I’ve written a lot about the business of family child care. Here are the nine books for family child care providers and five business curriculum books for trainers, and one book for child care center directors. I’ve also done a DVD with the Soho Center and written two series of online self-paced business classes (see bottom of page).
I hope these books and video will help you save time and money, so you can be more successful in your business. My goal has been to explain sometimes complex business issues in an easily understandable way. I hope I have succeeded.
With over 500,000 copies of my book in print, these books are the most authoritative and widely read books in the country.
Descriptions of these books are posted below.
Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide (Ninth Edition $18.95) – Lists over 1,000 allowable business deductions and a comprehensive description of how to organize your records to save time and money.
2016 Family Child Care Tax Workbook and Organizer ($17.95) – Published annually every January, it covers new tax law changes and will guide you through all the tax forms so you can prepare your own tax return. This edition is for filing your 2015 tax return.
2016 Family Child Care Tax Companion ($17.95) – Published annually every January, it is written for child care providers who use tax preparers. It consists of a series of worksheets to fill out and give to your tax preparer so he/she will not make major mistakes filing your tax return. This edition is for filing your 2016 tax return.
Family Child Care Contracts and Policies (Third Edition $19.95) – Everything you need to know about how to establish a business relationship with parents and write an effective contract and policies. Includes a CD with numerous examples of contract and policy terms you can cut and paste to create your own Word document.
Family Child Care Marketing Guide (Second Edition $18.95) – Learn how to promote your program to parents by identifying and communicating your program’s benefits. Includes chapters on using social media, setting rates, and competing with child care centers and informal caregivers. New chapter on Internet Marketing: Facebook, Craigslist, Google Places, YouTube, and much more.
Family Child Care Legal & Insurance Guide (First Edition $17.95) – Learn how to protect yourself and your business with insurance (business liability, homeowners, car, and business property) as well as choosing a business structure, hiring a lawyer, and more.
Family Child Care Money Management and Retirement Guide (First Edition $17.95) – Learn how to save more money to meet short and long-term goals, better manage your money, choose the right IRA, and implement the five rules of investing.
Family Child Care Business Planning Guide (First Edition $18.95) – This book is primarily for new providers to help them establish a start-up plan and business plan to get off on the right foot.
Family Child Care Inventory-Keeper (First Edition $12.95) – This logbook will enable you to track all of your household furniture and appliances so you can depreciate them as a business expense.
The Business of Family Child Care – This 25 minute DVD features me and Jeanna Beker, Director of the Soho Center, along with many family child care providers talking about record keeping and contracts. It is designed to be used by trainers, licensing agencies, Food Program sponsors, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies and individual providers.
Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits (First Edition, $27.95) – This book is for child care center directors and program administrators. This guide will help you prevent and manage problems with potential legal consequences, reduce the risk of a lawsuit, and assist you in preparing a strong defense should your program be sued.
Family Child Care Business Curriculum
I’ve written five business curriculum books to help trainers teach family child care providers the fundamentals of operating their business.
The curriculum books include:
Each curriculum binder contains four classes that cover the topic. Each class consists of a power point and handouts (on a CD), learning objectives, teacher notes on each slide, and a trainer’s guide that includes teaching tips, commonly asked questions and answers, a quiz, and classroom activities.
Other books you may be interested in:
Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care Providers, by Teri Talan and Paula Jorde Bloom (published by Teachers College Press $20.95) – This book is a ten-part tool that measures the business practices of family child care providers. The authors used my books as a guide to establish these tools.
The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies ($24.95) – I wrote this biography of a labor lawyer that graduated from the same college and law school that I did. He was a celebrated radical attorney who worked on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World union. Here’s a podcast of a talk I gave about Elmer Smith at the St. Paul public library:
“Wesley Everest, IWW Martyr” This is a 1986 article I wrote about a labor union organizer that was published in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
Online Business Classes
North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral Network – 5 self-directed online business classes on Record Keeping, Contracts, Marketing, Legal/Insurance, and Money Management. All classes are free.
Tennessee Child Care Online Training System – 3 self-directed online business classes on Record Keeping, Contracts and Marketing. All classes are free.