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Marissa Schneggenburger

New Roles & Adapting Through an Acquisition with Imagination Station Child Care & Preschool  

  • July 7, 2023

The childcare industry is continuously changing. With that comes new job roles at childcare centers, acquisitions, and the need to adapt and adjust. In a recent webinar, Aileen Wells and Alyssa Schreiber Mullen joined Kangarootime to talk more about their experience at Imagination Station Child Care & Preschool. Being recently acquired and implementing new roles like the Program Lead Position has led to a slew of changes. In this article, we’ll explore more about the Program Lead Position and their acquisition experience. 

Imagination Station’s Program Lead Position 

After attending the 2022 Bounce Conference, Alyssa and Aileen recognized the need for a Program Lead role. This position acts as a floating director who also engages and interacts directly with educators in the classroom. As an assistant director, they provide critical support to the overall administration, operations, and parents. They also provide ideas and improvements for children’s education and implement innovative teaching methods, ensuring that each child’s learning experience is engaging, age-appropriate, and aligned with developmental milestones. This position helps the organization create a positive and collaborative work environment to empower educators.  

When asked what they would change about their Program Lead position, Alyssa and Aileen responded, “Have more of them!” 

Their new position was just one aspect of change outside of their recent acquisition.  

Embracing Change: The Recent Acquisition 

Imagination Station was recently acquired by BrightPath, bringing about changes in operations. By embracing change with a positive mindset, Imagination Station was able to have a successful transition. 

“It’s human instinct to resist change. We’ve been very intentional about keeping an open mind going into the change.” – Alyssa Schreiber Mullen 

By keeping an open mind, educators at Imagination Station have been presented with new growth opportunities including conferences, improved curriculum, and increased efficiency. The new curriculum, although different from their previous structure, focuses on letting children be the best version of themselves and provides a better learning experience. Child development is always changing; therefore, the way children learn must change too.  

Through hard work and open minds, Imagination Station has more trust built within and across the organization, allowing for faster and easier changes.

Watch the full webinar below.

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