Why a Customized Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program is the Best Choice to Meet Companies’ Childcare Needs

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare industry, causing available childcare slots to drop drastically across the country. According to a survey from the Bipartisan Policy Center and MorningConsult, more than 40 percent of parents have said that their regular childcare provider has closed temporarily or permanently. This has put a great burden on working parents who rely on professional childcare providers so that they can pursue their careers while knowing their children are safe.

Endeavor’s employer-sponsored childcare programs can relieve that burden. 

By offering employees a consistent, reliable, and professional childcare program, employers provide a benefit that assures safety and peace of mind not only for their employees but their families, as well. However, finding a provider that meets all of a company’s needs can be difficult.  From daily schedules, the ages of children served, to the education and care preferences of individual employees, it’s vital that the program employers choose is customized to the unique needs of their families.

With Endeavor’s Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program, we provide employers with a service that allows them to have a program designed specifically for their employees’ needs while balancing their budgetary constraints. Most importantly, we operate the childcare program with experienced childcare and management professionals.

Certainty and Confidence

With so much upheaval in the childcare industry, a program specifically for one company ensures that employees have the confidence that their childcare needs will be met each day. Whether the employee is working at home or in the office, they will be able to remain focused on their work knowing that their children are in the care of trusted childcare professionals.

Designed to Meet Employees’ Needs

Most employer-sponsored childcare programs force companies to fit into an already existing program structure. That’s not efficient and doesn’t meet the unique challenges of each employer. For a childcare program to best benefit a company, it should be designed to fit the needs of the employer and their employees. We focus on all aspects of the program to create customized solutions that fit the work and lifestyle of each company’s community.

Our experienced childcare management professionals take the time to understand what program works best for each company by completing a Childcare Needs Assessment Survey. Through this research process, we are able to develop a uniquely optimized program.

Reflecting Company’s Culture

We design employer-sponsored childcare programs to reflect the company’s culture. These are not cookie-cutter solutions.  We realize that the culture employers create is something special that company leaders have worked hard to create. As part of the development process, we weave the company’s ideals into the childcare program. This upholds the values and spirit of the company while providing a seamless transition to make the childcare program a part of everyday life for employees.

Budget and Flexibility

By developing a program specifically for the company, we have the ability to adhere to the agreed-upon budget that companies allocate for their childcare program. We also understand that employers needs evolve.  Our employer-sponsored model allows us to work as a strategic partner to help address any programmatic changes – such as curriculum requests, service offerings, ages and mix of children served, organic food offerings, or changes to hours of operation.

For more information on our employer-sponsored programs, read about our 6-step process.

 

Endeavor Schools Launches ‘Hybrid’ Montessori Training Program for Working Teachers

Providing professional development opportunities for our teachers is a core asset of our company. And with our Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program, we provide full-time teachers with the opportunity to learn the Montessori method through a program designed to fit their schedules and needs.

Led by Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools, the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program (MOATEP) focuses on principles created by Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of the teaching method that bears her name. This includes developing the prepared environment and instilling a deep respect for children and sensitivity to their various learning styles. By the end of the program, teachers have a solid understanding of the Montessori method and gain experience in applying them in the classroom.

To fit the schedules of working teachers, the program will include online learning modules, combined with an intensive, in-person summer residency program in Portland, Oregon.

“MOATEP is such a special training program for educators who want to become credentialed Montessori teachers,” Lanou said. “The accessibility for working adults is a cornerstone of our program format.”

Caleb McGuigan, a primary (ages 3 to 6) teacher at Montessori of Alameda in Portland, is one of the first participants in the program and has already began utilizing what he has learned into his classroom.

“Lee does an amazing job of making the subject matter very approachable and understandable,” McGuigan said. “Even after a short period of time I feel as though I’ve been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to Lee and the opportunity to be part of the cohort.”

Combining Two Schools of Montessori Philosophy

Another major feature of MOATEP is that teachers will earn a Montessori teaching credential from the American Montessori Society, but they will also be trained in two schools of Montessori methodology: AMS and Association Montessori International (AMI).

Lanou holds from both AMS and AMI, which gives her the unique expertise to combine best practices from both training methods and implement them into MOATEP’s curriculum. In addition, the MOATEP faculty will include additional instructors trained in one of the two methods.

“What this means for the adult learners is that our program dives incredibly deep into the Montessori theory and philosophy, which the AMI training is known for,” Lanou said. “Understanding the ‘why’ behind what we do as Montessori teachers helps us to be able to offer the children a more thoughtful and powerful educational experience.”

The MOATEP curriculum also contains the ingenuity and creativity that AMS training is recognized for.

“Combined together, this allows teachers to become thoroughly transformed in the training process so that they can best serve the children, which is our primary goal,” Lanou said.

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

 With MOATEP, Endeavor Schools plans on contributing to the next generation of Montessori teachers, who will be responsible for guiding the next generation of students.

 By teaching teachers, we can positively impact a larger number of children, which continues to grow exponentially,” Lanou said. “And to be able to give as many young children the opportunity to experience a Montessori education as possible, is vital to creating a humanity which will help to heal our world and create a better future.”

For participants like McGuigan, the benefits of MOATEP are clear.

“If you can dedicate personal time to the program, you should be able to thrive as an educator,” he said.

 Program Details

  • MOATEP tuition is free for Endeavor Schools teachers.
  • The hybrid online and in-person program currently focuses on training teachers for the early childhood stage (ages 3 to 6).
  • The infants and toddlers program (for children under 3) will be conducted fully in residence during Summer 2021.
  • Both programs include comprehensive curriculum includes the full Montessori methodology of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Studies.
  • Participants complete coursework in child development, observation techniques, effective record keeping, classroom management, healthy parent communication, effective administration, and much more.

Endeavor Schools also has plans to expand the program after the inaugural year to include a hybrid program for infant and toddler training, and to bring the residency training to other cities, including the company’s major hubs of Atlanta and Minneapolis.

For more details on the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program and how to apply, visit the program’s website at www.moatep.org.