Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs
Tuesday, Feb 18 (8a-5p) & Thursday, Feb 20 (8a-5p) -- Meeting Room: TBA
SPONSORED BY THE DHHS/ACF/REGION IV OFFICE OF HEAD START
Advance registration required. Limit of 2 participants per Early Head Start -Child Care Partnership (EHS -CCP), preferably 1 grantee and 1 CCP attendee. Participants are asked to commit to attend both days for best results. Capacity limited to 30 total participants (first reply, first confirmed basis). This 2-day seminar is included with general registration for RIVHSA's 2020 Annual Training Conference & Expo (ATCE).
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance presents the Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs series. Participants will acquire tools implementing and administering sound business practices in child care centers and family child care homes. The training is designed to strengthen providers’ foundational knowledge of sound fiscal management and business operations.
Directors, Fiscal Officers, Policy Council members, EHS Child Care Partners
Training Segments (Meeting Room: TBA)
Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8A - 5P)
- Morning - Fiscal Management
- Afternoon - Financial Reports and Internal Controls
Thursday, Feb. 20 (8A - 5P)
- Morning - Marketing for Child Care Programs
- Afternoon - Staff Recruitment and Retention
- Carol Hartman, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist (DHHS/ACF/OHS/National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance), Atlanta, GA
- Etheria McFarland Dalton, MS, Grantee Specialist (DHHS/ACF/Region IV OHS/TA Network -ICF International), Atlanta, GA
- Clarissa Zimmerman (DHHS/ACF/Region IV OHS/TA Network -ICF International), Atlanta, GA
1. Equip program administrators and those who support them with knowledge and skills to successfully operate child care/Head Start business
2. Participants will understand financial reports, how to project business costs, and how to use a budget and financial reports for decision-making and planning strategically for future goals. Participants will Identify internal controls and how they can strengthen the fiscal health of a child care program.
3. Participants will identify the tools to recruit qualified staff, examine the elements necessary to support retention of talented staff, and understand how the elements contribute to the organizational system that supports staff.
Expected Learning Outcomes
A. Fiscal Management
1. Budgets, Projections, and Planning
- Learn a process for building a budget and how to use it for decision-making throughout the year.
- Understand how to project business costs, generate additional income, and plan strategically for future goals.
2. Financial Reports and Internal Controls
- Introduce financial reports that can help you to better manage the program’s finances.
- Understand the concept of internal controls and how they can strengthen your program’s fiscal health.
B. Marketing for Child Care Programs
- Understand the value of marketing efforts that are focused both externally and internally.
- Be able to articulate the features and benefits of the program and understand how to use them as marketing tools.
- Appreciate how data can inform marketing efforts in order to achieve greater success, become more cost effective, and use time more efficiently.
C. Staff Recruitment and Retention
- Understand best practices related to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees.
- Have a framework for building an effective orientation plan for new employees.
- Be familiar with the components of a staff handbook.
- Identify strategies for providing feedback to employees.