Caring for Young Children — Business Matters – Selected Resources


Growing Ideas Caring for Young Children - Business Matters Selected=

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  • Copeland, T. (2006). Family Child Care Contracts and Policies: How to Be Businesslike in a Caring Profession (3rd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
  • Copeland, T. (2010). Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide (8th ed.). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.



  • Building Child Care. Family Child Care Publications. (n.d.) Retrieved from
  • Child Care Aware. (n.d.). Child Care Providers. What you need to know to help your child care business succeed. Retrieved from
  • Family Child Care Association of Maine (FCCAM) – a professional membership organization and affiliate of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Membership in FCCAM will provide opportunities to network both locally and statewide with other providers for training and support. Membership will connect you with other organizations that are currently engaged with advocating for children and their families in Maine and will provide an opportunity to drive awareness of our professionalism and value to our communities. It will provide providers with a united voice for input in changes that impact Family Child Care in Maine directly. The website also provides resources and information for current and future family child care professionals.
  • Run Your Child Care: Business Essentials –  A website, by ChildCare Aware, that offers a variety of resources for child care providers. “In addition to caring for children, child care providers need to manage budgets, marketing, staffing and other aspects of operating a small business.”
  • Tom Copeland Taking Care of Business Blog. (2011). Retrieved from

Updated: 11/08/2019

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesFunding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.