Scott County Growth Fund Program, 2012 
Iowa Newsletter   |   August 2015

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Scott County, Iowa is Serious about the Business of Quality Child Care!


Six child care and preschool centers have recently completed their first year in the Scott County Growth Fund Program. Through this unique program by First Children's Finance, these child care centers received comprehensive business training, consulting, financial tools and planning to help strengthen their businesses and grow their quality child care services.


These six participating centers are ready to implement improvements with the help of Growth Fund Program grants. The Growth Fund is

sponsored by Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services and supported by our valued community volunteer advisors. 


 Learn more about these centers

Iowa Training & Workshops
Quality Staffing: Your Leading Edge
September 9, Bettendorf
September 9, Johnston

2015 Early Care and Education Pre-Institute
September 17; Social Media Issues and Policies
by First Children's Finance

2015 Early Care and Education Fall Institute
September 18, The Director's Intro to the Nonprofit Board by First Children's Finance

Now Accepting Applications

Scott County Growth Fund Program 


Apply Today! The Scott County Growth Fund Program is a unique opportunity for child care and preschool centers to strengthen business practices and grow quality. Centers each receive consulting assistance to develop and implement the center's business improvement plan and $10,000 in grants to help meet the center's goals.

Centers also grow business skills through approved training, access to business advisors, useful child care business tools, and facilitated peer networking.

Get more details or download an application

First Children's Finance Child Care Business Tip

Days Cash on Hand tells how many days of expenses you could pay with the cash you have on hand. You should have reserves equal to 30 days as a minimum with 90 days as a goal.

From the First Children's Finance Glossary of Key Financial Ratios.