Decide if you are ready

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Will family child care work for me?

Take the family child care self-assessment on the left and discover what strengths, interests, and ideas you bring to the profession, as well as what challenges may be ahead.

Are you committed to working with young children?

Family child care is hard work. Most providers report working an average of 55-60 hours per week either caring for children or doing things they needed to keep their business in operation (grocery shopping, record keeping, home maintenance and cleaning, etc.) Enjoying children is a great starting point, but it takes much more to be a successful family child care provider.

A knowledge of basic child development is key to meeting the individual needs of each child. Being calm during times of stress or crisis, and being organized are also important. Successful partnerships with parents take effort and consistent communication.

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