Family Child Care  Business

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Cassia Simms
(808) 235-7363


Have you ever considered becoming a child care provider in your own home?
Join us for the Family Child Care Essentials Certificate
  • Open to anyone interested in becoming a family child care business.  
  • Learn new skills with other FCCE participants who share similar concerns, challenges and love of keiki and ohana.
  • One-on-one  support.
  • Complimentary course materials included.
  • Access to Tom Copeland FCC business books from the resource library.

Why open a family child care business?

High quality family child care businesses are essential, caring for keiki in a safe and supportive environment in order for their ‘ohana to go to work or school. Family child care businesses have many unique qualities that sets it apart from other early care and education settings. Benefits include a neighborhood-based home environment, smaller groups of children, mixed-age groups that allow siblings to stay together, a consistent caregiver, and greater flexibility in hours of operation. 

Why participate in the Family Child Care Essentials Certificate?

  • The Family Child Care Essentials Certificate Program is designed to help family child care businesses start out with the support, knowledge and skills needed to be successful in such an important and rewarding business.
  • Receive up to $900 in stipends for sessions completed.
  • $1000 completion grants available to students who meet funding requirements.

Creating a Community for Keiki Support

The Family Child Care Essentials Certificate Program creates a three component opportunity to learn the essentials of running a successful licensed family child care business. Training includes, time with and learning from others on a specific topic and the opportunity for one-on-one support. Participants will learn about running a family child care business in addition to best practices to meet the unique needs of the children and families they serve.
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Program Dates and Cost:

Open enrollment with classes starting periodically.

All tuition and course materials are currently covered by Hawaii Resilience Fund and Omidyar `Ohana Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation.
Tuition: $1,100
  • Active email address
  • Computer: desktop or laptop (laptop loaners available upon request)
  • Mobile Hotspot (may be available upon request)
  • Access to high speed internet (min. 512k), video and audio capabilities
  • Most recent updated browsers
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New Pilot Program Aims to Address Child Care Provider Shortage

Hawaii Public Radio | By Casey Harlow
Published September 13, 2021 at 9:34 AM HST

Child care providers are important for families of infants, toddlers and young children.

Registered homes and licensed centers not only give working parents peace of mind that their child being taken care of during the day, but it also helps with a child's development.
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Component One:

PATCH Family Child Care Series (choice of in-person or virtual)

Component Two:

Online on-demand training:  8 topics are offered through the UH system’s Laulima management system.

Component Three:

Face-to-face: 5 group meetings and 4 individually scheduled one-on-one meetings are held via zoom.


PATCH Family Child Care Series via PATCH program (face-to-face in-person or online)


Mondays, 6-9 pm
Introduction to Family Child Care: Introduction to family child care as a service, business and profession.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
The Business of FCC Part I: The Basics: An overview of how to start a self-owned business.

 Mondays, 6-9 pm
The Business of FCC Part II: Building It: An overview of Hawaii State requirements for applying for and establishing your family child care home.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
The Business of FCC Part III: A review of the required written policies and procedures for family child care homes.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Relationships with Families in your FCC: An overview of how to establish positive working relationships with families.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Addressing Hawaii’s Health Standards: An overview of Hawaii State regulations pertaining to health standards for family child care homes.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Addressing Hawaii’s Environmental Standards: An overview of Hawaii State regulations addressing environmental (safety) standards.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Family Child Care Environment: An overview of key elements to include in family child care environments.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Program Provisions in Child Development: An overview of Hawaii State regulations for meeting the needs of children and an introduction to child development.

Mondays, 6-9 pm
Providing Quality Care: An overview of Hawaii’s Quality Care program and key elements of providing quality care.

Eight on demand topic sessions via Laulima
Topic 1
Planning for Your Business: Exploring your business plan further.

Topic 2
Unique FCC Needs: Exploring your unique curriculum, early childhood education philosophy, environment and routines.

Topic 3

What Makes Your FCC Unique?: Exploring your unique curriculum, Early Childhood Education philosophy, environment, and routines.

Topic 4
Marketing: Promoting your family child care business and conducting parent interviews.

Topic 5

Record keeping pt 1: Record keeping for taxes and licensing.

Topic 6
Record keeping pt 2: Record keeping for taxes and licensing.

Topic 7

Managing Your Money: Creative and const effective ways to purchase supplies create your own materials and set up your home environment.

Topic 8
Professional and FCC Growth: Exploring next steps and planning for your professional development future.
The Family Child Care Essentials Community of Practice

Five Group Meetings
  • Via Zoom
  • Wednesday at 6:30-7:30 pm

One-on-one Meetings
  • Via Zoom
  • Scheduled individually
Group Session #1 
Setting the Foundation

Group Session #2 
Dive deeper into Planning for Your Business & Unique FCC Needs

Group Session #3 
Dive deeper into What Makes Your FCC Business Unique & Marketing

Group Session #4 
Dive Deeper into Record Keeping

Group Session #5 
Managing Your Money & Professional and Program Growth


1First group meeting
2Laulima: Planning for Your Business
3First one-on-one
4Laulima: Unique FCC Needs
5Second group meeting
6Laulima: What Makes Your FCC Business Unique?
7Second one-on-one
8Laulima: Marketing
9Third group meeting
10Laulima: Record Keeping Part I
11Third one-on-one
12Laulima: Record Keeping Part II
13Fourth Group Meeting
14Laulima: Managing Your Money
15Fourth one-on-one
16Laulima: Professional and FCC Business Growth
17Final Group Meeting
Partners Learning to Grow and Patch, funded by Hawaii Resilience Fund and Omidyar ohana fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation stipends and completion grants funded by Kamehameha Schools


  • No cost to attend
  • Receive annual training credits
  • The Essentials: Providing High-Quality FCC book
  • Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn Illustrated Edition
  • Learning to Grow Materials:
    • Basic Health and Safety Practices: Child Care Providers Guide
    • Learning to Grow Developmental Guidelines and Early Learning Activities for Infant and Toddlers
    • Learning to Grow Developmental Guidelines and Learning Activities for Preschoolers
  • Resource Materials from Tom Copeland’s Training Series
  • The access to books from the resource library:
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Marketing Guide
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Legal and Insurance Guide
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Money Management & Retirement Guide
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Business Planning Guide
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Contracts and Policies
    • Tom Copeland FCC: Record Keeping Guide

Free Resources:
Essentials Providing High Quality Family Child Care book
Creative Spaces book
Resources from Learning to Grow:
Raising a School-Ready Child
Learning to Grow Developmental Guidelines
Basic Health and Safety Practices
Resource Library books by Tom Copeland:
Contracts and Policies
Money Management and Retirement Guide
Marketing Guide
Legal and Insurance Guide
Record keeping guide
business planning guide