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curricula for child care centers can be adjusted for a family child care setting. There
are a host of curricula for home-based child care on the Internet.
The following are keys to choosing and implementing the right curriculum:
Choose a program that is structured yet flexible enough to allow for teachable 1.
moments and spontaneous learning.
Look for a curriculum that limits teacher-directed lessons and activities and 2.
encourages child-directed activities.
Use the curriculum as a resource as you develop your teaching style, and 3.
remember to recognize each child’s style of learning.
Grants provide funding for a specific purpose or goal, and they usually don’t require
repayment. You may be eligible for a grant to help with start-up costs, equipment costs,
special projects, or continuing education. Most grants are available for nonprofit child care
programs; however, you may find grants for profit-based child care programs as well. Check
with your local child care agencies and human service organizations, such as the United
Way, to locate grants in your community.
Family child care programs may also be eligible for grants from major retailers, such
as Target or Walmart. The U.S. government also has grants available. Finding grants to help
fund projects takes time; start by contacting your local child care resource and referral
agency to find out about grants in your area. Be sure to read grants and deadlines carefully
to determine if the grant will benefit you and your family child care program. You may
decide to write the grant yourself, or you can hire a grant writer. If you decide to use the
services of a grant writer, be sure to get professional references.
Establish Tuition Rates
Another major decision you’ll make in managing a child care business is choosing
how much to charge for the quality child care you provide. Your tuition rates may
vary depending on state subsidies and grants as well as on the number of hours
you provide care, the number of days you accept children, and charges for early
morning or late evening hours. Your location may also influence your tuition rates.
If you live in a high-income area, you will probably charge more than if you live
in a low-income area. You may also offer extracurricular activities, such as dance,
language, karate, art, or music lessons, that change the tuition rate. Just remember
that you, rather than the families, should determine the tuition.
To help you set tuition rates, create an estimated budget that lists your
monthly fixed expenses (see chapter 7). This information can give you an idea of