Hello Neighbors and Friends,
Childcare. Parents can’t find it and when they can find it, they often can’t afford it. The result is that many parents stay home to care for their kids which is often cited as a primary reason for the lack of workers available to local businesses.
Wouldn’t it be great if some of those households offered care to a few extra children at a reasonable price? In-home childcare can be a great fit for a parent who’d like to stay home with a child, and would like to contribute to meeting household expenses while offering the child the chance to socialize. Three extra kids at your house could add $1500 or more a month of family income.
Earlier this year, I partnered in an effort to remove a major impediment to home-based childcare. State regulations required an overhead sprinkler system. That could easily cost $10,000 and discourage any family from offering care in their home. Keeping kids safe makes sense. But sprinklers are more designed to save property than to save people. For example, we require them in hotels but not in vacation rental homes. I helped get the rules changed so that alternative child safety measures replaced the requirement to install sprinklers. That allows us a great opportunity to expand childcare here where it is so sorely needed.
The Oregon Coast Small Business Development Center, with support from Northwest Oregon Works, will be presenting a Childcare Startup training program in April. The four-part series features an in-depth session on regulations, finance, and licensing. Participants will also register for an infant and child CPR/First Aid session. Another session will feature general information about business formation, operations, marketing, and finances. The remaining session focuses on insurance and legal considerations.
If this sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know, now is the time to get more information. Program cost is $25 and upon completion of the three classroom sessions and the first aid certificate, the $25 will be refunded. Registration is available now at https://oregoncoast.edu/sbdc-classes-2021/ or call 541-996-6222.