Program Location

The next step is to identify your program's location. The program's success will be based on its location. You may create and establish a quality early childhood program, but if you do not have an accessible location and a good, consistent marketing plan, parents will not be able to find you.

Some guidelines to consider when selecting a site:

Pre-Existing Location

  • Lot size
  • Primary access to the site
  • Slope of property (can affect cost of site preparation)
  • Drainage (this is especially important for the playground)
  • Results of environmental studies and soil samples
  • Economics of property and development
  • Setback requirements

New Construction

  • Lot size
  • Primary access to the site
  • Slope of property (can affect cost of site preparation)
  • Drainage (this is especially important for the playground)
  • Economics of property and development
  • Setback requirements

Existing Facilities

  • Contact your local Child Care Licensing Specialist

 

Location Checklist

Once you have completed your needs assessment of the potential communities and determined possible locations, you will need to analyze the results. The following guidelines will help you evaluate the locations that you consider for your early childhood program.

  • Select locations that have high visibility and accessibility to the communities you wish to serve.
  • Consider the traffic patterns leading to your chosen location. Experiment by traveling to your program from different directions to determine the accessibility of the location.
  • Talk to others about the future of the community you are considering for your program. Learning about the residents and businesses of a neighborhood will help you understand its future direction.
  • Your location’s access to working families is critical to your program’s stability in enrollment. 

Contact area corporations and businesses to determine child care needs. Be sure to send them information regarding the opening and enrollment of your program.