Who says you can't learn something at a conference?
I've been to a few conferences during my time in wireless content and data. Most of those hours were spent in rooms at the conference center or at nearby hotels, locked in back-to-back meetings with current and potential partners. Spending time at sessions, learning about the industry was as rare an occurrence as seeing unicorns gallop by you, even as plausible as that could be coming from an industry where cosplay was the norm.
Lesson #1: It Is Working
We heard from and met with dozens of organizations and viewed testimonials confirming what we know: positive outcomes manifest in children when they are exposed to quality education at an early age.
Many centers and organizations employing the shared services model are succeeding in improving the support offered to teachers and staff and these improvements are making a difference in the lives of children in pockets across the country.
That's wonderful news, but...that brings me to my next lesson.
Lesson #2: It's Not Going Far Enough
There's a real need for shared services in early childcare development and education. When applied effectively, shared services can have a lasting impact on our youngest population, delivering them onto a path primed for success. But, sadly, we know there are still areas and entire regions of states and large swaths of communities all over the country unable to take advantage of the gains we've seen in maximizing numbers to reduce costs and produce better care.
I also wonder about the organizations that might be struggling in parts of the country where there is less awareness of shared services, fewer opportunities and fewer viable resource partners to work with. And I also think too about those who, in the end, couldn't make the model work after all.
Lesson #3: No Turning Back Now
Rome was not built in a day as the saying goes and though, we have a lot to learn, we can accomplish a more for our children in Connecticut.
We have big goals for CERCLE and we know foresight, sound planning along with developing trust with parents and providers and great business partnership will get us there. Baby steps, yes, but in tackling the persistent problems in the early childcare industry with new, creative ideas and solutions, we've already taken a big leap forward into a brighter future for Connecticut's children.