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Greater Portland Child Care Business Lab

~ information from Starting Strong

Applications are now available to the new Child Care Business Lab geared toward opening an in-home family child care in greater Portland! This opportunity is a partnership between the United Way of Southern Maine, CEI, the Greater Portland Workforce Initiative and Portland ConnectED – Starting Strong. The Child Care Business Lab consists of groups of ten to fifteen individuals learning together how to start a child care program. The members of the group will have similar goals and may also share the same concerns or challenges. By joining the Child Care Business Lab, you will be part of an interactive, engaging community – establishing relationships that may last for decades. 

Participants in the Child Care Business Lab will:
 – Develop a business plan
– Be coached through the licensing process
– Uncover best practices for managing a child care business
– Learn how to secure funding
– Work 1:1 with a business advisor
– Receive 1:1 individualized support throughout the program

There is no charge for the learning sessions or the meetings with the business advisors and child care mentors. The Business Lab will be available in English and in French (depending on demand). Participants will also be eligible to apply for special start-up child care business loans and we’ll help you apply for any grants available. 

This 2022 program starts in June, and it is expected that entrepreneurs selected will open a high-quality child care business in 2022.Questions or need assistance? Contact Kwame Yeboah at
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FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.