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Avoid Programmed-to-Fail Budgets
August 6, 2019
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
-John Muir
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In the book, Managing Money in Early Childhood Organizations, Roger Neugebauer writes:
“A director draws up a budget for which projected income equals projected expenses. However, the budget will inevitably fail because faulty assumptions were made in projecting both income and expenses.

The most common mistake here is to project income by multiplying weekly fees by the number of spaces in the center by the number of weeks the program is open. This does project the center’s maximum potential income if every space is filled for every week, but this will never happen!...

Centers often under-project expenses by failing to include certain line items altogether. Most frequently neglected are expenses for staff training, leave time, salary increases, fuel cost increases, and major appliance repair…”





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Ron · August 07, 2019
Discovery Children's Centre
Winnipeg, Canada


I recently got this book and am just devouring it with great interest. I've been managing a Centre for over 35 years and consider myself a good manager. And still I found so many helpful and brilliant ideas in this book. I would recommend it to others in a heartbeat.



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