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How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service (With Companion CD-ROM)


Because parents must work outside the home, there will always be a demand for childcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 64 percent of married-couple families, both husband and wife work outside the home. There are nearly 12 million children under the age of five in child care each week in the United States. With concerns about quality child care, the trend is to move away from large operations and turn to the small services located close by work or home.

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Because parents must work outside the home, there will always be a demand for childcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 64 percent of married-couple families, both husband and wife work outside the home. There are nearly 12 million children under the age of five in child care each week in the United States. With concerns about quality child care, the trend is to move away from large operations and turn to the small services located close by work or home.

This increase in small day care operations creates a huge opportunity for someone who loves children and wants to create a business dedicated to taking care of them. A child care service makes an ideal home based or part-time business. Start-up costs are low. You do not need an office. You do not need any costly special equipment.

All you need to get started is an approved facility and a desire to succeed. Here is the manual you need to be successful in this highly profitable segment of the service industry.    The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601381156
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 463,127
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    Comprehensive and well-organized

    This book does a fantastic job of outlining in a very concise and organized manner the way in which to go about starting a child care center. Whether you are considering taking in a few children in your home, or opening a large commercial center with many children, this book arms you with the information you need to get started.

    I was impressed with the detail she gives in every aspect of the business. For example: hiring employees. She outlines things to cover during the interview, policies to have in place to protect you as an employer, tips to keep employees happy and motivated, employee relations suggestions, etc. You want ideas to market your new Child Care Center? Look no further! There are endless, creative ideas right here - from parades, to Halloween goodie bags, OB/GYN handouts, etc. There are instructions on where to get the toys you need, how to organize them, and finally, how to clean them.

    You will learn how much you should charge for how many kids, for which services and for how many hours. Did you want before or after care? All your questions are answered here. Children's issues are covered, also, such as allergies, sicknesses, biting, EPI pen usage, abuse, neglect, etc.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone considering starting a child care center, or even placing a child in one - that way, you know what to look for in a good one!

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Become Successful in the child care business

    Wonderful resource book for anyone beginning or wanting to get into the child care service. The author breaks everything down into detail from getting started, where to go, hiring a staff and choosing the children who receive care; just to name a few of the book's qualities. This book is one that is great for the beginning child care entrepreneur or the already business woman who just needs to touch up her child care facility/policy. In addition, the author adds in case studies from various child care owners in the United States, which gives another point of view to the reader, as well as reinforcing what the author just mentioned in that particular chapter. This book will last a lifetime in the child care business as a resource for those wanting to be successful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    Revealing the Basics

    Tina Musial¿s How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service takes the overwhelming task of starting a daycare and breaks it down into the basics. It covers many aspects of owning and operating a daycare ¿ from federal and local regulations to decisions about caring for children with disabilities to which services to offer to how to be an employer ¿ that many individuals may not otherwise consider until they are immersed in the running of a child care service. <BR/><BR/>How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service starts at the beginning ¿ from reasons why many individuals choose to start a daycare ¿ to the continued development and accreditation of an established child care service and provides pros and cons for many of the options. Musial includes case studies with individuals who have been there, done that, in order to provide further prospective, as well as offering practical, no nonsense advice on how to make a child care service a save and positive experience for the children, staff, parents, and owner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    A Great Daycare Owners Guide

    It¿s no wonder that the shortage of childcare facilities increases everyday. The red tape and unforeseen complications involved with opening and operating a daycare center turn away potential owners time and time again. However, there is hope for anyone determined enough to open their own daycare. Tina Musial is your beacon of hope as the author of How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Childcare Service. This comprehensive how-to guide breaks down the complexities of day care ownership into simple and manageable steps, which most any one can implement. From the very first chapter, Musial presents information that every potential child care owner should know, but didn¿t know who to ask for it. She covers the various standards and requirements child care centers must meet, and explains the proper paperwork that must be filed in order to do so. Many of the start-up steps she details are items that most would have NO CLUE needed to be completed in order to start a child care facility. Musial¿s attention to detail ensures that readers will be thoroughly informed of what to expect during the opening procedures. Each aspect of obtaining ownership and opening a child care facility is covered in simplistic detail, but Tina Musial doesn¿t end her book after owners have opened their daycare doors. She further outlines essential knowledge needed to run a successful center well after opening day. From suggestions concerning what to charge patrons, what to feed the kiddos, and how to compete with both the fancy and low-cost daycares, Musial offers practical advice for every headache that owners could possibly encounter. For anyone who has a dream of owning and effectively running a child care facility, Tina Musial¿s guide should be the daily handbook that you turn to for answers. This book receives five out of five stars for its amazing attention to detail, and its simplistic style and outline. How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Childcare Service is a must-have for wannabe daycare owners!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    A reviewer

    Tina Musial¿s guide to opening and operating your own childcare center is a concise work. Everything you need to know from common sense ideas to the bare bones that each center, large or small, consists of is all in this easy to read book. Broken down into three parts Musial shares her expertise and wisdom compiled from many years in the industry with her readers. This book is full of information. What I liked most about this book was how Musial forces the reader to ask questions about why they want to open a childcare center, what type of personality they are and why that is important and determines what size center you should strive to operate. Each section has a clearly laid out set of pros and cons, samples of letters, real life scenarios, forms and more. There are checklists, examples of budgets and loads of reference information per state. Musial does not gloss over any of the aspects of owning and operating a childcare center. She forces the reader to take control of each avenue and path they will walk down as they being their journey and create his or her own business. From how to interview staff and families, to increasing pay and raising rates this book has it all. It makes an excellent reference guide for those just starting out and those already in the business. The Appendix alone with its state-by-state references is worth the price of the book. If you are thinking of opening your own childcare center or simply need a refresher course or new ideas for a childcare center you already own then look no further than this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    Great Book for Those Wanting to Begin a Child Care Service

    Tina Musial's 'How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service' is the complete guide for anyone looking to open and operate a child care service. Building a child care service is difficult business, but Musial spells out in her book all the pitfalls, obstacles, guidelines, issues, and success that can be found when venturing into running a child care service. Something I like very much about Musial's book is that she explains in detail not only the 'common sense' things anyone would imagine encountering in child care, such as child safety, keeping everything clean and sanitized, knowing who is dropping off and picking up the children in your care, and planing for emergencies, but also the things that do not enter one's mind right away, such as strategically marketing your service, planning events and parties for both the children and the staff, and even learning (ethical and fair) ways to save money on taxes. There is also a list of helpful resources for all fifty states. Musial uses a very friendly, engaging tone in her work. There is a very thorough glossary in the rear of the book that explains all the important terms a person going into child care service should absolutely know, the book is divided into fifteen well-organized chapters, and Musial breaks down many of the common issues one will confront in opening and operating a child care business with easy to read 'Pros' and 'Cons' lists. I certainly recommend this easy-to-read and comprehensive guide to a person like myself who has virtually no idea what is entailed in starting and managing a child care service and also to those child-care professionals who are looking to refresh and update their knowledge base.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Very Informative

    This book presents the pros and cons of each type of child care center in a down to earth manner. Opening a child care center is not as simple as keeping kids for a few hours. The author gives details about the safety and health requirements and regulations. She also describes the types of business structures as well as expenses, financing, location, and deciding how much to charge for services. Business decisions such as dealing with employees and marketing your enterprise are covered well. Anyone considering opening a child care center whether it is big or small should read this book. It is written in a simple and straightforward manner with checklists and case studies so readers with any level of business knowledge will be able to understand it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    A reviewer

    A lot of parents think about opening a childcare center so that they can stay home with their kids and earn some money. Tina¿s book is a good resource if you are contemplating this move. The book starts off strong explaining the different kinds of centers you can operate- home-based, purchasing an existing center or starting a new center. And then offers pros and cons of each type. She goes on to discusses general requirements you will need in order to get your state license for each type of center. Offers clear-cut examples of policies and various plans you should have in place like a fire evacuation plan and health and safety policies. The prospect of opening your own business is always appealing. But as with any other business, a childcare facility, even a home-based one, will require money to operate. The book discusses financing options including opening a center onsite at major corporations in your community or city. Lots of great little extras like a sample floor plan are included. The author also discusses how you can decide how much to charge and how to determine your rates (weekly or hourly). And of course, she gives you the lowdown on the pros and cons of each type of arrangement. In the book you will also learn how to get reimbursed for the food you serve, how to hire employees, how to write drug policies, conduct staff meetings and honor your staff for their dedication and hard work. Other great advice you¿ll find include: tips for setting goals for your venture, creating a mission statement, establishing fees, and determining hours of operation. The book even covers the pros and cons of offering an after school program- a good option as many parents work late and some schools don¿t offer these types of programs onsite. And discusses additional ways to make money including summer camps for kids too young to remain home alone while their parents work, and alternative hours of operation to accommodate parents who work different shifts (being open from 3 to midnight for example, or 24 hour care). The books comes with an appendix fat with information and is written in a friendly relaxed writing style that flows across the pages and makes the book an easy read. You could probably finish it in a few sessions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Beyond being 'good with kids' -- this will tell you if you have the chops to run a day care

    How to Open & Operate A Financially Successful Child Care Service With Companion CD-Rom by Tina Musial You may be fantastic with children, put yourself through university using babysitting money, and have a pre-school teaching credential â¿¿ but do you have the chops to open your own Child Care Service Center? Hereâ¿¿s a quick way to find out. The book opens with a summary of existing child care centers, and follows with all the necessary financial details, starting with getting that all-important capital it offers a thorough look at avenues for funding. From funding, the book examines the actual facility and the federal and state requirements, as well as admission policies, fees, the daily schedule. The heart of a Child Care Center is undoubtedly the staff and this is addressed in several areas in the book, including a chapter dedicated to finding the right candidates. It may be an onus of responsibility â¿¿ entrusting someone with children â¿¿ but Musial makes it seem a viable and worthy task. Location, location, location doesnâ¿¿t just apply to purchasing property, but is a critical element to securing a successful center â¿¿ this is another topic the book explores, as well as how to promote the facility and draw students. The book is filled with up-to-date contact information and interviews with experts. Musial has done all the work for the prospective Child Care provider â¿¿ think of her as someone who took all the notes in class for you and organized it in a thoughtful and thoroughly helpful way.

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    Posted August 21, 2009

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