Child Care Essay

14145 Words Jul 28th, 2016 57 Pages
Opening a Quality
Child Care Center
A resource guide for starting a business and planning a child care center.
Table of Contents:
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
First Steps: Assessment, Market Analysis, Business Plan and Child Care Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Finding Your Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Design Considerations and Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Program Administration and Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . 17
Appendix A: Timeline for Start-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Appendix B: Agencies and On-line Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Appendix C:
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Contacting Child Care Licensing in the Utah Department of Health is your first step in this process (Appendix B). This guide will also provide you with information, websites and resources on quality standards in the industry to help make the planning of a high quality and developmentally appropriate program clear and complete. Your local
Care About Childcare agency is an additional source of information and support
(Appendix B).

There is a tremendous need in our society for quality child care as the number of working families with children under the age of 12 continues to grow. Research tells us that the negative effects of low quality child care can last into adolescence. The need for high quality child care is emphasized in this document, and we have provided resources that will aid you in locating curriculum and materials to create a center with a stellar reputation that meets the social, emotional, physical and developmental needs of the children whom you serve.
This will contribute to your long-term success in this field, and will provide the families whom you serve with assurance and confidence that they have chosen the optimum place for their children to thrive. Most of the recommendations contained in this publication exceed licensing standards and are based on best practices as found in the most recent research; licensing typically only outlines the minimum acceptable standards for children’s physical health and safety.

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