A New Preschool Year… And Some New Goals!

With each new preschool year, I recommit to making this year an even better one than last year in so many ways.

With my preschool parents, I want to:

  • Give them such an amazing experience that they rave about us to all their friends.
  • Never focus on the quantity of students, but the QUALITY of our program.
  • Give them more than their money’s worth.
  • Prove that our preschool is not just a safe place to drop off their child, but a place that will love, nurture, enrich, and engage their child with every ounce of energy we can possibly give.
  • Offer advice to parents who need extra help with their children’s potty training, behavior problems, and overall parenting help.
  • Support them in their own efforts at home, and to merge the gap between home and preschool, making it a seamless, comfortable transition.

With my preschool students, I want to:

  • Love them unconditionally, and be there for them at every moment they need my guidance.
  • Praise them when they do their best, to carefully nudge them in the right direction, to hold their hand as they try out new things.
  • Make every hour at preschool some of their happiest moments of childhood.

With my preschool teachers, I want to:

  • Give them every opportunity to succeed and feel proud of their teaching efforts.
  • Reward them for a job well done.
  • Provide a secure job where they know they could always stay if they wanted to.
  • Offer such a job that is both rewarding and challenging, allowing them to grow in their own confidence.

And with my family, I want to:

  • Get back to a simpler life.
  • Sit by the river and listen to the calming water flow lazily across the rocks.
  • Relax.
  • Leave the computer and just be. with. them.

And with that, I will take my last goal and begin.  Right now.

So here’s to a new year, a new you, and a new goal or two to strive for!


Please leave your comments below about what YOUR goals are for this upcoming year!  I can’t wait to read them!

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Joy Anderson

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Preschool expert Joy Anderson is the creator of Preschool In A Box, the complete business kit to help women start preschools in their homes. She is the founder of the home preschool model and has helped thousands of women create a supplemental or full-time income by simply teaching preschool classes to 3- to 5-year-olds for a few hours each day. She still runs her own wildly successful preschool and can often be found running after her five children and husband in Boise, Idaho.

Comments 15

  1. Jamie O.

    Joy, I love reading everything you write – so motivating! I look forward to a new year of teaching in the 4th grade! We had our first day of class yesterday, and I love getting to know all the new students! My goal? Become a better person… one day at a time!

  2. Becky Benson

    Great goals! I especially love the one about the river! (Wish I had a river nearby – that sounds so relaxing!) I would love to enroll more children this year! I love your marketing ideas and can’t wait to implement more of them. Thanks Joy!

  3. Isis

    You have been more helpful than any one I have asked in the past about opening up a successful child care. I am hoping to open my preschool next fall not sure if it will be in-home or center based yet.

  4. Monica Riley

    HI Joy,

    Thank you for taking time to connect and to send your “best wishes” as we all start out on another exciting school year! I am teaching Pre-K
    again..after 4 years of Kindergarten. So I find I always have to slow down and really keep the curriculum simple and hands on, for the first several weeks/months depending on the level of the students. Or I go crazy and so do the students.

    Good luck to you too and thank you for all you provide for all of us
    aspiring teachers!

    Take care, Monica

  5. omo

    Thank you Joy for all your help with starting my own preschool. I am
    looking forward to seeing children from 1year coming to my school. I know I will do well. Thank you so much

  6. Fatema

    Dear Joy,

    You’ve inspired and without knowing, supported me in starting a montessori preschool from home! I am a qualified montessorian, and didn’t know what should I do with trying to get an income while having the responsibility to take care of my children, who’re 6 and 3 this year.
    I decided to take a step forward and being determined to start a preschool from home after walking through your web seminars, thinking “Let’s do this, not just think about it!”

    I still need a lot of response and advertisement with getting children to join my preschool, but I did take off in the summer with 2 children, who love my montessori and coming to school! So did their parents!

    My goal this year is to achieve more recognition and do my best as a Montessori preschool directress, giving those who join the Snowflakes Montessori Preschool family the best learning experience ever and everyday be happy to come to school! I want to create the love of learning within the child .

    Thank you so much and God bless U

  7. Patricia

    For I am excited about what you have to offer, Joy.
    I am a Day Care Director and Infant teacher in a center based program.
    My goals for this year include new enrollments as well as making the Best Program for the children in our care. Developing a relationship of trust and respect with the children and parents in the program and giving the best to them so that they are happy and ready for school when they leave the program to enter elementary school. This also means developing a respectful and trusting relationship with my staff and helping them to own my goals as theirs for their own classrooms, as we come to our first anniversery.

  8. Rachelle Marintez

    Thanks Joy for all you…..because of you I took the initative to open my own preschool in my home, it is going slow, but at the same time picking up a little at a time. I justed this February, so my goal this year is not to give up on my school and continue to strive to make it better everyday. Once again thank you for your words of encouragement.


  9. Jennifer P.


    I think it is so awesome how you are helping people learn how to achieve their dreams! I love your passion and enthusiasm in your business. While, I am not personally in the preschool business, I appreciate what you are doing.


  10. Kristen


    Thanks for the wonderful message today. I just finished my Meet n Greets and will be starting classes next week. This has been such a blessing in my life and I couldn’t be happier teaching!

    I’ve told you before, but will again… I started last year with 5 kids and by January I had so many people wanting to enroll that I had to open a second class and hire another teacher! In fact, I have spent the last few months turning people away because there is no way I could possibly add anymore!

    This year I have 2 classes, and 18 kids enrolled!!

    Goals: Give these kids the best year at school I can possibly give them! And have fun doing it!

    Be a good employer and make my assistant feel like she is appreciated.

    Thanks for changing my life!!

    With Much Appreciation,

  11. Juliet G

    Hi there Joy thank you for every thing you’ve shared with me,you were a wealth of information & very motivational. I am still in the process of planning my pre-school but with all your help it is going much easier. Thank you and I wish you all the best and continued success for the future.

    Goals: To motivate and help the children to develop to their best potential & have fun doing it!

    I look forward to us keeping in contact. Thank You God Bless. Have a great year you guys.

  12. Grace Esi Ansah

    Genuine christian friendship is golden!

    God bless you and household Joy.

    Grace Esi Ansah

  13. Hajara Ndayidde

    Dear Joy,

    Thanks for your motivating mail and messages.

    I started this year a day care centre for children aged 6 months to three years. I have only 2 children I got a bit discouraged but have not given up.

    Goals: Build my own structure so that I donot have to be stressed by the house rent charges. Also establish a teacher training programe to support the day care.

    Thanks for sharing


  14. Shirley

    Dear Joy,

    The videos and tapes that I watched and listened to are just amazing. I couldn’t take off my headset afraid I might miss something. I am just completing the proposal to establish a preschool in my hometown that’s why I need this kind of inputs. I want to share with you that this preschool is not really a money-making one. It is my advocacy. I am NOT financially capable of putting this preschool named ACTIVE MINDS DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING CENTER but I believe in my heart that there are friends and people around who are more than willing to help me make this dream a reality.

    The Center (as I call it) hopefully will have its first class on APRIL 2012 with only 20 3-5 year-old children of low and average income families. I dream of providing top quality education to my enrollees and maintain the ideal teacher-student ratio of 1:5. I will be charging socialized rates affordable to low income parents. There will be 2 classes in the morning ( 5 toddlers -9:00-11:00 and 5 preschoolers – 8:30 -11:30) and another 2 classes in the afternoon with the same number of students per class.

    I am really very thankful for all the tips and insights that I heard from you. I will really apply some of these in my own preschool once it opens next year. Thanks again and more power to you.



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