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Building Next Level Performance for Unprecedented Times

Great funding opportunities are before you. How will you optimize the use of these funds to increase profitability, growth and sustainability.

What will drive your decision making?

Are you up for the next challenge, filled with opportunities for business growth? This series of powerful business and leadership development workshops focuses on the “business of your childcare business”. The operating environment that you face as an early learning childcare entrepreneur, operator or educator is challenging, and never more so than during the current economic disruptive environment.
Begin the process of examining your operating model by identifying current challenges, changes, and disruptions in the business of child care and developing the strategies and skills to sustain and grow a financially viable enterprise that meets the developmental needs of the children in your care, monetizes the real value your team and supports the workforce in your community.

You easily wear your educator hat . . .

Now is the time to try a new hat and think differently as an entrepreneur.
To learn new strategies to fuel your business and cover your actual cost of care.

This program is for YOU!

With the right informed business choices your center or home based childcare program will have a powerful created future of sustainability, growth and prosperity. Take a deep dive into the five most important areas that impact your business performance. Each area includes “two topic sessions” with a designated team of subject matter experts and childcare business representatives who have a deep understanding and unique expertise in the specific topic.

Each topic session is a Live Virtual facilitated workshop followed one week later with a Live Virtual coaching session where you can expand the conversation and further address specific questions.

12 weeks including workshops, coaching and a live in-person session in your region.
Register for the series or for individual sessions.

Topic #1

Getting started

YOUR childcare program is a business. What is the role and mindset you must have as a business owner and the benefits of thinking like an entrepreneur. What is your relationship to finance and its impact on successfully running your business. Understand licensing and compliance. What are the requirements and how do you satisfy them. Learn how DCF serves as an important resource.

Virtual Workshop:

Tuesday March 28, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Coaching & Conversation:

Tuesday April 4, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

New sessions have been designed just for you!

Topic #1

Starting a childcare business . . .
Growing a childcare business.
Adapting to current disruptions through business resilience, adaptability, strategies and skills …

In partnership with DCF Child Care

Topic #2

The finances of your childcare business

YOUR childcare program is a business. Are financial statements confusing? Do you understand your true financial circumstance? Your financial statements tell the story of your business. They establish the current situation from which you can forecast for future success. Learn how financial information is laid out and the importance of record keeping. Distinguish your sources of funds and the uses of those funds. Build a budget, forecast for the future and grow an asset of value.

Virtual Workshop:

Tuesday April 11, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Coaching & Conversation:

Tuesday April 18, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Topic #2

Budgets, Financial Reports, Projections
A complete financial picture of my business…

In partnership with DCF Child Care


Everything about the business of childcare
Conversation, coaching, topics recap and moving forward . . .

*Light dinner served

In partnership with DCF Child Care


Tuesday April 25, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3027 San Diego Road, Jacksonville FL 32207

Topic #3

A new perspective for operating successfully inside economic realities

There is a new economic reality in the business of childcare. The necessity of competitive wages in a tight labor market where talent is defining terms. Escalated real estate, utilities, food and other related costs. Some families will lose school readiness reimbursements due to minimum wage increases. Private pay families who can work from home may opt for that option long term. AND the impact of unexpected events. A single incident may change the entire trajectory of your business. Are you feeling a high level of uncertainty? Join us for creative problem solving to fuel innovative thinking. Childcare is a dynamic industry. Prepare yourself for new opportunities.

Virtual Workshop:

Tuesday May 2, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Coaching & Conversation:

Tuesday May 9, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Topic #3

Challenges, Opportunities, Crisis Response
Shifting from crisis and challenge to opportunity . . .

In partnership with DCF Child Care

Topic #4

Marketing to a future of opportunities . . .

You’ve designed a created future. Fully expressing yourself through your center or home based childcare brand. How do you narrate your forward future vision and humanize the brand story to attract the right customers and the right talent. There is an art to crafting a powerful marketing strategy. AND the marketing strategy is the driving force behind successfully increasing your enrollment, retaining children and talent over many years and multiple programs. Learn the latest marketing tactics and trends that you can leverage today to bring maximum results now and in the future.

Virtual Workshop:

Tuesday May 16, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Coaching & Conversation:

Tuesday May 23, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Topic #4

Creating your future and your business with your word . . .

In partnership with DCF Child Care

Topic #5

Talent recruitment and retention in the new work environment

The future childcare workforce looks different from the past. Employees have a shift in priorities and expectations both monetary and experiential. More is being asked of your team and they are demanding more of you. Success requires that you hire for your long term growth strategy. Do employees have room to grow? Are you maximizing the available resources that may support employee education opportunities and other professional advancement? AND do you understand Federal Labor Laws and Regulations to ensure you are in compliance? Put a winning recruitment and retention strategy in place. Learn the tactics that are working . . .

Part 1:

Tuesday June 6, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Part 2:

Tuesday June 13, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Topic #5

Staff recruitment and retention
The new world of work . . .

In partnership with DCF Child Care


Putting it all together

Now design your created future understanding your roles and responsibilities as an entrepreneur. Be determined to grow an asset of value and start with identifying the true financial circumstances of your business. Forecast the actual cost of care to fulfill on your vision and design the marketing strategy to support this vision. Finally let’s share how you envision recruiting and retaining the right talent to join you on this journey. This is an exciting time in the industry of childcare with new opportunity. Be prepared to create a powerful future for yourself, your team and the children and families you serve.


Tuesday June 20, 2023
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In partnership with DCF Child Care

The Business Leadership Institute for Early Learning, Inc. (BLI) focuses its expertise in the business of early learning childcare and understands the challenges you face through its work with owners, operators, educators and other stakeholders in the Early Learning Childcare Industry.

At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will be able to:

Subject Matter Experts

Diane Emery-DiMaggio

Diane is CEO & Founder of Executive Reporting Services (ERS) headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. This independently owned, boutique Florida Court Reporting Service operates throughout Florida. As a women small business owner Diane has combined her love of business, technology and language resulting in a passion over the last 30 years of designing and delivering seminars for personal and professional growth. More than 10,000 people participating have achieved extraordinary performance that deliver breakthrough results. Diane has worked with BLI to deliver business and leadership training to more than 150 childcare business owners, operators and educators in Florida.

Jon Ouellette

Wade serves as Senior Vice President of Practice Integration for Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS). He oversees the organization’s statewide support for Quality, Training, Research & Evaluation, Practice Standardization and Performance of their four business lines: Community Solutions, Child Welfare, Early Childhood, and Behavioral Health Services. In addition, he serves as the CHS Safety Officer and is responsible for the team’s Accreditation and Compliance. Wade serves on the child welfare advisory council for the Florida Certification Board’s Child Welfare Advisory Council and recently served as the Chairman of The Florida Children’s Coalition Subcommittee on Evidence Based Practice Capacity Building.

Wade Lijewski

Business Leadership Institute for Early Learning Inc. (BLI), is a consortium of business owners and operators, community partners and individual advocates who come together as a community in the field of early learning child care. We are co-creators of endless possibilities for social enterprises to operate robust vibrant businesses, setting the highest standards for performance outcomes in early learning education and care.

Mary Nash

Mary serves as Senior Vice President of Operations providing strategic leadership and direction to Children’s Home Society (CHS) regional business growth, in accordance with CHS strategic direction while focusing on the continuous enhancement of operational proficiency and productivity. With twenty years of dedicated and compassionate leadership as a children’s services professional she has extensive experience in both service delivery and organizational management.

Heather Vogel

Heather serves as Chief Talent Officer for Children’s Home Society of Florida, where she focuses on acquiring and developing the highest caliber of professionals committed to doing better for kids. Heather previously provided consulting services in global private practice and booked 20 years of progressive talent leadership with retail, healthcare and telecommunications firms in New Jersey, New York and Florida.

Heather Morgan, APR

Heather serves as Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Engagement for Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS). She oversees the organization’s communications and brand strategy and implementation. Heather has more than 15 years of experience managing communications for statewide, national and international companies specializing in integrated public relations, strategic communications and brand and reputation management. She joined Children’s Home Society (CHS) in 2006. She has spent more than a decade on the PRSA Board of Directors, including terms as President of Orlando Chapter as well as Chair of the Sunshine District covering Florida.


A certificate of completion will recognize the sessions you have attended. You will receive this certificate following the final session. Pre and post tests will be administered at each topic session.

Each topic session will be delivered by a designated team that includes facilitators with expertise in business and leadership; subject matter experts for each topic and a member of the BLI Mentor Team who is a childcare professional with a deep understanding of the business of childcare.

Contact Us for More information

For more information about requirements to successfully complete this workshop please contact the BLI Team at

Non Discrimination Clause

The Business & Leadership Institute for Early Learning does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

BLI creates a peer network of early learning childcare social entrepreneurs that operate at peak performance creating financially sound social enterprises that demonstrate the highest quality care and learning for the children they serve. To that end BLI offers industry specific master classes, conferences, alumni trainings, on-line support, peer-to-peer meetings and advocacy engagement with key industry decision makers, legislators and community leaders to explore new possibilities for better outcomes with our participants as a larger network of small business entrepreneurs.

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