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Managing Your Child Care Business

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Managing Your Child Care Business

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0208

CDA Competency: Commitment to Professionalism [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Administration [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 8: Professional Development and Leadership  [3 hours] 

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours] 

 > School-Age Professionals  [3 hours]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Program Management [3 hours]


Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hour

Amount: $31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • School-Age

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Staff
  • Administrators

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

Few professions allow for the very personal relationships child care providers experience. It is important that you also recognize that you are operating a business and you are the boss. This course provides guidelines for developing and communicating your child care policies and identifies key elements of an enforceable contract. It also identifies potential sources of income and expenses, guidelines for selecting staff, marketing strategies, record keeping, and the types of insurance available to child care providers.

Learning Objectives: 

  • IDENTIFY guidelines for developing and communicating child care policies.
  • IDENTIFY key elements of an enforceable contract.
  • IDENTIFY sources of income and expenses.
  • IDENTIFY issues to consider when establishing fees/tuition.
  • RECALL definitions of direct and indirect expenses.
  • IDENTIFY elements of basic record keeping for child care providers.
  • IDENTIFY appropriate information and items to retain in each record.
  • IDENTIFY guidelines for selecting appropriate staff.
  • IDENTIFY the benefits of staff training.
  • RECALL the purpose of marketing.
  • IDENTIFY marketing strategies and implementation procedures.
  • IDENTIFY types of insurance coverage available to child care providers.
  • RECALL the purpose of commercial liability insurance.


  • Introduction
  • Policies and Contracts
  • Budgeting and Financing
  • Record Keeping
  • Staffing
  • Marketing
  • Insurance
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test


This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 







CEU courses provided by Successful Solutions Professional Development LLC are offered in partnership with Smart Horizons, and  can be applied toward the educational requirements of a National CDA Credential or CDA Renewal as required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

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2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training cannot be done on a mobile device. Cell phones and tablets do not have the required software to run the online In-service courses. A computer with internet access is required to complete the online In-service training.

6) Some students may find that they need to download or update Shockwave, Flash player or Java.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  1. Thank you. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Sep 2014

    The information given about the various areas to take into consideration was covered so that you got a good picture of what you needed to decide how to best run your day care. You pointed out some things that I could change to make my business more efficient.

  2. Loved the ease of this class. I am excited to do more! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2014

    It worked best for me that it was online and I could stop when needed and continue at my own speed!! Live Chat was quick and nice to have access to someone even on a Saturday afternoon! She was nice and I received the info almost immediately!

  3. Thank You 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2014

    I liked how it was divided in to sections so I could tackle one topic at a time. Thank you for putting this together. I enjoyed the ease of being ale to come online for my annual stars hours.

  4. This is an easy to use and navigate site. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2014

    I like being able to take a training from home

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