Excellence in Childcare

Excellence in Childcare

The 1Place Excellence in Childcare Podcast aims to share the knowledge from experts in the industry with owners and leadership teams in childcare businesses. We'll address the top issues and share the learnings with you.


February 5, 2024 30 mins

In this episode, Krystle Steinhoff from Thrive Early Learning provides a comprehensive guide on trademarking your early childcare business. 

Our Expert Krystle Steinhoff

Krystle, CEO and Executive Director of Thrive Early Learning, is dedicated to crafting an ideal environment where children, parents, the team, and the community can flourish together. Raised in Statesboro, she crossed paths with her husband, Rob, in Richmond Hill ove...

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In this episode, we chat with Bobby Franzo and Sam Slater from PB&J TV, a camera system and streaming app service for childcare and daycare. We explore how they contribute to safer schools and smarter operations.

Our Experts Bobby Franzo & Sam Slater

Bobby Franzo, Co-Founder and Principal at PB&J TV is a driving force in the childcare industry with over a decade of experience. He leads PB&J's efforts to rede...

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January 28, 2024 28 mins

In this episode, Melissa Lush of Force of Nature Clean offers her expertise on mitigating health risks in childcare settings.

Our Expert Melissa Lush

Melissa Lush, Co-Founder and CMO of Force of Nature, combines her background in product development at Procter & Gamble with her mission to clean up the cleaning industry for people and our planet. By creating certified carbon neutral, toxin-free alternatives to traditional cle...

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In this episode, business and leadership coach Aleta Mechtel joins us to discuss what it means to be a leader with better business practices in the childcare industry.

Our Expert Aleta Mechtel

Aleta Mechtel, a seasoned professional with 22+ years in early childhood education, has transitioned into a Business & Childcare Leadership Coach. Starting as a teacher and progressing through various roles, she honed expertise in business ...

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In this episode, Kelly Pritchard from Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School shares how she supports teachers and parents as a community.

Our Expert Kelly Pritchard

Kelly wanted to address the challenges of finding quality childcare. After an exhausting search into educational based childcare, Kelly and husband John found Childrens Lighthouse and were immediately drawn to their unparalleled curriculum, extraordinary safety stand...

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November 21, 2023 36 mins

In this episode, we are joined by Jennifer Vazquez from EOS Worldwide to explore strategies for efficiently nurturing and leading your team as a childcare centre manager.

Our Expert Jennifer Vazquez

Jennifer Vazquez, a seasoned entrepreneur, founded a highly successful company in 2009, expanding it to over 30 staff and 1000 clients. Acquiring three preschool centers later on, she navigated the challenges of managing 50 staff and...

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October 29, 2023 25 mins

In this episode, we discuss structured physical education, active play, and enriching programs for children with Megan Bowling of Stretch-N-Grow.

Our Expert Megan Bowling 

Driven by a deep commitment to children's well-being and a sharp understanding of franchise development, Megan is Director of Franchise Development at Stretch-n-Grow, the leading children's fitness franchise. Her primary objective is to inspire dedicated ...

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October 2, 2023 25 mins

In this episode, we speak with Tara Franklin of Child Development Schools about data-driven decisions within change management.

Our Expert Tara Franklin

Tara Franklin, a 20-year education industry veteran, serves as the manager of school operations at Child Development Schools, a leading early childhood education provider. She oversees business operations, customer relations, and talent development across multiple centers, ensuring q...

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August 23, 2023 32 mins

In this episode, Beth Cannon offers insights into how leaders can effectively steer their teams using powerful tools for leadership and growth.

Our Expert Beth Cannon

Beth Cannon is a renowned early education leadership figure known for her compelling and unique approach to empowering teams. A sought-after speaker, coach, and consultant, She has created impactful training programs, delivered transformational keynotes, and is the forc...

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In this episode, we discuss ways how to add value to help childcare businesses prosper with Kathe Petchel from Hinge Early Education Advisors.

Our Expert Kathe Petchel

Kathe Petchel has been involved in early childhood education since 1980, starting as a public school teacher before opening her own preschool center in Virginia. She now owns three sites in Charlottesville, serving over 300 families. In 2017, Kathe joined HINGE Advisor...

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In this episode, we dive into early childhood education leadership with TEDx Speaker and childcare business coach Evelyn Knight from Childcare Business Professionals.

Our Expert Evelyn Knight

Evelyn Knight is an experienced Early Childhood Education (ECE) professional, owner, and director of Zoo'n Around, a reputable preschool and childcare center in Nevada. With over 15 years of expertise in ECE, Evelyn is committed to pri...

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In this episode, we chat with Prerna Richards, CEO & President of Together We Grow, to explore the strategies for cultivating classroom harmony and empowering teachers in effectively handling challenging behaviors.

Our Expert Prerna Richards

Prerna Richards, a dedicated educator with over 37 years of experience, is a renowned keynote speaker, international presenter, behavior coach, and consultant for the National Assoc...

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In this episode, we chat with Jason Russell, President of Secure Education Consultants, about bringing White House-level safety and security expertise to childcare centers.

Our Expert Jason Russell

Ex-Secret Service agent Jason Russell now provides his expertise in client security at SEC. Since 2013, he has conducted countless security assessments for schools, businesses, and organizations across the US and abroad. He has assist...

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In this episode, we chat with Cindy Lehnhoff, the Director of the National Child Care Association (NCCA), about effective crisis management strategies in the early childhood industry.

Our Expert Cindy Lehnhoff

Cindy Lehnhoff is the current Director of the National Child Care Association (NCCA). She is dedicated to promoting the success of licensed providers in providing high-quality care and education to children. Under her lead...

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March 14, 2023 33 mins

In this episode, we talk with Samantha Jockel, founder and CEO of ParentTV - a go-to platform for on-demand video resources that support parents, schools, childcare center professionals, and organisations contributing to education, care, and wellbeing of children.

Our Expert Samantha Jockel

Sam has been running her own online businesses for the past seven years, following her social work and studies in community development at univer...

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We talk about operational excellence with our guest Jaime Rechkemmer.

Our Expert Jaime Rechkemmer

Jaime Rechkemmer has 20+ years of leadership, operations optimization, and program management experience in education. She excels in strategic planning, process improvement, research, analysis, curriculum development, and policy management, exceeding performance goals on minimal resources. As VP of Education, Jaime provides high-quality ...

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We talk about Schools of Excellence with our guest Chanie Wilschanski

Our Expert Chanie Wilschanski

Chanie Wilschanski is an Early Childhood Leadership Coach and Culture Specialist who began her journey over a decade ago, teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in NYC. After receiving her Masters in EC and Special Education, Chanie started training teachers and school leaders on the HOW part of cr...

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Our topic today is Supporting Directors for Success

Our Expert Noelle D’Intino

We are delighted to have Noelle join us for this episode. With 18 years of experience as the owner of Scribble Time, a licensed child care center for 114 children, she also founded The Director’s Club in 2008, a consultancy firm aimed at equipping child care center owners with the necessary business skills to succeed. In addition, in 2020, Noelle added ano...

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Lori Buxton has been involved in early care and education since 1995. She has served children and their families on many levels, including classroom teacher, program director, executive administrator, and training specialist. Lori is the Managing Director of the Association for Early Learning Leaders and speaks/trains regionally and nationally. She has served on many early education advisory committees including the Sesame Street C...

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Vernon has been called the trifecta of childcare. He grew up in an "in-home" program. As his company grew, he has been the owner-director of small, medium, and large programs. After 28.5 years, including a decade of multi-site ownership, he sold his schools to a large regional provider. Along the way, Vernon completed a Master's in Early Childhood, wrote a couple of books, and became a popular speaker. Today Vernon i...

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