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How to Start a Daycare or Child Care Home

Learning how to start a daycare can seem like a monumental task. Forms, regulations and requirements can seem overwhelming at first. Don't re-invent the wheel - there are many great resources available that can teach you how to start a daycare without having to recreate everything from scratch. With a little research you can develop a business plan for a successful child care, whether you're planning for care in your home or an independent daycare facility. As our economy changes, many are looking for new career opportunities. More and more people are seeking employ outside the home. This leads to a high demand for childcare as parents and guardians go to work. You may be one of these people, but your passion is children.

Childcare can be a wonderful, rewarding, and profitable endeavor if you start out right and build a healthy environment and strong relationships. How to start a daycare begins with becoming a licensed as a child care provider. In Texas, licensing is regulated by the Department of Family and Protective Services. The majority of states require Early Childhood Education (ECE) training for daycare providers with ongoing annual training hours required to maintain your license.

This is where we can help. Extension online makes it easy. With free or affordable daycare courses online, you can get the training you need when it is convenient for you. Extension online courses are developed by University professionals in child care, family, health, and safety – so you can be sure you are getting professional training from experts in the field.

Following is a sampling of some of the courses offered that will teach you how to start a daycare :

Child Care Classes

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