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Understanding Child Care

Understanding Child Care

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  1. Understanding Child Care How SBDCs & Other Financial Intermediaries Can Support Child Care Business Development in California

  2. The Building Child Care Project Funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, BCC is a collaboration of four organizations: • The National Economic Development and Law Center (NEDLC) • The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCCR&RN) • The Children’s Collabrium • The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)

  3. BCC’s Mission The Building Child Care (BCC) Project provides a centralized clearinghouse of information and services to increase the California child care sector's understanding of the facilities development process and access to facility development resources.

  4. BCC’s Core Services • The BCC Web Site: • The Toll Free Hotline: 1-888-411-3535 • Enhanced One-on-One Capital Financing TA • Trainings (Providers and TA Intermediaries) • Educating Policymakers and the Field

  5. What is Child Care? • Care and education outside traditional K-12 education for children of varying ages (0-12).

  6. There are Two Types of Licensed Child Care Family Child Care Homes • Small (licensed for 8) and large (licensed for 14) family child care homes with a family day care home license from Community Care Licensing. Licensed child care centers • Private, for-profit and non-profit centers, • Head Start centers, • California Department of Education (CDE)-contracted centers with full-time and/or part-time programs, and • Licensed centers that define themselves as co-ops, nursery schools, preschools and school age programs.  

  7. Child Care is Integral To Community Economic Development Economic Development Community • Creates 132,000 jobs in CA • Generates between $4.7 and $5.4 billion in gross receipts statewide • Enables parents to work and local businesses to thrive • Safe place for children • Gathering place for parents • Builds skills, education and training for both

  8. Child Care Creates Jobs

  9. Child Care Creates Jobs

  10. Child Care Generates Revenue

  11. Child Care Supports Working Parents • The child care industry enables parents to work and/or update their skills. • More than half of children ages 0 to 5 in CA live in families where both parents work. • Child care enables Californians to earn an estimated $13 billion annually.

  12. High-Quality Child Care Cultivates the Future Workforce • High-quality child care and early education programs lay the groundwork for CA’s future economic success by preparing the next generation with life and learning skills.

  13. Child Care Supply in California 2005 Child Care Portfolio • Estimated Demand • 3,848,155 children with parents in the labor force • Licensed child care Supply • 1,002,400 licensed child care slots available • Licensed child care is available for only 26% of children with parents in the labor force • County level child care supply and demand information is available at:

  14. The Child Care Sector’s Needs: • Business Development • Business Plans • Bookkeeping • Contracts • Marketing • Rate setting • Taxes • Access to Financing • Loan Packaging

  15. Can SBDCs Work with Nonprofit Providers? • SBDCs can provide trainings/one-on-one TA to nonprofit child care providers because the industry provides a significant economic impact (e.g., generating local jobs and revenue and enabling parents work and/or update their skills). • Nonprofits can’t currently access SBA loans but there might be future policy changes that will eliminate that requirement.

  16. Local Resources for SBDCs WorkingWith Child Care Providers • Local Child Care Planning Councils (LPC) conduct needs assessments that are useful for determining market demand at the sub-county level. To find your local LPC vist: • Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies can also provide data for estimating market demand. To find your local R&R visit: • Amador, Calaveras, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Solano, and Ventura Counties have ABCD Constructing Connections, a program that actively encourages the child care and community development sectors to work together to support and streamline the process of financing, constructing and managing child care facilities:,. For more information on ABCD Constructing Connections visit: ABCD C Conn-Operators_Final_.pdf

  17. SBDCs Partner with Child Care Businesses & Intermediaries Central Coast SBDC: • Partners with Santa Cruz credit union, El Pajaro CDC, Santa Cruz Community Ventures, the Human Resources Agency & the County Office of Education Child Development Resource Center • Provides: • Business training and 1-1 technical assistance for child care operators and providers • Child care business operational and fiscal analysis • Child care facilities pre-development

  18. SBDCs Partner with Child Care Businesses & Intermediaries Central Coast SBDC cont.: • Created an “economies of scale” project for CCC, which reduces costs through bulk purchases (e.g., food, dental care). • Helped develop an association of family child care home providers. The network exchanges information, shares best practices, etc.

  19. SBDCs Partner with Child Care Businesses & Intermediaries Southwestern College Small Business Development & International Trade Center (Chula Vista): • Received a HUD grant to develop a micro-enterprise family childcare program • Partners with Family Resource Center • Offers12 week training (in Spanish) that combines a business course with child development and health and safety curriculum • Offers small business loans through ACCION

  20. Effective Curriculum For Training Child Care Providers • BCC’s Child Care Center and Family Child Care Home Facilities Development and Financing Manuals: htm • SBA’s How To Start A Quality Child Care Business: • LIIF’s Preparing Child Care Borrowers for Underwriting: (website coming) • Fannie Mae Foundation Publications: • Redleaf Press’ Getting Started in the Business of Family Child Care • Self Help’s Business Side of Child Care Manual

  21. SBDC’s Can Help Grow and Sustain the Local Child Care Industry