Child Care Provider Business Plan Reference Guide & Workbook Los Angeles County Specific Introduction – Purpose of the two part Reference Guide and Workbook This business plan workbook and reference guide was created in collaboration by Public Counsel’s Early Care & Education Project (ECE Law Project) and Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) to assist child care center operators in Los Angeles County with planning, preparing and developing a child care center business plan. The purpose of this business plan workbook and reference guide is to provide a roadmap on how to draft your business plan. It includes explanations of each business plan section and references to additional resources. This guide highlights some of the many Los Angeles County specific rules, regulations and procedures governing the planning and operation of a child care center. There are two types of child care facilities – family child care homes and child care centers. Please note that this reference guide focuses primarily on child care centers, although many of the resources herein will be the same for both types of facilities. Part I – Reference Guide Part I is a reference guide that explains each section of the business plan, provides worksheets to help you think through your business and references other available resources to further assist you. This reference guide also highlights Los Angeles County specific regulations and resources in order to support you in your research. Part II – Workbook Part II is a blank workbook that outlines a business plan in a section-by-section summary template. Within each section of the workbook template, there exists a series of questions that will help guide you in analyzing, researching and describing essential aspects of your child care center business. The workbook is formatted so that it can be used in conjunction with the reference guide to assist in drafting and gathering the necessary information to complete your final business plan. A quality business plan is one that will speak to the intended reader(s) and give him/her a clear picture of your business’ strategies, goals, and historic challenges and achievements. For comments or questions, please contact us at Public Counsel at [email protected] or LAUP at [email protected] .