Business Services / Family Child Care Network

Family or In-home Child Care can be a tough business. The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is offering a Business Training Series that will give Family Child Care Providers the tools and knowledge they need to successfully manage their Family Child Care Business. The 10-week Series is free to participants and covers a variety of business topics specific to family child care. After graduation, providers qualify for one-on-one business coaching and consulting that focuses on family child care as a business.

This opportunity will be available to Family Child Care Providers in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, and Fremont with English and Spanish courses offered in Omaha.

All Our Kin Pilot Project

For 20 years, All Our Kin has been working hard to ensure children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life by supporting and empowering Family Child Care Providers. The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is excited to have the opportunity to pilot a model established by All Our Kin. Over the next 18 months, NECC will provide business training and other professional development opportunities to Family Child Care Providers to strengthen their business practices in three Nebraska communities.

1) The first Business Series will launch in the Fall of 2019
2) The second Business series will launch in the Spring of 2020
3) One-On-One Business Coaching will launch in the Spring of 2020

Funding for the All Our Kin Pilot Project is provided by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Business Series

The 10-session, 30-hour Business Series is designed to share innovative tools and strategies for supporting strong business development among family child care providers. In addition, by enhancing family child care providers’ business-related knowledge and practice, NECC Business Coaches will position family child care providers to raise business efficiency and, in turn, focus more fully on giving children the high-quality early learning experiences they need and deserve.

Topics include:

  • Contracts
  • Policies
  • Marketing
  • Pricing

  • Taxes
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Child Development

Business Coaching

Family child care providers who complete the business series will also have the opportunity to participate in individual business coaching. During coaching, providers will get the chance to explore and apply topics from the business series to their own program for 10 weeks.

Licensing Toolkit

The Licensing Toolkit provides materials, mentorship, and support to help unlicensed providers meet health and safety standards, fulfill state licensing requirements, and become part of a professional community. The Toolkits include application materials, health and safety supplies, vouchers for first aid training, and curriculum materials such as educational toys and high-quality children’s books.

The Impact

The Impact for Children & Families: More children in Nebraska spend the day in safe, healthy settings with access to consistent, caring relationships and high-quality learning opportunities, which lays the foundation for success in school and in life.

The Impact for Providers: Earnings increase, providers gain pride and professionalism, and they are able to serve more children, and serve them better.