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Founding Member to Confident Leader with Courtney Grenier


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Raising tuition can be a touchy subject for owners. It’s something you know you have to do—something you have the right to do—and yet you feel the need to justify it every time.

This was also true for Courtney Greiner, owner of Mini Mos Child Care and Preschool.

In the early years of running her school, Courtney struggled to find a balance between the desire to improve her center and the very real costs of running her business.

After exhausting every other possibility, Courtney finally came to the conclusion that she had to implement a tuition increase. It was the only way to keep the school running at the high standard her community deserved and set goals for future improvements.

At first, she felt beyond guilty. She knew many parents were struggling financially and didn’t want to create more of a burden for them.

But eventually, Courtney realized that the parents were getting so much value for the tuition they were paying. Her teachers were incredible, the curriculum was exceptional, and the children were provided with all kinds of additional opportunities for enrichment.

Her center deserved to be well-funded.

In the end, it turned out that Courtney’s anxiety was for nothing. After she raised the tuition, she saw that the parents didn’t complain about the increase at all. Just as she had recognized the quality of the education her center was providing, so did the parents.

The only real obstacle that entire time was Courtney’s own mindset.

In this week’s podcast episode, I sit down with Courtney Greiner to talk not only about money mindset, but also the many other takeaways she has gleaned during her 5-year membership in our Owner’s Only HQ program.

Join Courtney and I as we chat about:

  • The state of her center before joining the membership
  • How her personal relationships have changed since becoming a member
  • Her journey to shifting her money mindset
  • How the culture of her center has evolved
  • Why you should bet on yourself and consider joining the membership too

At the end of the day, so many of the obstacles you’re facing right now can be addressed through a shift in mindset, and leaders just like Courtney can help you get there.


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 Courtney was hesitant to bet on herself at first, but once she did, she realized that an investment in herself was really an investment in her center. If you’re ready to take an important step toward creating your own school of excellence, I invite you to fill out an application for our Owner’s Only HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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