Starting a daycare program can be confusing and costly if the perspective operator is unfamiliar with the industry and the requirements to operate. Oftentimes, those who are interested in operating a center believe it to be a simple process. Unfortunately, as with any business venture, the organization of a licensed daycare center is complex and requires patience and motivation. "The Day Care Manual" presents the necessary information in an easy-to-read guide that will assist the reader in the research, planning and set-up of their ideal daycare program. A clear definition of "licensed daycare" and alternative programs will enable the reader to focus on the development of a program that is compatible with his or her ideas.