Are you a family child care provider? Join the Think Small Institute (a division of Think Small) for Family Child Care Business Week happening December 6th – 9th.

Get 30% OFF your ENTIRE purchase with promo code: FCCWEEK2021

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Monday, December 6th, 2021

Recordkeeping For Beginners in Family Child Care
Monday, December 6: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Lisa Thompson
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

Discover how a solid recordkeeping system will help run a successful child care business in addition to providing great education and care for young children. In this instructor-led, online course, participants will take a look at best practices for tracking and reporting to start a child care business off right. Participants will also learn strategies to expand as they grow their business.
KCF: VI | CDA: VI

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above Recordkeeping course with a copy of Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide. This Ninth Edition covers everything you need to keep accurate business records and save money on your taxes. Following the recommendations in this book, you will be able to claim the maximum allowable deductions and pay the lowest possible federal taxes. The information in this book applies to child care providers in every state, regardless of local regulations. Product #543970 


Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

The Business of Interview Success
Tuesday, December 7: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Kim Woehl
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

​In this course, explore how to make and use an interview book to secure families into your child care program, while you investigate what is important to include in your own book.
KCF: VI | CDA: VI

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above course with the fourth edition of the business classic Family Child Care Contracts and Policies, which offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date tools for family child care needs to establish and enforce contracts and policies and to demonstrate provider professionalism. Sample and customizable contracts and policy handbooks available online with book purchase, and replaces previous edition’s CD-ROM. Product # 546506


Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Well Being: A Call for Self and Community Care
Wednesday, December 8: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Jamie Bonczyk
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

Learn the difference between stress and stressors. Explore your own well-being through a brief guided meditation and reflecting on your own self-care. Discover elements of community-care. Child Care professionals are best prepared to take care of others when they have first taken care of themselves.
KCF: VI | CDA: VI

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above course with the most trusted business resource for Family Child Care professionals for 45 years! The 2022 Redleaf Calendar-Keeper is an all-in-one calendar, expense, and income tracker for family child care professionals. Product #100022


Introduction to Cultural Consciousness: Considering Cultural Dynamics
Wednesday, December 8: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

Explore and practice cultural consciousness. Diversity presents itself in many ways when working with young children and their families. Learn how culture impacts child development and our relationships with families.
KCF: III | CDA: IV

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above course with a favorite tool for family child care providers filing their own taxes. As tax season approaches each year, thousands of family child care providers save time and money using the 2021 Family Child Care Tax Workbook & Organizer. The most comprehensive resource available, this book contains up-to-date guidance so family child care providers can accurately complete their own tax returns and take advantage of all the business deductions they are entitled to claim.


Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Collaborating with Families Part 3; Thriving Through Different Cultural Dynamics and Conflicting Caregiving Practices
Thursday, December 9: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Raelene Ostberg
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

Learn a process to collaboratively and comfortably resolve conflicts and caregiving differences that inevitably come up when sharing the care and education of young children. The reality is, caregiving is shaped by our personal goals, values, and culture. Explore how cultural differences and opposing values can fuel conflict. Discover methods to address issues that come up, work through differences, and leaves all parties feelings respected and valued. Increase the likelihood families will be on your team through difficult discussions and differences in child-rearing approaches and ensure success for your program and the families you work with. For this 2-hour interactive live webinar, you will view a PowerPoint presentation and presenter on the webcam while you participate in chats and apply the concepts to your environment.
KCF: VI | CDA: IV

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above course with Family Engagement in Early Childhood Settings. Enhance interactions, engagement, expectations, and communication with families. Working with parents and families can be a challenge, especially when there are contradicting expectations. However, it can also be a joyful and empowering experience for both the program and the family if partnering with families is built into the program’s culture. Following a strengths-based approach, Family Engagement in Early Childhood Settings offers all programs, including family child care, center-based programs, and school-based programs, strategies for building or enhancing interactions, engagement, expectations, communication, and participation with families.


In The Know: Be Prepared! Licensing Inspections Family Childcare
Thursday, December 9: 6:30-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Cyndi Cunningham
Price: Course-Only: $30 | Course + Book Bundle: $50

Identify how to successfully prepare your Licensed Family Child Care program for licensing visits. Review the licensing visit process and set goals to ensure a positive visit. Walk away from this course feeling empowered!
KCF: VI | CDA: VI

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Course + Book Bundle
We are pleased to offer a bundle combining access to the above course with Family Child Care Guide to Visits, Inspections, and Interviews. As a family child care professional, you nurture and teach children during their most formative years. Being a family child care provider also means you must attend to families, licensors, food program representatives, coaches, and other people who visit your in-home business. This guide is filled with everything you need to successfully prepare for and host visits from people involved in the operation and regulation of your business.


Statement of Equity

To support the full potential for every child. Think Small commits to championing policies and practices of equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable care and education system for children in their crucial early years.

Minnesota has one of the largest K-12 achievement gaps in the nation when comparing Caucasian children to children of color. These achievement gaps begin as early as 18 months, rooted in opportunity gaps, that is , the lack of sufficient high-quality early childhood experiences. Therefore, to close the achievement gap, Minnesota must close the opportunity gap by prioritizing early childhood investments. The single best investment the state can make is targeted early childhood investments in our most vulnerable children.