Family Child Care Business Essentials

Interested in opening a child care business in your home or community?

This online training course prepares you to open and operate a family child care business. During our 10–week training program, you will learn about the business side of child care in an open, collaborative environment.

Course Overview

Through this virtual course you will:

  • Learn the ins and outs of running a small business
  • Create a business plan
  • Work with our advisors to develop a financial model to ensure your business can meet your goals
  • Connect and workshop ideas with other entrepreneurs
  • Explore funding opportunities through our loan program


Before you apply for Family Child Care Business Essentials, you must take Exploring Child Care.

The program application takes about 20 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers, so share your honest thoughts! You must complete the application at one time, as your draft application will not save.

Select candidates will be invited to participate in a short virtual candidate application review session to ask questions, clarify any concerns, and share more about their child care business ideas.


Funding Partners

If you're interested in supporting emerging child care business owners, please contact Jeff Andrews at