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Who’s in control, you or the center?

With Procare, there's no need to struggle

Are you working hard to run your center or is your center working you hard?

What I mean is that many directors often tell us about the work they pour into their center every day. But, in the chaos of everything going on around you, ideas of growing your business take a back seat when it’s a struggle to just maintain. We all know that a well-run center requires a lot of time and energy to run smoothly and profitably. That’s where you come in…

Before you arrive in the morning, your day is already booked. Immediately you are busy greeting parents, posting checks, juggling staff, and managing accounting. Before you know it, you’ve skipped lunch or perhaps you’re picking up toys and wiping down counters so you can go home. With time so short, you may even find yourself working when you should be playing. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to look into automating your center with a software solution that as unique as you and your center.

The best child care management system provides an all-in-one solution. It allows you to do away with confusing spreadsheets, generic financial software, clipboards and bank deposits.It helps you easily manage child and family data, attendance tracking, parent communications, staff hours, child/teacher ratios and more. And, it’s all-inclusive with check-in solutions and door security. Once you start collecting tuition electronically, you’ll say goodbye to late payments forever—all with just a few clicks!
Andy Spliethof
VP Creative Services
Procare Software

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Child Care News

Here are some recent national headlines for the all-important Child Care Industry.

tucker-newsboyGood News about Pest Control at Child Care Centers

A survey was taken by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) in 2008 and 2013, asking questions about pest problems that child care centers have been dealing with. Though the types of pests (ants, spiders, stinging insects and rodents) have remained unchanged, the methods to deal with them are much healthier, and parents are being notified more consistently.

Emotional Trust Funds for Children

A new concept on raising children mindfully and looking towards their future has come about. Much like a financial trust fund, where cash, stocks, bonds and property are involved, an emotional trust fund includes crucial elements dedicated toward a child’s future success . Nannies and child care centers are like the “stocks” of an emotional trust fund, key players that help to mold a child’s future. Choices made in the early years are extremely important and can make the difference in a child’s success as they develop.

Center Literacy—Don’t Forget about your Educators

You may be surprised to learn that as many as 1 million state-licensed early childhood educators are at-risk for functional illiteracy. According to Valerie Strauss, from the Washington Post, center educator’s reading and writing skills are inadequate to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading beyond a basic level.

Janet Brien
Procare Marketing Dept.

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How to Compare Child Care & Daycare Software

scalesHow do I find the best child care and daycare software program for my needs?
Choosing child care management software is an important investment of your time and financial resources. It requires research and careful consideration of the following items:

  1. Define your Goals: Which administrative tasks do you want to tackle? What parts of your center need improvement and streamlining? How can software simplify the management of your business?
  2. Features: Based on your goals, ensure the software includes the most essential modules and can grow with your business… Family Data, Family Accounting, Attendance Tracking and Employee Data are basic essentials which should be included in any package.
  3. Pricing: Make an educated choice based on value not just price. The smart decision will be the one that meets your goals and yields a return on your investment. Does the software include functionality to save time, money and  improve operational processes? Be sure to get a complete understanding of cost, fees and contract obligations.
  4. Consultation: Knowledgeable software consultants will help you determine how you’ll benefit from automation. Being experienced with daycare and child care management issues, including billing and accounting, your consultant should clearly understand your goals and needs.

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Infographic: What’s so great about Preschool?

Blocks that spell "Prechool"As those of you who work in the child care business know, there are many advantages to preschool. Some of those are evident early on, such as interaction with peers, sharing, and learning to get along with others. Of course the activities are wonderful learning experiences too, from arts and crafts to music, to story time; the list goes on and on.

However, some advantages are not recognized until much later in life. For example, children who attend preschool are 20% more likely to graduate from high school. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as this clever infographic, called The Perks of Preschool (courtesy of EducationNews.org) shows. Continue reading

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New Year Procedures for Child Care Business

Child Celebrating New Year's DayHow did you celebrate the start of the year? Perhaps you had colorful noisemakers and party hats to mark the occasion.

But now that the calendar has made its annual transition from December into January, it’s time to be thinking of new year tasks for your child care business.

To help answer your typical end-of-year and new year questions, we’re offering a free webinar called “Start the Year Right with Procare”. If you’re currently using Procare Software and have accounting information entered for the last year, you’ll want to attend this session which is offered multiple times throughout January.

We’ll cover Family Accounting tasks, like end-of-year statements for parents, as well as holiday hours and W2s for employees, overall financial reports, and setting beginning balances for the new year.

For details see our previous Article on How to Start the Year or Sign Up for the Start the Year Webinar.

Best wishes for a successful and happy new year, and until next time, cheers!

-Phil

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If you have questions or comments about this article (or suggestions for another article) I’d be pleased to hear from you. Drop me a note at phil@procaresoftware.com.

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