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stock-illustration-44973366-cartoon-letter-jWhen the Third Parent Moves On

By “J”, a Child Care Center Director
For the safety and security of the children and to provide a “real” perspective on child care, “J” has chosen to remain anonymous….for now.

The dreaded T word…turnover. Turnover, better known to parents as “why are all the teachers leaving?”. Turnover, also known to teachers as “are they paying more at the daycare you’re headed to?”.

Turning. Over.


This word looms over child care centers all over the globe; the rain is sporadic and comes down at the worst times. This word breaks up happy classrooms and shakes parent’s comfort to no end. For a center director, its par for the longest course known to employment. Over my career I have had a few staff teams/crews that I honestly felt could not get any better. Great teamwork, curriculum up and running, they understood the ebbs and flow of a living breathing childcare center. It feels good to get the teamwork car flying down the highway in 5th gear until an oversized-same color as the road-can’t really tell what it is-speed bump.

One of your team members has found another team, similar to your team but the other team just happens to pay a little more. When I say little, I mean pennies to the dollar-little. As a director (the coach), I’m not always in a position to counter offer like an owner could (unlimited obvious sports references can be applied here) but I try to offer the value of team.

There is no “I” in team.

There is an “I” in bills.

Turnover wins again!

No matter how many sports cliché’s you could muster to parallel, the majority of times I’ve lost great employees it’s because of money. As easy and simple as that decision may seem, it’s very difficult to explain to a child who, for the past year, has gotten in mom/dad’s car without a fight just to see teacher “X”. The bond that is built at the preschool level is one that can’t be denied. The connection a teacher builds overtime with their students in irreplaceable. I have witnessed on numerous occasions where a teacher can convince a child to do something before a parent can. That magical moment was not sold to you by an after school special program, it is very real. Teachers become extended parents.  READ MORE

neal brownThe Benefits of Failure

by Neal Brown, Green Acres School, Head of School

In my childhood bedroom where my mother still lives outside of Boston, there are I believe three trophies with my name on them—two for teams I played on when we won our league championships, and one for a specific award I won for a lead role I held in my school’s musical. Conversely, my children, not yet in high school, already have at least triple this number of trophies displayed in their bedrooms. Most of these reflect their participation on a soccer team, whether that team won or lost, and whether or not they received any individual accolade. My point is not that my children aren’t good soccer players; it’s that children today internalize perverse lessons when they receive praise merely for showing up.

So in this climate when praise is omnipresent and failure is wrongly avoided at all cost, how do we as parents and educators nurture positive, confident, risk-taking, and resilient children? It’s clearly not by continuing a praise-for-simply-showing-up approach. A New York Times article this past week by author Ashley Merryman, “Losing Is Good for You,” captures this problem wonderfully and demonstrates the role that both winning and losing can and should play in children’s lives—and in adults’ lives too for that matter.  READ MORE