18 Residents Complete the Childcare Business Pathways Program
Partner organizations, NYCHA staff, and family and friends came together on April 14 to celebrate the first18 graduates of the new Childcare Business Pathways Program (CBP). The graduates are well on their way to realizing their dreams of opening home-based childcare businesses.
CBP provides NYCHA residents with free training, licensing, and technical assistance as well as grants to pay for certifications and start-up supplies. During the 10-week program, the 18 graduates received business education training, specialized child care workshops, and certification courses in health and safety, CPR, first aid, and medication administration.
Two graduates were highlighted at the ceremony: Arneisa Williams of Brooklyn’s Marlboro Houses and Toya Frederick-Leak of Far Rockaway’s Redfern Houses. Ms. Williams was the first to submit her childcare business application and successfully pass her home inspection; she’ll receive her license shortly. She plans to open Arneisa’s Mighty Tykes Daycare in July and already has 14 children on her waitlist. Ms. Frederick-Leak has taken care of children for many years without charging parents, but knew CBP was the program to help her become a business owner. She plans to open Leak’s of Love Family Daycare in September.
The “Business Pathways” programs are part of the “Doorways to Opportunity” initiative supported by Citi Community Development with $1.4 million in funding, which provides NYCHA residents with access to entrepreneurship training, free financial counseling, and employment opportunities.
To learn more about Childcare Business Pathways, visit: http://opportunitynycha.org/business-development/childcare-business-pathways.