Iowa Training

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 Iowa Workshops

With COVID-19 continuing to be present, we will continually consider if changes such as limiting enrollment or moving to online workshops, need to be made. As of June 2020, our intention is to offer a combination of in-person and online workshops over the next year.

Managing Your Child Care Business Through Crisis (Online Workshop)

Child care center-based and home-based businesses are invited to participate in this workshop to explore crisis management strategies. The objectives of this workshop are to: 1. Identify the stages of financial crisis management, 2. Learn how to crunch the crisis numbers, 3. Using financial data in crisis decision-making and management, and 4. Explore how to pursue resources for operating capital.

Topics will include: business crisis management, accessing emergency capital, determining cash on hand, projecting cash flow, reviewing financial data to make decisions, managing continued operations, and managing a temporary closure of a program.

Audience: Child care program administrators, owners, and directors.

Credit Hours: Provides 2 hours of Iowa DHS training credit and NAC renewal hours.

Times and Dates: July 21, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Registration: Register through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/
 

Grant Writing Secrets Funders Want You to Know (Online Workshop)

Many child care programs rely on some form of grants or proposals to stretch their dollar and make a bigger impact. Today, early care and education programs are finding that there are fewer opportunities and those they do find are increasingly competitive. Whether you are new to grant writing or have years of experience, this workshop will help you discover the secrets funders want you to know, discuss what makes these secrets so critical, and learn how to turn these into secrets of success when preparing your next application.

Audience: Child care program administrators, owners, and directors.

Credit Hours: Provides 2 hours of Iowa DHS training credit and NAC renewal hours.

Times and Dates: November 10, 2020, 1:00- 3:00 pm

Registration: Register through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/
 

Business and Financial Fundamentals© for Center-Based Child Care

Business and Financial Fundamentals© for Center-Based Child Care is a series of 8 modules designed to introduce, demystify and engage participants in the fundamental business practices you need to operate a quality sustainable child care center. Developed 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.

A certificate for training hours is provided at the end of each module for 1½ 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.

Modules 1 through 4 are offered as a one-day workshop and must be taken first. Modules 5 through 8 will be offered as individual webinars and may be taken in any order.

One-Day Workshop (includes all 4 modules)
CM1 Child Care is Your Business-Plan for Success
CM2 Marketing and Enrollment
CM3 Financial Statements, Policies, and Procedures
CM4 Cash Flow

Individual Webinars
CM5 Annual Budget
CM6 Tuition and Revenue Strategies
CM7 Facilities and Equipment
CM 8 Leading, Directing, and Managing Staff

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

Credit Hours: Each module provides 1 ½ hours of Iowa DHS training credit and NAC renewal hours.

Upcoming Dates
We are working on scheduling 2020/2021 dates. Please check back soon.

 
 

For more information, contact:

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