Day care providers

How to successfully negotiate your pay rate for a caregiving job

There’s an unfortunate stereotype out there that women aren’t good at negotiating. That’s not really the truth: Harvard professor Hannah Riley Bowles, an expert on how gender affects pay negotiations, found that the problem is that women simply don’t negotiate pay nearly as often as men. “Women are sometimes more... more

How much should I charge for child care?

Are you considering starting a career in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a child care provider for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but (of course) you... more

Here’s why you need to market yourself online as a caregiver — and how to successfully do it

Being a caregiver in the digital age means staying on top of new online resources and coming up with innovative ways to market yourself to potential clients and families, including building and maintaining your very own digital footprint. There are more than 1.2 million child care workers in the U.S., according... more

Job references: Why you need them and how to assemble a strong lineup that will support you

When families look to hire a new caregiver, trustworthiness is one of the most valued qualities. Whether they’re looking for someone to care for their new baby, an aging parent or a beloved pet, they need to know the person they’re hiring is not only qualified, but has a proven... more

How to write a day care resume to impress any director [with resume template]

If you’re applying for day care positions, listen up: “As child care educators, we want the most intelligent, organized and professional people we can find,” says Angela Wolfe, owner of Children’s Lighthouse of Little Elm, Texas. “A good resume shows us those people will be in for the long... more

Got child care experience? Here are 7 great careers, plus tips for getting ahead

Caring for kids can be a rewarding and fun job, and — because you’re ambitious — you might naturally start to wonder: Where can I go with this? The good news is, with child care experience, there are several different career paths you could follow — and you get to... more

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Verify a child care center's licensing: Search by state

Before deciding on a child care center or other care facility, you should ensure it is up to date on necessary licensing. To verify the accreditation and licensing status of a child care center near you or to see if a provider has past complaints or violations, you may visit... more

Starting your new day care job: 7 must-dos for a successful first day

It can be nerve-wracking to start any new job, but when you’re working at a day care, it can feel even more crucial to succeed. “Little people have big emotions, parents are trusting you with the most important things in their lives, and you will be busy, busy, busy,”... more