Looking for something? Look here!
Want more unvarnished truth?
What you're saying...
What I'm saying now
I think tag clouds are pretty, and not to be taken overly seriously
##MoveWithGary #Home Inspection #MoveWithGary 111 Chop House 75 on Liberty Wharf 9/11 A Broth of a Boy ABCs Abiouness accountability activities alcohol Allora Ristorante Analysis Angry Hams ANSI/TIA 942 Anthony's Pier 4 Apple Application Armsby Abbey Arsenal Arturo's Ristorante Ashland AT&T Audio Automation baby Baby Monitor babysitting Back To School Bad News Bangkok Thai banks lending movewithgary Bar Bay State Common baystateparent BBQ BCP Bees BeeZers Before I die I want to... behavior Big Bang Bike Bill of Rights Bistro Black Box BlackBerry Boston Boston Marathon boundaries Boyston BPO brand Breakfast Bridge Bring Your Own Technology Budget Burlington Burn Burrito buyer BYOD Cabling Cambridge Camp Campaign career Casey's Diner Castle casual cCabling Cell Phone Central Square Change Management Cheers Chef Sun ChengDu Chet's Diner Children Chinese Christmas Christmas Families Holiday CIO Cloud coddle collage College College Acceptance co-lo Co-Location Co-Location Tier Power Cooling Comfort Food Control Country Country Kettle Crisis customer dad Dad Phrases damage daredevil Data Center Data Center Design Davios Day Care Dead Death declaration Del Frisco's Design Desktop Video dinner Disaster Recovery Divorce Do Epic Shit dodgeball downsizing Downtown Crossing DR driving Droid Easter Economic Kids Edaville Education Elbow Night Elevator Employee Engagement Erin Estate Planning Etiquette Evaluation events Exchange Expiration Dates Facebook Failing family Family Law Fatherhood Favorite things first time buyer Flash Flemings Fogo de Chão Food Hits and Misses Format Foundry on Elm Foxborough Frameworks fraternity Fraud French Fried Clams friends fun Fusion Generations germs Girl Scouts girls Global Go/No Go GPS Grafton Grandchild Grandpa Harry's hazing Healthcare Healthy Choices while Dining Out Help Desk Hisa Japanese Cuisine Historic holiday Home Home Inspection hope Horizons hose Hot Dog Hurricane IIT Assessment incident Indecision Indian Infrastructure Inn Innovation Insurance Internet Inventory Management iPhone IT IT Assessment IT Satisfaction Italian Jack Daniels Jakes Restaurant Janet Japanese Jazz Joey's Bar and Grill JP's Khatta Mitha kickball kids Laid off Lakes Region Lala Java Leadership Learning legacy Legal Legal Harborside Les Zygomates L'Espalier Liberty Wharf life transition lights out Linguine's loss Love Lucky's Cafe luxury luxury home M&M Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade mai tai Managed Application Services Managed Services managers Mandarin Manners Mark Fidrych marlborough marriage Mary Chung mass save Maxwell-Silverman Mediterranean meetings Memorial Day memory Mendon Mergers Mexican MiFi Migration Ming III miss MIT MIT CIO Symposium mmortgage Mobility Moes Hot Dog Truck MOM money mortgage Mother MoveWithGary Moving on Name nature neanderthal neighborhood Network new listing New York Marathon newborn Northborough Not Your Average Joe's Nuovo Nursing On-Call Operations Operators Oregon Club Organization Pancakes Pandemic Parental Control Parenting Patch Peeves People Perserverance UMASS growth Photography Play Plug and Run Predictable Pride Problem Process Production program Project Management propane PTA. PTO PUE QR Quick Response Rant re/max Real Estate Realtor Recognition Red Rock Resiliency Respect restaurant Restaurant Guy RFP ribs Ritual Root Cause Analysis rReal Estate Sam Adams Sandy Sapporo savings School Sea Dog Brewing Company Sea Dog Steak and Ale Seafood Seaport Security Sel de la Terra Service Service Desk Service Indicator Light sharing ShearTransformation SHIRO Shit Pump Shriners SHTF Simplification Skunk Works Skype Sleep sleepovers Sloan Smith & Wollensky soccer Son SOP sorority spanking Squarespace staffing staging Starbucks Status Reporting Steak Steve Jobs Storage Strategy stress Summer Sushi swimming Tacos Acalpulco teacher Technology Teen Telephony Temperature Strip Tenka terrorist Testing Texas BBQ Company Text Thai Thanksgiving in IT The Mooring Thomas Thought Leader Three Gorges III TIA 942 Timesheets Toby Keith Toddlers traditions Transition treehouse turnover TV Twitter unspoken moments Valentine's Day Value Vendor Venezuelan Verizon Vermont Video Vietnamese voice VoIP Watertown Wedding Westborough Korean Restaurant Westborough MA. StormCam WiFI Wi-Fi Wilbraham Wine Worcester work work life balance working Yama Zakura Zem Han Zitis

Entries in Day Care (1)


I Once Ran a Day Care

The title exaggerates a point.  I was president of the Board of Directors for an established day care and learned a bunch.

Did I aspire to be in the day care business?  Not at all.  This was a day care very close to our home, and with a decent relationship with the school (like the school bus picked up and dropped off.)

My kids liked the program, and it had a nice feel to it.

The executive director asked me to help as they were financially struggling.  I knew something about business, and nothing about the day care business.  The executive director was very knowledgeable in the specifics of running a day care….so we partnered.

The day care was running out of an old school building.  So we had classrooms, a gym, and space.

We rallied the other parents to help.  We really made it a community event.  We painted every classroom, scrubbed all the furniture, and built a playground out in back.  The local hardware donatd paint (ever wonder what happens to mixed paint when it is returned as “just not right”), landscapers donated sand, etc.

We also listened to the children.  The older children were not happy they had to “take a nap” if the afternoon, and wanted more age appropriate activities.

We also listened to parents.  Once a month, we would take the children for a haircut (if the parents asked), and we arranged for a local drycleaner to do pick up and drop off at the building.

Of the two parties, we learned the customer is the child.  If they were happy, parents were happy.  If they were not happy, the parents would move them to another provider.

The biggest thing the board did was change the financial reporting. The accountant presented income as negative numbers, and expenses as positive.  OK, that’s an approach, but the board always thought there was money left over.

Once we “changed the sign”, the board was able to make more reasoned decisions.

Enrollment began increasing as this became the day care of choice.

Why do I share this?

Because sometimes you need to help lead another group of parents in doing something special for the children.  The community came together to make this happen…not me.  All we did was paint a vision.

Parents who help, as coaches, assistants, as chauffeurs, as aides….parents who participate make it better for their children and others.

What have you done to help?