Let’s start right at the beginning …

Starting a daycare center is a lot of work, but with the right approach it can be a resounding success! For me, founding a chain of daycare centers across Chicago was a chance to combine my business skills with a passion for helping kids. But, let’s be real: there’s a lot of work and details involved in successfully getting a childcare center up and running. Luckily I’m here to walk you through it one baby step at a time. Starting a daycare center is stressful, tough and expensive. However, it can all pay off in the end in a big way if you do it right!

Welcome to my series on starting a daycare center.Why listen to me?

You might wonder: why should I listen to this guy? Well,  I’ve opened eight childcare centers in ultra-competitive Chicago  including the very popular Nook Daycare Centers. Plus, I literally ‘wrote the book’ on daycare business plans, so you can rest assured, I’ve been through this and I know what I’m doing. I’ve done the research and I know the demands that come up when you start a daycare center. I also know the little details that can cause major headaches if they aren’t handled correctly from the start. These details can get a newbie confused and disheartened, from municipal to state regulations, and everything in between!

The good news is that I’m here to walk you through it. Also, trust me: it’s all worth it in the end! Here’s a guide for those who want to start their own daycare center.

I’m here to help you with detailed, informative advice!

Here’s the full series for you to navigate. I urge you to start right at square one with Part 1!

1: Location and Square-Footage

2: Finding Funding and Calculating Expenses

3: Learn Your Way Around Red Tape and Zoning

4: All About Daycare Center Construction

5: Classroom Signage and Daycare Center Setup Basics

6: Passing Daycare Center Inspection

7: Daycare Center Paperwork for Employees and Kids

8: Ready to Rock!

Author: Hopping In Blog

Sholom Strick is an expert on the business of running daycare centers and founder of Hopping In, a tool that helps daycare centers earn more when children are absent.

To contact him or for media inquiries email s.strick@daycareteam.com

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