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What is NICCM?

NICCM stands for the National Institute of Child Care Management.  NICCM was established in 1994 to enhance the effectiveness of childcare administrators through management and child development education.  Our Mission isto provide Institute level training and mentoring support to early education business professionals.  While colleges and universities can provide learning in a "school" environment, an institute can provide secondary learning that is provided by specialists in the field who have successfully worked in the area in which they are providing the training.  Most professionals seek this type of interactive training.

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Director's Credential Courses!

It is a proven fact that credentialed professionals command higher salaries.  The value of a credential is three fold:  1) For those who don't possess a college degree - it provides an opportunity to receive recognition for educational acheivements. 2) For those who already possess a college degree - it provides an opportunity to receive traning and recognition that goes beyond a traditional "school" education.  3) And it provides everyone with an opportunity to "maintain" a high level of professionalism.  This shows that you don't think your need for improvement ended when you got their degree or position.

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Management Training!

Statistics tell us that the average early education/child care center director will only last 3-5 years in their position.  This statistic is due to the extreme lack of industry specific management and business training available.  NICCM is at the forefront of bringing a high quality, interactive management and business training environment that is industry specific. 

Whether you are new to the industry, new to management, or have been a childcare center director for 40 years, you are guaranteed to learn something that will help make you even more successful.

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Distance Learning Program!

Can't get away? NICCM has created an unparalleled distance learning program.  Unlike most distance programs, our does not require you to be a "computer" or online learner.  NICCM's distance program is the closest thing to actually being at one of our live events.

Whether you need, or want, to get the program completed in a week-end - OR you want to take up to six months, the NICCM distance learning program can be tailored to fit your needs.

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Training Cruises!

NICCM is the industry leader in the concept of training at sea!  Each year we plan and lead multiple groups of early education professionals on training events aboard cruise ships.  Not only is this a great environment to receive refreshing and training, this combination also provides an excellent monetary value.

We try to plan the training topics around the needs and interests of the specific group enrolled and we only do training for 4-5 hours on the sea days.


Training Videos!

Wish you could take the training material back to everyone in your center?  NICCM and HandPrint Products have collaborated to make this possible through our traning video series.  Filmed before live audiences, often at regional and national training conferences, our series of over 50 training videos provides an opportunity to expand your learning opportunity and get you training hours without having to leave your center/home. 

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National Institute of Child Care Management (NICCM) Program Options




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About Bradley


Bradley Smith has been an adult educator and motivational speaker for over 20 years.

His knowledge and expertise in the areas of child care center management, human resources, leadership, business issues and classroom procedures ...

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HandPrint Products

HandPrint Products  was formed by Bradley Smith to handle his growing line of products that had been created as a support Director's and Teachers in the Early Childhood Education field. Currently HandPrint Products has a child care training video(DVD) series consisting of 50 titles, a policy and procedure system consisting of 7 manuals, books and other products including his top selling “101 Learning and Transition Activities” book.

HandPrint Purchasing Coop

The HandPrint Purchasing Cooperative was formed in 1998 to create purchasing power among centers in the early education industry.  The current products availble include the Mahar manufacturing   line of early education furniture as well as some consumable items such as diaper changing gloves.  The HandPrint Purchasing Coop currently does not require an annual membership fee and provides an opportunity to purchase needed items below retail prices.  We are constantly looking for ways to save you money.  Contact Us  for a quote or for more information and begin saving money immediately! 

Consulting Services

During the past decade, Bradley Smith has lead HandPrint Productions to become the leader in consulting in childcare business practices.  This includes: fiscal management, enrolment management, marketing, human resource, small business issues and leadership.  In addition the services include help with specific issues concerning handling sensitive issues to avoid fall-out or minimize the likelihood of litigation.  Currently consulting services are available including: on demand, monthly access, 30 day, long distance, on-site and extended services.  In addition career and business coaching and mentoring services are also available.  Contact us for more information or to schedule a consult.  We guarantee your satisfaction!

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