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Need to find information on providing child care? Try these resources first.
Library Resources Online
In and Around Brooklyn
Terms to use when searching
Try using these when you search Google, the library catalog or look for magazine articles on the topic:
- child care and business
- day care center
- early childhood education
Books In the Library
When you look for books on the child care biz, start with the 362.712 and 372.21 sections of the library.
Some specific titles are:
Early Childhood Education/Preschool Teacher Career Starter
Elizabeth L. Chesla
Family Child Care Legal and Insurance Guide: How to Reduce the Risks of Running Your Business
Tom Copeland and Mari Millard
Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs
Celia Decker and John R. Decker
Planning, Promoting and Managing Your Childcare Business: Every Childcare Provider's Winning Program Management Book
Magazines to read to learn about getting started include:
Library Resources Online: Find Magazine Articles and More
You can connect to these from your home or office. Use the terms we listed above to search by key word. You will need your BPL library card. (The barcode on the back is your password.)
In and around Brooklyn
Business Outreach Center
Check out the Childcare Project for classes and assistance in starting a child care biz.
Offers classes in starting a day care center.
College Bound Search
Find colleges with early childhood education programs. If you want to open a pre-school, you will need teaching credentials.
There are lots of websites about child care. Some are associations you may want to join. Try these first:
Starting a Day Care Center
Brooklyn Public Library has put together an extensive list of resources to help you learn all about the child care biz.
Child Care Inc.
Get assistance with the process of getting certified, learn about child care issues, keep up with health and safety issues and more. Take a look at the Child Care, Inc. publications.
Day Care Council of New York, Inc.
A great organization for day care providers. Members can get legal advice and join the group health plan. Use the site to keep up with issues and events.
NYC Department of Small Business Services: Starting a Day Care Business
A useful explanation of city regulations and assistance.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services: Starting a Day Care Program
A place to get support, resources and regulation guidance on starting a day care. You can even find out about New York State funding for this type of biz.
Redleaf National Institute
Use the "Getting Started" section for tips on everything from being a new childcare provider to record keeping, tax preparation and marketing your services.
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