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[Video] How To Get Your Spouse’s Support to Open a Home Daycare

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Briana Palma

Briana Palma

Director of Content & Community

Want to open a home daycare, but your spouse or partner isn’t into it? You’re not alone. I hear this all the time.

Whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or wife—having their support while making a big move in your career like opening a home daycare is so important. This is especially true if you share incomes or live in the same home. Opening a home daycare is a big step that you’ll be taking together. It’s totally understandable that they might be a bit nervous about it.

So let’s use this moment to show them how opening a home daycare is an incredible opportunity for you both! Below, I’ll walk through the top reasons why your partner or spouse might be hesitant and how to address their concerns.


1. They’re Worried About Income

Lots of people stress about money, but here’s what you can do. 

Start by focusing on what you’re going to earn vs. what you’re going to spend. And you might want to share with your partner something like this:

Hey partner, did you know that starting your own home daycare is one of the most lucrative ways to earn a living in early childhood education?! 

Next, you’ll need to pause for effect… and then hit them with the facts.

We just wrote a blog post where you can see what three Providers who just started their programs made last year. Check it out!

And that’s just the start. We support home daycare Providers who make six figures because of where they live, their experience, and because families just love them so much that they can’t wait to be on their wait-list. This can be you. This should be you.



2. They’re Worried About Costs 

Now that we’ve got real numbers, let’s take a look at how much it’s going to cost to get you there.

In my experience, I’ve seen average home daycare startup costs net out at about $3,000. That includes licensing, home improvement stuff, getting materials and furniture for tiny humans.

But in all honesty, you can spend more, or you can spend less. To figure out what works for you, check out our blog post on home daycare startup costs and download our budget template. 

It’s something tangible that you can bring to your partner, and it shows you’re serious about your dream. 

Sit down together, use the budget template to figure out your finances, and see if this is something that works for you.



3. They’re Worried About Losing Their Personal Space

You’re sharing everything, and now there’s going to be a bunch of kiddos running around all over the place?! Sure, that sounds like a disruption. 

If that’s the case, take a look at the video below from when we hosted a Virtual Open House with our Provider Community. You can see how Providers maximize their space and tuck away everything at the end of the day. Find inspiration and see how you can set up your space to make it work for your home.

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4. They Don’t Know How to Support You

What happens when you have a partner who is over the moon for you and so excited for you to live your dream, but they’re absolutely terrified that you’re doing it alone?

They know you’re capable, but you’re also starting a business. You’re going to be a sole proprietor. You’re going to have taxes and expenses, and you’ll need to be licensed by the state. Now what? 

Alright, if this is the case, you’ve got a great partner. They love you, and they’re excited to see you living your dream. 

And good news for them, you don’t have to do this alone. I’m here to help you. 

I’m happy to sit down and talk to both of you. Answer any of your questions, go over any of your concerns. Maybe it’s something I didn’t even mention. Bring it to me. I’m here so we can go through it together.

Book some time with me here, and I’ll give you a call when you’re both free. 

Okay, now you got some homework. Talk to your partner, let them know about your dream because we’re going to do this—and you’re going to be great!

About NeighborSchools

NeighborSchools helps caregivers open and run high-quality licensed Family Child Care. Since 2010, one out of every five Family Child Care Programs in the US have closed permanently, leaving families with fewer options for child care when they need it most. Child care centers charge parents too much, and pay educators not enough. Family Child Care is the solution.

We started NeighborSchools in 2018 to turn the tides and help the best educators and caregivers successfully launch their very own programs.

We are a mission-driven company, based in Boston. Want to learn more? Send us an email.


Briana Palma

Briana Palma

Director of Content & Community

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