Introducing the Endeavor Schools ‘E for Excellence’ Program

At Endeavor Schools, we’re committed to developing the best early childhood educators so that our students receive the highest quality early learning environments and experiences they deserve. To continue our commitment to our teachers’ professional development, we are introducing ‘E is for Excellence’ – a 2-year program that provides teachers with training and tuition to obtain the globally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate and receive extensive guidance from pedagogical coaches to further enhance their teaching skillset.

The CDA is a widely recognized accreditation from the Council for Professional Recognition that is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals. We will conduct our program in partnership with the ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), whose CDA program has been awarded Gold Standard distinction by the Council for Professional Recognition.

During the first year of the E for Excellence program, teachers will study for the CDA certification, which focuses on eight core areas:

  1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  2. Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development
  3. Supporting children’s social and emotional development
  4. Building productive relationships with families
  5. Managing an effective program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
  8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

After obtaining CDA certification, teachers begin the second year of the program under the guidance of the Endeavor Academic Team, led by Dr. Amy Brereton, Endeavor Schools’ Vice President of Academics. This phase of the program involves discussions and workshops with researchers and thought leaders in the field of early childhood education.

The resources that form the foundation for the second year are developed by some of the most prominent organizations in the Early Childhood Education field, including Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child, The Fred Roger’s Center, Cambridge University’s School of Education’s Play in Education Development and Learning Center, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program effectively combines practice and theory in a manner that will improve teachers’ skills, strengthen their understanding of the craft, and enable them to be the next generation of top early childhood educators.

Endeavor Schools Expands Atlanta Presence with Two New Parker-Chase Preschools

Endeavor Schools is proud to announce new additions to its growing network of schools. The education management company has acquired two former Kids ‘R’ Kids franchises in East Roswell and East Cobb, Georgia. Both schools have been renamed as Parker-Chase Preschools, one of Endeavor’s most distinguished brands. The change will take effect immediately and both schools will continue operating without interruption for the children and families they serve.

The acquisition demonstrates Endeavor Schools’ commitment to the Atlanta region. With the addition of the new Parker-Chase schools, Endeavor Schools now owns and operates nine schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area with plans to expand further.

The talented, tenured, and dedicated teaching staff at these schools built solid reputations in their communities for providing high-quality early childhood education. As Parker-Chase Preschools, both schools will continue that legacy. They will also remain accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of the most respected early childhood education accreditors in the nation due to its high standards for education and safety.

“The Parker-Chase educational philosophy and focus on outdoor and STEM learning is a perfect match for these new locations and aligns with their existing approach,” said Endeavor Schools Chief Operations Officer, Danielle Millman. “Children respond well to an educational style that is structured around them so that their individual talents can flourish. This is why Parker-Chase has been so successful and families in East Cobb and East Roswell will continue to find this a truly positive educational experience.”

Parker-Chase Preschools was originally founded in 1981 in Carrollton, Texas. In 1985, it became one of the first schools to be accredited by NAEYC. Endeavor Schools acquired Parker-Chase Preschools in 2016, adding it to the company’s long list of reputable schools that excel in providing high-quality early childhood education to their communities.

The new Parker-Chase locations will offer innovative programs for infants through kindergarteners with an after-school program for school age students as well. They will also continue operating with the same staff members who have made such a strong connection with families in the community.

“Maintaining these community bonds is at the core of what makes our schools special,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “We are looking forward to continuing these relationships and creating new ones with our Parker-Chase schools.”

This year promises to be a big one for Endeavor Schools as the company is in negotiations to acquire several more schools across the country. By investing in teachers and school facilities, Endeavor Schools is bringing its consistently high standards of education to more children and families.

“Communities need high-quality schools they can depend on,” Campo said. “We strive to provide consistency, reliability, and superior quality to many more families in the coming year.”

From Student at Cambridge University to VP for Academics at Endeavor Schools, Dr. Amy Brereton Has Championed Working Mothers for Years

This year, St. Edmund’s College, one of Cambridge University’s 31 colleges, celebrated its 50th year of admitting women by honoring 50 St. Edmund’s women who have studied or taught at the college. One of those women is Dr. Amy Brereton, the Vice President for Academics at Endeavor Schools, who was recognized for her research exploring young children’s perspectives of school, how they evaluate their own progress as learners, and her work to improve support networks for working mothers at the university.

Dr. Brereton’s connections to Cambridge run deep. After graduating from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she matriculated to Cambridge University in 2001 for graduate study in Educational Research, obtaining both an MPhil and a PhD. In addition to her studies, she was a Woman’s Officer at the university and promoted support networks and programs for female students balancing motherhood and scholarship.

‘Working mothers have the drive’

Dr. Brereton experienced what it was like to be a working mother at Cambridge University herself when she returned in 2010 for post-doctoral research and was five months pregnant with twins. Working on a research project with Dr. Lani Florian, a world class scholar who developed the concept of inclusive pedagogy, a method of teaching that promotes inclusivity to heighten academic achievement of all children in a learning community, Dr. Brereton had a simple list of priorities.

“Deliver babies, keep babies alive and collect data,” Brereton said.

But the simplicity was deceptive because the physical toll was great. Once her twins were born, it was not easy to care for two new babies while working on a demanding research project that required collecting data at preschools in England and Scotland, in addition to conducting literature reviews at the University Library. The physical toll caused Dr. Brereton to question whether she would be able to complete the academic work she traveled all the way to Britain to conduct. Sitting in Dr. Florian’s home, Dr. Brereton admitted her self-doubts.

“I don’t know if I can do this,” she said. “I’m only sleeping two to four hours a night. How am I ever going to give you the quality of work I want to give you?”

“The question is: ‘Do you want to do the work?’” the professor asked.

“Yes,” Brereton replied.

“Then I think you will find a way because I have found that working mothers have the drive and stamina to deliver excellent results,” Dr. Florian said.

At that point, it had only been 40 years since Cambridge University allowed women. But Dr. Florian pointed to the numerous examples of women who simultaneously succeeded in scholarship and motherhood. It was difficult, but they persevered and paved the way for future women.

“Many women in history gave up a lot, so that you wouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other,” Dr. Florian said.

Looking back, Dr. Brereton said that moment in Dr. Florian’s home made a lasting impact.

“I realized I had a choice,” Dr. Brereton said. “With the right support, I could choose to work if I wanted to.”

Finding Balance at Endeavor Schools

After becoming a mother, Dr. Brereton became more efficient with her time.

“Prior to having children, I was able to work 12 hours straight and think about nothing but work, which I thought was a positive thing because long hours meant hard work,” she said. “The way I think about work now, as a mother, makes me work smarter.”

Brereton added: “I don’t work for the long spans of time like I used to, but I work smarter, which has made my work better. I’m more focused because I know that if I waste any time during work hours, it will come out of my family time later.”

Endeavor Schools manages 50 schools across the country, including approximately 1,500 teachers and teaching assistants. As the Vice President for Academics at Endeavor Schools, Brereton oversees the curricula for each of its schools. Managing a demanding career while raising a family can be challenging, but Dr. Brereton said Endeavor Schools has a company culture that supports working mothers.

A Supportive Work Environment for Women and Working Mothers

When Dr. Brereton was a Woman’s Officer at Cambridge University, she worked hard to build and expand programs that improve student quality of life for women. Knowing how important that work was left an impression on her, which is one reason she is proud of the work culture that Endeavor Schools has created.

Approximately 95 percent of Endeavor Schools’ employees are women and the company puts great effort into supporting women in the workplace, such as offering competitive pay, development programs and opportunities for advancement.

Danielle Millman, the Chief Operations Officer at Endeavor Schools, said the work of women should always be held in high esteem and compensated accordingly, especially in the education field.

“When it comes to early childhood education, women are the driving force.” Millman said. “We acknowledge the importance of women and hold them up as professionals and experts in education. We invest in our educators and want to ensure they are well cared for, compensated, continually developed, and given plenty of opportunities for advancement.”

In addition to having a 95 percent women workforce, 98 percent of leadership positions at individual schools, including Regional Directors, School Leaders and Assistant School Leaders, are held by women.

With her experiences as a Women’s Officer and working mother at Cambridge University shaping her outlook on workplace situations for women, Dr. Brereton said she couldn’t be prouder to work at Endeavor Schools.

“Endeavor Schools was founded in 2012 and already has a strong track record of equity in pay and leadership,” she said. “This company is solid proof that equity can be accomplished if the success of women is a priority. And at Endeavor Schools, women are a priority.”