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Arizona Early Childhood Professional Development ECHO

Program Goal

Early Care and Education owners, directors, and administrators will gain some of the key business skills needed to keep their businesses going during COVID-19 and beyond.

About the Business Practices for Early Care and Education: Working through COVID-19 and Beyond ECHO

Keeping an early care and education (ECE) center or home thriving financially can be tough in the best of times, let alone in the uncertainty of a global pandemic. Even major corporations with resources and financial experts are struggling, so what can family child care homes and early education centers do to keep their businesses going? In this free, seven-week, interactive online course, ECE owners, directors, and administrators will gain some of the key business skills needed during this time and beyond. Course participants will have weekly access to expert faculty who will use both short lessons and participant’s case-based presentations to explore foundational business practices such as budgeting, understanding expenses and revenue, and advocating effectively as an ECE professional. Through these weekly group Zoom sessions, homework, and shared learning, participants will understand and gain practice with some of the important tools needed to stay in business.

Who Should Attend?

Child Care Center or Family Child Care Home:

  • Owners
  • Directors
  • Assistant Directors
  • Administrators
  • Bookkeepers

ECHO encourages site collaboration. Consider inviting your director, fiscal manager or teacher to register with you.

Meet Our Team

  • Natasha Byars, MS, MSW, LICSW Assistant Director, Professional Development Institute at Educare Arizona
  • Ginger Sandweg, Senior Director, Early Learning, First Things First
  • Suzanne Perry, Director/619 Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Unit Arizona Department of Education
  • Eric Bucher, Ed.D., Executive Director, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC)
  • Karla Houghtalin, M.Ed., Business Practice Coach Professional Development Institute, Southwest Human Development
  • Mary Jamsa, M.Ed., Program Manager, Professional Development and Training, Southwest Human Development
  • Lori Masseur, M.Ed., Deputy Associate Superintendent Early Childhood Education, Head Start Collaboration Office Director, Arizona Department of Education

Program Schedule

DateTopicSession Lead
July 8, 2020
6—8:00 p.m.
How Do Enrollment Levels Impact Your Bottom Line?Mary Jamsa, M.Ed.
Karla Houghtalin, M.Ed.
July 15, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
The Art of Collecting All Tuition and FeesMary Jamsa, M.Ed.
Karla Houghtalin, M.Ed.
July 22, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
Budgets: The First Step to Financial PlanningMary Jamsa, M.Ed.
Karla Houghtalin, M.Ed.
July 29, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
Making Tuition Decisions that Work for Your BusinessMary Jamsa, M.Ed.
Karla Houghtalin, M.Ed.
August 5, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
Participant ChoiceTBD
August 12, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
Braided Funding: Accessing Federal, State, and Local Funding StreamsLori Masseur, M.Ed.
August 19, 2020
6—7:30 p.m.
Making Your Voice Heard; the Value of AdvocacyEric Bucher, Ed.D.