All Our Kin (AOK) Virtual Business Series is designed to support adult learners to have positive and successful learning experiences, so they leave with the knowledge and relationships to sustain and grow their family child care business. It is a ten-week series designed to cover eight key aspects of running a family child care business including marketing, contracts, time-space percentage, recordkeeping and more! Each week there will be two hours of large group class time, one hour of a learning lab with other child care home providers to practice the new skills learned in class and 30 minutes of self-study work to complete in between classes.
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Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR below.
Session 1: Introduction to the Business Series
Session 2: Marketing Your Business
Session 3: Writing Your Contracts
Session 4: Policy Handbook & Communication
Participants will review policy handbook content and do role play to practice communicating this information about their program with new clients. They will then practice best practices for phone calls, tours, enrollment folders and long-term partnerships with families.
Session 5: Risk Management & Emergency Preparedness
Participants will discuss the risks of running a child care program, learn the value of creating a risk management plan and brainstorm how to prepare for a variety of risky situations. They will also learn the most important elements of comprehensive business liability insurance.
Session 6: Time-Space Percentage
Session 7: Income and Expense
Participants will review the function of a cash flow statement, identify the importance of budgeting and learn to project income and expenses for a base budget. They will also brainstorm common obstacles to building savings and strategies to meet their savings goals.
Session 8: Financial Management
Session 9: Recordkeeping & Taxes
Session 10: Graduation
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