Academic journal article Human Ecology Forum

Cornell Clinic Offers Legal, Business Services to Local Child Care Providers

Academic journal article Human Ecology Forum

Cornell Clinic Offers Legal, Business Services to Local Child Care Providers

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HOW SHOULD A HOME-BASED child care provider set up a partnership and plan her liability insurance, floor plan, tax schedule, and cash flow? What can a mother do when her landlord says she can't set up a small child care business in her home? How should a small part-time nursery school program go about expanding into a full-time child care center?

These are just a few of the challenges facing an interdisciplinary team of 12 Cornell University students--four Human Ecology undergraduates, four Law School students, and four from the Johnson Graduate School of Management--working as part of the new Cornell Small Children/Small Business (SC/SB) Project.

"With increasing numbers of parents in the workforce, families need more opportunities to find high-quality child care," says William Kell, the Thomas and Nancy Clark Professor of Law and director of the clinic. "Because of this, the success or failure of child care businesses has both private and public consequences. The majority of child care providers are working as small-business operators in all respects, but they have little business training or extra income to obtain legal and business advice,"

To help these entrepreneurs, Cornell students take a course that prepares them, under faculty supervision, to provide direct technical assistance to local child care entrepreneurs seeking advice on a wide variety of legal and business issues. …

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