Ahh the mass exodus! I know it well. What is that? Well you know when you finally get most of your spots filled and you are running your program, then a parent says “oh we need to give notice”. Then almost immediately another parent says they are giving notice too. NOOO! (fist pumping in the air).
I can remember one year, I had about five 2-year olds. It was great! They were out of the baby phase, for the most part, and we where having a great time getting into some curriculum themes. Then one by one they started to leave. One moved out of state, another enrolled in preschool, etc.
NOOOO! It was just getting great, what happened?
Well the only thing that happened was I hadn’t planned for anyone leaving. Crazy huh? It just didn’t occur to me that eventually children would leave my program. I guess I expected them to stay till at least college. So after the mass exodus, I realized I needed to better plan for the future. Today I want to talk to you about preventing a mass exodus, or at least planning for it.