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Do you have a question about the business side of family child care? I’d love to answer it.

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  1. I love the advice and articles. I’ve used it to assist my wife in making decisions etc. I built a website for her home daycare and followed a bunch of the marketing tips you suggested. Thanks! jfdconline.com

  2. Question: What to do when a parent refuses to pay for services already given and their child is no longer enrolled at my facility?

    • You should send them a letter asking for the money they owe you and tell them that if you don’t receive it by a specific deadline you will take them to small claims court. Go to the courthouse in the county the parent lives in and sue them. It’s a simple process and if you can show records of when the child was in your care and a contract showing how much the parents owe you, you should win. Tell your licensor you are doing this to protect yourself against a parent making a complaint against you later.

      • I had this happen to me. I sent the parent a letter. and she responded in a text message that was not so nice and threatening I did tell my licensor about her. I did not and have not taken her to court because the amount she owed was $600, not counting the late fees ect..Should I have taken her to court? I felt it would have cost me more in the long run.

        • Your chances of winning in court to collect money for days you provided care are excellent. It costs very little to file a claim against a parent and you can add the filing fee to the amount you sue her for.

          • I think in the future, it would be wise to take the advice that is in Tom’s books, prior to taking on the next family. Before a new family starts the first day of daycare, the parents pay for the first week AHEAD of time. They also pay the LAST week. I require payment for each subsequent week on Friday morning. In this way, daycare is always paid one week ahead PLUS the last week is paid. I never have the nagging worry that I won’t be paid. It works.

          • I was wondering what the shelf life on this is I had a mother (with one child) and her adult daughter (with 2 children) both leave not informing me and owing me money both owing around 600 to 700 dollars each. They were in my care a little bit over a year ago, is it to late to sue them? I thought about it before but was afraid of loosing but this thread gives me strength.

  3. I would like to change my home value and receive more of a depreciation deduction. I used the purchase value since that was the last verifiable appraisal (though 20 yrs old), but I recently received a new appraisal while refinancing. I really do not wish to go back and redo my previous tax returns. What is the process to update the value, is this possible?

    Sorry I posted before but did not see an answer.
    Thank you

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