Special Events and Training Series


3 FREE Webinars on Improving Business Practices for Family Child Care Providers by the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance through partnership with Tom Copeland. The webinars are intended for FCC providers, who will learn about marketing, legal and insurance issues, and money management/retirement for their FCC business. Providers can attend all or any individual webinar. You have to register for each webinar separately. Registration links follow each webinar’s description.

1. Business of Family Child Care: Marketing With Tom Copeland
April 6, 2022, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time [EDT])

FCC providers will acquire the knowledge and confidence to better promote their business and to succeed as a business. The content includes:

  • Identifying the strengths of their program
  • Learning five key marketing strategies
  • Using the Internet to promote their program (e.g., Facebook, Craigslist, child care forums, online classified ads)
  • Competing against child care centers and exempt providers.

Click here to register for the April 6th webinar.

2. Business of Family Child Care: Legal and Insurance Issues With Tom Copeland
April 20, 2022, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (EDT)

FCC providers will learn how to protect the children in their care, their property, and themselves. The content includes:

  • Self-protection checklist to help reduce risks
  • Homeowner and business property insurance
  • Business liability and car insurance
  • Legal issues: Custody disputes, price-fixing, and privacy.

 Click here to register for the April 20th webinar.

3. Business of Family Child Care: Money Management/Retirement With Tom Copeland
May 4, 2022, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (EDT)

FCC providers will learn how to save more money for retirement and will learn how to invest using the various IRA plans available. The content includes the following:

  • Identify ways to reduce expenses.
  • Recognize where to put money to meet short- and long-term goals.
  • Learn how to prioritize long-term financial goals.
  • Understand the five basic rules of retirement planning.
  • Gain knowledge about IRA retirement plans for providers (e.g., traditional IRA, Roth IRA, SIMPLE, SEP).

 Click here to register for the May 4th webinar.


Supportive Educational Workshops, Special Events, and Activities are offered FREE to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns! During the Coronavirus Pandemic, all workshops/events are available only as a webinar by GoToMeeting™ with pre-registration.  Look for our Special Events listed in Red print!  Any changes or cancellations are also posted on the GEAR Parent Network Facebook page.

 Visit www.gearparentnetwork.org  or call 1 (800) 264-9224


iLookOutfor Child Abuse (iLookOut) program would like to invite you, your staff, & volunteers to complete the iLookOut online learning program.  iLookOut is an online learning program that provides up to 13 hours of professional development credit.  iLookOut is also a research study designed to help learn how to best train child care providers to protect children.
You will need an iLookOut account:

  1. Visit www.ilookoutmaine.org
  2. Select Register
  3. Enter your child care program’s license number

If you have any questions, please contact the iLookOut team by phone at 717-531-4552 or by email at ilookout@pennstatehealth.psu.edu


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