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

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You can start a childcare business from the comfort of your own home! 

This free, online program beginning April 9, 2024 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.

Join live sessions to learn how to write a business plan, explore the childcare industry, and be supported in understanding state and local licensing requirements. There is also the opportunity to become CPR certified!

The course dates will be announced soon. Read below for a full description of each phase. 

Join a virtual information session to learn more about the course:

Training Will Take Place in Three Phases:

Phase 1: April 9-May 7

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: May 21-June 18

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: July 2 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.