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03-11-2018 10:59 AM
Michael Welcomto the forum. Here are some threads with marketing ideas: https://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.p...arketing+ideas
03-11-2018 09:19 AM
simplegirl2018 I work in a daycare center and am looking for ideas on advertising and attracting more customers as its a private center and area we are in its hard to attract customers due to competition I believe, any ideas.
04-05-2017 02:56 PM
MLittle This is a pretty helpful thread, which I was happy to see since I'm looking to get more involved and eventually start my own daycare. Forgive me if this is a redundant question, but what advice would you give to someone who is just starting out? From experiences you've had and mistakes you might have made, anything will be extremely helpful. (I tried reading through the whole thread but it's a lot of information )
03-17-2016 03:43 PM
Michael
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Originally Posted by Jaba6111 View Post
Hi everyone in WA state,

I need advice on how to get Professional liability insurance, Accidental/medical insurance, Supplemental auto insurance with? Maybe there is an agency that does all three? Just wondering who might be the best deal also...

Ja
Try DCI
http://daycare.com/advertisers/dci/index.html
03-17-2016 03:08 PM
Jaba6111 Hi everyone in WA state,

I need advice on how to get Professional liability insurance, Accidental/medical insurance, Supplemental auto insurance with? Maybe there is an agency that does all three? Just wondering who might be the best deal also...

Ja
06-19-2015 05:35 PM
purple006 I'm trying to open a home child care center in NC and grow it into a center. as I learn more about what I need to do, I have more questions. Does anyone know what steps need to be done when growing from a home child care to a child care center? Would I accually have to move out of my home in order for it to be a child care center?
03-26-2015 11:06 AM
Creative Care Hi,

My partner and I are in the process of finding space to start our first child care center and we are having the hardest time. We've tried contacting realtors, but they don't seem to be very helpful. We even tried reaching out to local schools in hopes that they have some extra space, but most are looking for experienced child care providers. I'm getting so frustrated. We are looking for a relatively small space to start off with, no more than 2000 sq ft. If anyone has any leads please contact us at creativecarechildcaremd@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Jamie
01-16-2015 01:59 PM
riley.johnson Hi! I have recently purchased a building in my community. I plan on opening a child care center. I am very familiar with daycare laws and the management part of it. (Wisconsin) The building has a great energy efficient steam boiler, but, that results in baseboard heating. I am not at all interested in changing up the heating source. I have read of other centers having baseboard heaters with screens on them to protect from the hot touch. I have googled and researched the various screens, or "safety guards". There are quite a bit out there......Wondering if anyone is familiar with this issue or know of any specific guard or screen to make the baseboards up to licensing code. Thanks!!
08-12-2014 04:41 AM
Neil I want to start day care in North Carolina. I have been an elementary school teacher for almost 25 years in good schools in India in New Delhi . Please let me know the licensing requirements. Can I get a work or business visa to open this, I am currently on B2 visa.
01-18-2014 01:27 PM
AIL0410 I'm new to this forum. I'm from NYC and I've been thinking about opening a family group daycare. I will like to know about how much it cost everyone to open their daycares. Also, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!!
01-10-2014 08:22 AM
grneyes1234 Does the kit http://daycare.com/starting_a_daycare/index.html help with opening a commercial child care center? I have a place in mind but dont have a business proposal are anything. I will have to renovate the place as it you to be a convent store, and not a in home daycare.
12-24-2013 07:04 PM
Rafael Great question. I am having the same issue. Thanks for the question.

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Originally Posted by zosim View Post
Hi All,

I'm happy I encountered this forum. Thanks to all for the great info. I am planning on starting a daycare as well (in South NJ). Almost all of the resources I've looked at pretty much say the same thing... read the licensing requirements of the state first. But what seems to be missing for me is the fact that like in NJ, the first thing the licensing agency requires you to do is to find a location and then get a certificate of occupancy from that location.

How do you do that? If you need to find a location first, does that mean I need to:

1. Find a location
2. Have it inspected if it is feasible to be a daycare center
3. Talk to the municipal zoning board to see if it's zoned for childcare. if not, try to meet the requirements to get the zoning class you need.
4. To get the zone class changed, you'd need to hire an architect to design a plan for your daycare. The plan should meet all state regulation requirements.
5. Once you have an architectural plan, do you submit that first to the licensing board to get it approved, or do you go to the municipal board to get it approved?
6. While all of these are happening, will the landlord be patient enough to let you do all of this? I'm assuming there will be a clause in the lease contract that committing to the lease is dependent on whether a license will be issued by the state.

These are what I've understood as what needs to be done to even get to a point of getting the state to look into your request to get a license. Am I missing anything or have made some incorrect assumptions?

I hope those who have successfully opened a commercial daycare center can provide some insights.

Thanks!
05-23-2013 09:42 PM
Blackcat31
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Originally Posted by AGEM72 View Post
Hi, I'm new here and I've been wanting to start a private home day care center but I don't know where to start. Certification, location, clients, fees, etc. I'm a Georgia resident can someone point me in the right direction?
Here is a link to your states licensing regulations and agency contact info

http://www.daycare.com/georgia/

HTH
05-23-2013 07:30 PM
AGEM72 Hi, I'm new here and I've been wanting to start a private home day care center but I don't know where to start. Certification, location, clients, fees, etc. I'm a Georgia resident can someone point me in the right direction?
09-07-2012 01:45 PM
Corina Hi

I am new to this site. Let me introduce myself, I am 37 year mom of a six year old. We live in Bergen County, NJ. For the past fifteen years I have doing childcare on a basically part-time basis.

You name doctors, lawyers, business owners, etc. I found positions privately, found positions thru nanny agencies. I even worked in a gym's childcare room.

So I was thinking of having a small center for drop in care and enrichment programs (music, art)
I need to find a space in Bergen County, NJ. I know I will have to get registered and licensed. Looking to care for no more than 8-10 kids at a time.

If anyone knows of a space in Bergen County for rent please let me know.

Thank you
Corina
06-02-2012 11:39 AM
tom3341 I want to start a daycare. I am 22 years old kindly tell what thing I need to do it..
05-10-2012 03:08 PM
Kiki Yes-You can still get an EIN number. I run legally unlicensed, and have an EIN that I use at the end of the year for parents.
05-10-2012 01:37 PM
Mydaycare New to this site, I have being operating a in home daycare for 5 mo now, I tried getting a business license and my HOA will not allow me. Can I still get an EIN number???
05-04-2012 11:53 AM
CarrieGo I have had an in home daycare for 2 years now. I recently started compiling information for those interested in starting a home based daycare. Here is the site: www.homedaycareresource.com

05-03-2012 08:25 AM
Blackcat31
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Originally Posted by meme View Post
I'm am trying to gather info to begin the licensing process in Oklahoma. So far this site has been very helpful!
Welcome to the forum!

Your status has been upgraded so you can post freely now

Also, here is a link to licensing info for Oklahoma: http://www.daycare.com/oklahoma/
05-03-2012 03:51 AM
meme I'm am trying to gather info to begin the licensing process in Oklahoma. So far this site has been very helpful!
02-22-2012 01:24 PM
Soupyszoo I provide care for three little ones out of my home. I am so thankful that I found this forum! It has given me a better understanding and more patience than I ever could have found just venting to my husband! I love what I do and absolutely adore children, but it is nice to know on those days when everything is just crazy that there are ladies (and gentlemen) out there in the exact same boat! I love reading the advice from everyone! I have tons of questions for everyone, and lots to vent about!
01-06-2012 07:49 AM
Tumble Jungle
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Originally Posted by CHUCHILUV413 View Post
I want to open a daycare, would like to know if there are grant in florida i can appy. thanks
Where in Fl.? I am in NW panhandle....not really a grant, however there are SBA loans available for certain people like women or minorities. How did you go about doing the research for your area. Research meaning, how do you know a dc will work and succeed in the area? Demographics?

Tammy
01-02-2012 02:31 PM
mdzn5440 Well, I have went to my first orientation for opening a daycare I have one more to go at the end of the month, I have been reading alot of what you guys write. and you all will probably be hearing from me alot LOL!
10-26-2011 10:28 AM
Jojo11367 HEllo!!!!!!!
I am new here, and I am highly interested in opening a daycare in new york. If anyone knows the first step pleaseeeeee let me know
10-19-2011 01:06 PM
Blackcat31
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Originally Posted by louie View Post
I am a registered Day care provider and you have my phone number wrong on your site how do I change this who do I email
Bonnie
You can send Michael a PM. He is the site owner.
10-19-2011 06:34 AM
louie I am a registered Day care provider and you have my phone number wrong on your site how do I change this who do I email
Bonnie
09-21-2011 06:47 PM
CHUCHILUV413 I want to open a daycare, would like to know if there are grant in florida i can appy. thanks
08-24-2011 12:18 AM
jan I was wondering if anyone would know if a person can have a licensed home in WA state unincorporated king county, without the backyard and using just parks and nature trails which are minutes away, instead of the enclosed backyard? A little confused. Thanks Janice
08-23-2011 12:40 PM
adunn0804 Hello all, I am new to this forum and new to having a daycare as well! I am almost done with all the state requirements to get licensed, and should be up and running in a few months(california is a little slow...)I have seen a lot of post asking what to do first and though i am new i found that the best way to get an idea was to go to your states page I.E. i live in california so i went to california's state government page(www.ccld.ca.gov/) and it should bring up what the first steps/requirements are for your state. Also a huge help is if you contact your local Childrens Home Society Office(Not sure if they are nationwide?), they will help you through the whole process. It is very confusing and some what over whelming! There are days where i feel completely lost and dont feel like im near ready!!! But im still truckin on!! Right now im at the point where im a little overwhelmed with getting everything i need organized and all the right forums and making sure my house is ready for inspection and getting contracts and everything else typed up and ready to go!! Its definitely a whirlwind right now! But i am super excited and cant wait to be running my own business! Good luck to all of you and hope this helped!!!! If anyone is in california i would love to catch up and be able to help and be helped!!!
07-27-2011 06:51 AM
JaimeR my wife and i are tryin to get this daycare center started and there are so many things to do i am kinda stuck in a chicken and the egg situation .. not sure what comes first. also i dont have an aa in child care or cda which do you think can get accomplished quicker ?
07-07-2011 07:27 PM
cynthia wiley
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Originally Posted by Interested View Post
What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
What else will DSS look for beside the rules and regulations of state
05-17-2011 11:52 PM
Unregistered I am 23 & I have 2 lil boys 4 & 2 and I am wanting to start a daycare at my home to start out with and work up to having my very own daycare business and I really dont know where to start at.
05-15-2011 10:32 PM
Unregistered To the people asking about renting an apartment and starting a home daycare I say BEWARE.

99% of the time it is against your lease to run a business out of your home, even if you have all the proper papers to have a daycare. Most landlords do not allow it for many many reasons.

I live next to an impromptu daycare and this is the most SELFISH THING a person can do. I have nothing against kids, but you wouldn't want to live next to a gas station or a walmart, it's the same thing. Yet I pay a hefty rent to listen to 6 other kids scream.

Not only is it illegal most of the time, your neighbors will not be pleased. Why? Because we don't want to be up at 6am every day with your 6 clients. We have a right to quiet enjoyment of our property. I'm reading threads about "bad neighbors" disrupting your kids naptimes? Seriously? Life goes on outside the parameters of a newborn or toddlers schedule. You want us to be courteous, take it into consideration that your kids are just as loud and annoying as music or a dog barking.

PLEASE take into consideration that your kids and other people's kids are not "special" or "precious" to anyone but you and their families. On top of which you are being PAID to put up with this nonsense and we are not.
05-12-2011 06:55 PM
sassy
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Originally Posted by Interested View Post
What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
What do I need 2 do?
04-15-2011 11:12 PM
smallfish People just love to learn. Planning to include after school tutoring program for the late working parents. Looking for a plan to extend to a personalized education system for up to 8th grade.
03-29-2011 01:17 PM
Checkinkids.com After all the licensing and set up is ready, don't forget to run a nice ad in the phone book. That's the secret that really made our daycare take off.
01-27-2011 04:02 PM
Diana Hello Michael,

Thanks for the quick response! I will review the links you provided me.
01-27-2011 03:17 PM
Michael Welcome to Daycare.com Forum Diana! We would of course mention you consider listing in the Daycare.com Registry: https://daycare.com/php/start_new_signup.php

There are also threads relating to other sites that you can find here: http://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=advertising

PM me if you need assistance.
01-27-2011 02:29 PM
Diana Hello! I am new to the Daycare.com family and I just received my GFDC license for 12-14 kids in NY. I am unemployed and will like to know if anyone has links or advice on buying cheap furniture/items. Do you know of any organizations that will donate free items? Do you know of what I should do to receive funding to help me with the start-up process. Do you have a successfull way to promote your daycare? Thank you so much in advance!
01-11-2011 02:28 PM
Michael
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
I live in Washington state and operate a in home daycare. I have an oppurtunity to expand into on-site child care. The problem I have been running into is finding an insurance company to offer liabilty insurance for this venture. If you have any leads it will be greatly appreciated. Steph
Try http://morganinsurance.com/
01-11-2011 01:54 PM
Unregistered I live in Washington state and operate a in home daycare. I have an oppurtunity to expand into on-site child care. The problem I have been running into is finding an insurance company to offer liabilty insurance for this venture. If you have any leads it will be greatly appreciated. Steph
09-26-2010 11:19 AM
barkley31 I am wantin to lease a house and use it as a daycare , i live in atlanta ,ga and would like to know what is the first move in georgia to starting a day care home from 6 weeks to 12 years old . And are there grants that will help me get started if so what's web sit can i apply on for the grants.

thanks in advance
09-22-2010 08:43 AM
scrippsey
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Originally Posted by Interested View Post
What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
I am learning about what is involved in terms of starting a day care as well I am interested to find out if you are looking to start a home day care since I would love to work with a partner on this project rather than by myself.
hope to hear back
Sara Scripps
09-21-2010 02:06 PM
Michael Some Useful Tips Starting a Home Daycare Business
Please see your state's requirements and contact numbers located at:
http://www.daycare.com/states.html

Daycare Startup Guide Kit:
http://daycare.com/starting_a_daycare/index.html

Daycare Insurance:
http://daycare.com/advertisers/insurance/index.html

Accredited Daycare Classes:
http://online.sbbcollege.edu/home/pr...education.aspx

To add your Daycare listing Information:
https://daycare.com/php/start_new_signup.php
09-21-2010 10:19 AM
Unregistered What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
09-01-2010 01:31 AM
Michael For Texas see: http://www.daycare.com/texas/
08-31-2010 07:47 PM
Unregistered
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Originally Posted by Interested View Post
What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
i need to know what regulations i need to open a daycare in the state of texas, but i dont know where to start..
08-06-2010 02:30 PM
joelietz
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Originally Posted by Charity View Post
Hello All!! I am new to the forum and currently starting a small Child Care Business in my home. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The laws here are so touchy.... and have thrown me from one person to the next. Can anyone tell me what would help to get word out?? Can I be licensed in myome and watch more than 6?? The Health department tells me that once I become licensed I can not watch from my home that I have to open a building. PLEASE any help on home child care is appreciated
Well, to get the word out you could have some business cards printed and take them around to doctor's offices or leave a few at any place that attracts a lot of parents with kids. A brochure that outlines what you can offer as a daycare provider and your rates would be good too. I wouldn't spend a lot on printing - just keep it simple because most printed small business advertising is highly disposable and usually gets thrown out quickly. Local cultural centers and recreation facilities would be a good place to pin up your business card too. Mention your business to everyone you meet and word of mouth should help you too. Also talk to your local daycare supplies company because they probably have some good ideas too. Good luck.

Joanna
08-06-2010 10:41 AM
Charity Hello All!! I am new to the forum and currently starting a small Child Care Business in my home. Any help wouldbe greatly appreciated. The laws here are so touchy.... and have thrown me from one person to the next. Can anyone tell me what would help to get word out?? Can I be licensed in myome and watch more than 6?? The Health department tells me that once I become licensed I can not watch from my home that I have to open a building. PLEASE any help on home child care is appreciated
08-04-2010 09:37 AM
Natalie http://www.nataliesdaycarekids.com/H...-Business.html
08-03-2010 10:47 AM
KCDaycare My friend and I are both interested in starting a home day care together. We have looked at all the state websites and are now confused on the difference between being registered and licensed. We just want to be registered so that we can provide care to 8 children between the two of us; that would be 4 per provider.

We are looking for any suggestions on what to do? We are both unemployed and have decided that we can do this together but need a place to start.

Any suggestions?
07-13-2010 09:29 AM
momofsix That's so cool that you're finally going to realize your dream!
How fast you fill up really depends on where you are right now in the country, and how the economy is by you. Some daycares are are losing kids like crazy right now, others are thriving. I would be letting EVERYONE you know about your daycare, and if possible have your kids lined up before you even quit your current job.
Best wishes!
07-13-2010 08:56 AM
MommyMuffin I have a full time job right now and we need my income to support our family. I plan on opening my daycare soon. I only need 4 FT children including money for taxes to pay my bills. I hope to get that many kids in the first 1 - 2 months. My quesiton is do you think this is fesible? How much money should I save up before I start? It would be nice to have 3 month salary saved up, but that would never happen as we live paycheck to paycheck mostly. I would get a part time job but my husband works all sorts of shifts and doesnt find out his schedule till the day of sometimes.
This is my dream job since I was in first grade. I'm not kidding, remember in elementary we had to write what we wanted to be when we grow up and then they mailed it to us years later. "To be a daycare lady"
That is what I wrote on mine!
07-11-2010 08:05 PM
SarahLL Sorry I haven't properly introduced myself yet but here's an article about the costs of starting a daycare: Cost to Start Up a Daycare. It might be helpful for some of you. Good luck with your new daycares!
06-30-2010 05:45 PM
Unregistered I think you should do what you are comfortable with. So if you want to get started by working on your upper level, then go for it. You will have parents coming in to interview, so the whole house needs to be in tip-top shape anyways. Does your state allow for you to care for a few children before getting licensed? I am in MO and I am watching 4 kids right now (unrelated to me) while I am waiting to get everything for licensing. I am so glad I did this. It has allowed me to figure out what type of advertising works best, what arrangement of toys/furniture/shelving works best for the kiddos, and has helped me to feel more confident about the service I provide. Plus I am getting some money now which is really coming in handy as I think of more & more stuff we need to get!!

Good luck to you!
06-30-2010 05:23 PM
MommyMuffin I am so impatient. I am so excited to start my daycare. I have done everything I need to except the fire marshal and inspection. My husband is building the basement for my daycare but he wont be done for about 6 months but I think would like to start in November. Should I go through with the process and just get my upper level which is not childcare "looking" and just get the lower level inspected whenever it gets done? I'm just afraid I wont get children because of the basic looking upper level.
06-21-2010 11:31 AM
Michael
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
What are the regulations for qualifacations for a in home day care.
Please see http://www.daycare.com/states.html
06-21-2010 10:26 AM
Unregistered What are the regulations for qualifacations for a in home day care.
03-03-2010 02:51 PM
Ilka I am about to start small...as a listed home day care with not more than three unrelated kids.
I am in Texas and was told that I have to fill out some forms (background check,...) and send in a check or money order over $20 to Austin. As soon as I receive that permit I can get started

...now my question: Can anybody give me a clue about how long it'll take to receive that permit?

Thanks a lot,
Ilka
02-11-2010 12:06 PM
sacjac Hi! I am new to this site, but I am certainly not new to daycare- I have been providing child care in my home for more that 25 years. I'd like to help you - I have been building a website dedicated to new providers that are starting out. The info is all free and there is a tab that you can click that you can "submit a question" to me directly and I will do my best to answer and help you... I want to use my experience to help others get a good start. my site is
www.child-care-business.com Check it out... I'd appreciate any feedback. Look forward to meeting new people on here and learning from everyone! JC
02-11-2010 11:46 AM
sacjac I have been providing in home child care for over 25 years... would love to help you get started- check out my new website for tons of free information that should answer most of your questions that you have. My goal for my website is to help new providers.

http://www.child-care-business.com/index.html
be happy to help with questions that you didn't find answers to. Just click on the "submit question" tab and it will take you to the page to do so. JC
02-10-2010 07:33 AM
allyssaann I'm also in the process of starting a daycare. Do I need a business license as well as a daycare license? THANKS!
02-08-2010 11:09 AM
mac60 There are not too many of us home providers that can afford these kind of items. There are way more inexpensive alternatives to use.
02-08-2010 10:36 AM
joelietz Aside from knowing the regulations for starting a daycare and having an appropriate space you are going to need daycare furniture. Check out the other links for all of the regulations, etc. that you need and think about how suitable your space is for caring for children. Good Luck!


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Originally Posted by aaliyah View Post
im 28 and i what open up a daycare what r some of the things i need...
01-22-2010 09:07 PM
Unregistered
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
I'm a 16 year old Female who lives in Florida. .
I'm not sure if it's the same in all states but at least here in California you have to be at least 18 years old to have your own daycare. You can work for a licenced daycare but to start your own I'm almost sure you have to be over age. You should try contacting your states local licensing office for all of the details. Mosts states offer a workshop that gives you all of the information you'll need to open your own up, including CPR and preventative health practices.
01-20-2010 12:11 PM
leg828@hotmail.com I have been very enthused to start a child care facility of my own. I am proficient in Licensing regulations, day-to-day operations, staffing, etc. I have an education degree, not business! I am finding it difficult to decide what the best financial route is to take for my situation. I do not plan to have In-home care. I am definitely planning to provide out of a specific child care facility. I am hopeful for any advice from Leasing/Renting to Owning, but mostly where to start looking for outside financing to get started. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
01-14-2010 11:45 AM
Carole's Daycare
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
I'm a 16 year old Female who lives in Florida. I am currently a Junior in High School and have decided to be a childcare provider after school. I want to open my own daycare facility, but have no idea where to start. I have taken Early Child Development in school and am currently in level 2-3 which is mostly assisting in running the preschool on grounds. In level 1 I took the Florida state tests for Pre-school Appropriate Practices, Behavioral Observation and Screening, Child Growth and Development, Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, Health Safety and Nutrition, and Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations. I passed them all and have the certificates. Soon I will be taking the Infant/Toddler test to get certified for those ages as well. I am starting to look for a job in a local child care facility. What do I need to do to start my own daycare and are there any other certificates or classes that I need to take? Thanks for you help.
Check out your local rules, but to run a licensed daycare most places require you to be 18. It sounds like you are very well prepared educationally thus far. Make sure you have First Aid/CPR. I added training on the Epi-pen because of the increasing numbers of kids w/ allergies. Some experience in another daycare will help you prepare and give you more ideas on specific further training. In running your own center, you want a full range of training on supporting early literacy, ITTI or Infant Toddler Intensive Trainings if you will accept children under two, perhaps some further training in identifying and working with children w/ specific disabilities suh as ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Integration etc. You also should have training on record keeping and taxes (Redleaf Press/Tom Copeland is a great resource) and dealing w/ employees. Most licensed centers provide meals, so of course nutrition training and food handling practices will be necessary.Your licensing will require a certain number of hours of continued training each year- but each state varies so refer to the administrators resources on your own state's regulations. Your school district may have an after school/vacation daycare program you could apply at to gain experience in the field while you finish High School.
01-13-2010 07:10 PM
Michael New article regarding remodeling and construction on the front page of Daycare.com:
http://daycare.com/story/daycare_design/index.php
01-06-2010 03:18 PM
PositvityRuLes Are there any grants to help get your daycare started? (MI resident) Thanx all.
12-22-2009 11:53 AM
daycare architect one of your first steps should be to identify a few possible sites for your daycare and then make sure that the zoning codes allow for that use in the space(s). Certain municipalities require pre-set distances from other types of businesses.
10-20-2009 03:38 PM
l.c.williams20007 I need help on the procedure to open a daycare.
08-19-2009 09:02 PM
GretasLittleFriends Personally, I'd say make the realtor earn their paycheck. They should be able to look into those things for you. That's just my .02.
08-19-2009 10:07 AM
Liliya Hello, I do have Licensed in home childcare, but want to go for a group. I live in subdivision and I think it would not allow me to go for 12 kids, I want to buy a small house, but how I know if it zoned for a child care,do I call for every house I look?? or realtor should know? Anyone knows how its done, please share.
08-11-2009 07:32 PM
MiamiMom I am currently in interested in buying an existing daycare in Miami Fl. Does anyone have any suggestion as to what I should ask or know before meeting the current owner? Also, where I can obtain funding besides going into my savings.
07-23-2009 11:34 AM
Unregistered [yes there are regulations that you have to go by if you want to be state lic. but it is not hard to do it just take a lot of work on your behalf. QUOTE=Interested;2]What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?[/quote]
07-16-2009 05:01 PM
Unregistered Hi, I am starting a home daycare and would love to use my garage as part of the space.
If I remove all garage type items and I remodel : put down flooring and paint the walls and decorate it nice, will I need to remove or cover up the overhead door. I looked at the IN code and it doesnt say anything about this. Maybe I should call someone... but who?


I'm so thankful for daycare.com and all your posts and great info. Thanks gals!

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Jenna
07-11-2009 12:55 PM
Michael Some Useful Tips Starting a Home Daycare Business
Please see your state's requirements and contact numbers located at:
http://www.daycare.com/states.html

Daycare Startup Guide Kit:
http://daycare.com/starting_a_daycare/index.html

Daycare Insurance:
http://daycare.com/advertisers/insurance/index.html

Accredited Daycare Classes:
http://online.sbbcollege.edu/home/pr...education.aspx

To add your Daycare listing Information:
https://daycare.com/php/start_new_signup.php
07-10-2009 08:48 AM
GretasLittleFriends Dawn
Not sure what state you live in, but that makes some difference on the required steps. A GREAT place to start would be to contact the county's (the one where the daycare will be) Department of Human Services. It's extremely likely that they'll have the department that'll be licensing you. If not they can surely steer you in the right direction. A heads up, the county I live in had a huge information packet they sent me ahead of time, then also had a required orientation with the licensor. Good luck!!
07-09-2009 12:39 PM
Dawn Fox I want to open my very own daycare center and I don't know where to start. I have a babysitting certificate but what other licences would I need to have in order to start a daycare center? After I get all my requirements done what would be the next step? I need to know how to start my own daycare center step by step.
06-12-2009 04:54 PM
Unregistered I am trying to start a home daycare in Illinois but I am renting my home now so i need help in getting an inspection to get my license so what can I do?
05-19-2009 10:33 AM
Unregistered iwould like to open a day care center in nj i am currenly in school to get my lcense can someone help me?
05-14-2009 02:26 PM
Unregistered For those of you who would like more information on how to start up a day care or preschool, here is a great site to ask questions: www.PreschoolMentor.com

Pam Koons
03-08-2009 04:15 AM
Unregistered I would like to know about starting a large day care center in a commercial setting.I need each and every idea such as the philosophy, rules and all other things related with day care centre.
12-23-2008 04:44 PM
Unregistered I am wanting to start a daycare in Florida and I think I know what I need to have from the state, what do I need fron the city? Ay helpful kints would be great. I keep looking on the internet for whatever I can fine. Thanks
12-21-2008 06:06 PM
Unregistered I am wanting to start up a preschool in florida. My credit is not all that great and i was wondering if there are any grants out there for the childcare business. I would like to start my business from the ground up. Build the center and start from scratch. Any ideas or helpful hints. Thanks
12-21-2008 05:35 PM
Unregistered I am wanting to open a preschool in florida.I would like to start from scatch,find land and build it ground up. i need money to do that and my credit is no go.. I know all that there is to know as far as state requirements go. Is there a grant money out there to suport my business.
12-11-2008 09:27 PM
MissLisa I am not sure what state you are from... but in PA there is the Office of child development that inspects and will license a day care... be it center, family or group child care. We have a HUGE manual of regulations... lots of paperwork and rules. We also have what is known as Keystone Stars. This is a program that sets even stricter standards that rate a center as 1, 2, 3, 4 star. Just like they rate hotels 1 - 4 they rate the centers based on your standards. You begin at Star 1 and work through each level. It is a very involved process to explain in a brief but you can go to http://www.pakeys.org/ and read more about it. It has it's good points and it has it's down side as well. Day Care is not a get rich business and they have requirements to meet the Star 3 or 4 that would be too costly for a home town center. Now if you are with in a school district or organization...maybe it can be done.. but we would have to charge astronomical rates to cover their expectations. We are working on the Star 2 but doubt we will ever see a higher star level unless they start funding more of the costs. They do offer small grants to help you progress through the stars but it isnt enough to sustain a center.

I can only suggest that you do your homework before you decide to go forward. It is rewarding but it is also time consuming if done correctly.
11-14-2008 06:48 PM
Michael Information for Georgia licensing standards are located at:
http://www.daycare.com/georgia
11-14-2008 07:52 AM
Unregistered Can someone please tell me where and how do get my license? I'm interested in opening a center and I'm having problems getting started. I'm located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thanks..
11-08-2008 10:10 AM
Unregistered
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Originally Posted by Dee View Post
I would like to know about starting a large day care center in a commercial setting. Is the location required to have a outdoor play area? I have many more questions.
I would like infomation on how to start a family daycare in my home.what do i need to start.
11-01-2008 09:39 PM
kidcentric I don't know of any states that do not require outdoor play space--usually it's 75 square feet per child. In some urban areas, where space is at a premium, there is a possibility of doing a play area on top of a building. Sounds wild, but I have seen it done.
10-28-2008 01:03 PM
Dee I would like to know about starting a large day care center in a commercial setting. Is the location required to have a outdoor play area? I have many more questions.
10-27-2008 06:23 PM
kidcentric Contact your child care licensing office. You can find address/phone number at: http://www.ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/CClistingMaster.pdf
10-19-2008 10:45 PM
Unregistered A friend and I are interested in starting a daycare in Los Angeles, CA. I need to know what to do in order to get started.
10-14-2008 10:15 PM
Unregistered In addition to contacting your local child care licensing agency, you should also contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. Every state, and most areas, have a Resource and Referral Agency that exists to help parents find child care and to provide assistance to child care providers. Most of the services are free or low cost. You can find your local "R&R" at http://www.naccrra.org/

Best of luck!
09-24-2008 06:55 PM
Kara I have been working at a daycare in Alabama since Feb. 2008.I am wanting to open up my own.I saw where you have to work at a daycare for a year.Does this year include previous daycares you worked at or does it have to be a year straight at one daycare?
08-27-2008 11:11 AM
Michael Some Useful Tips Starting a Home Daycare Business Please see your state's requirements and contact numbers located at:
http://www.daycare.com/states.html

Daycare Startup Guide Kit:
http://daycare.com/starting_a_daycare/index.html

Daycare Insurance:
http://daycare.com/advertisers/insurance/index.html

Accredited Daycare Classes:
http://online.sbbcollege.edu/home/pr...education.aspx

To add your Daycare listing Information:
https://daycare.com/php/start_new_signup.php
08-26-2008 01:16 PM
shaheena
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Originally Posted by Interested View Post
What is involved with starting my own daycare? Are there regulations?
i want to open a day care but i dont know how
07-15-2008 03:15 PM
anicam i believe with you DAYCAREMOM1998. there is need for contacting the city agency or else the work of having a day care will be a time blow out.
Actually i dont run a daycare currently but i really luv the business and have always keep my time reading article that get related to it.
Staying with kids have always been what i am enjoying at my leisure. Moreover never forget we have articles that can lecture more on this subject. try get reading to enhance your understanding.
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