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Business Support for Child Care Service Providers

Business Support for Child Care Service Providers

Equipping child care providers with the business skills to thrive

 Business Support for Child Care Service Providers

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is the leading provider of entrepreneurial education to women in Connecticut, helping them to succeed in business.  Through entrepreneurial training, financial education and access to capital services, WBDC helps businesses to launch, sustain and grow.  WBDC’s newest initiative is dedicated to supporting Connecticut’s network of child care providers through business training and counseling, as well as monetary and technology grants to move businesses forward.

WBDC recognizes the vital importance that child care businesses play in our economy.  That is why we are here to help child care service providers in Connecticut stay focused on all aspects of business, during the pandemic and beyond.  Our offerings range from training on how build a business plan, to hands-on assistance with accessing loans and grants.   We offer live and on-demand training on a variety of business topics geared at child care service providers, along with no-cost 1:1 business counseling sessions.  All services are currently being held virtually.

To learn more about our services, contact us at
 childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org or (203) 751-9550.

3 Types of Support for Your Business


View our upcoming webinars and virtual courses, on topics from business planning to marketing to financial statements.  We offer single session webinars and multi-session courses.


Meet one-on-one virtually or by phone with an expert Business Advisor for tailored guidance on business or personal finances. Not sure which counselor you want? Call us at (203) 751-9550.


Apply for a grant of $1,500 to $20,000 to help cover operating expenses to keep your doors open.  Available to OEC-licensed child care businesses suffering severe revenue shortages.

Past Programming

Town Hall with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro:
How Accessibility to Child Care Impacts Small Businesses

WBDC held a virtual Town Hall conversation with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Rosie Jones-Clarke, Director of Bright Morning Star Day Care and Maria Miranda, Owner & Creative Director of Miranda Creative, Inc., regarding the child care industry in Connecticut.  The conversation focused on Congresswoman DeLauro’s recently introduced legislation, the Child Care Is Essential Act, which would provide emergency support to child care providers impacted by the pandemic.  Our panelists also discussed how accessibility to child care impacts our economy in general and small businesses in particular.

Download a copy of the Child Care is Essential Act toolkit,
highlighting the bill and the need for it.

COVID-19 Resources

Programs and Resources from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC):

CTCARES for Child Care Businesses offers supports to help you operate your program during COVID-19. Since every program has different needs, we are offering a “Care Package” — a variety of subsidies, trainings, and other opportunities. Learn more.

CTCARES for Family Child Care offers licensed family child care providers access to supports during COVID-19. Our goal is to help your program succeed so you can continue to do your vital work.  Learn more.

COVID-19 Guides for Providers – Each guide provides tailored recommendations for providers about wearing masks, social distancing, health screening, cleaning, and more. Download here


WBDC’s child care initiative is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.