How To Start a Daycare

How to Start a Daycare

Let me'd like to be able to work from home, make a decent income, and still have a fulfilling career? Maybe you have children of your own and you'd love to be home with them, but you need to make money at the same time. Well opening a daycare may just be the answer.

Being a child care provider is one of the most rewarding careers out there today. You are giving yourself an opportunity to touch the lives of so many children and their families.


A daycare provider is someone who gives children a home away from home. They are a caregiver, a teacher, a friend, and a mentor. They open up their home to these children in hopes that they can feel comfortable, cared for, and loved while their parents are away.

Some of the basic tasks involved in running a home daycare include:​

  • Dressing and changing clothes and diapers
  • Preparing and serving meals and snacks
  • Keeping the daycare areas and toys clean and sanitized
  • Supporting the emotional and social development of children
  • Clearly communicating with children and their parents/guardians
  • Teaching, instructing, and playing with children of all ages
  • Record keeping

There is always a demand for quality child care. Running a home daycare can give you the ability to work from home, set your own schedule, all while having a rewarding career. There are typically very long hours and work can be stressful at times, but it's up to you to decide if it is worth it.


The first step in the process is to find out what your state has for requirements as far as licensing or registration of a family child care. Each state varies, so please click on your state below to see the requirements for you.

When you're done there, come on back and have a look around. If you find the information on this site to be helpful, please drop me a note and let me know. Good luck in your journey!