Let’s talk professional development. We are so very fortunate to have a parent base that understands and supports our need for professional development. We close our center for a day twice a year to provide our staff with training and some time in their classrooms without the children in attendance to get a few things done. We use the Monday before Mardi Gras and a Friday in August after our big kids go off to big kid school and before our new Co-op kids start.
If you have a job, you are likely required to attend conferences, workshops, and/or trainings to expand your knowledge base. Doctors do it, lawyers do it, people who work in the fast food industry even do it. You might not notice because it probably does not impact you directly, but if you have a child, any professional development days schools and child care centers plan directly impact you and your family. You may have to find alternative care or use a vacation day if you are fortunate enough to have paid leave. We understand that it can be inconvenient so we’d like to say THANK YOU to our families for seeing us as professionals and not baby sitters. THANK YOU for understanding that participating in ongoing training on the latest in brain development research or innovative curriculum implementation benefits our staff and in turn your child. THANK YOU for supporting our quest to provide your family with the best child care practices possible.