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Business Tools for Child Care Providers

Qualistar Colorado understands the business challenges of providing quality early childhood education for the children and families you serve. This section of the website provides tools that will allow you easy access to information and programs that can help enhance the business practices and quality of your program. You can also find more information on grants, resources, and financial assistance for child care providers throughout this section of Qualistar's website.

The Colorado Enterprise Fund - Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is the state’s top nonprofit lending institution and a respected alternative lending source specializing in loans for small businesses and start-ups unable to receive traditional bank financing. 

Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business - The nation's leading trainer, author, and advocate on the business of family child care since 1981.

The Child Care Business Partnership - Tom Copeland and Minute Menu have teamed up to offer you the chance to reduce your taxes, receive direct assistance if you are audited, and personalized business advice so you can be more successful.

Early Learning Ventures - ELV Alliances are streamlined, one-stop central hubs that provide business support for the child care industry. They bring technology and business practices to their members, which are a mix of nonprofit and for-profit providers.

Child Care Law Center - This California organization offers a number of free downloadable publications on the Americans with Disability Act as well as publications for providers in California on insurance, ADA, and license-exempt care.

United States Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers. These Centers offer business training, counseling and other resources to help women grow their business. Some of these local organizations help family child care providers. The direct link to the Women’s Business Centers in your state can be found here.

Child Care Marketing Solutions - dedicated to helping as many child care business owners, directors, and managerswith their enrollment, revenue, staff issues, time management, goal-setting, mindset, systems, and more.

Other Small Business Resources

Free counseling and low cost small biz training - Colorado Small Business Development Center
Women’s business center - Mi Casa
Microfinance training and support - Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute