Contracts and Policies Connections for Family Child Care

 

Links to key family child care business websites and organizations that deal with contract and policy issues.

This is a comprehensive listing of websites and organizations that can assist you in creating and modifying your contract and policies. We do our best to keep these links current but some links may no longer be active. First Children’s Finance does not endorse or recommend any information you may receive from the websites and organizations listed here.

 

For state specific information:

Minnesota
Iowa
Michigan
North Dakota
South Dakota

Child Care Organizations

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Links to your state and local child care resource and referral agency that will refer parents to your program; offers training and other services for providers. They may offer training on contracts or they may offer other resources about contracts.
Family Child Care Associations

National Association For Family Child Care
They offer an accreditation program for providers who want to meet higher quality standards. Its website contains articles and resources on contracts and policies

State and local family child care associations – Note: local associations often come and go out of business so the names on these links may be dated.

Family Child Care Forums

Family child care forums are internet sites where providers can post messages, ask questions of fellow providers and share ideas and resources. Common topics of discussion are what to include in written agreements with parents and how to handle parent disputes. Participation is free. As with all information distributed on the Internet, be aware that the opinions and advice expressed on these forums may or may not be reliable. Here are some of the more popular forums:
The Activity Idea Place
Child Care Lounge
Child Care Providers Forum
Daycare.com Forum
Home Daycare Providers Forum on Cafemom
Punky’s Child Care Chat

Online Business Training

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has posted a free power point class on “Coming to Terms: Establishing a Business Relationship with Parents” written by Tom Copeland. Handouts are included.

North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral
Click on “Search for Training.” A class on Contracts is one of five self-paced on line classes. The class is free. This site also contains numerous articles and resources on the business of family child care.

Other

Family child care websites
There are thousands of family child care providers who have created their own websites. These websites contain a wealth of information for providers looking for sample contracts, marketing ideas, program activities, and links to other resources on the Internet. To find these websites you should Google “family child care websites”.

Here are some websites that offer free sample contracts and policies and other forms:
Supporting Providers
Daycare Match
Step-by-step
Child care Lounge
The Daycare Lady