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Hello Child Care Owners and Directors,
My name is Julie Bartkus. I've been helping child care owners and directors transform their child care teams for the past 17 years. If you found this site, chances are you are searching. Searching for solutions to the challenges you face as a child care leader. Challenges that keep you up at night and occupy your mind all throughout the day. Challenges that your family and friends just don't understand.
Well, I'd like to welcome you to the Motivate Teachers community, a place where your challenges, frustrations and hardships are understood. A place where solutions to your leadership and staff motivation challenges can be found.
Workplace Gossip Video Interviews Julie Bartkus goes inside one child care program to speak candidly about workplace gossip and why it's so tough to eliminate it. During this 6 part video series you'll discover what some of the myths are about workplace gossip and how you can start eliminating it and create a workplace that cultivates a climate of constructive communication. . . . keep reading
Workplace Gossip Symptoms There are many signs that workplace gossip is present and preventing you from creating a "dreamy" workplace. In this video, I share with you some of the most common workplace gossip symptoms that I coach child care leaders to overcome so they can create their dream teams. How many symptoms you can relate to? . . . keep reading
Child Care Leaders: Do You NEED to be liked? I just wrapped up an amazing program in Oklahoma City. And yes - the weather was perfect:). I got to spend an amazing day with a group of child care directors and owners - helping them create their dream teams. One topic surfaced during my Q&A session that simply popped out at me as something that keeps many leaders stuck when they try to achieve long-term staff motivation and that is - - their own NEED to be liked. . . . keep reading
Getting Over The Fear of Competition: What are other child care programs doing?? Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert How do I get over my fear of "the competition?" I fear they are better than us and staff and parents will find out and leave. Do you fear your competition? Do you get caught up thinking about how the child care programs down the road are better than you? I've often heard that child care leaders don't even share information at local child care meetings because they're each other's competition and don't want other programs to really know what they're up to. I've also heard child care owners and directors fear that staff will take what you've invested in them and leave to go somewhere else for more pay. The problem with fearing the competition is that it can become an all-consuming fear that leads to procrastination, self-doubt and anxiety. When self-doubt, worry and anxiety set in, you stop living in your vision. You start living and managing your child care program by fear. You start feeling less than and your program really suffers. You start to feel exhausted, depleted and defeated. And consciously and even subconsciously you start to project a negative energy that's palpable. . . . keep reading
The Wrong Way To Handle Problems With Staff Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert The Wrong Way To Handle Problems in your Child Care Program The question I'm answering this week is: What are some ways to deal with my staff members and all of their problems? It seems regardless of what I do to handle problems, they don't go away. There are always more problems! Does this sound familiar -- problems that don't go away? Or after you think problems are solved -- there are more. What's the problem with problems and the way that we handle them in our child care programs? The biggest mistake that many leaders make is trying to get to the root or the main cause of the issue that two people are having. This eats up countless of hours of time and really depletes morale. Another mistake that is made is telling staff members that when they have an issue or a problem with someone that they should go and work it out directly with the person who they have the conflict with. This rarely happens for several reasons. Here's the problem with problems. . . . keep reading
Stop Doing and Start Being Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert So often we're looking and trying to figure out the formula to running a successful child care program by thinking and asking ourselves the question: What else do I need to do? What else do I need to do to become more profitable? What else do I need to do to motivate my staff? What else do I need to do attract dreamy families? While those are all good questions an important one gets left out. That question is: What do I need to stop doing? . . . keep reading
Are your new hires imposters? Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert Are your new hires imposters? The question that I'm answering this week is: How come I feel like the staff who I hire are imposters? I coined this happening early on as the "imposter syndrome" after many child care owners and directors came to me and stated things such as: They're not who they claim to be! They put on their "best" for the interview, I hire them, and then I find out they are someone else. They interviewed so well and then when they got into the classroom they became someone else! Have you ever had similar thoughts? There are 3 things you can consider adding to your hiring process to make sure you really know who you are hiring so you don't fall victim to the "imposter syndrome" when it comes to hiring staff. Here's what I fundamentally believe. . . . keep reading
The Missing Link With Motivating Your Child Care Staff Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert The Missing Link With Motivating Your Child Care Staff Julie Bartkus answers the following question: We're in an important industry doing important things, why do my staff become so complacent and feel like they're dragging to come into work. I mean really? We're changing the future here and I often feel like they're coming in just to get a check. Ah…complacency. It's a big topic to tackle and I agree, you are in such a profound profession. But don't feel alone by any means. Complacency and disengagement happen in all industries…in all jobs. But it doesn't have to!! There are a couple of things that are often missing in child care programs and of course, it starts with the owners and directors and what you're modeling for your staff. I've been preaching that message for 15 years in the child care industry. But what is it that we need to model? What is it that you need to bring to the forefront of your mind as you lead your team? . . . keep reading
Incorporating the WOW Factor into Your Child Care Business... Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert Incorporating the WOW Factor into you Child Care Business... Julie, I really want to stand out as the child care program that leaves people saying "WOW" about their experience with us. How do I get my staff to the point where they want to WOW each other, WOW new staff members and WOW the parents? My Answer… I'm a huge fan of the WOW factor because it generates positive word of mouth about you and your child care program. I also call this "positive gossip." And that's what you want -- right? People exclaiming their excitement all over the place about you!! The great news is: this is easier than you think. The bad news is: many child care owners and directors are doing it wrong. I'll boil it down to a couple of achievable steps with my response. Here's how to get to WOW pretty easy. . . . keep reading
Refuse to do this when delegating to your child care team! Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert I try to delegate and it just doesn't work out. What can I do to delegate and really have people take ownership of the task? This is a fantastic question that often comes up. Delegation is so critically important to your success as a leader but there are many things that can happen that prevent you from delegating effectively. By effectively, I mean in a way where staff members take ownership of the task at hand. Where they want to do a good job. Where they think about the task and do the very best job possible. Here's the problem that most leaders run into when delegating. There's one thing that you simply have to refuse doing… One of the biggest things you have to refrain from doing is taking the task back. I know, I hear you - it's tough to let go of control. It's tough to wait while someone else handles it. It's tough to sit and wonder if it's getting done right. And it can be painful to watch while someone else does it their own way. . . . keep reading
Why won't my child care staff change? Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert Why won't my child care staff change? This is a BIG question and one that so many child care owners and directors have struggled with for years. I've heard the stories about leaders telling staff members what they need to do and they don't do it. Maybe they change for a little while and then they fall right back into their old patterns. I've heard stories about child care owners hiring trainers to come in and address certain issues in hopes of a Big change happening and their efforts fall flat. I've witnessed staff members committing to make constructive change happen and they only maintain that commitment for a short period of time. So why it is that staff members don't change? . . . keep reading
You Gotta Do This To Get Them To Buy Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert In this day and age there's one thing that's critically important when it comes to managing a successful child care program. It's often the missing ingredient when marketing your program and motivating your staff. Yup, I said it. This one thing overlaps into both areas and additionally, it contributes to your happiness. Wow…what could it be? This one thing has to do with how people make decision to buy. And when I say buy I mean buy anything that you're selling. This could be a job, it could be your vision, it could be to enroll with your program. . . . keep reading
This One Thing Can Change Your Life... Julie Bartkus, Child Care Business Expert There are many success strategies and secrets that you can learn to help your child care program become more successful. None of them, however, have been so profound to me as something I learned when I first started putting myself out there to the world in a bigger way. This one thing changed my professional life as well as my personal life. It changed my life when I divorced my first husband and had to get my life back together. This one thing changed my life when I felt like I was suffocating in the corporate world. This one thing changed my life again after my second husband, Tom, unexpectedly and suddenly passed away last year. This one thing continues to work miracles for me as long as I remain consciously aware of its power. It's life-changing and program building. It lifts morale and attracts dreamy clients to you. It makes your day less stressful and more fun. It's something that you can start doing today. It's something you can model for the kids, staff and parents. . . . keep reading
"I first heard Julie speak at a childcare conference last Fall and immediately knew that she was our missing link. Over the years we've struggled enormously to motivate our employees and improve the quality of our work environments. 10 minutes after she finished her presentation, I'd signed her up to come to CT on two occasions. In February she spent two full days with our directors and assistant directors, and as much as hate words like this, it was indeed transformational. Julie is the real deal and I guarantee she'll bring things to your programs that will also be "transformational."
Gerry Pastor & Jane Porterfield, Owners, Educational Playcare LTD Massachusetts
"When I first took over the center, staff were beginning to look for other jobs and wouldn't recommend the center to friends or family for jobs or childcare. Now, I have people calling me and emailing me for work and child care openings. I feel like
I've built the foundation for a successful business."
Kathy Monahan, Owner Massachusetts
“Investing in Julie’s programs was the BEST decision I made. Julie has this incredible insight to be able to look at a child care program and communicate what action steps need to be taken to create an excellent program including a motivated team. Since working with Julie we have attracted some of the best staff members possible.”
Tami Nix, Owner, Archway Academy.
"Can you believe we still have all our staff from your inspiring us so many years ago? We also just recently won the BEST PRESCHOOL AWARD in Waltham for the tenth consecutive year."