Starting a Child Care Program
Are you thinking about becoming a child care provider? Parents across the United States need quality child care. You have the opportunity to start your own family child care home or child care center while also helping families in your community.
In Alabama, legally operating child care centers can be licensed or exempt from licensure. The licensing authority is the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
Suggested Childcare Resources' Training Courses:
Basic Administration 25-hour Course: The Basic Administration 25-hour Course is offered three times per year. The Basic Administration Course will improve the quality of child care by satisfying the administration hours requirement for new directors and through providing upcoming directors with the information needed to successfully open and maintain a child care program.
Director’s Network: Director’s Network is a collaborative effort between Childcare Resources, Harris Early Learning Center and various child care centers. Director’s Network provides one hour of professional development training which is geared toward specific issues in child care. The goal of the Director’s Network is to positively impact the quality of child care by giving directors opportunities to share ideas, collaborate, support and learn from each other and guest speakers. Director’s Network meets six times a year.
Director’s Retreat: Director’s Retreat is offered three times per year. The retreats provide an opportunity for directors to engage in activities that bring new and fun ideas into their child care programs. Topics include staff management, leadership and management, how to deal with difficult topics with young children, helping parents with the stresses of today, using personal skills to develop professional competencies and improving program quality.
Starting from Scratch: The Starting from Scratch Course is offered two times per year. Starting from Scratch provides an overview of the DHR Minimum Standards, components to starting a business, business plans, health codes, fire codes, zoning requirements, program management and more.
Family Child Care Home Basics: The Family Child Care Home Basics Course is offered two times per year. Family Child Care Home Basics is a course designed for individuals wanting to open a family child care home. The course provides an overview of the components of family child care, steps to opening a family child care home and preparation for becoming a family child care home provider.