The DayCare industry generated $45 Billion in 2015, and projected increases in disposable income will allow families to spend more on daycare services. For those who love children, owning and operating your own daycare is a rewarding way to use your passion to help others. A small daycare service can successfully operate out of their own home, and for medium to large daycares, you’ll need to rent a larger property (ideally with lots of space for play). If you’re thinking about starting your own daycare, there are some things to consider:
1. Acquire Licensing:
Licensing requirements vary from state to state, sometimes depending on the number of children you plan on watching. For more on these requirements, reach out to your state’s Department of Social Services, Department of Health or Department of Family Services.
2. Project Costs:
Creating a fun, safe, and nurturing environment is what sets your daycare apart from the rest. This means you’ll have to get some toys, games, art supplies, etc. The best thing you can do is write out a business plan for your DayCare to outline the costs, financing, prices, and everything in between, that way you can set aside a set amount of money and your purchases wont be a surprise. Here’s a great online resource from the Small Business Administration to walk you through the process.
Once you’ve set up shop, you’ll need to get the word out about your daycare services. For small operations, this could be as simple as word-of-mouth references from friends and family, but medium to large operations should take advantage of social media outlets like Facebook and Yelp. Keep in mind these social media sites rely heavily on reviews and testimonials, so make sure to maintain a positive relationship with your customers because a negative review could spell disaster.
First and foremost, you need a good, cute, clever name for your daycare that your customers will be sure to remember and pass along. Here’s a list of some good daycare names we found:
Le Petit Bebe Day Care
All Children Great & Small
Grace Lino Child Care Center
Tomlinson Family Child Care
Angel City Daycare
County Kid’s Place KinderCare
Joy Picus Child Development Center
Ana’s Child Day Care
Ruiz Family Daycare
Mendez Family Daycare
Caldera-Cobain Family Child Care
Atwater Park Center
Hanna’s Family Daycare
La Petite Academy
Tita Mira Family Daycare
Adam Family Daycare
Creative Center for Children
Tender Years Child Care
Sunny Day Care
Metro Gateway Child Development Center
Valley Village Little School
Happy Day Family Day Care
Furer Family Daycare
Miss Alana’s Childcare
Sunset Montessori Preschool
Studio City Child Care
Happy Family Daycare
Play Mountain Place
Sherman Oaks Child Care
La Casita Verde
Elias Family Child Care
Le Petit Gan
Imagine Nation Encino
Playgroup Echo Park
Pine Tree Preschool
Good Shepherd School
Sunshine Kids Family Child Care
California Wiz Kids
Westminster Child Center
Sunshine Child Care
Baby Blue Child Care
‘Day Care’ interest over time:
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