Free Online Resources for Your Child Care Business - NAFCC Workshop 2013

The goal of our free online resources for your child care business workshop was to show family child care providers that they can easily (and for free!) make a professional looking website for their business.  I think everyone in the class agreed that they can definitely use the resources we spoke about.  For those of you that attended, here's a reminder.  For those of you that couldn't attend, here is a rundown.

These lists will provide you with the links we spoke about as well as some we didn't get to:

We focused on using:

  • weebly.com to make our websites
  • the ability to "embed" content on our websites so we don't always have to make new content
  • google calendar for keeping parents up-to-date with our schedule
  • google forms to create a "contact us" form, a "parent survey", or a "sign-up" form.
  • smore.com to make pretty online flyers, newsletters or event notifications
  • widgets to stay up to date with other websites happenings
  • and more :)

We asked what providers would wish for if they could wave their magic wand and get it (in relation to their child care business and online resources).  Here are some of what they would want.  How about you?  Leave your wish in the comment section, we may be able to grant it!

  • Colorful, Fun and Interactive Website
  • Have website and facebook update themselves
  • Make updating online presence less time consuming
  • to have the webpage look more professional
  • Free background check for staff
  • Some free online training
  • Informative, Interactive and Colorful website
  • Free Training
  • Website
  • Play Equipment in backyard
  • Administrative assistant 
  • Cook
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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.