your child care business website. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short, is an expanding field of expertise. SEO refers to a wide range of tactics businesses use to make their websites get listed in search results from places like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Why […]
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Time and again, we get asked why we refer to family child care providers as “directors,” and the answer is incredibly simple – because they are directors! We believe very much that the work an FCC owner does to build, operate, and maintain their business deserves professional recognition and respect. Building a community presence, marketing […]
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We are all adapting to the new normal that Covid-19 has forced. Drop-off and pick-up at child care is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think about Covid, child care, and new normal. Here is an example of how one Wonderschool child care provider has updated her drop-off routines. A […]
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Worksheets are a waste of time for preschoolers. So what can you do instead? We’ve pulled together some developmentally appropriate and research-backed alternatives. Download our Alternatives to Worksheets guide below. Join Wonderschool today for access to curriculum planning resources.
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“Because the parents expect them,” is one of the most common answers we hear to explain why early educators continue to use worksheets. This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. For most of us we don’t really remember our experiences in early education, so we don’t know what early learning should […]
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Despite what we know about how children learn (hands-on, through play, through the use of their senses), worksheets are something that have persisted in our early learning world. At best this is a waste of time, and at worst, this has the potential to teach kids the wrong lesson about learning– that it’s not fun. […]
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You might be a preschool teacher, an assistant director, or a director at a child care center who has recently lost their job due to Covid-19. You might be an elementary school teacher or other educator who has been furloughed. Maybe you’ve spent the last 100 or so days at home with your own young […]
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There are a variety of scenarios in which you may be thinking about the best child care options for your family. Maybe you’ve recently had a baby and are considering how to return to your job once your parental leave time is up. Or, maybe your child was attending a preschool or child care program […]
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The tour is one of the most powerful tools you have for ensuring your child care business is healthy and your waitlist is full. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re delivering the best tour possible to parents. What is this parent looking for? You should be warming up the tour […]
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