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Professional Group is Good for You

Starting a Local Child Care Professional Group

Does your area have a child care professional group or organization? You don’t have to wait for someone else to step up and start one. You can do it!

There are many reasons why you might want to do this. It will give you the opportunity to network and share with who ae in similar situations as you. You may enjoy sharing ideas and talking with other adults who can relate to your daily challenges and rewards caring for children.

Being a member of a professional organization could also help you to advance your own career and help you develop new skills such as public speaking or fundraising.prof

How do you do this? First of all, check for current child care groups in your vicinity. National organizations have local affiliates so you may be able to join one that is close by. If not, start your own! Look for the National Association for Family Child Care or the National Association for the Education of Young Children. You can find other local and state agencies and organizations here.

If you do start a local organization, how to you find members?

  • Advertise where daycare providers advertise their services
  • Contact your local licensing office and ask for their listing of licensed providers.
  • Contact your local Cooperative Extension
  • Contact your local Resources and Referral Agency
  • Members can distribute flyers at local events

What are possible meeting locations?

  • Local non-profit family agency
  • Library
  • Member’s center or home

What kinds of things will you do at meetings?

  • Arrange for trainings
  • Advocacy activities
  • Have each member bring and idea or activity to share
  • Invite guest speakers including local licensing rep or food program agent
  • Organize a toy swap
  • Have a pampering session with guest manicurists or massage therapists

How can you communicate with members?

  • Newsletters
  • Website
  • Email list

Resource: Child Care Lounge with contributions from Tammy Fines (Southeastern Oklahoma Childcare Association) and Roxie (Williamson County Home Day Care Association)

About the Author:

Gwen earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Belmont Abbey College and before working at Jackrabbit used a variety of software programs both personally and professionally. As a former client, Gwen knows firsthand Jackrabbit's powerful and time-saving capabilities and she uses her experience to help others discover how Jackrabbit can grow their business.Her passions include healthy living, yoga, and reading. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and 3 children.

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