By Rhonda Anderson
One of the big issues looming as we hurl towards summer are the changes in summer enrollment and how that affects providers. Many providers are concerned about the “summer decline” and the effect on their budget and yet, some say that their enrollment actually increases in the summer.
When I was running a childcare business, I was often affected by a summer decline because I cared for a lot of teacher’s children. One of the things I did to supplement and help fill my openings was to create an hourly drop-in plan for those same families, as well as others in the community who didn’t necessarily need regular childcare. By making it easy and convenient for families to drop their children off with me for a couple of hours while they went to lunch with a friend or to the grocery store, I not only supplemented my gaps during the summer, but ended up with a waiting list from these same families in the fall!
If you usually experience a decline in your summer enrollment, I’d love to hear from you about what the reasons are and what you do to either boost enrollment or make up for the lost income.
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