Early Child Care  Business

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Program Coordinator
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

The Family Child Care Essentials Certificate Program covers topics in becoming licensed, setting-up a family child care, and managing a successful child care business-- including accounting, marketing, and working with children and families.

  • Open to anyone interested in becoming a family child care provider.  
  • Learn new skills with other FCC who share similar concerns, challenges and love of the children and families they serve.
  • One-on-one coaching with in-depth support.
  • Complimentary course materials included.
  • Access to Tom Copeland FCC business books from the resource library.

Why open Family Child Care?

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?

Family child care businesses may face challenges, such as a sense of isolation, limited resources when working longer hours, no support staff, and less business expertise. 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.

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 other family child care providers on a specific topic and the opportunity for one-on-one coaching support. Participants will learn about the business of running a family child care program in addition to best practices to meet the unique needs of the children and families they serve.

Component One:

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

Component Two:

On Laulima (online, on demand, at your own pace)

Component Three:

The Family Child Care Essentials Community of Practice  (online, on demand, at your own pace)
Five Group Meetings (face-to-face via Zoom)
Five One-on-one Sessions (scheduled individually,  face-to-face via Zoom)
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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
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  • Computer: desktop or laptop (laptop loaners available upon request)
  • Access to high speed internet (min. 512k), video and audio capabilities
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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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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.

On-Demand via Laulima

Five Modules: One module every 4 weeks
Each contains:
  • Two focused topics to be completed before the group meeting
Module One
Topic 1:  (on demand)
Setting the Foundation: Building the Community of Practice ohana and exploring the importance of family child care further.

Topic 2:  (on demand)
Planning for your business: Exploring your business plan further.
Module Two:
Topic 3:  (on demand)

Managing your money: Exploring family child care business money management best practices.

Topic 4:  (on demand)
Stretching Your Program Dollar: Creative and cost effective ways to purchase supplies, create your own materials and set up your home environment.
Module Three:
Topic 5:  (on demand)

What makes your program unique? Exploring your unique curriculum, early childhood education philosophy, environment and routines.

Topic 6: (on demand)
Marketing your program: Promoting your family child care business and conducting parent interviews.
Module Four:
Topic 7:  (on demand)

Unique FCC needs: Exploring how your home is also your business, your client’s could be your friends and family with multiple ages of children.

Topic 8:  (on demand)
Record keeping: Record keeping for taxes and licensing.
Module Five:
Topic 9:  (on demand)

Balancing personal and professional: Separating your business space & time from your personal space & time, and setting boundaries with your child care families.

Topic 10:  (on demand)
Professional and program growth: Exploring next steps and planning for your professional development future.
The Family Child Care Essentials Community of Practice

Five Group meeting: Face-to-face via Zoom
Five One-on-one sessions: Face-to-face via Zoom

Five Group Meetings
  • Meeting via Zoom, every 4th week, Wednesday at 6:30-8:30 pm

One-on-one Meetings
  • Scheduled individually
Group Session #1 - Wed., Feb. 23 (Zoom)
Dive deeper into the Setting the Foundation & Planning for your business topics.

Group Session #2 - Wed., Mar. 23 (Zoom)
Dive deeper into Managing your money & Stretching your program dollar.

Group Session #3 - Wed., Apr. 27
What makes your program unique and Marketing your program.

Group Session #4 - Wed., May 25
Unique FCC needs & Record keeping.

Group Session #5  - Wed., Jun. 15
Balancing personal and professional & Professional and program growth.
Partners Learning to Grow and Patch, funded by Hawaii Resilience Fund and Omidyar ohana fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation


  • No cost to attend
  • Receive annual training credits
  • The Essentials: Providing High-Quality FCC book
  • Tom Copeland FCC: Record Keeping book
  • Resource Materials from Tom Copeland’s Training Series
  • 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
  • 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

Free Resources:
Essentials Providing High Quality Family Child Care book
Record keeping 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:
Contracts and Policies
Money Management and Retirement Guide
Marketing Guide
Legal and Insurance Guide