ECE Business Supports

“I have never thought to seek assistance for my business until being challenged with COVID-19 and its effects on my business… [my consultant] inspired me to take a deeper look into my business and discover ways to improve as a business owner.”

 

The ECE field is dynamic with frequent changes in regulations, funding streams, quality rating standards, and community impacts. We seek and create new opportunities to support timely needs and challenges by leveraging our relationships with partners, stakeholders, and funders. Thanks to generous funding from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ PHMC is offering one-on-one technical assistance (TA) and group learning opportunities to providers in Philadelphia to support them through pandemic recovery and business stabilization.

Tools, Documents, and Resources

On our RESOURCES PAGE you'll find a bank of tools, documents, and links to improve your business operations and help navigate through pandemic recovery. Included are financial management tools, child care design information, COVID-19 information and resources, as well as archived recordings of our Health and Safety Communities of Learning

ASK A QUESTION

Are you feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start? Maybe you just have a quick question about something. During this unprecedented time, we know early childhood education operators have more questions than answers. We are here to help you get the answers you need. You'll get a response within a few days. If we can’t answer your question, we will point you in the right direction.

CLICK HERE to ask a question about your business operations, stability, or sustainability. 

Your questions and answers will be made anonymous and may be used in a Frequently Asked Questions document which will be posted to this website to support any and all child care business operations and sustainability.


Group Learning Opportunities

Got an idea for an OPEN OFFICE SESSION or WEBINAR topic? CLICK HERE to send an email to suggest your topic.

VIRTUAL OPEN OFFICE HOURS

Informal opportunities with your peers and colleagues to get information and ask questions of content experts. Open office hours will occur every other month. 

 

NEW!!

HR Practices Do's and Don'ts
Thursday, January 20, 1:30-2:30

Human resources is one of your most valuable assets as a child care business. Are you following the best HR practices for you, your staff, and your business? Join us for an interactive open office with Jennifer Myers-Chalal, Esquire, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C.

CLICK HERE to register. After registration you'll receive an email with a link to join the session.

 

Previously Recorded

Recorded Thursday, November 18, 2021
COVID 19 Vaccination Policies and Practices for ECE Employers
Co-hosted by Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children's Village and Jennifer Myers-Chalal, Esquire, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C.
CLICK HERE to watch. Referenced documents: SAMPLE Strongly Encourage Vaccine Policy (updated 11.18.21)SAMPLE Mandatory Vaccine Policy (updated 11.18.21)

 

FREE WEBINARS

NEW FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS!!

Setting Rates for Family Child Care Providers: Why, When, and How
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6-8 PM
Presented by Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village

The new base payment rates went in to effect January 1, 2022! Why is setting tuition rates important to your child care business?  Why is now the time? In this training you’ll learn strategies for rate setting, how to determine if now is the time to increase your current rates, how to calculate the cost of care by age group, and what to do next. 
 
CLICK HERE to register. Registration is required. The first 100 people to log in to the webinar will be able to join. After registration you'll receive an email with a link to join the session.

 

Previously Recorded

Recorded Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Setting Rates for Centers: Why, When, and How

Presented by Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village

CLICK HERE to watch. Slide deck coming soon.

Why is setting rates important to your child care business?  Why is now the time? In this training you’ll learn strategies for rate setting, how to determine if now is the time to increase your current rates, how to calculate the cost of care by age group, and what to do next. This content is most relative to centers. A separate webinar will be scheduled for family providers in January.

 

Recorded Monday, October 25, 2021
How to Get Business Loans…Even with Bad Credit or No Collateral
Presented by Better Futures 

CLICK HERE to watch. Handouts: CDFI Overview, CDFI Types, FY2019 Loan Quick Reference, 3 Year with Projections

Most business owners go to their bank when they need money. But did you know that less than 2% of all business loans come from the big banks. The result is that 89% of business bank applications are typically denied, per the Small Business Lending Index. The key to getting access to capital aka (money) and avoiding business failure, early childhood business leaders must be aware of healthy and approachable financial alternatives in their local community. 

In this course, we discussed various types of SBA loan programs and how to apply through non-bank lenders and CDFI’s, America's private non-profit bank network. This introductory course shed light on understanding the 5 C's of credit  AND how to avoid business failure due to insufficient capital and/or lack of adequate funding. Time: 2 Hours 

 

COHORT STYLE LEARNING

If we find there are a few providers with the similar traits and challenges we can support small group learning and TA support with an expert consultant. 


One-on-One TA 

Limited individualized TA (2-20 hours) is available to those providers needing additional help. Providers must operate at least one facility in Philadelphia to participate in cohort learning or one-on-one TA. Our consultants are prepared to support you in:

  • reducing operating costs with reduced enrollment, continued enrollment volatility, and increased overhead to meet health and safety protocol;
  • developing systems for tracking and quantifying total losses during pandemic recovery;
  • making the best staffing decisions with reduced enrollment, continued workforce volatility, and classroom cohort implementation;
  • assistance in loan, grant, and contract applications 
  • service demand assessment, targeted recruitment, enrollment forecasting, restructuring after staff and/or leadership transition.

CLICK HERE to complete an intake form if you are interested in receiving TA in any of the areas listed above or another relevant topic related to the recovery and stabilization of your child care business.