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Starting a Part-Time Child-Care Service

The market is there for this type of service--so here's how to find it.

This story appears in the May 2002 issue of

Q: Would there be a market for a family child-care provider that is only open four days per week? What about weekends only?

A: Our 24/7 society with unlimited lifestyle choices creates a need for 24/7 services, including child care. Couple this demand with a shortage of available quality child care, and you have opportunities to serve parents who work nights and weekends, those who telecommute part of each week, single parents with child custody arrangements that don't work as decreed, and other parents who simply need time off for a holiday weekend. In addition, parents of children with special physical and educational needs also require child-care services.

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