2009-07-31 / Community

Child Care Means Business

Graduates of the "Child Care Means Business" training. Graduates of the "Child Care Means Business" training. Thirteen current and aspiring home-based child care providers are the most recent graduates of "Child Care Means Business" training in Far Rockaway, a program designed to increase the prevalence and stability of high quality child care programs in city communities. Training participants completed a nine week comprehensive program of business and legal training and professional support. The graduates celebrated their accomplishment together with their families, instructors and local elected officials on June 29 at Blanche Community Progress Day Care Center II in Far Rockaway.

James Sanders Jr., Council Member for District 31 in Queens, attended the celebration and praised the graduates for the important role they play in their communities. Licensed home-based child care providers offer high quality care to more than 50,000 children throughout New York City in small group settings. They are licensed and inspected by New York State, and must complete a minimum of 15 hours of child care education and training each year. The "Child Care Means Business" training helps fulfill those requirements, providing participants with intensive business training in the areas of marketing, record keeping and financial management as well as developing skills and successful strategies for navigating complex City and State agency requirements.

Trainer Annette Cohen congratulated the graduates on their commitment to their profession, noting that they now "have an understanding not only of children, but of what it takes to run a business."

"We learned about success planning, about marketing, about contracts and policies. This training was an eye-opener," said Ayola Lester, one of the graduates of the training. "Thanks to our teachers we now know how to budget our time and money, do a business plan and market our programs successfully."

The project is ongoing and is currently offering training in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn and in Russian in Rego Park, Queens. English training will begin again in September in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. For information on training availability, contact Rosalinda Martinez at BOC Network at 718- 205-3773 or RMartinez@bocnet.org.

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