Licensed to Care: A Training Program to Start Or Expand a Childcare Business

*Up to $10,000 in grant funds may be available to those who complete the Licensed to Care training and launch their childcare business*

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You can start a childcare business from the comfort of your own home. This three-part, online program beginning in September will prepare you to operate an in-home business providing childcare to families within your community. 

  • Create a business plan 
  • Identify growth opportunities 
  • Licensing & safety training 
  • Get business counseling. 

We are particularly focused on reaching under-resourced communities with this training, so language assistance will be available upon request to ensure that the offering is inclusive.

The course begins on September 7th. Read below for dates and full description of each phase. 

Training Will Take Place in Three Phases:

Phase 1: September 7th – October 5th (Wednesdays) 

5-class series: introduction to business skills and owning and operating a licensed in-home childcare business. Participants will complete this step with knowledge of in-home childcare industry needs, education and licensing requirements, and a workable business plan. Also included is soft skills and professionalism training; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training; business acumen training. 

Phase 2: October 19th – November 16th (Wednesdays)

A 5-class continuing education program, designed for those who have completed Step 1, or existing childcare businesses, and/or anyone who has earned the requisite educational credits for operating a licensed childcare business. This phase includes the opportunity to become CPR certified.

Phase 3: November 30th followed by bi-weekly class meetings

Follow-up support through one-on-one advising with a Women’s Business Center Business Counselor. With WBC guidance, businesses will track milestones and access more business development resources

This phase includes class meetings, group projects, hands-on training, and opportunities to build professional networks.

Participants who complete the program and launch a childcare business may be eligible to apply for grant funding through the California Dream Fund; however, please note that participation in the program, and successful launching of a business does not guarantee funding. 

The California Dream Fund Program is funded by the State of California and administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). Eligibility criteria applies.