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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (December 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601381158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601381156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After eight years as a child care center director, I can tell you that this book covers all the bases. You will find clear explanations of each facet of the child care business and well-thought out pros and cons for the many decisions facing you. I was especially pleased with the author's discussion of staffing issues, a primary concern for those of us in the child care industry! --Kathy Jauch, Executive Director Small Wonders Daycare

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Tina Musial's "How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service" is the complete guide for anyone looking to open and operate a child care service.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lenzi Hart on June 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's no wonder that the shortage of childcare facilities increases everyday. The red tape and unforeseen complications involved with opening and operating a daycare center turn away potential owners time and time again. However, there is hope for anyone determined enough to open their own daycare. Tina Musial is your beacon of hope as the author of How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Childcare Service. This comprehensive how-to guide breaks down the complexities of day care ownership into simple and manageable steps, which most any one can implement.
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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Province Family on March 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
How to Open & Operate A Financially Successful Child Care Service With Companion CD-Rom by Tina Musial

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LaDonna J. Beeker on May 21, 2009
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Wonderful resource book for anyone beginning or wanting to get into the child care service. The author breaks everything down into detail from getting started, where to go, hiring a staff and choosing the children who receive care; just to name a few of the book's qualities. This book is one that is great for the beginning child care entrepreneur or the already business woman who just needs to touch up her child care facility/policy. In addition, the author adds in case studies from various child care owners in the United States, which gives another point of view to the reader, as well as reinforcing what the author just mentioned in that particular chapter. This book will last a lifetime in the child care business as a resource for those wanting to be successful.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Zigah on March 10, 2008
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A successful child care center doesn't just happen because you have a love of children and are not afraid of a little hard work. As a working parent, I've made use of several day care centers, some of which have been excellent, and others only so-so. But the bottom line is, you get what you pay for; the center that I considered top-of-the-line, and which charged me top-of-the-line dollars, must have followed Ms. Musial's guidelines as to what constitutes a successful and well-run enterprise. I had no idea how much work went into it, and now I understand why I paid what I paid.

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!).
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