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Resources for Small Business Development Centers Training Child Care Providers

How Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Other Financial Intermediaries Can Support Child Care Business Development in California (save it to your desktop and open it in PowerPoint to see detailed notes)

What are the characteristics of the businesses that deliver child care services? How do they contribute to our local economy? What services do the individuals who offer child care need that an SBDC might offer? These and other questions are answered in a short PowerPoint presentation that provides a foundation for understanding not only the child care field, but also the potential assistance that SBDCs are positioned to deliver.

SBDCs Help Grow and Sustain Child Care Businesses: A few SBDCs in California have chosen to deliver services to child care providers in their communities. Along the way, they have learned about the specific needs of providers, effective methods for meeting those needs, and how serving this industry furthers the goals of the local SBDC. Based on interviews conducted by the Building Child Care Collaborative, this informative paper documents the lessons learned by these trailblazing SBDCs in California.

The Economic Impact of the Child Care Industry in California: Computer technology, agriculture, tourism. Each of these industries contributes to the economy of California. But, child care? This report documents how child care contributes to the economic health of the state both in terms of dollars and jobs, while providing a rationale for bolstering services to this industry. For links to countywide child care economic impact reports click here.

Resources for SBDCs Working with Child Care Center Businesses: This web page provides a range of resources that you can use to either train or provide technical assistance to child care center providers. These materials will guide these providers through the step-by-step process of starting their businesses.

Resources for SBDCs Working with Family Child Care Businesses: This web page provides a range of resources that you can use to either train or provide technical assistance to family child care providers. These materials will guide these providers through the step-by-step process of starting their businesses.

Statewide and Local Resources SBDCs Can Partner with:

  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (R&Rs): Each county has at least one R&R. R&Rs serve existing and emerging child care providers, and in places where SBDCs have trained child care providers, R&Rs have been critical partners for success. To find your local R&R please visit: http://www.rrnetwork.org/resources-and-links/california-map.html

    Some of the services your local R&R may provide include:

    • County-specific information about the current supply of licensed child care
    • Local demographic information
    • Data on local market rates for licensed child care services and staff wages
    • Dates for upcoming licensing orientation meetings
    • Connecting parents to child care businesses
    • Trainings for existing or emerging child care providers

  • Local Child Care Planning Councils (LPCs): In addition to helping SBDC's do outreach to emerging and existing providers, LPCs can also help in the the facilities development process by providing information on:

    • The highest need areas for child care in the county
    • Local priorities designed to meet those needs
    • Referrals to other community resources

    For a list of all 58 county LPCs please visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/lpccontacts.asp

  • ABCD Constructing Connections: ABCD Constructing Connections, a program of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), is an innovative program that actively encourages the child care and community development sectors (e.g., SBDCs) to work together to support and streamline the process of financing construction and managing child care facilities in California. Through partnership and training, Constructing COnnections ensures that the child care community gains greater access to sources of financing and support for construction projects and that new child care spaces are continuously created for California's growing population.

  • The Building Child Care (BCC) Project provides a centralized clearinghouse of information and services to increase the California child care sector's understanding of the facilities development process and access to facility development resources. The BCC supports facilities development in California through four main ways:


    For more information on how the BCC Project can support you in serving child care providers, please contact the BCC Project Coordinator at 510-251-2600.


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