As with any business, a good plan can set you up for success. Before you even open your doors, you should have detailed plans in place in a number of areas. You may have already thought about your budget, but you’ll also want to consider insurance options, how you’ll market your business and more. Putting the effort into solidifying these plans ahead of time will help your business continue to thrive, years after your grand opening.

Preparing a Budget helps you define how you expect to make and spend money. Here you’ll find a list of places where you can look for grants and loans and information about taxes for your business. We’ll also share some resources we’ve compiled to help you budget.

Insurance for Your Business gives you the facts on types of insurance that you can purchase for your child care program. Read about what may be covered under each type and who to contact for help.

Marketing Your Program offers ideas for spreading the word about your child care program. Read about items you may want to include in your budget for marketing and resources to help you create your marketing plan.

Staffing Needs has valuable information to help you begin to plan how to staff your program. Learn about provider qualifications and the number of employees you may need. You’ll also find information on why you may want to consider hiring or contracting staff for certain tasks.

Developing Your Policies and Procedures gives you an introduction to topics to cover in your policies and procedures. You’ll read about developing a code of conduct, what to include in your Parent and Staff Handbooks and creating an emergency plan.