About the Author:

Tom Copeland Photo Tom Copeland is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care. A renowned tax and child care business specialist and licensed attorney, Tom received his BA from Macalester College, and JD from William Mitchell College of Law. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books including Family Child Care Contracts & Policies, Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide, Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs, Family Child Care Marketing Guide, Family Child Care Money Management and Retirement Guide, Family Child Care Business Planning Guide, Family Child Care Legal & Insurance Guide, annual editions of Family Child Care Tax Workbook and Organizer, and Family Child Care Tax Companion, and Family Child Care Inventory Keeper.

Each year Tom trains thousands of family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers on important business issues, including record keeping, taxes, marketing, contracts, and legal issues. Currently, he is a consultant for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). 

Tom has received numerous awards for his work including; the Friends of NAFCC Award from the National Association for Family Child Care, and the Care Advocate of the Year award from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association.

He has represented numerous providers in IRS audits and has won three US Tax Court cases. In 2003, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2003-22 that allows family child care providers to use a standard meal allowance rate to claim food expenses. Tom was the author of the proposal that led to this rule.

Stay updated on Family Child Care business issues with Tom Copeland's blog at www.tomcopelandblog.com, email Tom Copeland at tomcopeland@live.com

Visit our Ask the Expert with Tom Copeland page to see some previously answered Family Child Care Business questions or to ask your own!

Tom Copeland 's Books

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  • Family Child Care Business Curriculum Set

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    600999 (Book and CD set)
    (Book and CD set)

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    The most comprehensive business curriculum to train family child care (daycare) providers

    The Family Child Care Business Curriculum series covers five integral business topics that affect every family child care (daycare) provider—legal and insurance issues, contracts and policies, marketing, money management and retirement, and record keeping and taxes. Written by Tom Copeland, JD, renowned tax and child care business specialist, these resources include everything trainers need to share general business principles with providers. Each training is packaged in a convenient three-ring binder and contains
    • Learning objectives and teaching techniques
    • PowerPoint files, reproducibles, and trainer notes
    • Handouts, including quizzes and class evaluations
    • Commonly asked questions and answers
    • Classroom and follow-up activities

    This complete set includes each module in the series:
    Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Contracts and Policies
    Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Legal and Insurance Issues
    Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Marketing
    Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Money Management and Retirement
    Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Record Keeping and Taxes

    Five 3-ring binders, each with a CD.

  • Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs

    Authors: Tom Copeland, Holly Elissa Bruno

    Product Code:
    753774 (Softbound)
    978-0-8077-5377-4 (Softbound)

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    Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits provides sample policies, procedures, and best practices to help you gain confidence in preventing and resolving legal challenges and conflicts with families and staff members. Chapters include information to help you

    • Gain insight from legal history, legal theory, and basic research
    • Act ethically while reducing the risks of a lawsuit
    • Use contracts and policies to reduce conflicts with parents
    • Build partnerships with families, prevent sticky situations, and promote clear expectations
    • Implement prevention strategies to keep your child care center safe for everyone
    • Understand minority rights
    • Maintain privacy and confidentiality in the Internet age
    • Hire employees with ethical and legal policies in place
    • Step up to the plate when it comes to supervision challengers
    • Understand whether or not you have full coverage with your insurance plan

    192 pages
    Copublished with Teachers College Press.

  • Family Child Care Marketing Guide, Second Edition

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    541129 (Softbound)
    978-1-60554-112-9 (Softbound)

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    Published by Redleaf Press

    Download the appendix forms

    Whether you are just starting out or have an established business, this resource provides the best marketing strategies for promoting your program and filling it to capacity—even during tough economic times. This second edition of Family Child Care Marketing Guide includes information to help you

    • Identify and communicate the benefits of your program to prospective, current, and former clients
    • Market your business using low-cost promotions, the Internet, and social media
    • Network with professional organization and agencies
    • Determine what rates you should charge
    • Resolve common marketing issues and evaluate your marketing plan

    This guide also contains checklists, worksheets, and forms to complement your marketing plan.

    176 pages

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