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Child Care Business Support

Child Care Business Support

Equipping child care providers with the business skills to thrive

Business Support for Child Care Providers

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) recognizes the vital importance that child care businesses play in our economy.  We offer a comprehensive suite of business development services to support child care service providers, home and center based, to help sustain their business over the short and long term. These programs and services include training on how to build a business plan, to hands-on technical assistance with accessing loans and grants.

All programs and services are offered at no charge to aspiring and existing Connecticut licensed child care providers, thanks to a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  All services are currently being held virtually.

By The Numbers

A look at our impact on child care service providers in Connecticut.

500 clients

Providers Trained and Counseled

$1.65 million

WBDC Emergency Grants Awarded


Non-WBDC Capital Accessed

3,569 slots


New to WBDC?
Get started with
Jacqui Torcellini,
Business Advisor.

¿Nuevo en WBDC? Comuníquese con Eloisa Melendez 
(203) 751-9550 x113.

Visit eCenter, WBDC’s online portal
Create your profile to help us get to know you better, gain immediate access to WBDC’s eLearning, and sign up for WBDC’s upcoming live classes and events.

Offering you a full suite of services at no cost to ensure you have the education, tools and support to move your business forward.  We are here to support you every step of the way.  Choose from one of the below sections to get started.


Learn from business experts about marketing, finance, strategy, and more. We offer live webinars and an eLibrary where you can learn at your pace, on your schedule.


Get individualized support from our team of expert Business Advisors. Through 1:1 sessions, they will educate and guide you in making business decisions.


Get access to WBDC grants for your business, and practical guidance on accessing other grants and loans, including stimulus relief thru PPP & EIDL.

You guide children.
We guide your business.

Get started with WBDC today.

Community Connections

Grow your network – join WBDC’s community of professional women that empower one another. Learn about the child care resource agencies in your area, and stay in the know with timely eNewsletters.

Tools and Resources

Access resources to guide you in your business journey, including for navigating COVID-19, getting licensed, accreditation, and curated resources for early childhood education professionals.

Interested in becoming involved?

Now hiring

WBDC is expanding! Join our team of dedicated professionals and share your passion for empowering women, families, and child care providers.

Business Instructor
or Mentor

Share your expertise with child care providers by becoming a volunteer Advisor, Instructor, or Mentor. Educate, and help them to navigate challenges.

Advisory Committee

Lend your time, connections or expertise to serve on our Advisory Committee. Guide program development or be an ambassador & community connector.

Community Partner

Are you a business or chid care resource agency that wants to collaborate? We offer joint programming, counseling days, and more.

Invest in Child Care Businesses

Support Connecticut’s child care service providers by investing in WBDC’s Opportunity Fund,  providing businesses with grants to move forward. Your donation will be invaluable to help providers sustain themselves, support their employees, and remain a backbone for families.
Together, we can have greater impact on a vital industry that needs our help.

Thank You to Our Partners

This program is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC). Thanks to their generous support,
we are able to offer our WBDC services at no cost to
Connecticut child care providers and resource partners.