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Early Educator Workshop: FCC Fundamentals Series 20230406

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - May 25 @ 8:30 pm

Free - $50.00
Due to concerns surrounding public health, workshops have moved to an online format.  Information will be emailed or sent by text message.

Due to concerns surrounding public health, workshops have moved to an online format.  Information to access the online content will be texted or emailed to participants, and materials will be mailed to your address. Updates will be texted to participants.   

Build your unstoppable business with the Family Child Care Fundamentals Series.  Our 8-session series will provide you with a solid foundation to start and run a successful and professional Family Child Care business.

Design Your Unique Program: April 6, 6-8:30pm

Take your business ideas and really make them a reality! Explore ways to leverage unique skills and interests to create a child care program that is personally fulfilling and attractive to families. Learn to identify the needs of your clients and target audiences you can best serve. You’ll leave this class with strategies for your core program offering and knowing what will make your program stand out in the market.

Activities and Curriculum Design: April 13, 6-8:30pm

Get a head start planning for the core element of your business: daily activities and weekly curriculum plans. Come away knowing how to create activities that support a child’s development while staying true to your unique program idea. Build a curriculum plan you love teaching and children love following!

Create Your Best Environment: April 20, 6-8:30pm

Embrace your creative side and design your best space. Plan an environment that supports children with their social, emotional and cognitive learning as well as your own well-being. Learn how to use color, lighting and space to relax or energize. Practice creating different activity areas and identifying which ones are the best for your program’s curriculum.

Market Your Business: April 27, 6-8:30pm

You know what’s special about your program – now share that message with families and your community! Learn the basic principles of marketing and create the building blocks of your marketing plan. Topics include long term planning for full enrollment, developing messaging for advertisements and developing your targeted marketing strategy.

Contracts and Policies: May, 4-8:30pm

Establish trust, clarity and positive communication with families through your contract and parent handbook. Build your professional relationship with clients by creating a contract that ensures clarity with families. Learn how to build a family handbook that supports both your business and the clients you serve. Set the tone for positive communication with families by learning benefit-focused language to educate your families on how you run your program and why.

Communication with Families: May 11, 6-8:30pm

Effective communication builds understanding and trust! Learn communication best practices with families at the time of enrollment and beyond. Create a family communication and engagement plan for your program and learn about managing challenging conversations, legal requirements and how to protect your business.

Business Finances: May 18, 6-8:30pm

Could you accurately estimate the costs of your business? Let us help you learn how! Create a working budget for your business. Gain a better understanding of financial models that show the enrollment levels you need to break even, and when you will begin to earn a profit. Set prices that are fair and profitable and walk away with a better understanding of your finances so you can make better business decisions.

Prepare for Business Taxes: May 25, 6-8:30pm

Don’t be caught off guard – identify and set up your best method for record keeping.  Learn what costs you can deduct from your business income and how to calculate time/space usage.  Explore special topics such as food costs and choose the best method of tracking for you.