Childcare Business Development Project

BOC’s Childcare Business Development Project helps home-based childcare providers start and enhance their businesses.

Our services are designed to help childcare providers establish successful, high-quality, childcare businesses that are vital community resources. This program offers in-depth training that brings child care providers together to build profitable businesses that excel in meeting parents’ needs. Child Care Business Services include:

  • Individualized start-up and operations assistance
  • Practical “Child Care Means Business” training
  • Business and marketing planning
  • Free legal assistance
  • Free tax assistance
  • Access to grants and loans
  • Networking opportunities

Our “Child Care Means Business” Training is designed specifically for home-based child care providers. The 60-hour course usually takes place in the evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at training locations throughout New York City, or virtually.  Courses are available in English and Spanish throughout the year. 

Training sessions may be applied towards NY state-mandated training hours in:

  1. Principles of Childhood Development
  2. Child Day Care Program Development
  3. Safety & Security Procedures
  4. Business Record Maintenance & Management
  5. Statutes & Regulations

Child Care Means Business Team

Sia Pickett – Program Manager

Sia Pickett has been with the Business Outreach Center Network since 2006 and is currently the Child Care Business Program Manager. Ms. Pickett has extensive microenterprise and small business development experience managing the childcare program, overseeing community outreach partners programing, and recruiting clients. Additionally, she has experience with business assessment, customized financial literacy, and microenterprise training. With a client base that reflects the diversity of New York’s population, she does one-on-one counseling and financial loan packaging for childcare business providers. Having matriculated in International Marketing and Development at the University of MN, Ms. Pickett has over 20 years of experience in business management, marketing, administration, operations, fiscal oversight, and customer service. She also owns a culinary nutrition education business that she is very passionate about and enjoys educating families and daycare owners about the importance of incorporating healthy food nutrition options in their homes and childcare programs.

Geiny Paulino - Program Coordinator

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Geiny Paulino was raised in Washington Heights in a community that is mainly comprised of Dominican-Americans. She began working at a young age for the Department of Education as a Program Coordinator and was later promoted as Program Director. In 2005, she joined BOC’s partner organization Washington Heights Inwood Development Corporation as a Child Care Project Director. Since then, she has joined BOC as a Child Care Program Coordinator/Business Counselor and manages BOC’s Harlem EAC. She continues to work within her community by assisting childcare providers with starting their home-based day care businesses, child-care training, and technical assistance in managing their business. She is very passionate about the work she does and finds satisfaction in helping her clients achieve their goals through obtaining their license and opening their businesses.

"Working with BOC was life-changing for my business."

Diana Botero, My First Steps Childcare

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