Expanding Your Family Child Care to a Group Child Care Home

If you have a family childcare, maybe you have considered expanding your program to a group childcare home so you can serve more children. Your first step is to check your local laws and regulations. Each state is very different. Some states may require you to be licensed or registered. Usually, there will be more regulations than there were for family daycare.

Possible Changes in Regulations

The need for another provider
A change in ratio requirements
More space needed
Additional training or educational requirements for staff.
Stricter safety regulations
More frequent inspections

Benefits of Expanding to a Group Child Care

More income
Another adult is there for assistance and support

Drawbacks to Expanding to a Group Child Care

Need to purchase more equipment
Higher operating costs
Paperwork and taxes associated with having employees
Finding qualified assistants and substitutes.

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