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Implementing Enrichment Programs at Your Daycare

  • February 24, 2022

If you’re looking for ways to grow and improve your center, enrichment programs can be a great addition. Today’s parents are invested in their children’s lives more than ever. They care about experiences for their children, their nutrition, and health and exercise. Enrichment programs are a great way to involve families, get children moving, and increase your center’s value.

To learn more about enrichment programs, how they improve parent engagement, and how they can improve your center, keep reading.

What are Enrichment Programs?

An enrichment program is an added layer of education or activity at your center. It enables children to learn new things and try new activities beyond your center’s normal offerings. These can be academic or fitness related. Enrichment programs allow children to grow and improve in different areas. 

How Enrichment Programs Can Improve Your Center

Enrichment programs can improve parent engagement, staff retention, and also attract new families to your center.

Improve Parent Engagement

Enrichment programs can improve parent engagement by providing a safe and structured experience for their children. Parents can follow along with their child’s day through digital daily notes, photos, and videos from your software provider. 

Increase Staff Retention

Enrichment programs offer staff members an extra break while giving them ideas on how to enhance childrens’ care through movement and education. By allotting time for the kids to move, it helps tire them out while improving naps, retention, and recall. It also helps fight anxiety, depression, and obesity.

Attract New Families

Offering an exciting and quality program at your center can help you attract and retain new families. Enrichment programs also provide engaging and interesting content like pictures, videos, and success stories, that you can share with prospective families. This enhances your curriculum and allows you to be more competitive in the market.

Implementing an Enrichment Program at Your Center

Enrichment programs can be center-wide or paid for individually by participating parents. Often-times, you can offset the cost of these programs by passing the fees along to parents or including them in your tuition rates.

When partnering with an enrichment program, keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure the program is structured
  • Make sure your core values align
  • Make sure the program is certified

If you’re looking to add an enrichment program to your childcare center, check out Stretch-N-Grow. Megan Bowling, VP of Stretch-n-Grow, recently joined us for a webinar to talk more about enrichment programs at your center. Watch the full webinar here. 

Kangarootime is the leading all-in-one childcare management software for daycares and preschools. With billing and invoicing capabilities, parent communication and staff management tools and classroom automation, Kangarootime helps childcare centers grow and scale. To learn more about optimizing your center with Kangarootime, visit kangarootime.com

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