¡Hola from Scranton, PA!
Accrediting Mi Casita Preschool is quite the process! One of the first steps into becoming a Spanish immersion preschool is attending a state run daycare orientation. These daycare orientations do fill up quickly, so the Philadelphia orientation was not an option. In order to expedite the process, I decided to make a road trip out of it and visit lovely Scranton, PA. I have a few tips for anyone looking to attend daycare orientations in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Visit the Department of Public Welfare website at least a month in advance of your desired orientation date. Find a time that works for you, and call the second the office opens to reserve your spot! Call to reconfirm a few weeks out.
- As soon as you plan on opening your preschool or daycare, sign up for the orientation. It’s a great box to check at the beginning of the process and will help to keep you organized.
- The Philadelphia daycare orientation will likely be booked, so have a back up plan…..remain flexible and take deep breaths.
- Once the orientation day approaches, make sure that you allow an extra 90 minutes for travel time. The orientation begins promptly and no late-comers are tolerated. AT ALL! NO EXCEPTIONS!!
- Read through the code and other documents in advance of attending. In fact, read through several times. Have questions prepared. I found the code to be vague, so this is a great chance to get clarifications as you prepare to open your school.
- Bring snacks, a jacket and water. The temperature in government buildings is not reliable, nor are the vending machines. If you are on a special diet, you may want to consider byolunch.
- Network! Many of the people attending this orientation already own successful daycares or preschools and are an awesome wealth of information. Make ‘amigos’ with everyone and learn as much as you can!
- If you end up going to Scranton for your orientation, feel free to reach out! I can give you site specific tips for your visit.
- A special ‘gracias’ to Mike, our facilitator- he was great!
- Another special thanks to my personal chauffeur and consultant CJ Walsh Marketing!