Shared Services

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Changing the early education game

United Way-powered Shared Services MA is an innovative approach to equip early childhood educators with the tools and resources they need to strengthen business practices and enhance program quality. 

Shared Services MA offers:

Shared Services MA Web Platform.  For the educator who also plays the role of small business owner or manager, United Way has invested in a customized web platform for early childhood educators throughout MA to access over 1800 vetted pedagogical resources, business tools and cost savings opportunities including discounts at Kaplan Early Learning, Discount School Supply, Food & Supply Source and ProCare Learning Solutions. To sign up for your free account, go to www.sharedservicesma.org

Sample policies, procedures, handbooks, forms, interview guides, job descriptions, marketing materials and much more have been created by national ECE experts. All are posted in a format members can download and edit, savings huge amounts of administrative time. Many resources are available in Spanish.

Business Training. Workshops for family childcare educators that focus on business fundamentals.

Technology, Coaching and Community of Practice Meetings.  One-on-one and group coaching to implement practices learned in workshops.

Support with Business Practices. Optimal enrollment, tuition collected in full and on time, budget tracking, variance analysis and the importance of ensuring that revenue covers all costs including adequate staff salaries.

‘Train the Trainer’ Education for Peer Leaders. Take business and instructional quality education to scale by training peer leaders to deliver curriculum.

For more information about Shared Services, contact Melinda Weber, mweber@supportunitedway.org.