As with any business, a good plan can set you up for success. Before you even open your doors, you should have detailed plans in place for your child care business.

You may have already thought about your budget, but you’ll also want to consider insurance options, how you’ll market your business and more. Putting the effort into solidifying these plans ahead of time will help your child care business continue to thrive, years after your grand opening.

In this section you will find:

Preparing a Budget helps you define how you expect to make and spend money. Here you will find a list of places where you can look for grants and loans and information about taxes for your child care business. We’ll also share some resources we’ve compiled to help you budget.

Insurance for Your Business gives you the facts on types of insurance that you can purchase for your child care program. Read about what may be covered under each type and who to contact for help.

Marketing Your Program offers ideas for spreading the word about your child care program. Read about items you may want to include in your budget for marketing as well as resources to help you create your marketing plan.

Staffing Needs has valuable information to help you begin to plan how to staff your program. Learn about provider qualifications and the number of employees you may need. You’ll also find information on why you may want to consider hiring or contracting staff for certain tasks.

Developing Your Policies and Procedures gives you an introduction to topics to cover in your policies and procedures. You’ll read about developing a code of conduct and creating an emergency plan. We’ll also discuss what to include in the handbooks you distribute to parents and staff.