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The training series includes a reflective workbook and guided tips for completing assignments, is user-friendly and results in a 90% completion rate of Business Plans and Parent Handbooks. Constructive feedback and evaluation support are available for your business plan and parent handbook.

In partnership with First Step Fund, the Francis Institute was instrumental in the development of the program and has assisted in delivering the program since its inception in 1996. More than 149 sites are certified to teach Developing Your Family Child Care Business or Desarrollando Su Negocio Cuidando a Niños en el Hogar programs. More than 1,800 individuals participated in this comprehensive training program.

Who Utilizes this Curriculum?

Developing Your Family Child Care programs (both in English and Spanish), are now being used by partners representing a variety of organizations including:

  • Microenterprise Organizations
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Economic and Community Development Agencies
  • Women and Minority Business Centers
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Developing Your Family Child Care Business Program Outline

Module 1: Exploring Business Ownership 

  • Distinguish among the roles played by a family child care business owner.
  • Write and evaluate a business concept statement.

Module 2: Managing & Organizing My Child Care Business 

  • Identify critical personnel and resource team solutions.
  • Choose an appropriate legal structure.

Module 3: Defining My Family Child Care Services 

  • Identify family child care business features and benefits.
  • Determine governmental and professional licensing requirements.

Module 4: Analyzing the Family Child Care Business Market 

  • Profile the local child care industry and identify trends.
  • Define target market.
  • Determine the business' direct, indirect, and future competition and its distinctive services.

Module 5: Promoting My Family Child Care Business 

  • Identify market advantages/disadvantages related to the business location.
  • Develop promotional strategies.
  • Begin the process of pricing services.

Module 6: Keeping Track of Finances 

  • Identify costs associated with running a family child care business.
  • Learn to use basic accounting tools such as cash flow statement, income statement, and balance sheet.
  • Project income based on pricing.

Module 7: Operating My Family Child Care Business 

  • Set policies for operating the child care business.
  • Consider entrepreneurial oversight to improve the business.
  • Complete the Business Plan and Parent Handbook.

Module 8: Celebrating My Accomplishments!