Cal Poly CIE SBDCServing San Luis Obispo County
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed
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Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 5:55pm

Don’t wait! This is the time to start a childcare business. Nearly 23 million children ages 5 and under live in the United States, with 71% living in households in which all parents work. These numbers reveal an undeniable truth: we do NOT have enough childcare businesses to support the demand for childcare. 


That's why we are excited to share with you the Central California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Nurture's collaborative creation: a 12-week Childcare Business Program. Join us as we guide you through the process of starting your own childcare business!


This track includes three courses:

  • Business Exploration
  • State Licensing
  • Business Essentials

For the first three weeks of the Business Start-Up Track, you will work exclusively on the State Licensing course. In Week 4, you will begin the Business Essentials course, while you are following through on steps in the licensing process.


Business start-up grants and/or loans are available to entrepreneurs who complete this track.


Here’s how to get started:

  1. Become an SBDC Client
    1. Click on the green "Get Started" Button at the top of the page
    2. Click the blue "Sign Up" Button
    3. Enter your info and click "Submit”
  2. An admin will call you to discuss your needs and ensure that you’re a good fit for the Nurture program.
  3. Download the Nurture app at the App Store or Google Play
  4. Complete the registration from the app


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More about Nurture: Nurture’s service delivery model entails partnering with local stakeholders—community-based organizations, child care resource & referral agencies, small business development centers, workforce boards, First 5s—in child care deserts to design customized service strategies to meet the specific needs of aspiring and struggling home-based child care entrepreneurs. Through tech-forward instructional content and coaching, as well as facilitated access to capital and services, Nurture extends the capacity of local programs, without the need to create new stand-alone ones.


More about Central California SBDC: Whether you want to launch, grow, transition or innovate your business, the Central California Small Business Development Center Regional Network provides expert consulting, training, market research, access to capital and other tools at low to no cost assistance.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.