Owning and operating a childcare business can be a very challenging and rewarding career. Success in this field requires dedication, love and patience. The workday is longer than a normal eight-hour day, but the satisfaction of watching children grow and develop will be worth the extra effort. Quality childcare programs are so important to working parents and to the economy. Parents need care to work or attend school or training programs. Businesses need quality childcare programs so that their employee can get to work. Quality childcare providers protect the health and safety of the children in their care and they help children learn and be prepared for school.
Operating a quality childcare business is not easy. Childcare providers need access to training and support to get their business started and to continually improve the quality of their care.
We Are Here to Help
To address this need Washington Heights and Inwood Development Childcare Development Department provides business development services to home and center-based providers in Upper Manhattan and Western Bronx and we also provide technical assistance in the following areas:
- Assisting new childcare providers with the startup process.
- Helping providers meeting licensing requirements.
- Offering low-cost or free training in topics like health and safety, child development, and sound business practices.
- Working with local and state governments and the private sector to leverage resources for building and maintain the supply of quality of childcare.
- Providing ongoing professional development opportunities to childcare providers and staff.
- Supporting accreditation programs.
Before you begin your new career path, find out if childcare is the right choice for you to help you evaluate why you want to start a childcare business. It will help you think through some important considerations before you open your family childcare home.
Starting a childcare business is an exciting yet complex process. You don’t have to do it alone. Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation is here to help!