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Starting a Child Care Business: Home

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

Presentations on Market Research at BPL

When starting an in home childcare business, it's a good idea to make sure you have some information on your customers. This means looking at your neighborhood - are there families with children, are there already a lot of childcare providers? Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center has resources online and on the shelf that can offer information on your market. Librarians can help you research your customers, your competition and suggest ways you can keep up with trends in your field of business. Every year they conduct workshops on how to find the information you need - take a look at  the presentations from this past year.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Business & Career Center at the Central Library, 718-623-7000, or send us an email question,

Virtual Reference

Need help from Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center?

  • Email with a Librarian for answers to your small business, career help & personal finance questions
  • Request a 1-on-1 Book a Librarian appointment for personalized research support and tutoring sessions on using our print and online resources
  • Visit the Business & Career Center on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Call the Business & Career Center at 718-968-7275 during the hours Central Library is open.

Resources for Starting an In-home Child Care Center.

Use this guide to find information on the basics of starting and running an in-home child care business. Learn about the different types of child care services and make sure you meet the educational, health and safety standards necessary to care for children in your home by following the links in the Start Up Basics and Professional Support sections of this guide. Explore the general concepts of marketing and business operations that will help you set up a successful business by selecting from the tabs above.

Brooklyn Public Library's Entrepreneurship Programs
Brooklyn Public Library, in addition to connecting you with resources, actively supports entrepreneurs in the field of child care through two special initiatives


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The PowerUP! Business Plan competition provides classes and mentors to help start-ups develop a viable business idea and write a business plan. The best plans are awarded seed capital to get their business started. For more information, contact the Business & Career Center at 718-623-7000 x3.

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Growing Providers is a 13-week training program designed to develop the following basic skills and knowledge in order to start and operate an in-home child care service. The program provides a great opportunity for individuals interested in starting or enhancing their career in Child Care. For more information, please contact the Literacy Zone/Family Welcome Center at 718-778-9330 x6.


This website includes a Business Resource Center for Family Providers (for those providing childcare in their own home) and a Business Resource Center for Child Care Centers (for in-center day care). Each has free resources for the most important day to day aspects of running a child care business.

Topics covered include: marketing, money management, contracts and policies, legal and insurance, and record keeping and taxes. 

Under each topic, you will find “Tools” such as checklists and forms, “Knowledge” on the topic, and “Connections” to related online resources. 

Contact the Brooklyn Public Library!

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  • Chat with a librarian
  • Email your question.
  • Call 718.YOUR.BPL or 718.968.7275
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