How to Start a Child Care Program
"How to Start a Family Child Care Business" workshops are available and are free to attend. Click here for dates.
Click the picture or the link above to open the "Family Child Care Planning Guide Request Form." Complete and submit the form by email or fax to receive our guide to help you get started with your own family child care business! Submission instructions are included on the form. Once you submit the form by email, you will automaticall receive the "Family Child Care Planning Guide" by email.
Are you thinking of starting a child care program? Families in the Capital Region need high quality child care! You have the opportunity to help families in the community by becoming a family child care provider or opening a child care center or school-age program. Here are many considerations before beginning the process.
Reasons to start a child care business: Your reasons for opening a child care program will affect the type of care you provide. This link offers insight into why you might open a child care program.
Getting started. Gives you an overview of what you need to know so you can decide if running a child care business is a good investment for you.
Preparing a business plan. Helps you define how much money you will need, how you will earn it, and how you will spend it.
Preparing a management plan. Helps you plan how you will run your business.
Training. Helps you plan the training you will need.
Program planning. Helps you plan the environment and plan for the children's growth and development.
Resources. Gives you local and national resources that will help you be a successful child care provider.
Needs assessment: Before you invest money in a child care business, you need to determine if your community needs another child care center or family child care home. Read the Child Care Council's "Picture of Child Care in the Capital Region" for a detailed assessment of our community.
Finding a Location: Before you decide to use your home for a family child care business or commit to a building for a child care center, you will need to look at indoor and outdoor space for health and safety issues. You will also need to check zoning and homeowner association covenants.
Child Care Aware/Child Care Providers: http://childcareaware.org/child-care-providers
How to Start a Family Child Care Program in the Home
Interested in starting a Family Child Care program in your home? The best way to begin is to attend a Family Child Care Information Session. In this free two hour class, information is provided on the requirements of the entire registration/licensing process, such as:
15-hour Health and Safety Training class
Child abuse background check
Avoiding common application mistakes
Initial home safety inspection
"How to Start a Family Child Care Business" workshops are available and are free to attend. Click on the links below to register:
How to Start a Family Child Care Program, January 29, 2013, Rotterdam
How to Start a Family Child Care Program, February 21, 2013, Ballston Spa
How to Start a Family Child Care Program, February 26, 2013, Menands
Health and Safety Training is required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to open a family or group family child care program.
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How to Start a Child Care Center or School-Age Program
Capital District Child Care Council provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting a Child Care Center or School-Age Child Care programs in their communities. To obtain a registration, the applicant must show that the child care program meets requirements that the state has established to help ensure the health and safety of children in care. The Capital District Child Care Council can provide interested parties with application materials, information about the process of starting a program, and help with understanding regulations.
For information on how to start a child care center or school-age program outside of your home, contact Anne Gresco at 518 426-7181 x 308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, the New York State Division of Child Care Services Albany Regional Office holds a free Child Care Center Orientation class on the 2nd Monday of every month from 1-3pm. For more information on registering for this class, contact New York State Division of Child Care Services Albany Regional Office at (518) 402-3038.
Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing MaryEllen Gugie.