Educator Spotlight: Megan Wiedman
Child care can be hard to find in rural Colorado, and in Sedalia, a community of 206 people outside of Denver, there’s no exception. Megan, despite the odds, has created a thriving, full program of young learners.
Megan, who has 12 children each day in her fully-licensed early education program, always knew she wanted to start a home-based child care, but the business aspects intimidated her. She didn’t know where to start, but while doing some research, she found MyVillage.
“There’s no harm in reaching out,” she thought, and 12 hours later, she was on the phone with MyVillage’s team. Within three weeks, she was on a path to getting licensed, thanks to MyVillage’s in-house licensing specialist, and she could see the vision for her program coming to life.
Some tough personal challenges required Megan’s attention over the next few weeks, but thanks to the flexibility that comes with business ownership, she was able to open her program on her terms, educating the kids three days a week. “It wasn’t easy, but I truly don’t think I would be sitting here without the support I received from MyVillage,” she said.
The freedom to operate her program how and when she wanted was a big selling point for Megan.
“I needed to be able to be there for my family, but I also wanted to get my business up and running,” she said. “I was able to do both, and now, after a year with MyVillage, I have so many families in my program. We’re a little community – a little family – and it’s all love.”
Megan doesn’t define success by a full program, although she has one. She defines success by how the kids in her program are doing, and the sense of belonging to the little family she’s built through her hard work.
“I know that’s an obvious answer, but those kids make every day mean something,” she said. “They prove to me that my job doesn’t feel like a job because it’s something that I love so much. They’re what make my days so special.”
With the resources from MyVillage, Megan’s been able to market her program and fill it with 18 children (12 per day) all by herself. For Megan, this was important. It gave her a broader sense of ownership and proved that with the desire and confidence in herself and her program, she really could make her dream a reality.
Sedalia may be small, but like any small town, their community is strong.“We’re always helping each other here,” she said. “If a spot in my program opens up, I will fill it in 24 hours. Word travels fast.”
No one is turned away at Megan’s MyVillage. She’s worked hard to have a very inclusive program. Having all walks of life is what makes her program what it is. Right now, Megan is working one-on-one with a special needs student.
“Before he started coming here, he couldn’t talk at all,” she said. “Now he can, and just the other day he spoke at circle time. It was so amazing seeing all the other children’s reactions. It was a true reminder as to why I am doing what I am doing. It’s been a lot of work to get him to this point, but it’s so worth it. Seeing him and the other children, and how he smiles so big now when he does talk. It’s all worth it.”
“My family isn’t just myself or my fiance; it’s all the families in my care,” Megan said. “They are a part of my life, better yet they are writing this story with me.”
We couldn’t be more proud to have Ms. Megan be a part of our educator community. She is a true inspiration to all of us. Thanks for shining so bright, Megan.