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The mission of the Microenterprise Home-Based Childcare Program is to provide business opportunities to refugee women interested in providing child care services in their homes. Starting in October 2012, AAA has begun a Micro Enterprise Child Care program to help clients go through the necessary steps to receive their Family Child Care Licenses.  

This program is designed in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner and teaches refugee women about state and federal child care laws, regulations, licensing requirements, and about American cultural norms concerning child care and child development. In addition, to training and guidance, the program also offers sub-grants to get business owners started.   

To equip refugees with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs and self-sufficient, the program provides training and technical assistance at different levels in the licensing process including:

  • Program Overview & Readiness
  • Pre-Licensing Online Orientation
  • CPR, First Aid & Preventative Health Training
  • Records, Reporting & Forms Training
  • Nutritional Program
  • Child Development
  • Working with Parents
  • Positive Discipline
  • Business Plan Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • Marketing
  • Community Resources
  • Sub-Award Grant Application
  •  Linkage to a Mentor

As of May 2014, the Microenterprise Child Care Program has licensed 35 refugee women from over 9 different countries and continues to grow mainly due to the successful businesses of our current clients.  

For a list of licensed child care providers in your area or to find out more about the program, please contact Stephanie Olivas at (619) 286-9052 ext. 294 or email