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*

Phase 2 starts march 16: now Enrolling

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

three-part, online program beginning in February 2022 will prepare you to operate an in-home business providing childcare to families within your community through training in the following areas:

  • Creating a business plan 
  • Identifying growth opportunities 
  • Licensing & safety training 
  • Personal business counseling. 

The program is open to all, but designed for women interested in entering the workforce from home. By focusing on in-home childcare enterprises, Licensed to Care will allow women to provide culturally competent childcare to families within their own communities. 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 February 2nd. Read below for dates and full description of each phase. 

Training Will Take Place in Three Phases:

Phase 1: February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and March 2nd

Introduction to 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.

Phase 2: March 16th , March 23rd, March 30th, April 6th April 13th

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 step includes the opportunity to become CPR certified.

Phase 3: April 27th & beyond

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

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.

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