Links to Other National Resources

The following links may be useful for all childcare centers and providers. For links specific to family childcare providers, click here.

National Childcare Organizations

Alliance for Early Childhood Finance
This organization focuses on how to address the need for more comprehensive financing in the early care and education system. Although not addressing individual family child care provider issues directly their website contains thoughtful information on quality rating and improvement systems, financing, shared services, and early care and education policy.

Center for Child Care Workforce
Their mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children. They focus on improving the working conditions of the child care workforce.

Children’s Defense Fund
CDF champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, and quality education. They lobby on behalf of early childhood education and care and have offices in eight states.

Council for Professional Recognition
This agency administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program which is designed to assess and credential early childhood care and education professionals (including family child care providers) based on performance.

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.

National Association of Child Care Professionals. This is a professional association for center directors.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
This is the largest professional organization in the child care field, mostly made up of child care center workers. Their website contains information on conferences, public policy positions, and a wide variety of publications.

Government Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website contains information on children’s health, universal infection control measures for children who are HIV-positive, and much more.

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.
This is the official source for information on child care from the U.S. government. It contains business information under “Business Startup and Operation.” Although some of the information is geared towards child care centers, it does contain some useful information for providers.

National Network for Child Care
A program of Cooperative Extension which shares knowledge about child care from the resources of landgrant universities. Their website contains many articles on all aspects of early childhood education, including business management.

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
This program awards quality rating to family child care providers who meet a set of defined program standards. This site contains contact information for the more than 20 states that offer this program.

United States Small Business Administration
Within the SBA is the Office of Women’s Business Ownership that oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers. These Centers offer business training, counseling and other resources to help women grow their business. Some of these local organizations help family child care providers.

Online Business Training

This is an e-learning program of the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network. The online classes are offered as a series of teacher-lead chat discussions, reading materials, and exercises. A series of 5 family child care business courses are offered throughout the year. There is a fee for these classes. For further information call 651-746-4024.


Child Care Information Exchange is the leading child care center magazine and it offers many articles and other resources online.

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc
They have several free publications that can be downloaded.


National Conference of State Legislatures – Child Care and Early Education:

Environment Rating Scales

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS):

Program Administration Scales from the McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership:

Child Care News

Early Childhood Focus:

Economic Development and Child Care

Cornell Linking Child Care and Economic Development Project:

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis– Early Childhood Development:

Insight Center for Community Economic Development:

Financial Planners

American Institute of CPAs
Certified Financial Planners
Garrett Planning Network
National Association of Enrolled Agents
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors


American SIDS Institute
This website offers information and resources for preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The ARC of the United States
This website offers information on a wide range of disabilities and includes links to many other organizations and resources.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
This website offers many resources including Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care and Healthy Kids, Healthy Care. They also have an extensive listing of links to all aspects of children’s health.

Child Care
Started by the owners of Minute Menu software, this website contains a blog, articles, a forum and other business resources.

Family Child Care Links


Child Care Organizations

Child Welfare League of America This program created a Family Child Care Clearinghouse in 2004. Although outdated, it does contain some useful links to business resources, research on family child care, and a list of family child care associations.

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.


Redleaf Press
This is the nation’s leading publisher of family child care books. They include:

  • Family Child Care Business Planning Guide by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Contracts and Policies by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Inventory-Keeper by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Legal & Insurance Guide by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Money Management & Retirement Guide by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Tax Companion by Tom Copeland
  • Family Child Care Tax Workbook and Organizer by Tom Copeland
  • The Redleaf Calendar-Keeper

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. 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. Participation is free. Here are some of the more popular forums:
The Activity Idea Place
Child Care Lounge
Child Care Providers Forum Forum
Home Daycare Providers Forum on Cafemom

Government Agencies

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 (written by Tom Copeland) 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 Family Child Care Websites

The Child Care Business Owner Blog!
This blog contains articles on a variety of business issues by a family child care provider in Missouri.
This websites contains a number of articles.

Tom Copeland’s Taking Care of Business
This blog contains numerous articles on the business of family child care.
Their website contains information on the business of family child care. Their Facebook page contains active discussions on business topics.