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Starting a Child Care Business: Professional Support

Regulations and Resources for starting an in-home child care center

Teaching Tools
Make  your child care center a place where children can grow and thrive. Find techniques and activities that emphasize early literacy and learning on these sites.

 Brooklyn Public Library offers educators a wide array of resources and services, both in its neighborhood branches and online. You can also Subscribe to Open Book, the Library’s newsletter for educators to keep up with the latest professional development, news and resources.

Explore the “Learn” section of BPL website; the page on Little Kids provides techniques for sharing books with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Find out about BPL programs and services for your little learners. From rytime to STEM, and from live entertainment to a children's librarian at every branch, BPL helps establish a love of reading and learning at every


No automatic alt text available.New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
A center that coordinates training and career development services for individuals who work with young children.


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National Association of Early Childhood Educators
National professional association gives you tools to expand your knowledge and skills. Find classroom activities and resources quickly on the NAEYC website.

New York Works For Children (NYWFC) is New York States professional development system for the early childhood and school age workforce. It offers two very helpful, basic books on working with young children: Core Body of Knowledge and New York State Early Learning Guidelines.

Professional Support

The organizations below offer professional development or training in caring for and educating young children. Business  support and legal advice are also available where noted.  A wealth of information on how to provide quality care may be found through these organizations

Business Outreach Center Childcare Project
This project helps providers develop and enhance their home-based childcare businesses through services and support, including individualized start-up and operations assistance, practical business training, free legal assistance, free tax assistance and more.

No automatic alt text available.CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
Support for providers with emphasis on education and quality care.
Valuable resources for informal providers; check out the newsletter and consider coaching through the C.A.R.E. program.

    NYC Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium
A group of five child care organizations which offers services and training for existing providers and those just starting. Trainings cover topics such as health and safety, sound business practicis and child development. Assistance includes help with certification and licensing. 888- 469-5999.


National Association for Family Child Care

Provides professional and association development to promote quality child care. Access to professional development opportunities and resources. The only national accreditation system  specifically for family child care providers.

New York Legal Services
Probono assistance with workers rights and legal issues for child care providers.

New York State Council on Children and Families: Early Childhood

Supports professional development and improves the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. Includes a career development resource guide, core body of knowledge, information on credential programs for infant and toddler care and training resources.

New York Works for Children connects you with a wealth of professional development opportunities.  Join the The Aspire Registry to find high-quality professional development and track your training.  You can also find a coach or training opportunities through the website.