What an awesome time we’ve had hosting live events in my preschool program for the 2016 school year. It’s been an amazing time to see our children move on to public school, private school, or become an after-school student. I enjoy hosting live events because it gives me an opportunity to see the work that I’ve put into the children, the staff, and the parents come into full fruition. Just a few weeks ago, we hosted our preschool graduation program, and it was an amazing event. One of the reasons why the preschool graduation program was amazing is because I utilized it as a way to have all of our children participate in the children graduating, and all of our children participate to show our family and friends exactly what the kids have gained and exactly what the kids have learned while attending our program.
See, I believe that a preschool graduation should be more than just the preschoolers participating, that it should be the whole school involved. I love creating an atmosphere where it is family-oriented and where it shows us working together as a team. My team truly worked hard to bring this event to pass. My director, she loves giving back to the community. Whenever she gets an opportunity to work alongside me during an event where there’s a lot of giveback, she’s 100% in.
There was so much going on during our preschool graduation, from me waking up that morning and getting my glam squad to show up and get me ready for the day, to ordering the perfect dress so that I could be flawless during the event and have colors that were vibrant, to having my makeup completed so that I could look my very best when going out the door, to having on a dress that was vibrant, beautiful, and speaking to my personality.
Then I had to do the office criteria, such as sign all of the diplomas. We work really hard to get our diplomas done in advance. Most of our diplomas are done well in advance, as far as January, so that we’ll know who we have graduating and that we can have their photoed diploma. Then we work on making sure that all of the children that join our program are potty-trained within 30 days and that we are setting an objective for those children to receive their potty-training certificates.
Then after going through all of the office work that has to be done with signing all of the certificates, I head out to do my final check of the event. My final check is done at least one hour before guests arrive, just to make sure that everything that we’ve ordered was in place. This year, we added Lego props because, of course, we created a theme, and our theme was building blocks to our future. With our handmade Legos, I went in to make sure that everything was set up. We always order our balloons and have columns created for the kids, so I had to do my final check to make sure that the balloons and columns were created.
Another big piece to our preschool graduation is our programs. I love to create our programs in such a way to where it reflects our theme and provides information for our clients, so that all of our visitors can read about us and decide to do business with us, as well. Another highlight of our event is our customized graduation cakes. Now, not every childcare provider will complete a customized graduation cake, but the cake always makes the event. Every year, we have a customized cake, and this year our cake was made out of Legos.
Getting up in front of a crowd is something that I constantly work hard and prepare for. This year, I prepared for the occasion by having the words to say, and I also prepared for parents to do business with me who were family and guests. As a way to prepare my team in advance, we went through three weeks of practice, and we went through about nine weeks of meetings with my team to brainstorm and to let this be the best preschool graduation we’ve ever had.
One of the benefits that we’ve had is the venue that we’ve chosen. We’ve chosen a local church that can sit everyone. Also, the local church has an eating area, so we decorated the eating area, and we ordered food for our guests. Our guests come back to the eating area for food and fellowship. I truly believe that one of the key points to building a successful childcare program is to make sure that you provide time for the families to fellowship with you afterwards.
Then we released the balloons in the air for all of our preschool graduates, praying that they will have a successful school year. Hosting live events, for me, is so much work, but it is oh so fun. I cannot wait for next year’s preschool graduation. I hope to see your pictures, as well. Talk to you soon.