Leveling Up your childcare leadership team

E8 – Leveling Up Your Child Care Leadership Team with Summer Picha

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If you’ve recently hired (or promoted) a new director and are feeling like they need some help with their leadership skills, this episode is for you.

We are joined by leadership expert, Summer Picha. Summer has over 18 years in the industry and is the creator of the Conscious Classroom Certification Model.

Summer knows specifically what it takes to lead a mission-driven team and create a culture where schools and families feel like they belong.

Summer points out a major flaw in the way most of us hire our directors and assistant directors that perpetuates the leadership issues so many centers face. To help break this cycle, we discuss several ways to improve the leadership in your child care program, how you can both support your director(s) in their roles and get out of their way, and the best thing you can do to train your admin team.

Summer also shares a personal story about how she learned to find her own voice in her leadership and coaching style, rather than just imitating others.

Summer shares two powerful resources to help you on your leadership journey:

  • The Leadership Edge Quiz: Designed specifically for Early Childhood Educators to help them identify their strengths, find out their leadership style, and learn about the other leadership styles to help early education leaders to be confident in their roles.
  • This amazing book: It’s Ok to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need  by Bruce Tulgan

To contact Summer Picha:



Tune in to hear the answer to this week’s listener question:
Dear Brian & Carol: My director’s not very good at running my school. The teachers walk all over her and don’t listen to her. Whenever I’m around they listen just fine, then when I’m not around they do not. What can I do?

Yvonne, AZ

Tune in to hear guest expert, Summer Picha, share her secret recipe for coaching your directors into their leadership roles and helping to elevate their skills. A few of her tips might surprise you. Tune in now)

Mentioned in this episode:

ALEAF Insurance (Official Child Care Genius Podcast Sponsor), Specializing in child care insurance) Contact Blake Sanders for more information: (972) 866-4065, blake@aleafinsurance.com

It’s Ok to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need  by Bruce Tulgan

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