Family Child Care Business

Writing Your Family Child Care
Mission Statement

Family child care providers do not just care for, and educate children. They are also small business owners. They are Entrepreneurs. To be successful, a family child care provider must pay as much attention to her business as she does to the children in her program.

Opening a family child care business is the easy part. Maintaining it is much more difficult. To ensure that you are able to stay in business, keep your business running smoothly, and bring in new families – all while caring for the children in your program – you need to have business systems in place.

Business systems are components, processes and policies that lead to the attainment of your business plans or goals, and support the operations of your business.

Some business systems you need to have in place for your family child care program are:
• Financial
• Programmatic
• Marketing
• Personnel (If you have, or plan on hiring, an assistant)

Other areas to develop and have plans for are:
• Curriculum
• Professional Development

Some of you may have these systems in place, or maybe you have one or two in place, but need to work on others. Many of you will need to develop all of these systems. To assist you in getting started, I have developed a short self-assessment to help you go through each of these areas of your business and see what you might need to work on.

Family Child Care Business Self-Assessment

There are a lot of business resources available to providers, some of it extremely relevant and designed specifically for family child care. However, much of it is just tweaked a little, (or in many cases, not at all), and is not really all that helpful for providers. Nakali Consulting has developed family child care business planning workshops and materials that were designed based on actual experience as a family child care provider and offer practical ideas and activities that can easily be immediately implemented by providers. You will find all of this information, along with handouts and worksheets, here at the Family Child Academy.

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