Hello! My name is Kristie
I have been a Family Child Care Provider for 10 years.
I have worked with children for over 20 years.
- Licensed General Education Teacher (K-6)
- Four licensures as a Special Education Teacher
- Specialized in: Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum
- Disorders, Academic/Behavior Specialist
- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
- Masters Degree in Special Education.
- Licensed In-home Family Child Care Provider
- Four-star Parent Aware MN Daycare Rating
10 years ago, I was teaching first grade and special education.
Then I said what so many parents say,
I want to be home with my children.
So I started my family child care.
I started out small and didn't have any experience running my own business.
I made a lot of mistakes the first 5+ years. The learning curve is steep! This business can feel lonely and isolating.
I so desperately WANTED and NEEDED a support system.
I was looking for support anywhere possible.
At trainings, I wanted to reach out to the veteran providers in the room, but it was difficult to create lasting relationships.
I needed advice on daily activities, contracts, behavior management, parents, policies and MOSTLY someone to validate all of my feelings and support me.
I lost $1,000s each month when...
I would make exceptions, Not follow my policies, take too many unpaid days, not trust my gut,
The list goes on...
My mental health was in decline. I stopped seeing myself as a professional. I kept catering to families all in the name of "being a good provider." My family and I took the brunt of it and I started to feel the burn out.
So many questions would run through my mind.
Should I quit?
I am able to make it in this business?
How can I change my program to work for me and my families?
How do I stay open to serve my childcare families?
I made A LOT of changes!
I found a small group of providers that lean on each other and pick each other up.
Having support was my only way through.
I put myself and my family first.
I stopped adapting my family around the childcare families needs.
I created a business that worked for me and then found families that fit into it.
I was the provider that my child care children deserve.
I will help your business thrive too!