Contracts & Policies for Family Child Care

One of the benefits of being a family child care provider is that you are your own boss! With the exception of illegal discrimination you may design your program however you want. (If you care for families who are subsidized by a government financial assistance program, you must follow the rules in your state for this program.)

You may have a highly structured program or a very informal one. You can charge whatever fees you want to private pay parents. You may use a simple contract and policies or they may be very extensive. In the end, it is up to you to make your own decision about what type of program you offer parents and what rules you want to adopt.


Learn how to develop your contract and policies using these:

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