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Thursday, September 18, 2008
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Supporting the Business of Child Care
Child care providers frequently do not view themselves as business owners. This session will focus on the business issues they face and how to effectively structure a course to address these issues. Additional topics include key resources and partnerships that can strengthen the program, recruitment techniques, and articulation strategies.
This session will focus on business education and training for the home-based and small center provider. Many of the owners of these businesses do not perceive themselves as business owners, leading to a relatively high rate of business failure or closure. Currently most cities face a chronic lack of quality, licensed programs in large part due to the challenges of managing a low margin business such as child care.
Many colleges offer child care training, focusing on child development. We have observed that a business course, whether taught for credit or non-credit is a great adjunct to these programs, and can actually increase enrollment in the child development courses. We will use case studies of community colleges who are offering such programs, in addition to discussion of the core business issues that should be covered in this class. Because many entrepreneurship educators will not be familiar with the resources related to this industry specific area, we will also provide resource lists and descriptions. Recruitment will also be covered, as many of the target participants may already be caring for children in their home and require specific outreach efforts. We will have participants complete a sample activity used in the program that is co-sponsored and taught by the First Step Fund and the Francis Family Child Care program based at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City. Lastly, we will discuss the potential funding and promotional benefits a college can realize by sponsoring such a course.
Kate Duffy, Entrepreneurship Instructor and Coordinator, Penn Valley Community College, part of the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas, MO
Dorothy Browning, National Curricula Manager, First Step Fund, MO