Childcare Business Services

Create a future for yourself and the next generation.

Our early childhood education entrepreneurship services are designed to provide business insight to prospective and existing child care entrepreneurs for home and center-based businesses.  We provide business development counseling, workshops and classes, and access to capital through loan packaging and microloans to new and established providers.

All of our services are offered in English and Spanish.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Take the workshop Starting a Business in Illinois to determine the feasibility of your business idea and explore the legal issues associated with getting started.
  • Then, register for the Developing your Child Care Business series offered in the spring and fall.
  • Along the way,  sign up for an individualized, in-person, or phone session with a WBDC business advisor for help launching or growing your business.

Furthermore, visit the Illinois Network of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies for more information about Gateways to Opportunity professional development support system. Note that the WBDC’s Developing Your Childcare Business course sessions provide Gateways credit for each session taken. You can obtain more information about registering for a Gateways membership here.

Get started today. Email or call  312-853-3477, ext. 100.

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Illinois Network of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Register in the gateways registry system to keep track of your professional development training hours and to learn about other opportunities.

Illinois Action for Children

Resource to obtain statistics, information on training for providers, resources and advocacy.

Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)

Find standards and licensing of day care centers and home-based providers.

Business Plan Outline

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