The Training of Trainers: Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs training series addresses basic concepts in fiscal and operational management of center-based child care and family child care programs. These training's are grounded in the belief that strong and sustainable child care businesses can support program initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for children. This TOT is available to state approved Early Care trainers only. (Overview)

There are four modules of the training:

Module I - Budgets, Projects and Planning 
Module II - Financial Reports and Internal Controls
Module III - Marketing Your Program
Module IV - Recruiting and Retaining Staff

Owning and operating a child care business can be a very challenging and rewarding career. Success in this field requires dedication, love and patience. The work day is longer than a normal eight-hour day, but the satisfaction of watching children grow and develop will be worth the extra effort.

This course will help you plan, prepare and operate your business. It explains the step-by-step process of starting the business, from assessing the need for child care services to selecting the service, setting up your business and preparing for opening day. A sample business plan outline for child care businesses is included, in addition to a sample parent survey, a typical undergraduate curriculum in early childhood instruction, general resources and a list of related national organizations.


The business environment is a complex place to be. Whether you wish to work as a consultant or freelancer, establish a corporation, or set up an operation that meets a need for very particular type of customer, there is a tremendous amount of information that you need to know and to apply. This twenty-four hour course provides essential learning for new business owners, whether the business is just in the idea stage or you have already begun and need to fill in the gaps. (Course Outline).
Interviewing sounds easy enough: you arrange for a conversation between you and potential candidates, and then select the best person for a particular position. But what if you could refine the process in such a way that you were confident that you are selecting the right person? How do you separate the good from the great, when they have similar work experience and strengths to offer? This workshop will give you the skills and tools to hire successful candidates. (outline)


This course is for people who are new supervisors or who are interested in a supervisory position, as well as those who are team leads or part-time supervisors without a great deal of authority. (outline)


If you and the people who work with you don’t understand where the company is going, they may all develop their own priorities and actually prevent you from getting where you need to be. Part of getting everyone on board is creating a strategic plan complete with the organization’s values, vision, and mission. Then, there’s the challenge of bringing these principles to life in a meaningful way that people can relate to. This two-day course will help you describe what you want to do and get people where you want to go. (outline)