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So you're serious about starting your own day care center?

There's a lot to think about…

There is an element of risk in starting any business. Eliminating that risk through knowledge and planning will lead to your success in the day care business.

As you can see from the table of contents below, this extensive kit has everything you will need to get your business off the ground and running. The kit has been written to provide you with the latest information necessary to start a day care center.

Table of Contents:

Starting a Day Care Center

  • Deciding on a Name
  • Legal Requirements
  • Business Plan
  • Start-Up Costs
  • Outside Facility vs. Home Based

Organizing Your Day Care Center

  • Preparing Your Home
  • Required Equipment
  • Establishing a Web Site
  • Installing a Web Cam

Running Your Day Care Center

  • Types of Care
  • Setting Your Rates
  • Establishing a Contract
  • Managing Cash Flow

Marketing Your Day Care Center

  • Attracting Customers
  • Interviewing Clients
  • Getting Referrals
  • Building Your Image
  • Staying Ahead of Competition

Curriculum Development

  • Daily Schedule
  • Children's Activities
  • Planning a Menu

Policies and Procedures

  • Enrollment
  • Payments
  • Drop Off and Pick Up
  • Holidays and Vacation
  • Safety and Emergencies
  • Behavior and Discipline
  • Food and Health
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Illness

Managing Your Day Care Center

  • Record Keeping
  • Insurance
  • Tax Obligations

Growing Your Day Care Center

  • Hiring an Assistant
  • Getting Financing
  • Keeping It Going


  • Forms
  • Examples
  • Resources

Final Thoughts

The Starting a Day Care Center Start-Up Guide Kit™ also includes all of the necessary forms that are needed to operate a child care business.
  • Registration Forms
  • Agreement
  • Policies
  • Infant Supplemental Form
  • Toddler Supplemental Form
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Medication Form
  • Complete Business Plan
  • and over 30 more ready-to-use Daycare forms and sample business letters!

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