Child Care Educator Business Course

Registration is now closed.  Please check back soon for future course dates.  Graduates of the course will receive a $1000 grant and are eligible to receive additional funding up to $3500 total if licensed.

This Business Course is a 6-part program with 1 mandatory in person orientation (So, participants will meet a total of 7 times) that focuses on providing the skills and knowledge for persons who intend to open or expand child care programs or new programs that have recently opened. This is a business course for those who are wanting to become a licensed registered or certified family (RF or CF) home-based program, or who have been running a child care for 4 years or less. It is also a great fit for those who are currently operating a Registered Family and want to become a Certified Family or take on more children. 

This is a FREE business course, offered at no cost to participants.  This class meets 3 times in person in Portland, and 4 times on zoom. You must be able to use zoom to take the course.

This program will be offered in English, Russian, and Somali.  Spanish coming soon.  See below for Course dates

Portland Course (English):
Course starts June 5, 2024 through August 21, 2024, Wednesday’s 6-9 PM



This course will be available in other Oregon locations and in other languages soon. Please check back for more information.

Participants will meet 6 times plus once for a mandatory orientation in which you will be asked to bring your laptop computer.  Each class session will be 3 hours long, from 6-9pm for a total of 18 hours class time. These training hours will count for ORO continuing education credit.

There will also be 3 business advising sessions participants will be required to schedule with their instructor. Participants should plan to spend an additional 2-4 hours each week on homework and advising.

This business course will take place in person in Portland, OR.  (Must have access to a stable internet connection in order to participate.)

Interested in taking the course?

Quick Facts:

Start Date of Course:

English: June 5, 2024 (Wednesdays)


Class will meet from 6-9pm
Finish Date: 

  • Length of Program: 6 weeks
  • The class will meet 6 times, plus one session beforehand to prepare for the course. The first and last session will be in person and dinner will be provided.  The other sessions will be on zoom.
  • Time commitment: 3 hours each week
  • You will also be asked to meet with the course instructor 3 times for advising sessions during the course. Advising will be over Zoom.
  • Cost: none

By Completing the Course, You Will Receive:

  • 18 hours ORO continuing education credit
  • Up to $3500 in grant funding for your business*
  • Guidance on how to become licensed
  • Support in starting a business and running a successful child care

Do you have questions?

For questions in English, email:

For questions in Ukrainian or Russian:

For questions in Somali:

*All those who complete the course will receive $1000 for their business.

Those that become licensed as a Registered Family within 6 months of completing the course will receive an additional $1500.

Those that become licensed as a Certified Family within 6 months of completing the course will receive an additional $2500.

Who Can Apply?

  • Those seeking a business course
  • Those that live in Portland metro area
  • Those that plan to start a child care or have been in business 4 years or less

The following must be completed before beginning the Program. Your local Child Care Resource team can help provide support and resources to complete them.

  • Complete Introduction to Registered Family Child Care Part 1 and Part 2 if required for licensing.
  • Initiate the Central Background Registry process, for yourself and everyone else in the home over the age of 18.
  • Verify that Homeowners Association (HOA) or rental lease agreement allows for operating child care business out of your home.

ECC Business Course Topics:

  • Starting a Child Care 
  • Business Start-up & Registration
  • Planning for Children in Your Care
  • How to make a profit running your business
  • Preparing for Taxes
  • Hiring Employees and Family Members
  • Facility Management & Preparing for Inspections
  • License Compliance


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