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How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service: With Companion CD-ROM Paperback – December 12, 2007
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From the very first chapter, Musial presents information that every potential child care owner should know, but didn't know who to ask for it. She covers the various standards and requirements child care centers must meet, and explains the proper paperwork that must be filed in order to do so. Many of the start-up steps she details are items that most would have NO CLUE needed to be completed in order to start a child care facility. Musial's attention to detail ensures that readers will be thoroughly informed of what to expect during the opening procedures.
Each aspect of obtaining ownership and opening a child care facility is covered in simplistic detail, but Tina Musial doesn't end her book after owners have opened their daycare doors. She further outlines essential knowledge needed to run a successful center well after opening day. From suggestions concerning what to charge patrons, what to feed the kiddos, and how to compete with both the fancy and low-cost daycares, Musial offers practical advice for every headache that owners could possibly encounter.Read more ›
You may be fantastic with children, put yourself through university using babysitting money, and have a pre-school teaching credential - but do you have the chops to open your own Child Care Service Center? Here's a quick way to find out.
The book opens with a summary of existing child care centers, and follows with all the necessary financial details, starting with getting that all-important capital; it offers a thorough look at avenues for funding. From funding, the book examines the actual facility and the federal and state requirements, as well as admission policies, fees, the daily schedule. The heart of a Child Care Center is undoubtedly the staff and this is addressed in several areas in the book, including a chapter dedicated to finding the right candidates. It may be an onus of responsibility - entrusting someone with children - but Musial makes it seem a viable and worthy task.
Location, location, location doesn't just apply to purchasing property, but is a critical element to securing a successful center - this is another topic the book explores, as well as how to promote the facility and draw students. The book is filled with up-to-date contact information and interviews with experts.
Musial has done all the work for the prospective Child Care provider - think of her as someone who took all the notes in class for you and organized it in a thoughtful and thoroughly helpful way.
From the simple consideration that this is something you'd like to do, through the culmination of an established, well-run, profitable child care facility, and all the factors in between that go into it, I believe that Ms. Musial has it thoroughly covered. She breaks the work load down into three main parts: Part One - having a desire, but needing direction; topics include the pros and cons of each possible type of center (home based, existing and new) inspections, re-inspections and licensing, checklists for services and needs. Part Two - getting started, including estimating start up costs, creating a business plan, finding the property and/or designing the center to maximize space, finding funding, meeting basic needs, meeting state and local requirements, finding and retaining qualified staff including award ceremonies (i.e. Most Diapers Changed in One Day), and pricing guidelines (hourly versus weekly) and marketing your new center to increase revenue (there are some really excellent tips in here... a parade float, wow!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
About 1/3 if not more of this book could be cut out and it would be more effective. :\ There's a LOT of repetition that just makes it less effective the longer the book goes on.Published 8 months ago by Twankiie
Tina is very detailed in explaining every item someone who wants to start a child care business would need. This book has been and is a great reference for me.Published 19 months ago by Pamela Wallace
This book was bought for a friend of mine in India and she has started her own Child Care Center about 3 years back. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KJ Kumar
Lots and great of information for anyone who wants to open their own day care center for the first time.Published on December 29, 2012 by AGNIESZKA A.GAL
The book doesn't teach you everything needed, but we're always expecting that, and no but will provide you with everything needed, just experience. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Emilio Rodriguez