The Childcare Microenterprise Program at the International Institute of New Hampshire (IINH) celebrated its first graduation on Friday, March 29, 2013. Congratulations to the graduates on their successful completion of the program!
The Childcare Microenterprise Program provides refugees with the skills and training required to start a licensed childcare business in their homes. The program offers up to 60 hours of instruction in:
- Financial literacy
- Business operation
- Health & safety
- English as a second language for childcare providers
- CPR and First Aid certification
During the six weeks of training, refugee students were able to learn from local educators, including the Manchester Fire and Health Departments, the New England Poison Center, the Small Business Administration and many others who spoke about creating a successful childcare business.
At the ceremony, the twenty-two graduates received certificates of completion from IINH program staff, including Program Coordinator Erin Morrell and Microenterprise Development Specialist Jane Skantze. Two student speakers spoke about their experiences in the program and their hopes for the future. The ceremony was followed by a potluck of international dishes prepared by the students themselves.
The next Childcare Microenterprise Program session is scheduled to start in late Spring and is accepting applications on a rolling basis. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.