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How to Start a Day Care: A Step-by-Step Guide
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If you’re a teacher, former teacher, or simply have years of experience caring for children — and an entrepreneurial streak — you might have considered starting your own day care center, either from home or in a dedicated facility. And at an expected job growth of 7% over the next decade, working in child care is a stable career choice. So, if you’re seriously wondering how to start a day care center, you’ve come to the right place.
As is the case starting a business in any industry, however, your passion for your craft alone — or, in this case, your students — isn’t quite enough to ensure that your day care business is copacetic, either financially or legally. You’ll need to do a good amount of due diligence when looking into how to start a day care business, paying special attention to licensing requirements, and ensuring that your facility and program aligns with your state’s health and safety codes.
If you’re a pro at educating, training, supporting and generally corralling large groups of small children, you should be pretty unperturbed by the work it takes to start a day care business. Here’s what you need to know.
How to start a day care business
Although every path toward starting a business looks different for every business owner, there are a few steps that every aspiring day care owner needs to think about when it comes to how to best start a day care.
1. Decide what kind of day care business you want to start
Before you can even get to writing a business plan for your day care business, you need to decide what kind you want to open. Look into whether you want to start a day care business at home, or whether you want a more commercial facility — there might be different permits required in your municipality depending on which you choose. You also need to decide what age groups you want to focus on.
Next up, you'll have to decide on a business entity, which will have huge effects on the way you're taxed and how you operate your day care business. Will you have partners or open your business on your own? Additionally, you'll want to consider whether you want a business entity that offers you some protection. Making your day care center a limited liability company might be a good move, since the business will take on liability should anything go wrong.
You might also decide to buy into a day care franchise opportunity. This option will significantly streamline the steps you need to take in opening your day care.
Once you narrow down these details about your business, you can move on to the next step in starting a day care business: writing a business plan.
2. Write a day care business plan
This is a step you have to take when starting any business and it can be quite a bit of work, especially for anyone looking to get moving quickly on their business. When you start writing a business plan, start with an outline of all the things you want to include.
Your plan should include a summary, an overview of the company, a market analysis that includes an assessment of the need for a business like yours, a marketing and sales plan, and a financial plan along with financial projections. Don't worry, though, you can always add to it as your business grows.
One thing you should include, though, is market research. The last thing you want to do is go through all of these "how to start a day care business" steps, only to find that there isn't a market for one or that there are already too many day cares in that area to make it a viable business.
Your business plan should also include a budget. The costs associated with opening and running your day care center can never be accurately totaled, but nailing down a budget will give you some parameters to work within (and some peace of mind).
In your budget plan, don’t forget to factor in:
Your startup costs, including day care equipment, food, toys and educational tools, wages, insurance and licensing.
How much tuition you’ll charge.
Your predicted revenue over the next two to three years.
When you’ll break even.
Also know that day care centers can claim certain tax deductions, which can ease your annual financial burden.
You'll also want to include a marketing plan. If you’re seriously researching how to start a day care business, it’s likely that you’ve already been caring for children in your area for some time and have built up a network of local parents. That’s one valuable method of attracting customers (aka word of mouth) covered. Still, implementing even a basic marketing plan can help define and legitimize your business — and if you need to implement a waitlist as a result, that’s great too!
Your marketing efforts can be relatively simple and low-cost. You can start by creating a Facebook page for your day care center and building a business website, making sure to include your contact information and a little bit about your business. If possible, plan to include pictures of your facilities and testimonials from happy customers.
If you’re a fan of social media, it also can’t hurt to create an Instagram, LinkedIn and/or Twitter account to keep both current and prospective customers updated on your business. Just be sure that once you do, you receive permission from parents or guardians before posting pictures of their children, of course.
Analog marketing techniques would work well here, too. If possible, consider distributing flyers or brochures to nearby libraries, schools, places of worship or any other local gathering spots.
3. Obtain the necessary certification and licenses
You may not need a master’s degree in education to become a day care teacher, but each state does require some combination of licensing and certification when it comes to how to start a day care. Visit your state’s Division of Child Care Services (or its equivalent) to find out the training, experience and credentials you need to legally operate a day care facility.
In New York State, for instance, the head of the day care facility must have one of the following:
An associate degree in early childhood education or an equivalent.
A CDA credential (child development associate) and at least two years of experience caring for children.
A high school diploma and at least three years’ experience caring for children.
You'll probably find that there are some other requirements that usually come up when you're looking up how to start a day care business at home or in another facility. Your state may require that you and any staff you hire are CPR-certified, for one. Another point of safety to remember is that you should be trained in at least basic first aid for children. You and your staff might also need to be fingerprinted and undergo background checks before being cleared for work.
Even if your state doesn’t require that you obtain a license, you should consider doing so, as your licensing course will go over all the boxes you need to check to operate your day care in your state — including health and safety regulations, proper food preparation and the required child-to-adult ratio.
4. Find a (safe) day care facility
In certain states, in order to obtain the proper licenses or registration to start your day care business, you’ll first need to show that your day care facility meets your state’s health and safety requirements.
So whether you choose to open your day care facility in your own home, or buy or lease a new property, you’ll need to make sure your facility meets zoning, fire, and health and safety laws. When it comes to how to start a day care at home, you may need to make alterations to your house to comply with day care requirements in your state, so be sure to factor them into your budget.
5. Get insured
Another requirement for obtaining your license? Getting insured. In certain states, you’ll need to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services to run your day care center, but to do so, you’ll first need liability insurance.
The exception is home-based day care centers, which don’t need insurance to be licensed by the DHHS. Still, those opening day care centers at home should seriously consider obtaining small business insurance. You always run the risk of a lawsuit when you’re running your own business, but that risk increases when caring for other people’s children — so protect yourself whenever possible.
There are several types of insurance that cover day care businesses — general liability insurance, workers’ compensation, property insurance, abuse and molestation insurance and others — so contact an insurance broker to help you decide which coverage is best for your business.
6. Get a business checking account and credit card
Get a business credit card and a business checking account early on to help you keep your business expenses separate from your personal expenses when first starting a day care.
It’s crucial to separate your personal and business expenses for many reasons, not the least of which is to reduce your (or your accountant’s) burden come tax season. It’s simply the most professional way to conduct your business, too. Set yourself up for success now by signing up for a business credit card and opening a business bank account, and be diligent about using both solely for your day care’s finances.
Having a business credit card can help you increase your business credit score, too. By paying the card off on time — or early if you can — you can boost your score, which will help you late on when you need a loan or other financing for your day care business.
7. Get financing
Most entrepreneurs bootstrap their businesses at the beginning, as it’s difficult for brand-new businesses with limited credit history to secure a business loan, either from a bank or from an alternative lender.
Your financing options aren’t limited to your own purse strings (or your friends’ and family’s). Here are a few other ways to get funding and loans for a child care business:
Although most SBA loans are available only to businesses with a few years of experience under their belts, SBA microloans are actually designed to help startups get off the ground. They’re especially accessible to women, veterans, minorities and business owners in low-income areas. And unlike most other SBA loan programs, SBA microloans are disbursed by nonprofit lenders, rather than banks.
As the name suggests, SBA microloans tend to be on the smaller side, with amounts capped at $50,000, but they may be as low as $500. (For more context, the average microloan amount was $14,000 in 2017.) And because microloans are designed for new businesses, business owners with average or even challenged credit may still be accepted, as long as other aspects of their SBA loan applications are in good shape.
SBA community advantage
These loans from the SBA have all of the advantages that come with SBA microloans but the community advantage loans are specifically for businesses that are serving traditionally underserved communities. These loans are generally for a higher dollar amount than the microloans and can go a bit further for your business.
You might be able to obtain financial assistance to start and run your day care through state or federal funding programs for early childhood education providers. For instance, you can contact your state’s Child Care and Development Fund Plan to look into startup funds, or your state’s school meal contacts to seek funding for your day care center’s meals.
Take a look at the Administration for Children and Families Office of Child Care’s list for a more comprehensive overview of federal and state financing programs for child care centers .
Business credit card
It’s important to use a business credit card to keep your day care’s expenses separate from your own. Of course, using a credit card is also the most convenient way to pay for your daily expenses. And since credit limits for business credit cards tend to exceed those of consumer cards, you can spend more liberally without worrying about maxing out your card.
Another bonus? Using your business card responsibly (by which we mostly mean paying off your balance in full and on time, every month) can help you build business credit. And with a healthy business credit score, you’re in a better position to secure business loans with great terms down the line.
If you opt for a card with a long 0% intro APR period, you can essentially use that introductory grace period as an interest-free loan. Look into the American Express Blue Business Plus card, which, at 12 months, carries one of the longest interest-free introductory periods in a business credit card right now.
After your 12 interest-free months are up, though, a variable APR kicks in at a rate depending on your creditworthiness and the market. Check the issuer's terms and conditions for the latest APR information.
8. Hire staff
You may be planning on running your day care facility solo, but depending on your state and the number of children you’re looking after, that might not be an option — every state sets a required ratio of staff to children to ensure that every child receives adequate care. They also dictate the maximum number of children permitted in a group.
Adult-to-child ratios and class sizes depend on the age of the children, but they might also depend on the size of the day care facility, or face further restrictions based on municipality. For a day care center in New York state, for example, the state requires one adult for six children under school age. However, in New York City, there must be two teachers or one teacher and one assistant to every six children aged 2 to 3, with a maximum of 12 students allowed in a single group. Your own children may or may not be included in that count, too.
So, while hiring really depends upon your state’s requirements, it makes sense to leave room for hiring staff in your business budget. That way, you’ll be prepared for growth, without worrying about your operation shutting down because you’re not properly prepared for it. (Just keep in mind that any staff you hire needs to be appropriately licensed or trained for it, and potentially undergo a background check.)
9. Write your day care contract and policies
To further legally protect your business, it’s crucial that you draw up a contract, write out your day care policies, and require that potential clients (or, more likely, the parents of potential clients) review and sign both documents before accepting their patronage.
If you're just starting to read up on how to start a day care business, you might not be clear on the distinction between these two documents. To clarify, your contract is the document stating that you’ll provide child care, be compensated for providing care according to the payment terms you specify, and have the right to terminate providing care.
Your policies, on the other hand, provide parents with important logistical information regarding how you’ll run your day care center. There, you can outline protocol regarding vacation, illness, inclement weather, drop-off and pickup times, curriculum, field trips, and anything else you believe is important for your clients to understand and agree to about your day care center.
On a similar note...
How to Write a Business Plan for Daycare and Preschool
- Running a business
Writing a daycare or preschool business plan is a big task, but due diligence and hard work will help you understand what you’ll need to launch and run a daycare or preschool successfully.
What do daycare investors want?
Your local government will have rules and regulations you’ll need to follow as a small business owner and childcare provider. Start by reviewing the childcare licensing guidelines for your state and city. Once you’re clear on licensing guidelines, you’re ready to start writing your childcare business plan.
The purpose of a business plan is to help secure funding. You’ll likely need financing to launch your preschool or daycare, especially if you want to avoid the monthly repayment of a loan.
Investors provide businesses with money in exchange for partial ownership. As a result, they expect a larger return on their initial investment. Because many investors work in business, they prefer to invest in an established company.
Most investors look for:
Industry background and experience
Financial performance and promise.
Investors want to make money. Therefore, they are more inclined to work with experienced entrepreneurs and business owners to guarantee a return on their investment.
This might sound discouraging for those with little experience or without a business management background, but the opportunity doesn’t end there. You could consider bringing on a partner with a business background. Additionally, many investors act as a source of business advice.
You need to demonstrate that your business will make money. Investors will likely want to see signs of business growth before they give you money.
Additionally, investors will want to know about your financial stability. Questions an investor might ask are:
- What do you plan to do with the money?
- Has your business been up or down in recent years?
- Is your company losing money? Are there signs of growth for the future?
- How do you plan to repay your investment?
Of course, every investor is different, so they’ll consider various factors. While experience and financial promise are at the top of the list for most investors, they might also look for uniqueness, business readiness, an effective business model, and more.
Writing a daycare business plan
We’ve discussed licensing and investors. Now, you’re ready to begin the framework of your business plan for daycares and preschools. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Needs assessment, insurance policies, operating policies and procedures, marketing strategy.
Start with the basics: what does your daycare do? Detailing the service you’re offering will help you create a clear business plan. Next, you might want to write some goals or even a mission statement outlining your purpose and motivation.
Start by looking at general daycare or preschool industry trends, then narrow your scope to the preschools or daycares in your local area. Next, you’ll need to figure out who your target customers are and confirm that there is a need for a business like yours in your community.
Are there a lot of young families in your neighborhood? Are you located somewhere convenient for commuting parents? Does your business offer a specific service that your competitors don’t, like early check-in or extended hours?
Also, check out the competition. Research the existing daycare or preschool options in your community. Look at current preschool or daycare business plan samples. What makes your daycare or preschool unique?
Developing detailed budgets will help you run your small business. You’ll need to compare your current cash flow and expenditures to determine whether you’ll make a profit.
Build a budget for unexpected costs. For example, how many children do you need to serve to be able to pay your bills and stay afloat? Child Care Aware of America offers some terrific budgeting resources for this process.
Depending on the type and size of your preschool, you’ll need insurance policies of several different types, including liability, property, workers’ compensation, and business insurance. Check the licensing requirements for guidance in building this part of your preschool business plan.
Create a comprehensive handbook for families and staff that includes you center's policies and procedures. For instance, you'll need to develop an emergency plan , daycare sick policy , and other safety protocols according to your local childcare licensing requirements.
Your staff handbook will be a helpful resource your employees can reference and include all your employment policies including work and pay schedules, benefits, and information about professional growth and development. You can also include information on your center's philosophy and curriculum, classroom procedures, and expectations for working with children and families.
Your marketing strategy is the key to attracting customers. Decide what type of advertising you will use in front of potential customers. For example, list your school in local directories and participate in parenting and kid-friendly community events. Run a social media campaign focusing on your target population.
Another big part of childcare business marketing is differentiating yourself from other preschools. These days adopting daycare software is a surefire way to attract families with young children. A tool like brightwheel's center management feature will streamline your center's admission process, record keeping, and reporting, saving you up to 20 hours per month.
You can also use brightwheel for recording and tracking daily events and activities, and sending real-time updates to families throughout the day. It also offers secure, digital check-in/check-out and a paperless billing system. This is a great way to keep your families looped in on daily activities and handle all of your administrative tasks in one place.
Your business is ready!
Writing a business plan can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you secure the proper licensing, use the information in this article to guide you through creating a solid daycare business plan that drives investors and financing to your business.
These are just the basics to get you started. For further information, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website has detailed instructions on creating each necessary part of a successful business plan.
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The ultimate guide to starting a daycare business.
Why Start a Daycare?
Advantages to starting a daycare, can you start a daycare from home, how much does it cost to start a daycare, 15 steps to starting a daycare center, resources for daycare owners, bottom line.
Since most parents work outside the home, most preschool aged children receive some form of child care. While many are cared for by nannies, babysitters or other family members, nearly one-quarter (23.4%) of children under age five attend an organized daycare center.
This presents a world of opportunity for those looking to take the next step and start a child care business of their own. Starting a daycare center can be both personally fulfilling and financially rewarding.
Do you want to open your own daycare center in the U.S.? Follow along with this guide as we reveal the step-by-step process for opening a successful child care business.
Opening a daycare can be intimidating, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. While there is no blueprint for success, many child care business owners find joy in the journey. So whether it’s your passion for kids or desire to serve parents in your community, there are many valid reasons to open a daycare.
What’s important is that you also need to consider your own unique reasons for wanting to open a daycare, as these reasons will then motivate you to follow through on your dream. Even though you will face obstacles along the way, the payoff of opening a daycare is certainly worth the struggles.
Starting your own daycare business can be advantageous on multiple levels. For one, you’ll have the personal satisfaction of starting your own care center from scratch. Then, there’s the joy of spending time with children and learning life-changing lessons along the way.
If you’re still on the fence about starting your own daycare, consider these likely advantages:
- Emotionally rewarding: Working with kids teaches you to be patient and enjoy the simple things in life. You’ll also have the flexibility of having your own business versus being confined to a traditional day job.
- Financial freedom: By opening a daycare, you’re in control of your income rather than reliant on a typical paycheck. You can maximize your earning potential and make investments back into your own business.
- Personal child care: If you have your own child, you can care for them while you’re running your daycare. This will save you money and give your offspring opportunities to make friends with other kids.
- Continued education: Opening a daycare can open the door to new opportunities in the field of child care. You may be presented with another job position or choose to pursue additional education of your own accord.
- Extra money: Rather than stay home and care for your own children for free (assuming the original plan was to be a stay-at-home parent), why not make some extra money by caring for other children at the same time?
- Tax deductions: As a business owner, you can write of certain expenses as business expenses, saving you money on your taxes. These expenses can include a portion of your housing payment (if you have an in-home daycare), your cell phone bill, your vehicle, child care supplies and more. See Tax Deductions .
These are just a few of the many advantages of starting your own daycare center. Now let’s address some common questions you may have about being a daycare business owner.
Yes, starting a care center from your home is an option and may even be the more affordable option. This is because there are different options at the local, state and federal level that provide grants and funding to in-home daycare centers.
If you already have the space to run a child care business out of your home, it’s worth looking into Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to help you fund your endeavor. Remember, at the end of the day, you may be eligible for tax cuts and other benefits.
According to small business website bizfluent.com , the average startup cost for a daycare center is $10,000 to $50,000. This can vary widely depending on whether you’re opening a home-based daycare or leasing a separate facility for your care center.
If you don’t have $10,000+ in your bank account, don’t worry. There are many grants and loans available to child care businesses. In fact, some local businesses will offer financial incentives to support budding child care centers. Consider reaching out to your community for support.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff: how to start your own daycare business from start to finish!
Starting a small business in general is always a journey. While we’ve outlined a few steps to getting your business up and running, know that there is no one “right” way to achieve success. You’ll learn many lessons along the way and are likely to pave your own path.
That said, here are 15 steps to starting your daycare center, even if you have zero experience.
1. Learn About Daycare Licensing Requirements
You might have started off as a babysitter or a nanny, but in order to start a full-on daycare business, you need to meet the proper licensing requirements in order to be legal . That way, your daycare will be legitimate and you won’t run into any legal trouble accepting children into your care.
A good first step is to contact your state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to learn about their specific regulations for child care providers. Another option is your local area’s child care licensing agency. You can usually find this information online.
To obtain a license to start a daycare center, you’ll also need a current CPR certification, a clean driving record and additional documents that prove your commitment to providing quality child care. Don’t be afraid to ask your local agency questions to ensure you’re satisfying all requirements.
2. Consider Taking Early Childhood Education Classes
While you don’t need to have professional child care experience to start a daycare business, having some understanding of early childhood development is strongly encouraged. You’ll be caring for young lives, so you need to know how to provide the right kind of support and care.
Getting a degree is early childhood education is a good place to start. You can typically find classes in-person at your local community college or online. Through this degree, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how children think and behave, and what they need in order to be properly cared for.
Beyond that, you’ll have the skills to set your business apart from your competition. You’ll be better prepared to offer the services parents are looking for and keep them coming back time and time again.
3. Create a Daycare Business Plan
In starting any type of small business, it helps to have a business plan. Having a business plan helps you set tangible goals for your business, organize your business structure, outline your services and so much more.
In your daycare business plan, you’ll define your daycare’s mission statement, operations and procedures, staffing and budget. This business plan works to keep you on track and striving toward success.
Consider how you want your business to be organized for you plan. Will you be solo or hire staff? How will you secure funding? Will you offer services beyond child care (like tutoring)? For help in creating your business plan, check out this detailed guide from the U.S. Small Business Association .
4. Find a Location for Your Daycare
If you plan on running your daycare out of your home, this step should be pretty straightforward. If not, you’ll need to find a location for your child care facility.
Many recreational centers, churches, local businesses and even schools have space available to host a daycare, typically for a monthly fee. Search online, in your local newspaper and within your network to find options in your area.
Once you’ve found a good fit, you need to check your city’s zoning laws and licensing guidelines to make sure your chosen location is compliant. That way you can avoid some legal headaches down the road.
Ideally, you’ll need to find a location that’s centrally located, easily accessible and child-friendly. Consider what children and their parents will be looking for in a child care center. You might not find the perfect option, but you can make it work with a little TLC.
5. Get Insurance
Most daycare centers need several types of insurance in order to keep children (and their businesses) protected. These policies typically include liability coverage, property, workers’ compensation and business insurance.
Not sure what type of insurance you need? You can always check with your local child care provider licensing office for guidance.
6. Seek Out Grants and Funding
As we covered already, there are certainly costs associated with starting a daycare. If you don’t have the money you need to cover your initial startup costs, you’ll need to get creative when it comes to acquiring funding.
There are many grants available to help you cover your startup costs. You might also consider taking out an SBA loan or doing community fundraising. Know that the goal is to use these funds as an investment that will yield profitable returns in your business.
Costs Associated with Starting a Daycare
There are several things you’ll need to buy or lease in order to get your business up and running for day one. These expenses include but are not limited to:
- Renting a daycare space
- Indoor and outdoor play equipment
- Art supplies
- Cleaning supplies
- Child care supplies (like diapers and wipes)
- Business laptop
- Licensing fees
- Food (for snacks/meals)
- Bottles, cups, plates, utensils, etc.
- Car or reliable transportation (optional)
You might think of some additional items you’d like to have at your daycare. Over time, you can use the revenue coming in to help cover these expenses and invest in better equipment/supplies. It’s OK to keep things simple and then scale your way up.
7. Prepare Your Daycare Center
Once you have a location secured and the proper materials and equipment in place, it’s time to prepare your daycare center.
First, clean your facility and sanitize with an effective disinfectant. Then, take the needed steps to childproof your daycare according to the ages of the children you will be caring for. Follow this childproofing checklist for help.
Finally, set up play equipment and lay out toys. You might decide to use storage boxes to keep everything organized. You can always rearrange your layout according to your needs.
Is your daycare ready for service? Give it another once-over and you’re ready to open your doors for day one of business!
8. Draft up a Contract
As a small business owner, having a contract is always a good idea. The parents that come to your facility are essentially your clients, and you want to have a solid contract in place to protect yourself from any legal issues.
We recommend seeking out a trusted contract lawyer to draft up a contract according to your needs and unique business requirements. Your contract will then be used to outline your expectations for your clients and their children.
Here are some important questions to consider when creating your contract:
- How do you expect to be paid?
- How will you handle late payments?
- What time should parents pick up their children?
- Are there consequences for late pick up?
- What services will you provide?
- What is your policy when it comes to sick children?
- Do you offer refunds? If so, under what conditions?
- What happens if a child is injured at your facility?
Whether you seek help from an attorney or write the contract yourself, you should have a contract in place before accepting business. Once signed, you can then send professional daycare invoices to get paid by your clients.
9. Establish Policies and Procedures
Establish policies and procedures for the families that attend your daycare and your staff. These procedures may include an emergency plan, safety procedures, privacy protocols and rules for your facility.
Having these procedures in place will help you keep the children safe and protect yourself from liability (in some instances). In establishing your policies, be sure to review your local child care licensing requirements to ensure compliance.
10. Research Possible Tax Credits
If you’re opening an in-home daycare, you may be eligible for certain tax reductions based on the fact that you’re using your residence for business purposes. This means you can essentially write off a portion of your housing cost. This can be the case even if your daycare space serves as a family room after hours.
11. Hire Staff as Needed
When you’re first getting started, you may just be a company of one, as you might want to save the cost of hiring unnecessary help. But over time, you may need to hire help to take care of the kids during the day.
This is especially true if you find yourself running up against the required ratio of staff to children, as outlined in your local daycare licensing requirements. Be sure to review these to make sure you have enough staff for the number of children you plan on caring for.
Also, make sure all child care staff undergo criminal background checks and provide references to ensure the safety of the children. Make your hiring decisions carefully to keep your facility safe and maintain a stellar reputation.
12. Market Your Daycare
You have your daycare set up and open for business, now how do you get families in the door? As with any small business, you’ll need to market yourself to attract potential clients.
There are many ways to market your daycare. One method is to create flyers and post them around your local community—at businesses, schools and coffee shops. You can also run paid ads on Google or Facebook to draw in families from your local area.
To establish your daycare as a professional business, consider building a website that provides more information about your services. A basic website can cost anywhere from $10 for a WordPress template and set up, to $2,000 or more for a custom design.
With a website, you can then use search engine optimization (SEO) to attract organic traffic from Google. That way, when families search for a daycare near them, your business is likely to show up in the search results.
13. Promote Your Daycare on Social Media
Another effective marketing tool for daycare centers is social media. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn can be used to promote your business and draw in potential clients.
Create a business Facebook page to post more information about your daycare, collect client testimonials and keep families up-to-date with events at your daycare. You can also post on Instagram and LinkedIn, with targeted hashtags, to attract families in your area.
As your business grows, you might decide to invest in paid marketing services. A digital marketing agency or consultant can help you increase your business’s presence online, outrank your local competitors and attract new clients.
14. Provide Top-Quality Care
The success of your daycare depends on you providing top-quality care to your families. If the kids at your facility are properly cared for, and, even better, enjoy coming to your daycare, you’re likely to attract more referral business.
Positive reviews can work wonders to attract new clients. Ask families to review your business on Facebook, Google, Yelp and other review sites to improve your daycare’s reputation in your community.
Always look for ways to improve your daycare. Ask families for feedback, invest in additional education and hire fantastic staff to make your daycare the obvious choice for families in your area.
15. Manage Your Business Finances
Many small businesses fail due to poor money management. If you want your business to succeed, you’ll need at least a basic understanding of business accounting and how to manage your expenses.
Staying on top of your business finances is more than just tracking revenue in and expenses out. You’ll need to plan for taxes—typically around 30% of your revenue, after expenses—and make informed decisions when it comes to how you’re going to allocate your funds.
Professional daycare accounting software can help you send invoices, track revenue, manage expenses and more. It can even send reminders to parents for late payment and accept credit card payments with ease.
The more you know, the easier it will be to make smart financial decisions. Stay on top of your business finances so your business is not only surviving but thriving .
Congratulations on taking the first step to starting your own daycare business—reading this guide! By now you have a general blueprint for how to start your own business and get up and running.
Need more help getting started? Check out these reliable resources for aspiring daycare business owners:
- Child Care Aware of America: licensing guidelines for child care and daycare providers
- United States Department of Health and Human Services: childproofing checklist
- Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTAS): child care resource guide
- Office of Child Care: list of state licensing agencies
- Child Care Resources Inc.: early educator training
Starting a daycare business can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. The process is made easier by having a general roadmap for how to get started. Hopefully, this guide has provided some guidance on how to get started, plus inspiration for you to finally launch a business of your own.
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- 4. Customer Analysis
- 5. Competitive Analysis
- 6. Marketing Plan
- 7. Operations Plan
- 8. Management Team
- 9. Financial Plan
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Below are links to each section of your daycare business plan template:
- Executive Summary – This is a brief overview of your daycare business plan. The executive summary should be no more than 2 pages long, with brief summaries of other sections of the plan.
- Company Overview – This is where you provide a business description, including your company history, business structure, and any pertinent information about the daycare center.
- Industry Analysis – The industry analysis describes the daycare industry, including market size and trends.
- Customer Analysis – This section of your daycare business plan describes your target market and potential customers. You will detail the demographics, needs, and wants of your target audience and how you plan to meet those needs.
- Competitive Analysis – The competition in your local area will be described here, along with how your daycare business will compete in the market.
- Marketing Plan – Your marketing plan will describe your daycare’s marketing strategy, including your advertising and promotion plans.
- Operations Plan – This section of your business plan describes how your daycare will be operated on a day-to-day basis. It may also include your long-term plans for expansion and the milestones you want to achieve to get there.
- Management Team – The management team section of your business plan should describe the experience and qualifications of your management team including the director, teachers, and support staff.
- Financial Plan – The financial plan section of your daycare business plan should include your financial statements, such as your income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
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Daycare Business Plan FAQs
What is a daycare business plan.
A daycare business plan is a plan to start and/or grow your daycare business. Among other things, a good daycare business plan will outline your business concept, identify your target customers, present research about the child care industry, detail your marketing plan, and provide your financial plan.
You can easily complete your daycare business plan using our Daycare Business Plan Template here .
What Are the Main Types of Daycare Businesses?
There are different types of daycare businesses that parents can choose from for their child's needs. A traditional daycare center is most sought after by working parents since it provides child care during regular work hours. There are also in-home daycare centers that are licensed to provide child care in a home setting with fewer children. Other child care centers provide hourly care services by trusted babysitters or nannies and are operating on an as-needed basis.
What Are the Main Sources of Revenues and Expenses for a Daycare Business?
The primary source of revenue for a daycare business is its child care services.
Some key expenses for a daycare business is rent, salaries for staff, utilities and snacks expenses for the children.
How Do You Get Funding for Your Day care Business Plan?
A daycare business is typically funded through small business loans, personal savings, credit card financing and/or angel investors. This is true for a business plan for daycare or a childcare business plan.
What are the Steps To Start a Daycare Business?
Starting a daycare business can be an exciting endeavor. Having a clear roadmap of the steps to start a business will help you stay focused on your goals and get started faster.
1. Develop A Day care Business Plan - The first step in starting a business is to create a detailed daycare business plan that outlines all aspects of the venture. This should include potential market size and target customers, the services or products you will offer, pricing strategies and a detailed financial forecast.
2. Choose Your Legal Structure - It's important to select an appropriate legal entity for your daycare business. This could be a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks so it’s important to do research and choose wisely so that your daycare business is in compliance with local laws.
3. Register Your Daycare Business - Once you have chosen a legal structure, the next step is to register your daycare business with the government or state where you’re operating from. This includes obtaining licenses and permits as required by federal, state, and local laws.
4. Identify Financing Options - It’s likely that you’ll need some capital to start your daycare business, so take some time to identify what financing options are available such as bank loans, investor funding, grants, or crowdfunding platforms.
5. Choose a Location - Whether you plan on operating out of a physical location or not, you should always have an idea of where you’ll be based should it become necessary in the future as well as what kind of space would be suitable for your operations.
6. Hire Employees - There are several ways to find qualified employees including job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed as well as hiring agencies if needed – depending on what type of employees you need it might also be more effective to reach out directly through networking events.
7. Acquire Necessary Daycare Equipment & Supplies - In order to start your daycare business, you'll need to purchase all of the necessary equipment and supplies to run a successful operation.
8. Market & Promote Your Business - Once you have all the necessary pieces in place, it’s time to start promoting and marketing your daycare business. This includes creating a website, utilizing social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and having an effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. You should also consider traditional marketing techniques such as radio or print advertising.
Learn more about how to start a successful daycare business:
- How to Start a Daycare Business
Where Can I Get a Daycare Business Plan Example PDF?
You can download our daycare business plan PDF template here . This is a business plan template you can use in PDF format.
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Whether you’re looking to raise funding from private investors or to get a loan from a bank (like a SBA loan) for your daycare, you will need to prepare a solid business plan.
In this article we go through, step-by-step, all the different sections you need in your daycare business plan. Use this template to create a complete, clear and solid business plan that get you funded.
1. Executive Summary
The executive summary of a business plan gives a sneak peek of the information about your business plan to lenders and/or investors.
If the information you provide here is not concise, informative, and scannable, potential lenders and investors will lose interest.
Though the executive summary is the first and the most important section, it should normally be the last section you write because it’s the summary of the different sections included in your business plan.
Why do you need a business plan for your daycare?
The purpose of a business plan is to secure funding through one of the following channels:
- Obtain bank financing or secure a loan from other lenders (such as a SBA loan )
- Obtain private investments from investment funds, angel investors, etc.
- Obtain a public or private grant
How to write an executive summary for your daycare?
The executive summary of your daycare business plan should include the following important information:
Introduce your company (its name, its mission) and the history behind it: why did you decide to create a daycare in your area today? Why you?
Also, that’s where you should expand on the business: where will the daycare facility be located? How old are the children you target? How many children will you be able to take care of? What are the amenities (classrooms, playground, cafeteria, etc.)?
Provide here a deep market analysis that backs your decision to open a daycare business in your area today. Why would your business succeed given current market conditions?
For example, the market analysis should include information like: what are your competitors in the area? What are their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses? Who are your target audience (parents and children)? Is that in line with the demographics in your area?
Management & People
Who is the management team? What is your/their experience in the daycare industry?
What is your expected revenue and profitability for the next 5 years? When do you expect to break-even? Simply include here a chart of your key financials (e.g. Revenue, Gross Profit, Net profit )
What loan/investment/grant are you seeking? How much do you need? How do you intend to spend the money?
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2. Daycare Business Overview
The business overview section of the daycare business plan summarizes the basics of your facility, including the background information, business model, services, target audience, and legal structure.
a) History of the Project
When you launch a daycare business, you want it to grow and even become the best in the region if possible. One small element that can catalyze your company’s growth is its history. You don’t have to exaggerate the information here, but try to include useful details that will make your daycare business stand out.
For a business as sensitive as daycare, trust overrides anything else. So, make sure to include in your business plan your experience and passion for children to demonstrate to investors you are qualified and the right person to successfully run a new daycare facility.
Also, flesh out the history behind the project: why are you starting a daycare now? For example, you may have noticed a lack of child care services for toddlers and infants in the city.
b) Business Model
Next up is the business model. This is the revenue-generating plan that identifies how your business operates. A daycare business model should be succinct and address specific things about the business.
For instance, is it a commercial daycare facility or a family daycare? Is it an independent facility or a partnership? And should you opt for a daycare franchise?
Keep in mind that daycare facilities vary by the target age group. So, you can opt for a childcare center, a family daycare, a kindergarten/pre-school, or a nursery school.
c) Daycare Services
It takes a lot to raise a child. So, be clear on the services you want to offer in your newly founded daycare facility. The quality of services will make your business more attractive. But an even bigger factor will be the type of services you provide at the facility.
Indeed, a lot happens inside a daycare facility, from hands-on learning (classrooms, private tuition) to field trips, games and community events.
d) Pricing Strategy
Age is a key factor when setting the prices of your daycare services. On average, parents across the US pay about $9,400 per year on child care per child. Of course, the actual figure will vary based on a number of factors, but this is a great starting point when getting into the industry.
An accurate pricing strategy can help you outshine your biggest competitors. However, don’t forget that setting cheaper prices isn’t necessarily the best strategy, just in the same way overpriced services may turn off potential clients.
e) Target Audience
Daycare centers are so named because they are about a child’s well-being. However, the final decision rests with the parents, who must buy into your idea and long-term vision for the facility.
For this type of business, you have a definite target market. And all you have to do is ensure your facility is closer to a busy neighborhood with many children. Find out if the families truly need child care services, why they need these services and the children’s average age.
Finally, make sure your services are aligned with your target audience. For example, you wouldn’t necessarily succeed with a daycare operating 9am – 4pm in an area where parents typically work long hours in the city and need time to commute back to their neighborhood to pick up their kids.
Same goes for pricing: if you offer high-quality expensive daycare services, make sure your daycare is either located close to offices or in an area where affluent parents work or live.
f) Legal Structure
Finally, your business overview section should specify what type of business structure you opt for. Is this a corporation or a partnership (LLC)? Who are the investors? How much equity percentage do they own? Is there a Board of Directors? If so, whom? Do they have experience in the industry?
3. Daycare Market Overview
In the market overview section of your business plan, you must cover 2 important areas:
- Market trends : how big is the daycare industry in your area? How fast is the market growing? What are the trends fuelling this growth (or decline)?
- Competition analysis : how many competitors are there? How do they compare vs. your business? How can you differentiate yourself from them?
a) Daycare Market Trends
How big is the daycare industry in the us.
It’s always helpful to base your business decisions on the latest trends in the US market. For instance, the US daycare market had a value of approximately $54.3 billion in 2019 . And it is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3.9% from 2020 through 2027.
According to reports, the high number of parents occupying full-time and part-time jobs is a major driving force behind the increasing demand for daycare services. No matter how you look at it, these statistics make the daycare business even more lucrative, provided you get all the basics right through your business plan.
How big is the daycare industry in your region?
After the US, assess the size of the daycare market in your city or area. Focus on the zone where you plan to offer daycare services.
Naturally, you might not be able to get the data for your specific city or region. Instead, you can estimate the size of your market, for more information on how to do it, read our article on how to estimate TAM, SAM and SOM for your startup . To give you an example, let’s assume you plan to operate in an area where there are already 10 competitors:
As we know the US daycare industry is worth $54 billion today, and there are about 230,000 child care centers , therefore the average annual turnover per child care center is around $235,000.
Now, we can safely assume that the daycare industry is worth $23 million in your area (10 centers).
How fast is the daycare industry growing in your region?
Growth is an important metric for assessing the status of the daycare industry in your region.
Here if you don’t find information online or via your research, you can calculate growth using the total number of competitors in your area.
For example, assuming there were 8 daycare competitors in the region in 2018, and 10 in 2022, the annual growth rate is 6% per year.
b) Daycare Competitor Analysis
At the very least, your competitor analysis should answer all the questions below:
- How many daycare businesses are the area where you plan to open yours?
- What type of daycare businesses are there: home-based vs. center-based home care, early care vs. early education & daycare, etc.
- What age range do they specialise in?
- What services do your competitors offer?
- What amenities do your competitors have (playground, classrooms, etc.)
- What’s their average price (daily rate / monthly rate)?
- What is the child / staff ratio of your competitors?
4. Sales & Marketing Strategy
For some existing daycare facilities, marketing isn’t the most important aspect of running the business. But you’ll probably have to implement a few marketing strategies at the beginning to attract the first families , especially if you’re starting a new daycare facility.
a) Daycare Market Channels
A daycare business doesn’t have diverse marketing channels like retail stores or other businesses. So, this may limit your options when it comes to new marketing channels.
Apart from word of mouth, other marketing channels include;
- Social media
- Online listing (Google business, Facebook business page)
b) What are Your Unique Selling Points (USPs)?
Daycare facilities offer pretty much the same services, and it’s not easy to stand out from the competition. However, a few factors can be useful when evaluating your opportunities in a competitive market, including:
- Target age group : You may cover a unique age group as opposed to your competitors
- Opening hours : you may offer longer opening hours to accommodate for different parents’ jobs and availabilities
- Price : Your services may be cheaper than your competitors
- Quality & amenities : Quality services and extra amenities (outdoor playground, etc.) will make your daycare facility more attractive vs. competitors
- Services : Your services may go beyond the standard hands-on learning and kid games
5. Management & People
The 5th section of your daycare business plan should be about people. It should include 2 main elements:
- The management team and their experience / track record
- The organizational structure: what are the different teams and who reports to whom?
Here you should list all the management roles in your company.
Of course, the amount of details you need to include here varies depending on the size of your company. For example, a small daycare business run by 1 or 2 persons doesn’t need the same level of detail vs. a large center with 50 children or more.
If you plan on running your business independently, you may write a short paragraph explaining who are the co-founders and/or senior managers (if there are any in addition to yourself). It’s important to highlight their experience in the industry and previous relevant professional experiences.
b) Organizational structure
No matter how many leadership roles there are, you should now explain how you intend to run the company from a management standpoint.
What are the different teams (management, childcare staff, cooking staff, human resources, finance, etc.)?
Note that you should include these details even if you haven’t hired anyone yet. It will show lenders and investors that you have a solid hiring and management plan to run the business successfully.
A great addition here is to add an organizational chart that list all the roles, from Directors to managers, key supervisory roles and employees. Make sure to highlight with reporting lines who manages/supervises whom.
6. Financial Plan
The financial plan is perhaps, with the executive summary, the most important section of any business plan.
Indeed, a solid financial plan tells lenders that your business is viable and can repay the loan you need from them. If you’re looking to raise equity from private investors, a solid financial plan will prove them your daycare is an attractive investment.
There should be 3 sections to your financial plan section:
- Your historical financials (only if you already operate the business and have financial accounts to show)
- The startup costs of your project (if you plan to start a new daycare facility, or add capacity to an existing daycare center, renovate your facilities, etc.)
- The 5-year financial projections
a) Historical Financials (optional)
In the scenario where you already have some historical financials (a few quarters or a few years), include them. A summary of your financial statements in the form of charts e.g. revenue, gross profit and net profit is enough, save the rest for the appendix.
If you don’t have any, don’t worry, most new businesses don’t have any historical financials and that’s ok. If so, jump to Startup Costs instead.
b) Startup Costs
Before we expand on 5-year financial projections in the following section, it’s always best practice to start with listing the startup costs of your project.
For a daycare, startup costs are all the expenses you incur before you open the space to your customers. These expenses typically include: renovation costs, equipment and furniture, etc.
The startup costs for opening a child care center depend on various factors such as the location and size of your daycare facilities, the capacity (the number of children you plan to have), the quality of the amenities, etc.
We’ve identified that it costs anywhere between $130,000 to $490,000 to start a daycare business with 50 children . See below the cost estimates.
Note that these costs are for illustrative purposes and depend on several factors which might not fully apply to you. Let’s first start below with startup costs.
c) Financial Projections
In addition to startup costs, you will now need to build a solid daycare financial model over 5 years.
Your financial projections should be built using a spreadsheet (e.g. Excel or Google Sheets) and presented in the form of tables and charts in your business plan.
As usual, keep it concise here and save details (for example detailed financial statements, financial metrics, key assumptions used for the projections) for the appendix instead.
Your financial projections should answer at least the following questions:
- How much revenue do you expect to generate over the next 5 years?
- When do you expect to break even?
- How much cash will you burn until you get there?
- What’s the impact of a change in pricing (say 10%) on your margins?
- What is your average customer acquisition cost?
You should include here your 3 financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement). This means you must forecast:
- The number of children over time ;
- Your expected revenue ;
- Operating costs to run the business ;
- Any other cash flow items (e.g. capex, debt repayment, etc.).
When projecting your revenue, make sure to sensitize pricing and the number of members as a small change in these assumptions will have a big impact on your revenues.
When it comes to the costs, consider both startup and operating costs. For more information, read our complete guide here .
7. Funding Ask
This is the last section of the business plan of your daycare center. Now that we have explained what type of daycare services your company would offer, at what price, your marketing strategy, management and people, this section must now answer the following questions:
- How much funding do you need?
- What financial instrument(s) do you need: is this equity or debt, or even a free-money public grant?
- How long will this funding last?
- Where else does the money come from? If you apply for a SBA loan for example, where does the other part of the investment come from (your own capital, private investors?)
Use of Funds
Any business plan should include a clear use of funds section. This is where you explain how the money will be spent.
Will you spend most of the loan / investment to buy the real estate and do the renovations? Or will it cover the cost of the salaries of your childcare staff and other employees the first few months?
Those are very important questions you should be able to answer in the blink of an eye. Don’t worry, this should come straight from your financial projections. If you’ve built solid projections like in our daycare financial model template , you won’t have any issues answering these questions.
For the use of funds, we recommend using a pie chart like the one we have in our financial model template where we outline the main expenses categories as shown below.
The Daycare Business Plan Blueprint (Examples + Template)
April 14, 2022
Starting a daycare business can be a daunting task. There are so many things to think about and plan for. You need to find the perfect location, get the right licenses and permits, hire qualified staff, and, most importantly, create a daycare business plan.
Creating a daycare business plan is one of the most important steps in starting your business. A well-thought-out business plan will help you get funding, attract investors, and operate your business effectively.
The bad news is that there is a lot of advice out there on writing a business plan. With so much information and tons of daycare business plan examples to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.
The good news is, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll give you a comprehensive guide on how to write a daycare business plan. We will also provide some examples and a free daycare business plan template to get you started.
But First...Is a Daycare a Good Business to Start?
Before we talk about how to create a daycare business plan, let's first answer the question: is starting a daycare a good business to get into?
The answer is a resounding yes! The daycare industry is growing rapidly. It is one of the few businesses that are not only recession-proof but also thrives in uncertain economic times.
According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), the demand for child care services has increased by 26% over the last decade. This demand is only expected to grow in the coming years.
When it comes to profitability, the daycare industry is very attractive. According to IBISWorld , the average profit margin for a daycare business is around 15%. That's higher than the average for most other industries!
If you're thinking about starting a daycare business, know that you are getting into a very profitable and in-demand industry. Now let's talk about how to write a daycare business plan that will help you start and grow your business successfully.
How to Create a Daycare Business Plan
A daycare business plan is as simple as a word document with the following sections:
- Business Description
- Market Analysis
- Location and Facility
- Marketing Plan
- Financial Plan
This article will provide context of what to include in each section of your daycare business plan. As you work on writing your business plan, you will want to grab our daycare financial projection template as well in order to complete the financial plan section.
Your daycare business plan should be an elevator pitch in itself. It should be attractive to potential partners and investors. Basically, it should give them a clear idea of your business, where it is located, what services you offer, who your target market is, and how you plan to make money.
Creating a daycare business plan doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, the cheapest and easiest approach is to simply start with a blank word document and work through each of the above sections, it can be pretty easy. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a daycare business plan:
Create a Compelling Business Description
Your daycare business's unique selling point (USP) should be the first thing you include in your business plan. What is it that makes your daycare center different from all the others?
This description should be the foundation of your marketing efforts as well.
There are a few questions you should answer in your company description. They include:
What's your Curriculum Based On?
Potential investors, partners, and even customers will be interested in knowing what your curriculum is based on. This will help them understand the environment children will be in a while under your care.
When describing your curriculum, make sure to include:
- What age ranges do you cater for?
- The type of care you offer (full-time, part-time, drop-in)
- Your educational philosophy
- The activities and programs you offer
For example, if your daycare is unique by offering a Montessori curriculum, you will want to highlight that. In fact, you can learn more about how to start a Montessori program here .
How Big is Your Facility?
The size of your facility will say a lot about the type of operation you're running. Are you a small, home-based daycare or a large center with multiple classrooms?
This section of your business plan may include:
- A floor plan of your facility
- The capacity of your facility
- The number of employees you have
- Type of equipment and furniture you have
Who Is Your Target Market?
You can't market to everyone, so you must identify your target market. This will help you focus your marketing efforts and ensure that you're reaching the right people.
Below is a daycare business plan example that shows how your business description should be:
“ABC Daycare is a small, home-based daycare located in San Francisco, CA. We cater to children aged 0-12 years old and offer full-time, part-time, and drop-in care.
Our curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, emphasizing hands-on learning and collaboration. Activities and programs include arts and crafts, music, and outdoor play.
Our facility can accommodate up to 12 children at a time. We have a staff of four employees who are all CPR and First Aid certified.
Our target market is working parents in the city who need quality child care but can't afford the rates of larger daycare centers. We've created an affordable subscription-based pricing model for our target market to fulfill the demand. We generate revenue through monthly subscriptions and have low operating costs due to our small size.
Our suppliers are local businesses that provide us with food, toys, and other supplies.”
Do a Thorough Market Analysis
After writing a compelling description of your business, you need to do a thorough marketing analysis. This analysis will help you determine your target market, what type of advertising and promotion will work best, and how to price your services.
You should also research the competition and see what they are doing right and wrong. This information will be invaluable as you create your daycare business plan.
Keep these things in mind when doing a market analysis:
The Size of Your Market
This is determined by the number of potential customers in your area who need or want your services.
For example, if you live in a small town with only a few thousand people, there may not be enough demand to support a large daycare facility.
On the other hand, if you live in a city with hundreds of thousands of people, there may be room for multiple daycare facilities.
Your target market is the segment of the population that is most likely to use your services. This includes factors like age, income, education, and location.
After you've identified your target market, you need to show how you plan on fulfilling the demand. This is where your business model comes in.
Your business model is a detailed description of how your daycare will operate daily. It should include:
- How do you plan on acquiring customers?
- What are your pricing strategies?
- How will you generate revenue?
- What are your operating costs?
- Who are your suppliers?
Your business model should be detailed and easy to understand. It should also be realistic and achievable.
Here is a daycare business plan example of a business model for a small daycare center:
“The daycare will be open Monday through Friday from six in the morning to six at night. We will offer care for children ages six weeks to twelve years old.
Our rates will be $50 per week for one child and $40 per week for each additional child from the same family. We will offer a discount of $20 per week for families who enroll their children for an entire year.
We will generate revenue by charging weekly rates for our services. Our operating costs will include rent, utilities, supplies, and salaries for our employees. Also, we will acquire customers through online advertising and word-of-mouth.”
As you can see, a business model is a detailed description of how your business will operate. It's essential to have one in place before promoting and selling your services.
One thing you should not forget to include in your daycare business plan is the location of your business and your rental agreement. If you are renting a space, including the terms of your agreement and how long you have the space. If you are purchasing a property, include information on the property, such as square footage and any special features that will help your business stand out.
This daycare business plan example shows you how to include this vital information:
“The daycare will be located at 123 Main Street in a commercial space currently leased by the owner. The lease agreement is for three years with an option to renew for an additional three years. The monthly rent is $2000, and the security deposit is $3000.
The daycare will have exclusive use of the main floor, including a large open play area, a small kitchen, two bathrooms, and four classrooms. The daycare will also have access to the outdoor playground.
80% of our space will be used for childcare, with the other 20% used for our administrative offices and staff lounge.
We have chosen this location because it is close to several residential neighborhoods and has easy access to public transportation. The space is also large enough to accommodate our future growth.”
There are many daycare business plan templates you can use to help you get started. This is a basic outline of what should be included.
Daycare Marketing Plan
Most daycare business plan templates will include a section for your marketing plan. Most people overlook the marketing aspect of their business, but it is one of the most important pieces of your puzzle.
In your business plan, you need to outline your target market, your marketing strategies, and how you plan on executing those strategies.
You also need to set aside a budget for your marketing efforts. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they don't need to spend money on marketing, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
The following daycare business plan example shows you how you should describe your marketing efforts:
"Our target market is working for families with children between six weeks and five years old. We will reach our target market through online and offline marketing efforts.
Some of the offline marketing strategies we will use include print advertising, flyers, and word-of-mouth referrals. We will use a mix of SEO, content marketing, and social media for online marketing.
We have set aside a budget of $500 per month for our marketing efforts."
As you can see from the example above, your marketing plan should be clear, concise, and to the point. Don't forget to include a budget!
Daycare Financial Plan
Your business plan should include a financial plan section. This is where you'll lay out how much money you need to start or grow your business. Be specific and include dollar amounts. If you're seeking a loan, including information on how much you're requesting and how you'll use the funds.
You should also include a detailed budget in your business plan. Your budget should include all of your projected income and expenses for at least the first year of operation. Creating a budget will help you get a clear picture of what it will cost to start and operate your business.
This section should include projected costs for:
- Rent or mortgage payments
- Advertising and marketing
- Operating expenses such as utilities, supplies, and more.
Startup costs are another vital item to include in your business plan. This is the money you need to purchase equipment, furniture, or any other items to get your business up and running.
If you plan to secure a loan, your lender will want to see a detailed business plan with information on how you plan to use the loan funds. Ensure you include this information in your business plan to increase your chances of securing funding.
If you're seeking funding from investors, you'll need to include information on how they will be compensated. This is typically done through equity, a percentage ownership stake in your business.
For example, if you seek $100,000 in funding and offer a 20% equity stake, the investor will own 20% of your business.
Make sure you use a daycare business plan template that includes a section on funding to ensure you include all the necessary information. If you’re planning to get a loan or seek investment, you’re going to need full financial projections. Our daycare financial model will provide up to 5 years of projected income statements, cash flow and balance sheet forecasts.
Next I want to answer some key financial questions for you as you consider how to forecast your daycare financials. I am going to hit on:
- Daycare Startup Costs
- Daycare Revenue
- Daycare Facility Operating Expenses
- Daycare Profitability
Let’s dive into some key questions.
How much does it cost to start a daycare?
It costs between $10,000 and $50,000 to start an in-home daycare business according to Bizfluent .
It costs between $59,000 and $3 million dollars to start a daycare facility according to Bizfluent .
So obviously this is a huge range in startup costs. The main thing that will determine your startup costs is your daycare facility. Depending on how large your daycare is, whether you are buying, building, or leasing the space, and how much renovation needs to be done, your startup costs can vary drastically.
Some tips to help you estimate a cost of a daycare facility:
- A daycare facility should have 35 square feet of open floor space indoors per child.
- So if you wanted a facility that could care for 100 children you would need 3,500 square feet of indoor space for children, plus additional space for offices, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. Let’s assume that you would need at least 5,000 square feet of space for a daycare facility that served 100 children.
- A daycare center would cost at least $295 per square foot to construct in the U.S. based on data from Levelset .
- Constructing a new 5,000 square foot daycare center would likely cost at least $1,475,000 based on $295 per square foot.
- Now you might not be constructing new, rather you might rent an existing facility which could require renovations. You will need to get a specific quote for the specific renovations that you need for your space.
How much revenue can a daycare business make?
A daycare facility can generate $17,680 in revenue per year per child according to Zippia .
A daycare business with 100 children can generate over $1.75 million per year in annual revenue based on our average revenue per child of $17,680.
How much does daycare cost?
The average cost of daycare is $17,680 per year, per child in the U.S. according to Zippia .
This means that the average monthly cost of daycare in the U.S. is roughly $1,475.
What is the typical child to staff ratio for a daycare?
The typical child to staff ratios for a daycare are:
- 1 adult staff for every 4 infants (age 0 to 12 months)
- 1 adult staff for every 6 toddlers (age 1 to 3 years)
- 1 adult staff for every 10 pre schoolers (age 3 to 5 years)
- 1 adult staff for every 12 school aged children (5+ years old)
Source - Childcare.gov
These ratios will help you estimate how many staff members you will need. Our financial projection template makes this easy. Just enter in your ratios and the number of children you expect to have in each age group and the model will automatically calculate the number of staff required to maintain your ratios. See the input daycare staffing table below:
What are the typical operating costs for a daycare?
Your largest operating expense for a daycare facility is likely to be your rent.
It should cost between $20 and $30 per square foot to rent a daycare center space based on available spaces on Loopnet .
Other operating costs for a daycare center include:
You can see how you can enter in your operating costs into our financial model below:
How much profit can a daycare make?
The average daycare profit margin is 6.5% according to Daycare Business Boss .
Once you complete your projections you will want to take a look at our At a Glance tab to make sure that your projected profit margins aren’t way out of line with the industry norms. You can find projected profit margins for your daycare below:
This is an important aspect that you may not find in most daycare business plan templates, but it's still essential. An appendix includes any additional information to help you understand your business plan. This might include things like your:
- Business licenses
- Insurance policy
- Lease agreement
- Sample contracts
- Staff bios
This section adds credibility to your daycare business plan and shows that you've done your homework. Including all of the necessary details in your appendix will give investors peace of mind and show that you're serious about starting a daycare center.
An executive summary is a brief overview of your business plan and is often considered the most important section. It should be two pages long, with a clear description of your business, your goals, and why you will achieve them.
There are several key elements to include in your executive summary:
- Business Name: This is the name you have chosen for your business.
- Location: Include the city, state, and country where your business will be located.
- Business description: Describe what type of business you will be operating.
- Target market : This is the group of people you will be targeting as customers.
- Competition: Who are your competitors, and how will you compete with them?
- Product or service : What product or service will you be offering?
- Sales and marketing: How will you generate sales?
- Financials: Include a five-year income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
- Management team: Introduce your management team and their experience.
- Exit strategy : This is the plan for how you will eventually sell or otherwise exit the business in case you decide to retire or move on to other projects.
The executive summary is the most crucial section of your business plan because it gives investors and lenders a quick overview of your company and its prospects. Be sure to include all of the key elements listed above, and keep it under two pages in length.
What Are The Benefits of Creating a Daycare Business Plan?
Research shows that a business plan helps business owners make better decisions, turn abstract goals into tangible objectives, and track progress over time. But what does this mean for those who want to open a daycare?
Creating a business plan forces you to think through every step of starting your company. It's a valuable exercise that can save you time and money in the long run. Even if you don't end up following your business plan to a tee, the process of writing it will help you better understand your business and what needs to be done to make it successful.
There are many benefits to creating a daycare business plan, including:
Gives You a Roadmap to Follow
As with any journey, it's always helpful to have a map. A business plan is that map for your daycare business. It will give you a clear idea of where you want to go and how you can get there.
Helps You Secure Funding
A business plan is essential if you're looking for investors or loans. It will show potential lenders and investors that you've put thought into your business and have a solid strategy for making it successful.
Ensures Your Daycare Business is Feasible
When you're starting a business, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and overlook potential problems. A business plan forces you to take a step back and assess whether your business is truly viable. It also helps you identify any areas where additional research is needed.
A daycare business plan is a valuable tool to help you make your business successful.
It is worth noting that your business plan is not a one-time exercise but should be updated regularly as your business grows and changes. This document is meant to be a living document that evolves as your business does.
If you're unsure where to start, there are plenty of resources available to help you, including daycare business plan examples online, books, and daycare business plan templates.
You can also use our daycare projection template to get your financial plan ironed out and ready for your business plan.
The most important thing is just to get started. The sooner you create your business plan, the better prepared you will be for success.
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How to Start a Daycare Business
Do you love caring for children? Does spending your day finger painting, reading Dr. Seuss, and playing ring-around-the-rosie sound like something you’d enjoy doing? Then opening a daycare might be just the thing for you, and this guide can show you how.
To get a sense of how to start a daycare business, we talked with Lindsey Roemen, owner of Lindsey’s Family Daycare in Larchwood, Iowa, and Shalonda Owens, owner of Fruitful Trees Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, about their experiences as daycare owners.
Lindsey says working from home and being able to stay home with your children are great perks to daycare ownership, but it also takes a special person. “You can’t go into daycare just to stay home with your kids,” she says. “You have to be a kind, patient person.”
The outlook for daycare businesses
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, daycare businesses will see some of the fastest employment growth out of all industries through 2020.
This means now is an excellent time for opening a daycare. An in-home daycare offers the obvious perks of working from home and spending time with your children, but even if you don’t have any little ones of your own, an in-home daycare can be a fun business for anyone who loves kids. Working parents will always need someone to look after their children, meaning a daycare business will never become obsolete. See Also: Day Care Sample Business Plan
Should you franchise?
You can skip a lot of steps of starting a daycare by purchasing a daycare franchise. But for most people, this option is cost prohibitive: The cheapest franchises start at $59,000 and can cost up to $3 million.
This guide will focus primarily on how to start a daycare center in your own home, which has many benefits: fewer expenses, more flexible hours, and convenience. Read on to learn the ins and outs of how to open a daycare.
Step 1: Learn about licensing
The first step to starting a daycare is to contact your state Daycare Licensing Agency. “You have to call your state and see what is required of you,” says Lindsey Roemen. “Every state is different and has different guidelines. You have to weigh pros and cons and see if you can make it work in your home.”
Not all states require licenses, but you almost always need to complete a registration, depending on how many children you will be caring for. Daycare.com gives a comprehensive overview of each state’s licensing requirements, so one of your first tasks will be determining what kind of licensing your state requires, and how many children you plan to care for at once. Many states only require licensing if you’re caring for five or more children, so perhaps you’ll choose to avoid the licensing process and keep your enrollment low.
“There are a lot of people who quit daycare or dropped their numbers down because they didn’t want to be registered,” Lindsey says. When you have a better idea of what your state requires, it will help you identify your own business plan.
Another consideration is your Home Owner’s Association, if you belong to one. The enrollment numbers at Shalonda Owens’ daycare, Fruitful Trees Learning Center, were limited by her HOA. “Where I live, my HOA will not allow me to have over six kids at one time,” she says.
Here are some examples of possible licensing requirements:
- Physical space: a minimum square footage per child, both indoor and outdoor, depending on age.
- Health requirements: annual medical examinations for staff and/or children; immunization records.
- Fire regulations: a posted evacuation plan in each room and regular, documented fire drills.
- Education or training requirements: certifications in Early Childhood Education, on-going professional development for staff. Lindsey was required to have an Early Childhood Education degree or several years of experience in childcare (she qualified with the latter).
Once you have read the licensing requirements carefully, you might want to make an appointment with licensing specialists to ask questions and review the procedure for obtaining your license (if you need one). It might be helpful for them to visit your home, as well.
Step 2: Identify existing services
Now that you have reviewed the licensing regulations in your state and determined if starting a daycare is a feasible option for you, it’s time to look at other daycares in your area. This will be your competition and colleagues.
Compile a list of daycares in your area with the following information:
- Enrollment numbers (how many children do they care for?)
- Ages of enrollment
- Tuition cost
This information will make it easier for you to decide these things when opening your home daycare.
Ask yourself: Where is the gap between community need and existing services? What needs aren’t being met? If there is a saturation in your area of facilities offering full-time care for two-to-five-year-olds during traditional, weekday hours, then maybe your home daycare could offer very early morning, overnight, weekend, or evening care, or specifically care for infants up to two years old. By identifying the existing daycares in your area, you can determine what your community needs and what will make your business successful.
Where is the gap between community need and existing services? What needs aren’t being met? If there is a saturation in your area of facilities offering full-time care for two-to-five-year-olds during traditional, weekday hours, then maybe your home daycare could offer very early morning, overnight, weekend, or evening care, or specifically care for infants up to two years old. By identifying the existing daycares in your area, you can determine what your community needs, and what will make your business successful.
In addition to knowing the competition, there are other benefits to knowing the other daycare providers in your area. In Larchwood, Iowa, there are six home daycare providers including Lindsey’s, as well as a daycare center. When Lindsey had surgery, all the home providers pitched in to cover for her and take her children while she recovered. “We back up for each other,” Lindsey says. “We get together once every other week and talk about what we’re doing.”
To obtain information about other centers in your area, you can contact your county licensing office, spend some time searching online, or even just browse through the Yellow Pages.
Step 3: Create a business plan
You have a business idea and now it’s time to to turn that idea into a plan. This requires some specific decision making and research to nail down the details of your daycare.
1. Work out the logistics
Here are some logistical questions to get you started:
How many children will you care for? Many states have strict rules about the maximum number of children of certain ages allowed in a home daycare. “Start out small,” Lindsey says. “I think it’s important to get yourself used to it. If you start out smaller, you’ll be more successful.”
What is the minimum and maximum age for enrollment at your daycare? At Lindsey’s Family Daycare, the youngest child is eight weeks and the oldest is nine years. “It just seems like parents typically around 10 years old start giving them more responsibility and letting them stay home,” Lindsey says.
What time will you open your doors and what time do children need to be picked up? There are a lot of options around timing, and it’s a good idea to check out your competition before making this decision. Some non-traditional options include after-school care (this also opens up the ages of children you can accommodate to include school-age kids), drop-in or demand care, or part-time care.
Will you provide food or do children need to bring snacks and lunches? If you will provide food, check out the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a food cost reimbursement program available to home daycares.
Will you be hiring more staff? What about an accountant or bookkeeper? Shalonda encourages outsourcing for daycare owners when possible. “You need strong administrative skills,” she says. “I’m the type that I hire my weakness. I have a friend that helps me with newsletters and things like that.”
A lot of these answers will be provided for you by your regulations, but some of them will be entirely up to your personal preference and the limitations of your space.
2. Come up with your name and philosophy
The name of your daycare will become your brand. You may want to include your personal name, as Lindsey did with “Lindsey’s Family Daycare,” or you may want to choose something completely different, like Shalonda Owens’ “Fruitful Trees Learning Center.”
Choosing an educational philosophy might help you create a name for your daycare. There are plenty of philosophies to choose from—Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia, to name a few. If you don’t already have experience with these, research online to find out what resonates with you. Lindsey uses a play-based philosophy at Lindsey’s Family Daycare. “I’m structured as far as when we have breakfast, lunch, snack,” she says. “But I’m a strong believer in the free childcare and letting them be themselves through free play.”
Once you have identified a philosophy and name, organize a program: times for meals, outdoor play, and naps, as well as prepared activities and lessons based on your curriculum.
3. Establish a health and safety plan
You will need to have plans for emergency evacuation, sickness prevention, and accident procedures. Many licensing departments require you to do fire and/or tornado drills regularly.
4. Draw up a contract
Create a contract for parents to review and sign when they enroll their child.
This will have information for them about payment, any additional fees for supplies or late pickup, and a sickness and inclement weather policy.
It will also request information from them, such as a child’s allergies or medical conditions, emergency contact numbers, immunization records, and a list of people who can pick them up.
This 211 Childcare website provides guidance on forming a contract and also offers a sample PDF.
5. Create a budget
A major part of any business plan is an organized, well-considered budget. “You have to be able to budget yourself,” Lindsey says. “It can get away from you. You have to be willing to treat it like a job.”
When starting a daycare, it is important to begin with enough money to cover your startup costs and the operational costs for at least the first 90 days. Remember, it is unlikely your daycare will start off with full enrollment, so don’t rely on enrollment fees for children unless they are already registered.
“You need to have a startup budget, but you can start up with the bare minimum,” Lindsey says.
Here are some examples of startup costs when opening a daycare:
- Personnel (including your salary)
- Equipment (educational, kitchen, outdoor, office)
- Supplies (educational, housekeeping, office)
- Advertising (print, online, ad space)
- Licensing fees
6. Set your tuition
Another consideration in your budget is how much you will charge your clients.
One way to get an idea of how much you will charge is by referring to the information you collected on daycares in your area. Your rates will depend largely on your location; in Iowa, Lindsey Roemen charges a flat rate of $25 per child, per day, with a discounted rate of $17 per day for siblings. She and her fellow in-home daycare providers in the area try to keep their rates the same.
Shalonda Owens has a more complicated system for fees at her in-home daycare in Ohio. Her weekly rates are $160 for infants (six weeks to 12 months), $150 for “early toddlers” (13 months to 23 months), $145 for two-year-olds, and $135 for preschoolers (three to five years old). Before and after school care is $7/hour.
Another factor to consider is how and when you will accept payment. You’ll also need to establish a deadline for payment and penalties for late payments. Lindsey’s clients write her a check every Thursday at pickup, and Owen’s clients pay every Monday at drop off. In addition to tuition, many daycares charge a one-time enrollment fee to cover the extra time and paperwork you will need for each new child.
Include anticipated tuition in your projected income for your budget, but don’t rely heavily on it. “You have to be wise in your spending,” says Shalonda. “There are times where your enrollment may decrease and you have to be able to manage things for a long period a time.”
7. Determine where you’ll get your funding
Luckily, for an in-home daycare, it is likely that your startup costs will be low. But should you find yourself needing some startup cash, here are your options:
Private: Ideally, your startup costs can be covered by your own funds or that of a friend or family member. This reduces the time you will spend looking for additional funding and there are no finance charges.
Commercial: Commercial banks offer short-term and long-term business loans at prevailing interest rates.
Government agencies: Contact your Small Business Administration office for information on federal loan programs or your state’s economic development office for information on state loans and grant programs.
Tax credits: There are several home business tax write-offs that can offset your expenses when you are running a daycare from your home. This includes 100 percent deductible expenses like food, toys, and equipment, as well as partially deductible expenses like home insurance and utilities. The IRS has a guide for figuring and claiming the tax deduction for business use of your home. See Also: Child Care Business Sample Business Plan
Step 4: Get set up
Now that you have a plan, it’s time to set the wheels in motion.
Choose your location
Picking the location for your daycare may be necessary if you don’t plan to run it out of your home. For more information on picking your business location, check out our article, How to Choose Your Business Location.
Purchase any equipment needed for your daycare. In addition to toys, you may need sheets, mats, blankets, child-sized utensils, plates and cups, high chairs, step stools and booster seats.
Education.gov has an exhaustive list of child care equipment and materials that you can consult.
Insurance is vitally important when starting a daycare. You need property insurance to cover your business equipment and liability coverage in case you are sued. For help finding an agent and purchasing insurance, contact your State Insurance Department.
Step 5: Market your daycare
For both Lindsey Roemen and Shalonda Owens, marketing was never a part of the process of opening a daycare. Word of mouth filled up their enrollment numbers and waitlist so quickly that they never had to market. The same might be true for you, but if not, marketing is an important step for ensuring your home daycare thrives.
Here are some questions that can help you identify your client base and how to reach them:
- Who are your potential clients?
- Where are they?
- What are they currently doing for childcare?
- What can you offer them that is an improvement on their current arrangement?
- How do you compare with your competitors?
You gathered a lot of this information earlier when first formatting your business plan; now, you can use it to help you target your marketing. Put up fliers in your community, create social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and be sure to include testimonials from previous clients whose children you have cared for. Recommendations inspire trust in potential clients.
Once your daycare is operational, continue to seek out accreditations like the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or National Association for Family Childcare and other professional development opportunities to improve your knowledge base and your reputation as a child care provider.
Be sure to continue collecting feedback from your clients. Use the positive reactions in your marketing and handle any criticisms swiftly and professionally. With the proper foundation for your home daycare, you are sure to have more positive feedback than negative.
- Child Care Law Center: This nonprofit provides very accessible information about the rights and responsibilities of childcare providers.
- National Association for Family Child Care: A national resource for in-home childcare providers and also a source for accreditation.
- Association for Early Learning Leaders: An excellent source for professional development, accreditation, and the host of an annual, national conference for early childhood educators.
- Child Care Aware: This website is a great place to start when you decide to open a daycare. It helps with both the business and philosophical elements of childcare.
Emma is a freelance writer and media specialist with a passion for crafting in-depth, human interest articles. She likes spending all of her money on travel, eating cheeseburgers and ice cream, and dancing with abandon.
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Daycare Business Plan
With the majority of parents staying out of the home throughout the day, the daycare (childcare) business has turned into an extremely bankable one in recent years.
If you have the right resources and more importantly, are good with children. If you have ever dreamt of starting a daycare business , then you are at the right place!
Though certain sections are common to all business plans, you’ll need to customize the outline as per the needs and requirements of your business.
The U.S. childcare market size was valued at USD 54.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% from 2020 to 2027.
This rise in demand has come from the increasing number of working parents. Earlier parents had to quit their careers to take care of their children, but that has changed due to better daycare facilities.
Now, if you plan on entering this competitive childcare market, you must know that the daycare business is based on the foundation of trust more than anything. Hence, providing quality services and having a clean image in the market is of utmost importance.
Studies show that a lot of daycare businesses fail in their first three years due to reasons ranging from poor management to lagging finances. You can combat all of these and many more troubles if you enter the industry with a well-rounded daycare business plan.
What is a Daycare Business Plan?
A daycare business plan is an equivalent of a roadmap in your business journey. A plan helps you understand what you’re getting yourself into.
It helps you understand the market, figure out where you stand in it, know your target audience better, and formulate better marketing and financial strategies.
Overall, it makes your decision-making process faster and more effective and prevents you from feeling clueless at any point in your business journey.
Moreover, it also helps you get investors and helps your employees and partners understand what your business stands for. It gives the people in your business a feeling that you have a vision and know what you are doing with your business.
Also, you get to set clear goals that give you a direction to work and put your efforts in.
Why is a Daycare Business Plan Important?
Everything you do for your business should add value to it. And here’s how a daycare business plan can add value to your business:
It gives you a sense of direction
There are several ways you can go with each business decision. A business plan helps you understand what would work best for your business then.
It helps you understand your target audience better
Planning your business gives a better form and structure to your research. Which at the end of the day helps you understand your customers better. It also helps you analyze what it means for your business.
It helps you understand your competition better
Imagine there’s a popular daycare center in your city and several parents swear by it. Now, this could mean several things for your business.
You’ll have to pick a different location, know the daycare service’s weaknesses and offer better services by working on that area for your business.
You can also pick the things they are doing right, and inculcate the same in your strategies.
It helps you convince your investors
Though making the right prediction is difficult, having a rough idea of your business’s sales and financial potential is important to get investors on board.
Investors want to know the scalability of your business before they invest in it. A good and realistic prediction of returns makes it easier to convince investors.
It keeps you updated with the latest business trends
A business plan is a living document that grows alongside your business. It also helps you have a foresight of changing trends and act on time for getting the best results for your business.
What does a Daycare Business Plan Look Like?
If you are planning to start a new auto or car repair shop, the first thing you will need is a business plan. Use our sample Daycare Business Plan created using Upmetrics business plan software to start writing your business plan in no time.
Before you start writing your business plan for your new auto repairing shop, spend as much time as you can reading through some examples of Children’s & Pet business plans .
Moreover, business plans come in different forms to fit the current state of your business.
Apart from that, there are a few major sections that should be included in every business plan.
Daycare Business Plan Outline
This is the standard business plan outline which will cover all important sections that you should include in your business plan.
- Executive Summary
- Keys to Success
- Company Summary
- Timothy Bernard Kilpatrick
- Start-up Summary
- Locations and Facilities
- Service Description
- Competitive Comparison
- Sales Literature
- Future Services
- Industry Analysis
- Market Segmentation
- Market Analysis
- Market Needs
- Market Trends
- Market Growth
- Business Participants
- Competition and Buying Patterns
- Main Competitors
- Strategy and Implementation Summary
- Value Proposition
- Competitive Edge
- Positioning Statement
- Pricing Strategy
- Promotion Strategy
- Marketing Programs
- Sales Forecast
- Sales Programs
- Strategic Alliances
- Web Plan Summary
- Website Marketing Strategy
- Development Requirements
- Management Summary
- Organizational Structure
- Timothy B. Kilpatrick
- Carolyn Steverson
- Candice Harris
- Management Team Gaps
- Personnel Plan
- Projected Profit and Loss
- Projected Cash Flow
- Projected Balance Sheet
What to Include in Your Daycare Business Plan?
A good daycare business plan consists of a certain number of well-defined sections, the following sections can help you in writing an excellent business plan.
1. Executive Summary
The executive summary section is one of the most important sections of your business plan because it not only forms the first section of your business plan but also acts as a pitch for potential investors who can provide you with funds for your daycare business.
It consists of your company’s vision and mission, its USP, objectives, and also expected revenues.
Writing the executive summary section of your plan at the very end, so you can sum up your plan properly is a good tip to remember.
In this section, you should give out a clear idea of what your services are and whom it caters to. You should define your target market, your niche, the area your services will be extended to, etc.
As a daycare center, you should have a clear idea of the age group you will cater to, what is the preferred location of your target audience, how you come off as a service to your customers, and so on.
3. Market Analysis
Market analysis can be of great help to any business, it can help you understand what you are getting yourself into, who your competitors are, what your client base expects out of you, and where you stand in the current market situation.
Hence, market analysis immensely improves your understanding of the industry you are getting into. In the case of a daycare center knowing the best practices of childcare that exist in the market can be of great help.
4. Web Plan
In today’s internet-based world, most busy parents looking for a daycare center online. Hence, having a strong and reliable web presence is crucial to the success of your daycare business. Thus, including a web strategy in your business plan is necessary.
Always remember, as a daycare service coming off as a trustworthy and reliable institution is crucial for your business to work.
5. Management and Organizational Structure
Having a well-structured management system is especially crucial for a daycare service. It not only helps your business run smoother, but it also makes you look more responsible and reliable in front of the parents or the primary caregivers.
In this section, you should include the structure of your organization, details about people on various levels in your company, a solid system for tracking everyone’s work and progress, the areas your team is excelling at, and the areas your team is lagging in.
6. Financial Plan
One of the chief reasons for several daycare services running out of business is poorly managed finances or running out of funds to keep going.
Planning your finances in the early stages of your business saves you from encountering such a problem later on.
Hence, planning your finances is mandatory while writing a business plan.
Daycare Business Plan Summary
In conclusion, apart from having a good image as an organization, a well-managed team, a clearly defined niche, thorough research of the market and an excellent financial plan is crucial to the success of a daycare business.
After getting started with Upmetrics , you can copy this sample daycare business plan into your business plan and modify the required information and download your daycare business plan pdf or doc file.
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Millions of Dollars, Thousands of Robocalls and 1 Legal Loophole
A new york times analysis highlights a flaw in the regulation of political nonprofit groups..
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Before we get started today, I wanted to share two pieces of exciting news. The first is that we here at New York Times audio have just released an app. For fans of “New York Times” podcasts like you, it does something very helpful. It takes all kinds of shows, like “Serial,” “The Run Up,” “This American Life,” “The Daily,” and gathers them into one place. And it helps you discover the new shows that we’re making that you might not know about.
And that brings me to the second piece of exciting news, which is that “New York Times Audio” is launching a new news show. It’s called “The Headlines.” As a daily listener, you know that what we do every day is we bring you one story in depth. But of course, our newsroom is covering dozens and dozens of stories every single day. And that’s what “The Headlines” is for. It’s a short show that brings you the top stories of the day straight from the reporters covering them. This week, we’re sending the show right down our feed for you to listen to. And after that, you can find it on our app. Search “NYT audio” in the App Store. Or go to nytimes.com/audioapp. Everything in there is available to all “New York Times” subscribers. We hope you’ll check it out. OK, now here’s today’s show. From “The New York Times,” I’m Sabrina Tavernise, and this is “The Daily.”
A “Times” investigation has found that a group of Republican political operatives used robocalls to raise $89 million on behalf of police officers, veterans, and firefighters. Today, investigative reporter David Fahrenthold on how they actually spent the money and on the legal loophole that allowed them to do it.
It’s Thursday, May 25.
So, David, you are an investigative journalist, and you cover nonprofits and financial abuse in that world. And you just published a big investigation into this one group of nonprofits. Tell me what you found. What’s the story?
This story really starts more than a year ago with a tip that I got from a source who said, look, there’s a ring of these nonprofits, not traditional charities, but political nonprofits. In the paperwork, it doesn’t even look like these groups are connected, but they are. They’re all linked together. And what they do together is take huge amounts of monies in donations from regular people — small donations from lots of regular people — and when they get that money, they don’t use it at all in the way that they say they will. Now, this piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. First, the amount of money potentially involved, according to the tip, was pretty huge — tens of millions of dollars was the initial direction we got. The second was the kind of nonprofits involved, a political kind of nonprofit called a 527.
So we have to get a little into the tax code. I promise this is maybe the only time we’ll have to go into it.
527 is an area of the tax code that creates a kind of nonprofit whose purpose is politics. You can give money to them. You don’t get a charitable tax deduction. It’s not a charity. But their purpose is to raise money for politics and then to spend it helping politicians get elected.
So I was curious about these groups. And another reason this all piqued my interest was the way that they raised money, which was through robocalls, the humble robocalls. How many times have you and I picked up the phone, realized it was a robo call, and hung up within a tenth of a second?
In this case, these guys had raised tens of millions of from thousands and thousands of donations with a robocall. How did that work? So the first thing I really had to do in this story was find the robocalls. What did these robocalls sound like? What made them so effective? And the answer, it turns out to be really interesting. [MUSIC PLAYING]
You think of a robocall, what tells you it’s a robocall? You hear either really a robot’s voice, or maybe you hear a voice with a foreign accent. None of that is on these calls.
Hello, this is David. How are you today?
When you pick up, it sounds like you’re talking to a kind of weary Midwestern cop who’s just had a bad experience with the last caller.
Oh, there you are. I was beginning to think everyone was ignoring me like my wife and kids do. [LAUGHS]
They’re amazingly lifelike because they are recordings.
Hello, is Margaret there?
It typically begins with your name.
If you have a common name, like I do, they have recorded your name.
Usually, there’s a joke at the beginning.
Good to hear a kind voice. That last call was tougher on me than my mother in law’s meatloaf. [LAUGHS]
Or one of them is like, you’re harder to get a hold of than a rabbit on roller skates.
Putting aside that actually would not be that hard to get a hold of a rabbit on roller skates. But the idea being like, I’ve been calling you, and you haven’t picked up.
You’re the first person I’ve reached in 15 minutes, and I’m pretty tall.
So it really sounds like a person, but actually, it’s just a computer.
It’s a guy behind a computer pushing buttons to play the solicitation spiel and then with enough preloaded responses that you get those answers plus things like uh-huhs and chuckles and everything about a conversation, but it’s just a person pushing buttons on a computer.
OK, so after the kind of folksy dad joke, then what?
Well, then they get into the meat of the call.
So, I’m calling for the American Police Officers Alliance.
They introduce the reason why they’re calling.
Hi, this is Richard calling for the Firefighter Support Alliance.
And these groups are always talking about one of three causes.
Calling on behalf of the American Veterans Honor Fund.
Helping police, firefighters, or veterans.
Help effect real change for our veterans.
And then, they hit you with the ask.
You know, tragically, 17 U.S veterans commit suicide every day. And I don’t know if you knew, but every night, there are over 50,000 homeless veterans that are struggling on our streets. The goal is to elect officials who are working to make our communities safer.
They say that the donations go to helping elect legislators who were sympathetic to these groups — police, firefighters, veterans.
As well as support assistance to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
In some cases, they say that giving to them will actually mean supporting the families of fallen police officers.
So all we ask is that you just help out with whatever you think is right. Really, anything that you can send back is greatly appreciated. Just help out with whatever you think is fair for our heroes, OK?
OK, and if you’re still on the line by the end of the pitch, then what happens?
They start talking numbers, and they will often suggest some pretty small amounts.
Our top donation levels are $50 and $35, so how much would you like to donate?
They’ll say the big pledge is $50. The small one is $30. They want you to commit to a number, and they don’t push very hard to get a very high number. They’re happy for you to give $35 or $50.
Can we count on your support with a very important contribution for the drive?
OK, so $35, $50, pretty small donations.
Yeah, very small. But, when we looked at these groups finances and added up all the money that they’d brought in over their nine years of operations, they brought in $89 million.
That’s right. More than 18,000 donations came to these groups, most of them for less than $200. A lot of the donors you can see in the forms are in their 70s, 80s, ‘90s. They’re retired. So it worked again and again and again on a whole lot of people around the country. We talked to a woman named Louise Mcconchie, who lives in Puyallup, Washington, outside Seattle. She’d given 35 different times to the five groups we looked at totaling $3,650. And what she didn’t know was that all this money that she and so many other people were giving — almost none of it went where it was promised to go. The tipster was exactly right about that.
After I talked to Ms. McConkey, we did a huge amount of reporting. We looked at 15,000 pages of transactions. We did all this research to try to figure out what became of the money that Louise McConkey and thousands of people like her gave and found out that only about 1 percent of their donations was used for anything like what they thought they were supporting. 1 percent went to helping politicians win elections.
So what happened to the rest of the money?
That was not easy to figure out. What we had to do was go find the public filings these nonprofits had made explaining what they did with the money. When we found them, we realized they had reported 15,000 pages of documents. And in some cases, they seem to have gone to extra lengths to make their findings as hard as possible to understand. For instance, they would sometimes take $6 million worth of spending over a year or half a year and report it $1 at a time.
We paid $1 on this day to this company and $1 the next day to this company.
Why are they filing in these tiny increments?
Well, one possible reason is it makes my job really hard. It makes it really hard for anybody like me to try to add up all these tiny little expenditures and get any real sense of what these groups are up to.
And we found after adding a lot of them up, that a lot of their vendors were these shell companies. It was really hard to figure out who the actual humans were behind those companies. So after, we then sort of went through corporate records to figure out, OK, who are the people behind these companies they’re paying. That took a while, but what it showed was that about 90 percent of these groups’ spending just went to pay for more fundraising. They just spend it on more robocalls.
Wait, so they spent the money they raised from robocalls to make more robocalls?
Yeah. One of the analysts we talked to described it as an elaborate self-licking ice cream cone. It was just fundraising that paid for more fundraising.
That is some intense overhead. If we’re to take them at face value, it’s like, whoa.
Yeah, this is not normal. Most charitable nonprofits, most political campaigns, anybody else you could think of who might be a peer for these groups sort of has an opposite relationship to their fundraiser. They pay a fundraiser to raise money so they can go do something in the world with it. Either if you’re a charity, to go help the world. If you’re a political campaign, to support a candidate.
This was like a fundraiser that has a nonprofit. So much of the money that they raised was just consumed by fundraising that they were left with almost nothing for their theoretical purpose.
Right, like a huge red flag.
Yeah, when we looked at other groups like this, other political nonprofits, most of them didn’t even exceed a third of their spending on fundraising.
At that point, your question becomes, well, who’s running these things. Who would set up an operation like this? And the answer to that question was also in the spending records. Turns out, it all goes back to three guys, who got their start in campus Republican politics in Wisconsin about 2008. And the leader appears to be a guy named John Connors. He was a minor figure in the political empire of Scott Walker, the former Wisconsin governor. He graduated college in 2008 in Wisconsin and took a few jobs working for Walker then set out and started his own consulting firm. He was a big deal in Wisconsin politics but did not have much of a national presence.
The other two guys, Kyle Maichle and Simon Lewis, were his employees. So Connors employed Lewis as a director of operations, employed Maichle as a researcher. So those three folks had this connection. They sort of came up together in Wisconsin campus Republican politics and then had been minor players on their own in Wisconsin politics before this.
So how did these three go about starting this operation that you’re describing? Was it shady from the start?
Well, it starts with a group called Veterans Action Network. This is a 527 group that turns up in Wisconsin in 2014 and becomes a client. It starts paying John Connors’ firm for political consulting. Now, when you look at Veterans Action Network, it makes almost no sense — when you look at its filings. It claims to be a group that was started to help veterans make a difference in politics. When you look at what it actually did with its money, it didn’t do that. It spent almost all of its money on fundraising. It spent several hundred thousand dollars with Connors’ company. It did nothing to help any candidate anywhere, anytime. As a political operation, it was a failure from beginning to end. So you ask, well, what was the point of it? Why did it exist? And one clue you get is from an email that Connors sent to somebody back in 2016 when he says that his company created Veterans Action Network — basically, that they created a company that then became their client. They created their own client and started charging it. For them, Veterans Action Network was a success. It didn’t make any difference in politics at all, but it paid several hundred thousand dollars to Connors’ company.
And what you see then is that operation is mimicked on a much larger scale by four new organizations that are started in 2017, all by people close to Connors. They’re all 527 nonprofits that like Veterans Action Network, they play on these conservative causes — police, firemen, veterans. They raise huge amounts of money, make almost no political difference, and pay a lot of money to Connors and these two other guys, Lewis and Maichle, his associates. At the end of it all, we realize that these groups, which again, made no difference to anybody in the world of politics, have made a huge difference to those three. Their companies got more than $2.8 million from these five groups combined.
So what you’ve uncovered here — these 527 groups raising money from regular citizens, promising to spend their donations on something they care about like police or veterans, but not spending that money on the things that they care about — that amounts to a kind of double crossing of the citizens — not doing the thing that they said they were going to do. Surely, that’s illegal, right?
I feel like I asked that question of so many people in the reporting of this story. And the answer is it might not be illegal.
We’ll be right back.
So, David, this sounds like a pretty clear scam. How is this not illegal?
Well, listen, if this was a 501(c)(3) charity, a traditional charity, it might be. There are a lot of state attorneys general and others who think their job is to stand up for donors in that situation. If a donor is being ripped off, they can step in, sue you, take some sort of legal action. But in the political context for political nonprofits, there’s really not a watchdog to play that role. These groups sort of exist in a blind spot within the campaign finance system, seemingly on purpose.
They have found a way to be regulated by the least funded, the least interested, the most distracted regulator in the game, which is the IRS. And the only enforcement mechanism that might come down to them is if the IRS said, hey, listen, you’re supposed to operate primarily for the purpose of helping candidates. You’re not. These groups, in fact, say that they just got audited by the IRS, and the IRS told them they were doing quote, unquote a perfect job.
We can’t check that. The IRS won’t tell us what they do with any individual taxpayer. But these groups say, look, we’ve talked to the regulator. We just got out of an examination with the toughest watchdog that exists in our little world, and we did fine.
OK, so the IRS is saying they’re doing a perfect job. But why does this blind spot exist?
Basically, the idea of regulating campaign finance is that if you’re going to raise money for politics, there’s an assumption that you want to use it to influence politics. And so all the policing and all the limitations and all the transparency is focused on giving money to politicians — who uses their money to help which politician to guard against the quid pro quo. The idea that you would raise money and then not spend it on politics — that you would give it to yourself or you’d give it to your fundraiser, suck it out of politics — there’s really not a system built up to police that. And it just wasn’t anything someone imagined would be a problem when they set this system up. And so it becomes very easy to do it now because nobody really intended to guard against it.
So basically, when they imagined this class of nonprofit, they didn’t conceive of the possibility of using that money for something else entirely?
That’s right. And these groups are very deliberate about that. So in the law, there’s a tripwire that says if you spend more than $1,000 helping any federal candidate, you have to report to the FEC, which has its problems, but is a more aggressive and transparent agency. If you spend over a certain amount in various states, you have to start reporting to those state campaign finance watchdogs. These groups were very careful not to do any of that — to just keep their money or spend it on things that had nothing to do with politics. And for that reason, the only real rule they had to follow was this rule in tax law, which is that they had to be operated primarily — those are the two important words — operated primarily for the purpose of influencing the election of candidates or the selection of unelected people, like Supreme Court justices.
But do these groups even pass that test?
Well, we talked to a lot of campaign finance experts who said no — that any reasonable expectation would say that if you raised $89 million and only spent 1 percent on actual politics, that you’re not operated primarily for the purpose of influencing elections. But what these groups say is that, look, you’re just not thinking creatively enough. You’re just not drawing the circle of behavior wide enough. They say, look, everything we do, even when we ask you for money — when we call you up and say, hey, the police are under attack, give us money — that in its own way is political activism. Yeah, we don’t say the name of a candidate. We don’t tell you who to vote for, but we’re raising an issue with you that you might think of later on, and that would change your vote. So what they say is just if you define politics broadly enough and indirectly enough, that really, everything they do fits that definition.
So they’re saying basically, that the calls themselves are political, even though explicitly in the calls, they’re promising to spend money on actual candidates, and they don’t.
It’s a weird sort of circular logic where if you’ve given money for the service, you’ve already gotten the service. The calls are both the funding and the thing itself.
Self-licking ice cream cone.
Self-licking ice cream cone, exactly.
So that is an unbelievably huge loophole that just doesn’t seem to protect us at all.
No, there’s nothing in this system to protect the donors.
So what do the three guys you told us about have to say about all of this? I mean, once you uncovered that connection between their companies and these 527 groups.
Basically, that they were providing a service. They were paid well, and deservedly so, for services they provided to these nonprofits that were out there trying to change the world. I want to read you the quote from John Connors who wrote to say, “yes, I am paid for what I do. Everybody is,” he says. “But my real compensation is the satisfaction of Americans getting involved in the system.”
How much money did he get again?
Groups that he owns got more than $1 million.
So satisfaction of Americans plus $1 million.
Right. You know, I kept being surprised in this reporting. I kept thinking we would find something more concrete, some real impact that these groups had used with all their money and kept being surprised that I was wrong.
In theory here, the person who stands up for the donor is the donor themselves. There’s transparency theoretically in this system. These groups have to file their expenses with the IRS so that a donor doesn’t need somebody to come in and stand up for them. They can go search their filings and say, OK, is this a group I want to support or not. But what we found shows kind of the folly of that expectation. If you were a donor, and you decided, hey, I’m interested in knowing is the American Police Officers Alliance a good use of my money. First, you have to go to a Byzantine IRS site that doesn’t really tell you anything about what you’re looking for.
And then if you manage to find one of their expenditure reports, you have to read 900 pages of expenditures $1 at a time. It took us full time with powerful computers weeks to try to get a real picture of how these groups spent their money. It’s ludicrous to think that an individual donor could get anything like a reasonable understanding of the way their money was going to be spent in a day, in a week, and even a month. So if the transparency is supposed to be sort of the cure in this system, that part is not working also.
The element of transparency is just absolutely absent from the rules.
Yeah, you can see all the trees, but there’s no way in heck you’re going to see the forest.
So stepping back here, our country really has allowed for nearly unlimited money in politics through these 527s and super PACs and all the rest of it. And the fear among critics was that there would be too much money in politics, that unlimited money would corrupt our Democratic system and disenfranchise voters. And that’s still a concern, of course. But what you found is that we have a situation where the system in a very direct way is simply dispensing with the politics altogether, is kind of double crossing voters, taking their money and pocketing it. Politics is just the cover.
Right. Yeah, the whole system is built around the idea of stopping a quid pro quo or at least illuminating if there was a chance for a quid pro quo. It’s not ready for the quid pro nothing, the quid pro nil, which is what’s happening here. You’re giving money to somebody who just takes it out of the system entirely and doesn’t do the thing that they told you they were going to do with it. There’s not really a setup here.
What’s ironic about this is that there’s two sets of victims here. There’s the donors, who’s money is being siphoned out of the system. But the other victim you could argue is Republican politicians, some of the folks who’ve pushed the hardest to deregulate money in politics. A lot of these causes that these groups are raising money for are traditionally conservative causes. A lot of the folks they raise money from are traditionally conservative voters. And so these are people who might have given to Republican candidates and maybe thought they were giving to Republican candidates. But instead, had their money sort of sucked out of the system. So it’s kind of an ironic outcome of this deregulation of politics that they’ve also allowed people to use politics as a shield, use it as a lure but then take all the money out of the system and not give it to politicians at all.
One instance really stuck with me here. In 2020 — obviously, a year when policing and standing up for the police were a huge cause and a huge subject of political controversy in America — these groups raised $20 million, obviously, drawing on the anger and the emotion that came out of watching the Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests, the people who felt like the police were being criticized too much. They spent literally nothing. Those two groups spent literally zero on politics that year. So if you gave money to those groups and thought, OK, I’ve done my part to support police in America, you didn’t.
Wow. I mean, it’s unbelievably cynical, right, brilliant but also craven?
Do you think that this loophole, now that you’ve exposed it in a big way, will be closed? Or do you think that actually closing the loophole is in some ways antithetical to the spirit of the law, which was to allow all kinds of money to be spent in a pretty unregulated way, as you pointed out? Does anyone actually want to close this loophole?
I hate to be cynical, but I don’t think it’s going to be closed. And to me, that’s a sign of how little interest or possibility there is for any sort of meaningful campaign finance reform in this country. Because if there’s a low-hanging fruit here, this is it. This is something where people’s money is being used in a way that’s opposite of what they think and where politicians themselves, people who’d be making the changes in the law, are directly hurt by it.
And there’s no sign that’s going to change any time soon?
No, not that I’ve seen.
David, thank you.
Thanks for having me on. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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A New York Times investigation has found that a group of Republican operatives used robocalls to raise $89 million on behalf of veterans, police officers and firefighters.
David A. Fahrenthold, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains how they actually spent the money and the legal loophole that allowed them to do that.
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David A. Fahrenthold , an investigative reporter for The New York Times.
A group of conservative operatives using sophisticated robocalls raised millions of dollars from donors. Instead of using the money to promote issues and candidates, nearly all of it went to pay the firms making the calls and the operatives themselves.
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