You’ve gone from funding and square-footage to putting the paperwork in motion, and practically graduated on our Starting a Daycare series.

But just because the paperwork isn’t done yet doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your opening date. You can even throw an open house and run tours for parents to introduce them to your daycare and uild up the hype. After passing inspections you’ll get a permit and can open!

Once your students start arriving you are now ready to start actual operation of your daycare center! Opening a daycare center is an exciting experience, and I sure enjoyed it. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy it, too:

Standing out from the crowd

Standing out from the crowd is all about going the extra mile before you begin opening a daycare center.In the childcare industry, standing out from the crowd is all about going the extra mile in terms of the service you provide.

What do you do that makes you different from other daycares? How much easier do you make the parents’ lives?

Do you use software like Hopping In that lets you split the profits with parents in case their kids are absent (while helping others re-book those slots)?

Whatever you do, do more than the bare minimum.

Feel free to touch base

I also welcome you to contact me at if you have any questions or comments about opening a daycare center. I’m always happy to hear from those starting out on their trek to providing top-notch care for kids.

Starting a daycare center is all about hard work and attention to detail.Please remember to join the Hopping In e-mail list (on the bottom right sidebar) to stay updated. New and informative blog posts will be out on a regular basis covering very important topics for daycare providers.

I sincerely hope this series of articles has helped in your journey to opening a daycare center. I wish you the best of success in your ventures!


How to start a daycare center table of contents

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 childcare centers and family daycare providers fill unused spots.

To contact him or for media inquiries email

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