Child Care Business Lab

Helping you build a successful child care business.

Child care businesses prop up our economy. You are the workforce behind the workforce. You prepare our youngest citizens to be socially adept lifelong learners.

We’re here to help you achieve your dream of child care ownership. Since the 1970s, CEI has financed or advised more than 175 child care businesses. We’ve used that experience to design the Child Care Business Lab and the Child Care Investment Fund.

Since 2020, nearly 30 Child Care Business Lab graduates have opened businesses, creating more than 580 child care spaces.

So we’re ready to help you start & grow a financially sustainable child care business.

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“My biggest challenge to opening was feeling confident enough in myself – and I got that boost & an accountability partner from CEI’s Child Care Business Lab.”


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Little Bird Child Care

“In 2019, Stephanie was pregnant with her first child and knew that she wanted to return to work after the child was born, but despite searching her town of Calais and the surrounding…”

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Little Learners Homestead

“Passionate about farms, food and children, Anna Wardwell, owner of Little Learners Homestead, LLC, in Hampden, Maine, had always dreamed of running a…”

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Mis Primeros Pasos

“This fall, we celebrate with Thania Centeno as she realizes her dream in starting a childcare center – Mis Primeros Pasos (Spanish for…”