Black Hawk County Growth Fund Program Graduation, 2015  
Iowa Newsletter   |   Fall 2015

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Black Hawk County Centers Graduate from Growth Fund Program
Three Black Hawk County child care centers were recognized in July for their accomplishments as participants in the Iowa Growth Fund Program. The Growth Fund is a multi-year program designed to move successful childcare businesses "to the next level" in their business operations and growth.
The Growth Fund provided the centers with training and one-on-one business consulting, opportunities to network and exchange ideas with their peers, and to learn from business advisors in various areas of expertise from marketing to finances. Each of the centers developed a business plan and received grant funds to support the implementation of their goals over a two-year period.  The centers used the grant funds to make business improvements related to marketing, playground and classroom improvements, staff development, and certain equipment purchases.  

I Wish My Child Care Provider Would Charge More
Guest Blog Post by Heidi Schlueter for Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral 

I do wish my child care provider could charge more. Please allow me to explain.

I am going to be a grandparent-well, someday. Don't tell my 30ish-year-old kids, but I am pretty sure of it. And when my grandchildren arrive, my 31-year-old kids will be working full time and most likely needing child care.

As the very reasonable grandparent I will certainly be, there are only a few things I will expect of my grandchildren's care while their parents are away at work. 

Here is my list - bottom line:

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First Children's Finance Child Care Business Tip
If your child care center's budget follows the calendar year, now is the time to be budgeting for 2016. Budgeting ahead will help you to make sure you will always have money to pay your bills.

For more tips on money management read The Busy Director's Quick Money Management Checklist.

First Children's Finance would like to thank the following business and early care and education professionals for serving as 
Black Hawk County Growth Fund Advisors


Gretchen Fereday

Mason Fromm

Mary Janssen

Joanne Lane