Excellence in Childcare Podcast

Preventable Health Risks with Melissa Lush

In this episode, Melissa Lush of Force of Nature Clean offers her expertise on mitigating health risks in childcare settings. Our Expert Melissa Lush Melissa Lush, Co-Founder and CMO of Force of Nature, combines her background in product development at Procter & Gamble with her mission to clean up the cleaning industry for people and our planet. By creating certified carbon neutral, toxin-free alternatives to traditional cleaning products, and educating families and businesses about simple changes they can make to be more sustainable, Force of Nature is driving meaningful change in the industry. In this episode, we cover: - Research [...]

Better Business Practices with Aleta Mechtel

In this episode, business and leadership coach Aleta Mechtel joins us to discuss what it means to be a leader with better business practices in the childcare industry. Our Expert Aleta Mechtel Aleta Mechtel, a seasoned professional with 22+ years in early childhood education, has transitioned into a Business & Childcare Leadership Coach. Starting as a teacher and progressing through various roles, she honed expertise in business systems, marketing, leadership, and strategic planning. Successfully growing her business to four locations and launching complementary ventures, Aleta now leverages her experience to assist business leaders, especially in childcare. She offers services such [...]

Supporting Teachers & Parents with Kelly Pritchard

In this episode, Kelly Pritchard from Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School shares how she supports teachers and parents as a community. Our Expert Kelly Pritchard Kelly Pritchard, owner of Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School, wanted to address the challenges of finding quality childcare. After an exhausting search into educational based childcare, Kelly and husband John found Childrens Lighthouse and were immediately drawn to their unparalleled curriculum, extraordinary safety standards, and community focused mission. Beyond her professional background, Kelly emphasizes the importance of genuine passion and kindness. Committed to providing a nurturing and educational environment, she is excited about creating a [...]

Growing Your People with Jennifer Vazquez

In this episode, we are joined by Jennifer Vazquez from EOS Worldwide to explore strategies for efficiently nurturing and leading your team as a childcare centre manager. Our Expert Jennifer Vazquez Jennifer Vazquez, a seasoned entrepreneur, founded a highly successful company in 2009, expanding it to over 30 staff and 1000 clients. Acquiring three preschool centers later on, she navigated the challenges of managing 50 staff and over 300 children. Jennifer's solution came through the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS), resulting in a remarkable 700% increase in net profit and a regained sense of control over her life. In a successful [...]

Getting Children Moving with Megan Bowling

In this episode, we discuss structured physical education, active play, and enriching programs for children with Megan Bowling of Stretch-N-Grow. Our Expert Megan Bowling  Driven by a deep commitment to children's well-being and a sharp understanding of franchise development, Megan is Director of Franchise Development at Stretch-n-Grow, the leading children's fitness franchise. Her primary objective is to inspire dedicated entrepreneurs to partner with the company in their commitment to nurturing joyful, healthy, and successful futures for children globally. In this episode, we cover: - Defining "Getting children moving" - Options for encouraging movement - Success with enrichment programs A sneak [...]

Data-Based Decisions with Tara Franklin

In this episode, we speak with Tara Franklin of Child Development Schools about data-driven decisions within change management. Our Expert Tara Franklin Tara Franklin, a 20-year education industry veteran, serves as the manager of school operations at Child Development Schools, a leading early childhood education provider. She oversees business operations, customer relations, and talent development across multiple centers, ensuring quality and compliance. Tara's expertise in data-driven strategies and collaborative leadership enhances learning experiences and outcomes, driven by her deep belief in the power of education for transformation. In this episode, we cover: - Definition of change management in early education [...]

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