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2023 ECE Forecast: Experts Share Predictions and Trends Part 2


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We need to address the elephant in the room: 

After coming out of a multi-year pandemic, we’re possibly headed into a global recession.

With what seems like global threat after global threat, it can be hard not to feel like everything is all doom and gloom.

Will there be a recession? 

How severe will it be? 

How long will it last? 

How will it affect the ECE industry? 

How will it affect my center? 

How will it affect my family?

Let’s all pause and take a deep breath.

As much as the current state of the world can make us want to return to how things were before, the truth is that the future is coming whether we like it or not.

Before you get into a panic, I encourage you to turn to the data. Knowledge is power, and it’s the best tool we have to prepare for what’s coming—good or bad.

So, what do the ECE experts say?

A lot of good things!

Despite the threat of a recession, industry experts are optimistic about the future and how ECE centers can turn a difficult situation into incredible opportunities.

It all comes down to being prepared and using your discernment to make smart decisions. By taking the right steps and maintaining a growth mindset, you can still work toward the goals you have for your center—recession or not.

In this week’s podcast episode, we’re finishing up our deep dive into the 2023 ECE forecast. This time, I’m chatting with seven more industry experts to talk about their predictions surrounding leadership, culture, and branding in 2023.

Join us for a conversation about:

  • The trends they’ve been seeing within ECE centers (like the rise of “quiet quitting”)
  • Their predictions for 2023, including the potential impact of the recession
  • Their recommendations for how you can pursue your center’s goals no matter what 2023 holds 

If there’s anything I want you to take away from this episode, it’s that you always have power over your choices. While you can’t control what’s happening in the world, you can control the decisions you make for your center. And with the right preparation, those decisions can lead to excellent outcomes.


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

There’s a lot to think about for 2023, but there’s one decision I hope will be straightforward for you: attending the 2023 Summit of Excellence! This year, the event centers on building legacy through values-based leadership, which is a great continuation of our conversation about preparing for the future.

This year’s Summit is limited to members only, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join us! All you have to do is apply for our Owner’s Only HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll not only benefit from the chance to attend the event, but also the support of like-minded leaders and invaluable resources you can use as you work toward building a school of excellence.

Connect further with the guests on today’s episode below:

Rachel Supalla @

Vernon Mason @

Lori Buxton @

Beth Cannon @ Download The Ultimate Checklist for Turning Your Manual into Modules

Thad Joiner @

Brandy Woods @

Brian & Carol Duprey @

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