Tom’s Training

Tom Copeland’s Training


I have been conducting training workshops and webinars for family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers since 1982. I speak on Record Keeping and Taxes, Contracts and Policies, Marketing, Legal and Insurance Issues, and Money Management and Retirement Planning. Detailed description of training topics.

I would be happy to come to your town to conduct a workshop. Or, you can schedule a webinar for your group. How to Schedule a Tom Copeland Training.

Here’s what providers say about my training:

“I thought I was going to be bored to tears – Tom’s training was actually interesting and informative!” – Minnesota family child care provider

“Tom has a wonderful knack for putting “complicated” tax issues and problems into a clear, concise bites of digestible information.” – Family child care provider at national conference

Webinar participant: “I have heard about Mr. Copeland for years and have many of his books, but listening to him giving such valuable advise in plain, easy-to-understand words is amazing.”

Additional references

Below is the schedule of my workshops and webinars. This schedule is constantly being updated. In most cases these workshops and webinars are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Click on the link to each workshop to learn more details.


2018 Workshops/Webinars


10thOakland, California – 2018 Tax Changes, Contracts, Protecting Yourself from Liability

20thRocklin, California – Record Keeping and Tax Preparation

21stSan Jose, California – The Family Child Care Business Planning and Retirement

24thPleasanton, California – Taxes and Record Keeping, Creating a Policy Handbook

26thWebinar – The Basics of Family Child Care Record Keeping

27th – Hayward, California – Record Keeping and Taxes


1st – Sutter Creek, California – Contracts and Policies, Rates, and Risk Management for Disasters

3rdEureka, California – Record Keeping and Taxes

10thFairfax County, Virginia – Making the Most of Your Family Child Care Business

13th – Blaine, Minnesota – Record Keeping and Taxes

15th – Woodbury, Minnesota – Record Keeping and Taxes

17th – Rhinelander, Wisconsin

19thWebinar – Contracts and Policies

21stWebinar: Advanced Family Child Care Record Keeping

26thWebinar – Legal Issues for Child Care Centers


2ndWebinar -Managing Your Money and Saving for Retirement

7thWindham, Maine – Windham Child Care Conference

17thWebinar – The Basics of KidKare Accounting

19th-21stVerona, New York – New York AEYC Annual Conference – The Business of Child Care


12th – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – How to Overcome Our Fear of Money: Successful Strategies for a More Successful Financial Future

19thLansing, Michigan – The Business of Family Child Care

23rdWebinar – Creating Strong Contracts and Policies


14thWebinar – Enforcing Your Contracts and Policies

28th – July 1stChicago, Illinois – National Association for Family Child Care Annual Conference


20th – Mt. Vernon, Illinois


3rd – St. Paul, Minnesota – 2018 Family Child Care Business Seminar

Photo above shows me speaking at the 12th annual Child Care Business Expo at the Chicago Hilton and Towers in 2010. The Chicago newspaper described me as “the nation’s leading trainer, author and advocate of business practices for family child care providers.” Photo credit:

32 replies

  1. Tom do you have your webinars archived so I can watch them later? You do them (webinar) on Tuesdays. Tuesday is the family child care association meetings for my area.

    • Yes, my webinars are recorded. Contact Mandi Schill at the National Association for Family Child Care about this:; 801-886-2322 (ext 225).

    • Mr. Cope land,

      I have been a child care provider for 23years and have take many of your seminars. I’ve learned what I know today because of them. Recently I’ve come across information that was printed inside the Redleaf Press calendar for Childcare changes regarding the food reimbursement for 2018. Can you let me know if the changes for 2018 regarding food reimbursement gives us the option to not participate in the food program through the state?

  2. Tom, do you still do trips that include training such as the boat cruise etc.

    • I’ll be training in Maui, Hawaii this coming December as part of a week-long family child care conference sponsored by Zepeda Learning:

      • So if I attend this Hawaii conference all of my expenses are 100% deductible correct? Would that include meals outside of the conference and rental car? Any costs associated with bringing my family would not be of course. If my husband would attend the conference with me though I assume his expenses would also be deductible correct?

        • All expenses of the conference are 100% deductible. Travel expenses would be deductible as long as you spend more than half the days in Hawaii on business activities. So, if you spent 7 days at the conference and three days vacation, the travel would be deductible. Meals outside the conference would only be deductible if they were meals eaten during the days when you attended the conference. Rental car would not be deductible unless you were traveling for business purposes. You could deduct the conference expenses for your husband if he attended the conference. You could only deduct his travel costs if he was your employee and worked a substantial amount of time for your business.

      • How do you sign up for a conference in a different state? I never been to one and I am very interested in going.

  3. Hi Mr. Copeland
    When are you coming to Rhode Island?

  4. Can I attend the Maii conference just for your session? Also it shows you are going to be on Kauai on Dec. 10. Any details on this event. Sure would like to go to one of your sessions. I live on Oahu. Any plans for Oahu?

    • You can’t attend just my sessions for the Maui conference. I’m waiting to get confirmation of doing training for PATCH on Maui and on the big island. Check my Training section of my blog for updates. No plans to be on Oahu as of yet.

  5. Sorry I typed the wrong email. Just correcting my Emil from my comment. Want to know more details for your Kauai workshop. Also in Maui can I just attend your session.

    • I may be doing training for Maui PATCH in December. I’m waiting to get this confirmed. Watch the Training section of my blog for an update.

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  7. Hi Mr. Copeland,

    Can these webinars be counted towards childcare training topics? If so do we receive a certificate?

  8. Tom are you coming to Wisconsin any time soon? I live in the Sheboygan county area and would enjoy learning from you in person. Topics of interest are: Knowing what to claim to earn the most amount of money back from tax refunds, What to do when you have no retirement set up but you have less than 10 years to work before retiring. How to market your business to get cash pay clients only.
    Thanks Tom

    • I’m not scheduled to do training in Wisconsin in the near future. Typically I get invited by local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies or Food Program sponsors to do training. Talk to yours about bringing me to your area.

  9. Hi Tom ,
    I have been working in licensed centers for over 25 years and I use your books and videos as teaching tools. I see that you are scheduled to train in Vermont, I was wondering if you were aware that over 51 registered home programs closed in the last 6 months? And more are expected to close before the new state regulations take affect September 2018. Many are quality programs, I feel that the providers are unsure how to handle to new expenses involved in meeting the changes in new regulations, such as ; more training hours, college credits, improvements on fencing, new cleaning procedures, and increased record keeping are just a few of the changes. I am excited that you will be in our state to offer training and support to a much need service. We recently (2016) had over 40 children on our waiting list and I was able to place 5 in our care. Vermont children need quality homes up and operational to provide safe environments for our young children. Thank you for the service you provide!
    Lou Ann Clewes ( aka Lou Lou )

  10. Good Evening,

    I work for a resource and referral in Columbus, Ohio. I see that you are scheduled to come to Hamilton, Ohio September 2nd. How can I get more information on that workshop?

  11. Hi Tom!
    We are trying to get more info for your March 2018 training but I’m not sure where to look. Thanks!

  12. What are the details on the Los Angeles training?


  14. Hi, how can I sign up for training in San Jose February 21, 2018? I don’t see any contact information.


  15. Hi,
    How do I sign up for the Boston area training?


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