Why should anyone listen to you? Establish yourself as an expert.

How to establish yourself as an expert: Self-publish, support the community, join networking groups, and more

Leadership skills come from experience and education, but positioning yourself as an expert also comes from great PR and marketing. You must market and brand yourself to ensure others perceive you as an expert.  Many of the leaders in the child care field have the skills to educate children, teachers, and staff but lack the confidence to brand themselves as an expert.

This course will teach child care owners, decision makers, and leaders how to become experts in the field.

How can you show that you are an expert?  Advocate for quality child care, educate, and inform public policy. Share your advice through parenting advice columns, newspaper articles, radio and tv shows, or other professional outlets. Join local networking groups and build community partnerships. Evaluate what is and is not working.

Read real-life tips on how Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith established herself as the expert through self-publishing her own book, submitting weekly advice columns, appearing on radio shows, running a  monthly tv show, forming and influencing public policy by becoming a state legislative liaison, and the networking groups that have made a big impact in the success of her child care center.


As part of this training you will:

  • Learn options on how to establish yourself as an expert
  • Identify your own unique expert skills that will establish you as an expert
  • Evaluate opportunities available to participants that will make an impact in the success of your child care center


After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 1 Professional Development hour.


Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.  Complete the final quiz to receive a training certificate.

Planning a Preschool graduation ceremony

Graduation is such a special milestone in a child’s life. 

This ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate learning and to recognize an important milestone, one that may be the first of many milestones. The innate feeling of pride and accomplishment as you walk across the stage to receive your preschool diploma is so amazing.  From the tassel on the graduation cap to hearing the ceremonial music of “Pomp and Circumstance” for the first time, graduation is a special moment.

After taking this course, you will learn the importance of celebrating educational milestones such as graduation and also HOW to hold your own graduation ceremony.


Interested in only the graduation resources on how to hold a graduation ceremony but not completing the training?  Download the PDF here: PreK Graduation Resources for teachers from Dr. Day Care.

(Please note: to receive a professional development certificate, please navigate through this course and answer the questions at the end)


After this training, you will be able to

  • Understand the importance of celebrating educational milestones such as graduation.
  • Consider the connection between child assessment and communicating readiness for Kindergarten with families.
  • Identify ways to incorporate elements of the graduation ceremony into curriculum to help children prepare for graduation.
  • Recognize that incorporating graduation music into the ceremony will help children to understand the meaning of the event.
  • Be familiar with steps required to plan and execute a successful graduation ceremony.
  • Understand the importance of planning ahead and organizing tasks necessary to prepare for graduation into a timeline


If you have any questions or need further guidance, reach out to us!  We are willing to help any child care center host this special night for families.  You can email us at info@drdaycare.com or use the Contact Us form on our website, www.drdaycare.com.


Throughout this training, you may see references to Dr. Day Care policies and procedures. Follow your early childhood center’s specific policies. If your center needs assistance in developing policies, contact drdaycare@drdaycare.com or 401-475-7707 x222 for assistance.


For Dr. Day Care teachers and staff, always check with your Administrator for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, or forms.


After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 1 Professional Development hour.


Click on the course titles below to progress through this training.