Child Care Aware offers free sample worksheets designed to help child care providers, such as day care centers, plan budgets. Worksheets offered on the site focus on cash flow projections, funding sources, start-up budgets, operating budgets and monthly operating expense reports.
Child Care Aware explains that budgets must focus equally on income and expenses, pointing out that day care centers must identify their funding sources before they can open their doors. Grants and loans are available to child care centers from the federal government as well as from non-profit organizations. Child care centers with fewer than five employees qualify as microenterprises and are eligible for special funding opportunities.