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Summer is here—there’s no better time!

How much time will you save in your child care center?

lemonadeProcare Software® helps child care professionals across the country save 40+ hours per month of administrative duties they were doing manually. With quicker access to information, point-and-click reporting and built-in processing, Procare helps you easily manage your center and analyze important staff and child information in seconds—giving you the time to develop your business and focus on the children.  

Features include:

  • Succinct tracking of enrollment and schedules
  • Immunization updates
  • Quickly post child tuition fees
  • Automatically collect tuition payments
  • Print/email statements and balance notifications
  • Communicate with parents and employees via messages at check-in, email or text blasts
  • Maintain logs for incident reports and milestones
  • Deposit reports and end-of-year tax statements
  • Roll call and sign in/out sheets, birthday reports, waiting lists, classroom ratios
  • Automated check-in for parents and employees
  • Accurate time card records and calculations
  • Let parents pay at check-in or online
  • And so much more!

The new school year is coming!

With the new school year coming up soon, now is the best opportunity to get going with your new system.. Financing is available to work easily within your budget. Please contact Procare at 800-338-3884 or visit us online.

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Mythbusters: Fingerprint Check-In for Child Care

Child Walking in SnowThere’s something special about snow. Maybe it’s the crunch, crunch under your feet, the fun of making a snowball or the pure beauty of it covering the hillsides. But there’s something else too. Something that is fascinating to consider—that no two snowflakes are alike.

Like snowflakes, each of our fingerprints is unique and that makes fingerprint recognition an ideal way to confirm a person’s identity. It’s much better than an ID card (which can be lost or stolen) or a PIN and password you have to remember. But when it comes to having parents check their children in, some people have concerns about using their fingerprint. Continue reading

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Daycare Centers Turn to Biometrics

Biometric Check-In for Childcare, Daycare or PreschoolWe are excited to announce that software consultant Shawna DeVore was mentioned in the July 24th edition of USA Today! The article also features long-time Procare customers Playhouse Child Care Center in Sartell, MN and The Learning Curve in Gilbert, AZ.

See USA Today article: Daycare Centers Turn to Biometrics

That’s all for today. Until next time, cheers!

-Phil

P.S. A similar story was reported by WFMY News of Greeensboro, NC. See: Day Care Centers Increase Security with Biometric Technology

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Plan “B” for Your Child Care Check In Station

Mom Checking InMaybe the Check In station at your daycare center or preschool has temporarily failed, or you don’t even have a Check In station at all. What is your “plan B” strategy for an alternate way to record attendance times for children if a Check In computer is not available? Computers can be down for a variety of reasons and it’s a good idea to have a strategy in place at those times, to reduce stress and keep your workflow going smoothly. With Procare Software® and the Attendance Tracker program you have a nifty alternate way to get kids checked in or out using the Receptionist feature. All you need is a working Procare computer available and a staff person to operate it. The Receptionist will let you quickly record times with the authorized person’s initials and the current date and time. Continue reading

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How to Track Child Care Certifications and Trainings

Are your employees current on their CPR class? How many CE (Continuing Ed) hours does your staff have so far this year? Child care centers must know that employees are keeping up with periodic continuing education hours and health-and-safety certifications to provide high quality care for children.

It can be difficult to stay up to date on the child care certification and training requirements for each member of your staff, as well as how frequently they must be renewed. This is one area where child care management software can be valuable for your daycare center, after school program or preschool.

Child Care Employees

Tracking Child Care Certifications and Training  

Employee Data Software from Procare lets you track those types of requirements and training hours. To track employee certifications and continuing education hours, you can use either the Employee Requirements or Benefit Hours features, or both, depending on your situation.

Tracking Certifications with Requirements or Benefit Hours

Requirements are recorded much like immunization tracking. They may be a one-time or recurring event, such as a CPR certification. Benefit Hours, on the other hand, are entered on the Employee Time Card. They may be totaled based on the Benefit Code you assign, like “Training”.  Using benefit hours is appropriate if you need to know the number of training hours (during specific dates) for each employee.

Using a Requirement

An example of a requirement might be a CPR certification renewal that occurs every 3 years. You would simply record the date the requirement was met. The Requirements Due report will include only staff who are near or past the required expiration date.

Sample Requirements Due report

Using Benefit Hours

Recording training hours in the Employee Time Card lets you report specific hours for a certain date range. A quick way to post training hours is to enter them through the Batch Post Time Card feature. Once recorded, you can run benefit code reports grouped and totaled by the code (or the employee) for the period selected.

Bonus Tip: To track hours based on the employee’s hire date, create Employee Tracking items to match each hire month.  When you run reports, you can filter them by selecting only the hire month you’re interested in viewing.

 

Sample Benefit Hours Report By Employee

Sample Benefit Hours Report By Benefit Code

Keep in mind that you can use both of these methods together to give you the most flexibility in tracking your employee training and certification requirements!

Final Thoughts

To run a successful child care center, you need a staff that meets the training and education requirements of your center, as well as the various regulations required by the state. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of caring for children and forget when there is a training deadline coming up.

In order to complete child care certifications on time, child care centers need a consolidated view of each employee’s training status. The Employee Data module from Procare allows daycare centers, preschools, and after school programs to monitor these requirements seamlessly, ensuring the best child care experience.

Learn more about managing employee information and certifications with child care management software.  

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