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Child Care Business Resources


Running a child care business can be rewarding—but it can also be difficult. There's more to child care than just being a good provider. A successful child-care operation has to succeed as a business, too. Take advantage of the materials below to learn more about the business side of child care.

Getting Started

When you're starting or expanding a child-care business, there's a lot to consider. Use our worksheets to help you make the right decisions.

  • Self-Analysis Worksheet: Is owning a child care business right for you? Assess your own skills and interests with our Self-Analysis Worksheet.
  • Competitive Analysis Worksheet: How does your business or planned business compare to your competitors? The Competitive Analysis Worksheet can help you figure out where you stand.
  • Location Analysis Worksheet: Got a particular location in mind for your child-care business? Use the Location Analysis Worksheet to analyze the suitability of the location you are considering.

Operating Your Business

  • Business Plan Overview and Checklist: Every business needs a business plan. This overview lays out the typical components of a business plan, plus a checklist to help keep you organized.
  • Sample Marketing Tools: A list chock-full of marketing ideas, organized by expense and type of activity.

Determining Costs

To succeed as a child-care business owner, you need a clear understanding of your expenses. Use the worksheets and samples below to help calculate costs, whether you're operating a child-care center or an in-home business.

Cash flow projections: It's important to understand your business's cash flow. Here are two sample projections for a center and an in-home business.

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Need More Help?

Child Care Regulations

For current information on North Carolina child-care licensing rules, regulations, subsidies, program components and more, see the North Carolina Division of Child Development's website.

Staff Development Resources

Is your staff aware of the resources available for professional development? The Child Care Services Association offers several programs to help child-care providers maintain well-trained and fairly-compensated staff. See the T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Project and Child Care WAGE$ National for more.

Business Training

Do you want more business training and to earn a Quality Point towards your star-rated license? Take our Child Care Business Basics training course, offered by trainers around the state. Find a trainer in your area here

Other Resources

These organizations offer more good resources: National Association for Education of Young Children, National Association for Family Child Care, National Black Child Development Institute, Association for Early Learning Leaders, North Carolina Early Childhood Association, Child Care Services Association, NC Institute for Child Development Professionals