How to Start Connections for Family Child Care

 

Links to key family child care business websites and organizations – for new providers.

Here is a comprehensive listing of websites and organizations that can assist you as a new provider. 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 and offers training and other services for providers.

Family Child Care Associations

National Association For Family Child Care
They offer an Accreditation program for providers who want to meet higher quality standards.  Their website contains a variety of articles and resources on the business of family child care.

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. Participation is free. As with all information distributed on the Internet be aware than 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

Government Agencies

Child and Adult Care Food Program
Lists your state agency that administers this nutrition program that will reimburse you for serving nutritious food. Contact them to get the names of the local Food Program sponsors in your area that can enroll you in this program.

Internal Revenue Service
Here you can download copies of all IRS forms and publications

State Child Care and Development Funds
State contacts for the program that assists low income families with child care costs. Contact them if you want to promote your program to subsidized families.

State family child care licensing departments
Your state office can connect you with your county licensing department.

State family child care licensing regulations
Download a copy of your state regulations for your files.

Online Business Training

North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral
Click on “Search for Training” Five self-paced on line classes on Taxes and Record Keeping, Contracts and Policies, Marketing, Legal and Insurance Issues, and Money Management and Retirement Planning. These classes are free and contain only a few citations to North Dakota rules. This site also contains numerous articles and resources on the business of family child care.

Other

Child Care Aware
Provider Pages contain sections on Getting Started, Preparing a Business Plan, Training, and more to help you get started.