Category Archives: Early Childhood Leadership

Beyond the Book—Observe, Listen, and then, Act

The Japanese people have an expression, ‘read the air’ which, in essence, means to take in one’s surroundings before acting; to gauge what is happening before doing anything else. We, in early childhood classrooms, can also tap into this practice. Read on … Continue reading

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Professionalism…

What are some of the factors that contribute to professionalism? And, what can be done to move toward creating a more professional climate in your organization? Read on … Continue reading

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Beginnings…

What I’ve learned, as Director of 4 Early Childhood Programs, is that people will rise to the challenge – if it is clearly articulated and the expectations are set up front. Do you set the course for your program every September? If not, here how … Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Coping with Change

The only constant in an early childhood program is change! How do we successfully navigate the ups and downs? We cultivate several important work habits. The first is to think more proactively and plan for the inevitable. Here are the others …. Continue reading

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Planting Your Garden…

Consider planting ‘this’ garden in your early childhood program! Continue reading

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Inspiring Others…

Whether it’s a beautiful sunrise, or a special message, each has the power to move us emotionally. I discovered this power long ago and began collecting quotes that spoke to me. I have journals of them. Continue reading

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A Look Back…

Are you creating magic for the young children in your early childhood program? I hope so! Read on … Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Zero-to-Three Model (A Parent’s Perspective)

Making the shift to Zero to Three in our Child Care Center (where the youngest children and their teachers remain together until the child reaches preschool age) brought more benefits to our infant/toddler program than we could have anticipated. Here is one parent’s perspective. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Inspiration for the New School Year

Each year, we closed our child care center, to parents and children, the two days before Labor Day weekend. We worked, and worked hard to get everything ready for the upcoming first day of the new school year. And each year, as director of the program,
I spoke to my very large team. This post shares my remarks from 2001 – and will give you an idea or two for your own program. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book—Organizing the Moving Parts of a Child Care Center

“Whose job is it?” was a question I asked myself often as Director of a very large Child Care Center. There were many, many moving parts in the course of a day and I was determined to juggle them with skill. This post highlights one of the processes we put in place. These are the “how we did it” details not found in “Beginning to End: The Life Cycle of a Child Care Center” (Yes, this is information Beyond the Book). Continue reading

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