How to Open a Church Daycare & Preschool


In today's economy, it is increasingly common for both parents to work outside of the home, and as a result, the need for high-quality, safe and educational day-care preschools is growing steadily with each passing year. A day-care preschool run by a church provides social interaction and educational instruction and offers parents a safe environment for children to stay in during the work day. Running a day-care preschool is a rewarding and enjoyable experience, and in order to open a new center, several requirements must be met.

  • Compile finances and initial start-up costs, including rent, supplies and staffing. Create a business plan if a loan is needed, and research available child-care grants in your particular state. Contact the state's child-care licensing office and inquire about money for grants.

  • Request a licensing application packet from your state's Department of Human Resources. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Some states require a license be obtained before opening a school, while other states do not require a license at all. All states require registration with the state.

  • Purchase adequate insurance coverage. Insurance coverage should include injuries to a child or staff member, as well as water or fire damage to the school.

  • Determine staffing needs. Research state educational requirements for staff members, and check background information of all applicants. Most state require that child-care workers hold a high school diploma, as well as certification in CPR and first aid.

  • Purchase appropriate materials and supplies for each age group. Appropriate supplies include books, puzzles, toys, arts and craft equipment, tables and chairs, high chairs, utensils, cups, cots and bedding.

  • Establish school policies and create a parent contract. The contract should include hours of operation, tuition, late fees, curriculum, sick child policy and other pertinent information.

  • Promote the school in the neighborhood through the church and through word of mouth or fliers. Begin registration and have the parents of each new registrant sign a contract.

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