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The Business of Child Care

The Business of Child Care is an entrepreneurial training program for startup and existing child care providers located within the City of Pittsburgh, facilitated by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and Invest PGH. Financial support provided by the PNC Foundation.

Through an application process, up to 12 startup and 12 existing child care providers located within the City of Pittsburgh will receive admission to The Business of Child Care, an intensive 10-week training program to launch or expand child care businesses. Startup and existing child care providers will participate in separate cohorts within the program.

The Business of Child Care participants receive: The Business of Child Care Program Eligibility Criteria:

Upon completing the program, participants will be awarded a "Certification of Completion" and will be eligible to apply for an additional $5,000 forgivable loan under the Child Care Reinvestment in Business Program (CRiB) offered by Invest PGH. CRiB funds can be used for working capital, payroll (including supplemental income), staff education, enrollment scholarships, equipment, software, supplies, and leasehold improvements. Learn more about CRiB

The Business of Child Care Program Timeline:

Selected applicants will participate in ten training sessions over twelve weeks. Three sessions will be in-person and seven sessions online via Zoom.
Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate.

The Business of Child Care Start-up Program will run on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM from September 21 to December 7. In-person sessions will be on September 21, November 2, and December 7. There will be no class October 26 and November 23.

The Business of Child Care Existing Program will run on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM from September 23 to December 9. In-person sessions will be on September 23, November 4, and December 9. There will be no class October 28 and November 25.

This program will be offering again in Spring 2022 (Feb/March).

The Business of Child Care program is funded with the support of The PNC Foundation.

Questions: Contact: Womens-Entrepreneurship@Chatham.edu or call 412-365-1253