Category Archives: Early Childhood Curriculum

Beyond the Book—Receiving Feedback

To continue the conversation from the previous post about giving feedback, I want to talk a bit about receiving feedback – from the parents in our programs. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Giving Feedback

If you are the director or supervisor of an early childhood center, school, program or organization, undoubtedly you have had to address performance issues within your team. This is one of the most stressful parts of the job, and I hope what I’ve learned will be helpful to you. Read on… Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Building Your Team

If you are the Director of an Early Childhood Program, much of your work centers around finding and hiring your team – and then working together effectively. Building and growing your team will take time. But if you know some of the indicators of success, you can look for these traits in the people you interview. One of these indicators is having a high degree of Emotional Intelligence. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Your First (and most important) Days as Director

Once you accept the position as Director, you will need to think long and hard about what kind of director you will be for your team, for the parents, and for the children in your program. I think this is your first, and most important task – before you begin your new job. Read on to gather some thoughts from an experienced director. And then create your vision of you. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Creating Your Vision

So, how do we directors begin? With the end in mind. We visualize what our programs will be like when they are running the way we would like them to run – in as much detail as we can dream up. We really see the end result of our work. We sketch, write – whatever gets our creativity going. We take our time and think about everything that matters in the course of a day, week, month, year. For example …. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book …

With the publication and release of my early childhood leadership book, “Beginning to End” – the life cycle of a child care center, these next posts will share a bit more information, tips, strategies … beyond the book. Continue reading

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“Beginning to End”—The Life Cycle of a Child Care Center

After 40+ years in the field of Early Childhood Education – from teacher to director to consultant to author, I am so pleased to introduce my new book to you! “Beginning to End” is the book I needed when I accepted my first position as Director of a hospital child development center. I could have used a roadmap to help me navigate the ins and outs of being a leader and of building an education organization. This is that book! Continue reading

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My New Adventure …

From early childhood teacher to director, to consultant, to published author – writing, in order to share what I have learned during my 40+ year career, has become my new adventure. This is my first book! Continue reading

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Planting Your Garden …

I don’t know who originally created the following “garden”, but beyond the play on words that brings a smile, there is wisdom and guidance here for all of us. Continue reading

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Keys to Success … Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the tremendous impact of attitude in a work environment. Hard work and knowledge will get you close, but a positive attitude will get you to the top!

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