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Family Child Care Publications

This list is compiled from a broad range of resources. Some can be downloaded either directly from this site or from linked sites, while others have order forms attached to them.

If you have trouble accessing any of these publications please contact us at buildingchildcare@gmail.com.

All publications are listed by the step in the facilities development process for which they are most useful.

  1. The Planning Stage

    1. General Planning
    2. Identify Market Demand
    3. Assess Financial Feasibility and Organizational Capacity
  2. The Predevelopment Stage

    1. Select a Site and Obtain Site Control and Approval
    2. Design the Facility
    3. Secure a Contractor
    4. Complete the Business Plan
    5. Secure Financing
  3. The Development Stage

    1. Manage the Site Construction Process
    2. Ensure the Safety of the Facility and Site
    3. Obtain Licensing Approval for the Site
    4. Equip the Classroom
    5. Hire Personnel
    6. Market the Program in the Community
  4. The Start-Up Stage

    1. Phase in Staffing and Children
    2. Sustain the Program
  5. Other

    These documents are not specific to one stage but may also be of help during the facilities development process.

    1. Planning

General

  • El Comienzo (In Spanish), Second Edition: A product of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, this publication covers a range of topics with respect to getting started in the business of family child care, including tips for starting your business, how to become licensed, setting up your environment, age appropriate activities and much more.

  • Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual: An expanded version of the Insight Center Maneuvering the Maze materials, specifically for family child care providers. This Manual includes five detailed chapters designed to help family child care providers business owners manage the financial side of their businesses and plan for a facility development project including expanding, renovating, building or purchasing a family child care home. Available in Spanish and Chinese!


    • Chapter 1: Budgeting
    • Chapter 2: Basic Financial Statements
    • Chapter 3: Understanding Loans and Developing Pro Formas and Determining Debt Capacity
    • Chapter 4: Developing a Family Child Care Business Plan
    • Chapter 5: Renovating or Expanding a Family Child Care Home
  • Family Child Care Handbook, 7th Edition: A product of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, this book provides a comprehensive anthology of family child care training materials, covering start-up, business aspects, parent-provider relations, child development activities, and child care resources.

  • Family Child Care Home Facility Development Checklists: A general guideline for understanding the steps involved in the process of financing and developing family child care facilities in California. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

  • Family Child Care Homes: Manual of Policies and Procedures (Community Care Licensing Division) Including information about: Licensing; Application Procedures; Enforcement Provisions; Administrative Actions; Continuing Requirements; and the Physical Environment. Also available in Spanish.

  • SBA How To Start A Quality Child Care Business: Designed to help you plan, prepare and operate a successful child care business. It explains the step by step process of starting the business, from assessing the need for child care services to selecting the service, setting up your business, and preparing for opening day. It also includes information from women who have owned or now operate their own child care businesses.


Identify Market Demand

  • 2011 California Child Care Portfolio:  The 2011 California Child Care Portfolio presents a compilation of California statewide and county-by-county statistics on child care. The Portfolio includes a comprehensive California statewide report in both narrative and graphic format highlighting child care supply, demand, and cost issues in the context of current policy, demographic and labor force trends.

  • 2009 California Child Care Portfolio: The 2009 California Child Care Portfolio presents a compilation of California statewide and county-by-county statistics on child care.

  • Identifying Local Need and Demand for Child Care: Outlines the difference between Need and Demand for child care, and provides descriptions of community resources that have information about the existing child care market. 

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Four: Developing a Family Child Care Business Plan for information on analyzing market demand.


Assess Financial Feasibility and Organizational Capacity

  • Filling the Cookie Jar - Child Care Budgets and Cash Flow: A computer CD that includes budget and cash flow spreadsheets for child care center and family child care businesses.

  • Financial Readiness Assessment (Red and Green Flags): Identifies criteria for determining "Red and Green Flags" that should respectively discourage or encourage a program in pursuing a facility development project.

  • How to Open or Improve Your Family Child Care Business: A Workbook that lays the foundation for designing a business plan. Helps family child care providers answer key questions related to their motivation, experience, supply and demand for services to be provided, business administration, pricing and operational budget. Also available in Spanish.

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Three: Understanding Loans and Determining Debt Capacity to learn about measuring your financial readiness to apply for a loan.


    1. Predevelopment

Select a Site and Obtain Site Control and Approval

  • A Citizen's Guide to Planning: provides information on the process and system of land use planning as it is practiced in California. Its purpose is to explain, in general terms, how local communities regulate land use and to define some commonly used planning terms. The booklet covers the following topics: State Law and Local Planning,The General Plan, Zoning, Subdivisions, Other Ordinances and Regulations, Annexation and Incorporation, The California Environmental Quality Act, A Glossary of Planning Terms. 

  • A Guide to Homeownership for Family Child Care Providers: A BCC publication about becoming a homeowner and investigating specific loan and assistance programs that can help in the process. Available in Chinese andSpanish.

  • Glossary of Common Planning Terms: Provided through the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. 
  • See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Five: Renovating or Expanding a Family Child Care Home, for information about zoning and land use issues.


Design the Facility

Secure a Contractor

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Five: Renovating or Expanding a Family Child Care Home, for information on hiring and working with a contractor.


Complete the Business Plan

  • Directory of Small Business Technical Assistance Providers in California (May 1999). Publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, provides a detailed account of what types of services and resources each Small Business TA provider offers to California clients.

  • Family Child Care Business Planning Guide: Offers information about making sound business decisions and raising the level of professionalism in the family child care field. Providers can learn to design effective policies, keep essential records, and market their business. Includes sample business documents, forms, and a bibliography. (Order)

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Four: Developing a Family Child Care Business Plan for information on the components to include and the process of writing a business plan.


Secure Financing


    1. Development

Manage the Site Construction Process

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Five: Renovating or Expanding a Family Child Care Home, for information on overseeing the construction process.


Ensure the Safety of the Facility and the Site


Obtain Licensing Approval for the Site


Equip the Classroom

  • Many Right Ways/Muchas Maneras Correctas: The Enterprise Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new video to support family child care providers in their communities. This video provides step-by-step guidance to help child care providers set up their homes for child care. It is available in English (Many Right Ways) and Spanish (Muchas Maneras Correctas). The two versions were filmed separately to address differences in language. 

  • Tips for Furnishing the Learning Environment: A list of "what to look for when purchasing or evaluating furniture needs." 


Hire Personnel


Market the Program in the Community

See: Family Child Care Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual, Chapter Four: Developing a Family Child Care Business Plan for information designing and implementing a marketing strategy for your business.


    1. Start-Up

Phase in Staffing and Children

  • 101 Ways to Build Enrollment in Your Early Childhood Program: Provides practical tips that show you how to attract families to your center or home and how to keep them there. Written specifically with a busy director or family child care provider in mind, these hands-on tips make your job easier and save you time and money.

  • Family Day Care Provider-Parent Contracts: A handout from the Alameda County R&R, Bananas Inc. Provides an explanation of the importance of using contracts, how to do them, and many sample forms, including: FCC Home Rules, Contract, Authorization to Leave Care, Medical Treatment Authorization; and Field Trip Authorization. This resource is also available in Chinese.

  • Parent-Provider Contracts and Policies: From the National Network for Child Care, a set of guidelines for providers who need to set up parent contracts and other policies. 

  • Sample Family Child Care Parent Handbook: A sample parent handbook created by a family child care provider in Wisconsin who has many helpful materials on her website.


Sustain the Program

  • El Comienzo (In Spanish), Second Edition: A product of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, this publication covers a range of topics with respect to getting started in the business of family child care, including tips for starting your business, how to become licensed, setting up your environment, age appropriate activities and much more.

  • Family Child Care Handbook, 6th Edition: A product of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, this book provides a comprehensive anthology of family child care training materials, covering start-up, business aspects, parent-provider relations, child development activities, and child care resources.

  • Family Child Care 2007 Tax Companion: Written by Tom Copeland, this electronic publication provides worksheets and other tools for family child care providers filing taxes.

  • Family Child Care Marketing Guide; How to Build Enrollment: This guilde provides best practices for marketting a family child care businesses so that it is fully enrolled.

  • Home Day Care Complete Recordkeeping System: This 130-page book is packed with all of the financial information necessary to establish and maintain a recordkeeping system for a home daycare. It has been used as a training manual for child care providers and tax professionals throughout the United States and has helped home daycare providers with their recordkeeping since 1995. This is a comprehensive recordkeeping and tax book exclusively designed for the home daycare profession. 

  • Home Day Care Recordkeeping -- Your Financial Guide to Success: This 98-page book offers a lighter look into the recordkeeping required to operate this unique home business. All important topics are covered and insightful recordkeeping tips are shared. Learn how to calculate the Space/Time Percentage, how to track direct and indirect expenses, how to deduct use of your family computer and television, what methods can be used to record the mileage deduction, and much more. Also available in Spanish


    1. Other


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