The Strategic Summer Workshop

Optimize Your ECE Center’s Systems this Summer for a Smoother Start to the School Year

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm ET

(Can’t attend live? Choose the ticket option that includes the recording during checkout.)

Get Your Workshop Ticket for Only $99

As the school year winds down,
you’re crawling towards the finish line.

2023-2024 has been another challenging, busy year. The summer is so close, you can taste it.
You’ve overcome huge hurdles, navigated important decisions, and survived untold surprises.
There were days you loved your job, and there were days you’d rather have done literally anything else.
You were able to tackle some major challenges in the last year, and you’re right to feel proud of yourself.
At the same time, some struggles remain unresolved as you head into the summer.

It’s so tempting to say, “That’s a next school year problem. I’ll think about it then. Maybe it will even solve itself over the summer!”
But we all know that’s wishful thinking.
Not only will the same challenges pop up in the fall, but they’ll be even more difficult to fix by then because you may forget the ideas you have now.

After all the progress you’ve made, that’s a frustrating thought.

What if you could take small actions now
that make a huge difference next school year?

Summer traditionally gives school leaders some well-deserved breathing room, even if their center stays open all year.

While you can and should take some time for rest, this is also a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for the 2024-2025 year.


What if the actions you take this summer could make the beginning of the next school year 5% smoother for you? 10%? 15%?

For instance…

  • If you’re being interrupted multiple times a day for help with classroom behavioral management, maybe you need to provide professional development on the topic. Assign your teachers a summer study, and you can reduce distractions going forward.
  • If you’re noticing redundant software programs, summer is the ideal time to audit your tech expenses and get back to the basics. Go on an unsubscribing binge and watch your expenses drop.
  • If you’re always running enrollment numbers to make sure every spot is full, what if you used the summer to train a colleague how to make the calculations for you? That way, you can make informed decisions without having to pull your hair out over formulas.

What is the biggest point of friction that you simply don’t have time to fix during the school year?

By pinpointing just one system you could improve this summer, you can make next school year that much easier for yourself and your team.

Imagine a smooth start to the school year. You could feel…

  • Calm, cool, and collected as you welcome teachers, parents, and children back
  • Prepared with a well-thought-out plan ahead of time
  • Energized and ready to bring your center greater success
  • Connected to the importance of your work, instead of the daily frustrations that pop up
  • Grounded, centered, and empowered as you build a school of excellence.

This summer is the perfect opportunity to optimize your school’s systems, so your future self thanks you. (And don’t worry, you’ll still have time for R&R, too.)


I’m hosting The Strategic Summer Workshop for ECE leaders on May 30. In just 90 minutes, you’ll discover exactly which systems you can build or tweak now, so the start of the next school year is noticeably smoother.

I’ll teach you how to:

  • Identify simple solutions that make a big difference
  • Create efficiency where you most need it
  • Enhance your school culture through calmness instead of chaos

At the end of my 90-minute Strategic Summer Workshop, you’ll…

  • Understand what’s causing your school to feel hectic
  • Clarify your center’s priority system to improve this summer
  • Define your desired outcomes
  • Make a simple plan for a huge impact
  • Feel confident going into next school year, knowing you’ll experience more ease and flow than ever
I can’t wait to get strategic this summer!

An easier, breezier start to the next school year: it begins NOW.

The Strategic Summer Workshop will help you identify the most important system to tweak this summer at your center, so you can experience a smoother start to next school year.

You’ll walk away from the workshop with…


Discover which small fixes will make the biggest differences. I’ll help you pinpoint the greatest frustrations that can be resolved with systems.


Identify ways to make your current tasks more efficient, so you can reserve your creative energy for your school’s biggest initiatives.


Instead of putting current challenges in the “next year’s problem” category, address a few of them now to create excitement for the next school year.

Plus, I’m empowering you to continue making progress with this powerful bonus…


Pyramid of Excellence Assessment

No two schools are the same. That’s why I created the Pyramid of Excellence: a framework designed to help ECE leaders identify their center’s current stage of growth.

Are you in survival mode, or are you in legacy mode? Are you somewhere in between? How can you address your current stage’s biggest challenges, and continue rising along the path?

This assessment will help you pinpoint your next best steps, tailored to your school’s current stage of growth.

Take action this summer. Join the online workshop live for only $99.

I want next school year to feel smoother. Sign me up!

Hi, I'm your guide,
Chanie Wilschanski!

I’m an early childhood leadership coach and the CEO of Schools of Excellence.

I’ve worked with hundreds of EC directors and school owners who are working to build a school of excellence with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent engagement, and collaborative culture.

I began my journey over a decade ago teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in New York City. After 8 years, I went on to earn my master’s degree in EC and Special Education. Then, in 2015, I started working with teachers and school leaders on the how part of creating excellence in their schools.

As a wife and mother of four, I understand what it takes to lead a large center and have a full-time job at home. It breaks my heart when I see so many dedicated school leaders sacrificing time with their families and self-care for a school that’s eating all their energy.

If you want to experience a smoother school year in 2024-2025, I am honored to guide you through strategic summertime fixes that can make all the difference.

Real FAQs from ECE school leaders

Is this workshop live?

Yes! The workshop is offered from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm ET on Thursday, May 30, 2024. For $99, you can attend live. For $199, you can attend live, and get a recording you can return to as often as you like. The strategies I’ll teach you aren’t only useful during the summer. When you invest in the workshop recording, you can return to these strategies at any time.

How much time does it require?

The workshop lasts 90 minutes. As the school year winds down, I know you’re busy doing lots of last-minute tasks. But would you spend 90 minutes of your time to determine the simple steps you can take this summer to make next school year less chaotic?

You keep talking about making the next school year 5, 10, or 15% smoother. Why not 100% smoother?

When your systems are running 10% smoother, your teachers know where to go and what to do. The families feel grounded. The children are right at home. Start with a goal of making next school year 10% smoother, and know the strategies I teach you are timeless. You can apply them over and over again for continued improvement.

What if I discover I want to burn down my current systems and start over from the beginning?

Chances are no system in your school is completely broken from top to bottom. There is probably a specific part of the system that is causing friction. I’ll help you identify that single piece, so you can make a surgical change that has a big impact.

Do I need this if I'm an established school with decades of experience?

This workshop has been specifically designed for early childcare leaders and their teams at any stage of their professional journey. The frameworks I teach apply to you whether you’re an owner, director, regional manager, franchise owner, or CEO of multiple centers.

I just started my school. Is this for me?

Yes, absolutely! Get a strong start by learning the strategies and mindset to build a school of excellence that operates smoothly.

May I share the workshop with my team?

When leaders get inspired after a training session and they come back to their team, their administration is skeptical. They’re worried that there’s now another thing to do, and their hands are already full. Any shift feels like death by a thousand cuts. However, when you bring your team to the workshop with you, it creates buy-in that will pay off for years to come. They are in the learning process with you, and they are willing to dig into the work alongside you.

This is why I recommend you select the workshop option that includes the recording so you can share the content with your team afterward. Alternatively, you may provide your team with their own live enrollments.

If you cannot bring your team, you will still get tons of value out of this workshop, for your personal and professional aims. Remember, you only have control over your actions and choices, so bringing yourself is most important.

Breathe easy going into next school year.

Wouldn’t it be a relief to start next school year feeling collected, empowered, grounded, and excited?
Wouldn’t you love to confidently kick off 2024-2025 with an unprecedented level of organization?
Wouldn’t it be gratifying to focus on how exciting the start of a new school year is, and how much you love your work?
That all depends on the smart steps you take this summer.

Register now for just $99

If you’re on the fence…

Summer is a time for restoration. Even if your center keeps running all year long, the rhythm of the summer is often slower.

The idea of putting in work now when you desperately need a break may sound overwhelming.

But I promise the strategies I teach you don’t have to be all-consuming or even keep you from that beach vacation you deserve so much.

Simple fixes can have enormous results.

Let me show you how. It all starts with the 90-minute workshop.

And if you’re still uncertain, I encourage you to start a conversation with my team. They’ll answer your questions so you can make an informed decision about whether or not this workshop is right for you.

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