Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business Blog

  • How to Promote Your Program on a Budget

    Marketing your family child care business doesn’t have to be an elaborate campaign or cost a lot of money. But, to be successful you will usually have to spend some money to market your business. Plan to spend a few...[…]

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  • The Easiest Way to Raise Your Rates

    Most family child care providers are reluctant to raise their rates. It can be a difficult topic to bring up in a conversation with parents. As a result, many providers don’t raise their rate for years! I’ve talked with providers...[…]

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  • When Can You Terminate a Child With a Disability?

    Can a family child care provider terminate a child if she learns about the child’s disability after the child is enrolled? Let’s say you interview a parent who doesn’t tell you that her daughter has significant difficulty walking as well...[…]

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  • Should You Keep Vehicle Odometer Readings?

    Are family child care providers required to keep odometer readings each time they drive their vehicle for their business? According to a Minnesota auditor who is currently auditing a provider, the answer is yes. But is that correct? The provider...[…]

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  • Is “Risky Play” a Good Idea?

    The most important job of a family child care provider is to keep the children in her care safe. State child care licensing rules dictate that providers must follow certain supervision and safety standards, both inside and outside the home....[…]

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  • Managing Money to Meet Short-Term Goals – August 6th Webinar

    Are you having trouble making ends meet? Do you never have enough money for emergencies or to buy what you want? Then you should attend my next webinar, “Managing Money to Meet Short-Term Goals.” It will be held on Monday,...[…]

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  • 2018-2019 Food Program Reimbursement Rates Announced

    The 2018-2019 Child and Adult Food Program reimbursement rates for family child care providers have just been released. These rates will be in effect from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Here’s the announcement of the new rates. For...[…]

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  • Should Nannies Become Family Child Care Providers?

    Can you make more money as a nanny or a family child care provider? Are there other considerations besides money that favor one job over the other? A nanny cares for children in the home of the parents and is...[…]

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  • Fighting Back on a Hot Water Violation

    When Julie, a family child care provider from New Jersey, discovered that her licensor had issued her a violation for having water that was too hot in her bathroom sink, she decided to fight back. And she won. The licensor...[…]

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  • $1,000 KidKare Dream Playroom Sweepstakes

    What does the playroom of your dreams look like? Does it have a theme? Are there vibrant colors everywhere? Does it have a ball pit…or a slide? Make your dream a reality! Enter KidKare’s Dream Playroom Sweepstakes to win $1,000...[…]

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