Achieve Blog

Welcome to the Achieve Blog! Check in for articles and posts about:

  • Understanding Workflow
  • Tips and tricks on applying for Individual, Trainer, or RBPD membership AND
  • Stories highlighting those working in the MN Childhood Care and Education field.

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Sawe, Dani, and Julia at the Winter Festival

Conference Season Kickoff

What do tarantulas, roller-skates, and hissing cockroaches have in common? Well, nothing really, other than they all were found in the Exhibitor Hall at the 2020 MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference! If you were one of the hundreds of people in attendance, we’re sure you agree the MnAEYC-MnSACA annual conference didn’t disappoint!
Headshot of Kathy Stolhanske

Kathy Stolhanske: The Glue Holding the Center Together

Extended Family. This is how Kathy Stolhanske, Director of Endless Journey Child Care in Rochester, Minnesota, describes her role with families she has worked with over the years. “I just love being a part of the lives of young children as they grow and develop. I also enjoy being part of the ‘extended family’ of the children, as we involve the whole family in our program.”
Nicky & Lynne stand behind the Achieve table at the Trainer & RBPD Summit.

5 Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Next Conference

How do you know you're making the most of your conference experience? We asked the experts! We surveyed attendees at the Trainer and RBPD Summit this year. 1. Be Present. Don’t just show up physically, be there with your mind and body. If your mind is somewhere else, such as thinking about all of the things you need to do on Monday when you return to work, you are not fully present.
Entering Staff

Workflow Series: The Empire of Entering

Achieve’s Data Verification Specialists (DVS) process around 800 – 1,800 applications monthly. This number depends on the volume of application submissions in Develop. Each application has anywhere from 0 -150 pages of information to enter. Our Achieve team takes pride in carefully reviewing each document submitted by every applicant to ensure the most accurate reflection of your achievements in Develop.
Sawe holding documents

To Send or Not to Send?

Sometimes it’s easier to know what NOT to send. Each document received via mail or printed from email/fax is thoroughly reviewed. Most applications contain documents of which over half are not acceptable. Based on the number of unacceptable documents Achieve receives, we can safely conclude: Some applicants spend a lot of time and energy gathering documents they don’t need to send. The team at Achieve spend hours sifting through documents to find acceptable submissions. Time spent here prolongs the application process for everyone in line waiting to be processed, even those who followed the Acceptable Documentation policy. In the spirit of speeding up the process for you and Achieve we’ve identified the top five documents not to send.
Latisha & Liam

Latisha Schauer: Putting the Care in Child Care

Unlimited Patience. Warm. Wonderful Sense of Humor. Loving. These are just some of the words used to describe family child care provider, Latisha Schauer.  Latisha has been providing full-time care for two years but, has been dedicated to the childhood care and education field off and on for the past ten years. Latisha works at One World, One Family, One Heart, FCC in St. Paul, where earlier this year, she purchased and took over the business. She also attends school full-time, is working toward earning her CDA, and is raising her one-year-old son, Liam.

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