Child Care Business Institute

This course can be provided on-site, either with a group or individually

This Business Institute will provide new child care directors, early education professionals and staff, Head Start directors and owners of childcare programs with knowledge about the business side of developing and starting up a childcare center. This comprehensive educational business course will provide participants with the tools to launch and sustain a child care center business. The training is also appropriate for existing directors.

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Participants at our July 2004 Child Care Business Institute.

Event Schedule

Day One, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Participants will learn the basic principles of writing a business plan, a marketing plan and a management plan. The emphasis will be on how to determine market and economic feasibility when starting a child care center. Sample topics include:

  • Writing a business and marketing plan
  • Market feasibility studies for child care centers
  • Tax laws
  • Developing a management plan
  • Optimum group sizes

Day Two, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Participants will learn how to understand the financial aspects of the child care business, how to develop policies and procedures and how to locate grants, loans and other financing. Sample topics include:

  • Creating start-up and operational budgets
  • Break-even analysis for child care
  • Writing policies and procedures
  • Funding, loans and proposal writing
  • Selecting a site
  • Choosing an architect


Vicki Stoecklin has a master's degree and twenty-eight years experience in early childhood education. She has successfully operated and started up child care centers throughout the Midwest. She has experience in operating both non-profit and for profit child care centers serving children ages six weeks to twelve years. She is a national speaker on children's environments and a published author in both Child Care Information Exchange and Early Childhood News. She is an adjunct faculty at the National College of Education at National Louis University Early Childhood Program and founder of the Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute, a two-day course on building and renovating child care centers and outdoor play yards.

Information on Scheduling the Institute

Contact Vicki Stoecklin at +1.816.931-1040, ext 102, or e-mail.