Iowa Training & Workshops

First Children’s Finance understands that child care businesses are difficult to run and face many unique challenges. That’s why we offer practical, hands-on workshops and seminars that address the most critical business topics for family providers and child care centers.

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Upcoming Training & Workshops

November-December 2019

  • Reducing Costs While Maintaining Quality (1 offering)
  • Six Principles of Successful Child Care Fundraising (6 offerings)

January-Febraury 2020

  • Business and Finanical Fundamentals CM1-4 (5 offerings)

March-May 2020

  • Annual Budget- Business and Financial Fundamentals CM5 (3 offerings)
  • Tuition and Revenue Strategies- Business and Financial Fundamentals CM6 (3 offerings)
  • Facilities and Equipment- Business and Financial Fundamentals CM7 (3 offerings)
  • Leading, Directing, and Managing- Business and Financial Fundamentals CM8 (3 offerings)

 

Training & Workshop Details

Reducing Costs While Maintaining Quality
To make ends meet is cutting programs, staff or quality the only answer? This session will help participants look at ways to use limited funds more efficiently. Attendees will learn how to use financial tools to analyze and monitor expenses, discuss ways to minimize lost revenue, analyze costs associated with programs and staffing, and understand when and how to use credit to your advantage. We will explore numerous ways to reduce costs while maintaining quality, so that “cutting” isn’t the only option.

Dates & Locations:
November 6, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m.- Davenport, IA

Audience: Child care center directors, owners, and board members. Enrollment priority will be given to centers located in Scott County.

Credit Hours: This workshop provides 2 hours of Iowa DHS & National Administrator Credential (NAC) renewal credit, as appropriate.

Registration: Register online through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/. There is no cost to attend this workshop thanks to funding from Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa.
 

Six Principles of Successful Child Care Fundraising
Fundraising is an essential activity that allows you to maintain a quality, viable, sustainable child care business. This workshop addresses basic principles of successful fundraising and provides examples of how to put those principles into practice. Participants will discuss current fundraising trends and statistics, and explore next steps to successful fundraising.

Dates & Locations:
All offerings will be November -Decmeber, 2019
November 12, 2019, 3:00-6:00 p.m.- Clear Lake, IA
December 12, 2019, 1:00-4:00 p.m.- Davenport, IA
Date TBD- Sioux City, IA
Date TBD- Within CCR&R Region 3
Date TBD- Within CCR&R Region 4
Date TBD- Within CCR&R Region 5

Audience: Child care center directors, owners, and board members.Enrollment priority for December 12 will be given to cetners located in Scott County.

Credit Hours: This workshop provides 3 hours of Iowa DHS & National Administrator Credential (NAC) renewal credit, as appropriate.

Registration: Register online through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/. There is no cost to attend this workshop thanks to funding from Iowa Department of Human Services and Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa (December 12 workshop).
 

Business and Financial Fundamentals, Center Modules 1 through 4
Business & Financial Fundamentals for Center-Based Child Care is a series of eight modules designed to introduce, demystify and engage participants in the fundamental business practices you need to operate a quality sustainable child care center. Developed and presented by First Children’s Finance with support from Northwest Area Foundation, this series is geared toward child care center and preschool directors, managers, owners and board members.  

This workshop will get your year off to a great start with the fundamental practices you need to operate your child care business. Join First Children’s Finance experienced trainers for the first four of eight child care center modules. Modules 1 through 4 must be taken first, then modules 5 through 8 may be taken in any order.

  • Child Care is Your Business-Plan for Success, CM1
  • Marketing and Enrollment, CM2
  • Financial Statements, Policies, and Procedures, CM3
  • Cash Flow, CM4

Dates & Locations:
All offerings will be January – February, 2020
Date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Spencer, IA, CM1 -CM4
Date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Within CCR&R Region 2, CM1 -CM4
Date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Within CCR&R Region 3, CM1 -CM4
Date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Within CCR&R Region 4, CM1 -CM4
Date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Within CCR&R Region 5, CM1- CM4

Audience: Child care center directors, owners, and board members.

Credit Hours: A certificate for training hours is provided at the end of each module for 1.5 hours of Iowa DHS & National Administrator Credential (NAC) renewal credit, as appropriate. Upon completion of all 8 modules, participants will be provided a certificate of completion for Business and Financial Fundamentals.

Registration: More information coming soon.
 
Business and Financial Fundamentals, Center Modules 5 through 8
Business & Financial Fundamentals for Center-Based Child Care is a series of eight modules designed to introduce, demystify and engage participants in the fundamental business practices you need to operate a quality sustainable child care center. Developed and presented by First Children’s Finance with support from Northwest Area Foundation, this series is geared toward child care center and preschool directors, managers, owners and board members.  

This workshop will get your year off to a great start with the fundamental practices you need to operate your child care business. Join First Children’s Finance experienced trainers for the second half of the eight child care centers. Modules 1 through 4 must be taken first, then modules 5 through 8 may be taken in any order.

  • Annual Budget, CM5
  • Tuition and Revenue, CM6
  • Facilities and Equipment, CM7
  • Leading, Directing, and Managing, CM8

Dates & Locations:
March TBD- Annual Budget- CM5, Webinar
March TBD- Tuition and Revenue- CM6, Webinar
March TBD- Facilities and Equipment- CM7, Webinar
March TBD- Leading, Directing, and Managing, CM8, Webinar
April TBD- Annual Budget- CM5, Webinar
April TBD- Tuition and Revenue- CM6, Webinar
April TBD- Facilities and Equipment- CM7, Webinar
April TBD- Leading, Directing, and Managing, CM8, Webinar
May TBD- Annual Budget- CM5, Webinar
May TBD- Tuition and Revenue- CM6, Webinar
May TBD- Facilities and Equipment- CM7, Webinar
May TBD- Leading, Directing, and Managing, CM8, Webinar

Audience: Child care center directors, owners, and board members.

Credit Hours: A certificate for training hours is provided at the end of each module for 1.5 hours of Iowa DHS & National Administrator Credential (NAC) renewal credit, as appropriate. Upon completion of all 8 modules, participants will be provided a certificate of completion for Business and Financial Fundamentals.

Registration: More information coming soon.
 

For more information

Angie Rae Duncan, Senior Business Development Specialist
Angie@FirstChildrensFinance.org