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Automating Your Child Care Center

Road Sign: Automation Just AheadAs a child care provider, your primary goals are to offer a quality learning experience and loving care to the children at your center. Too often, however, time-consuming administrative tasks can divert your attention from these goals.

By automating the record keeping at your early childhood program or preschool, you can regain time to focus on the children. There are many advantages to automation, including accuracy and efficiency, as well as saving time and money.

When thinking about how to best automate management tasks at your center, you’ll want to consider a number of factors…. Continue reading

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5 Meal Tracking Tips for Your Child Care

Boy with School LunchIf your child care, daycare or preschool participates in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), you’re more than familiar with meal counts. You’ve got to track eligibility level (like free, reduced and above scale) as well as the age and date of birth of children. You’ll also want to keep up to date on reimbursement rates and requirements, such as correctly reporting meals claimed, which is not necessarily the same as meals served.

It can be a lot to keep track of, especially if you’re still recording meal counts by hand or on a basic spreadsheet.

With that in mind, here are 5 tips to help you track meals at your child care center. Continue reading

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Kid Friendly Recipe – Pizza Sticks!

Boy ready to eat a pizzaHere’s a fun and easy recipe that all the kids are sure to enjoy. I don’t know about the kids in your care, but my kids at home love pizza. They don’t care if its homemade, out of a box, or from a pizza parlor, they just go gaga for it. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share this fun and easy pizza stick recipe that’s sure to be a hit with your crowd.

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CACFP Classroom Meal Counts

Recently the following question about Meal Counts for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) arrived by email to ProCare Technical Support

“Why would one whole class of children not show up on Meal Count Reports when I have already processed meal counts for all classrooms at once?” 

This symptom is likely due to having created a new classroom without setting up the Meal Times for that class.   Continue reading

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How to Count Children in Active Families

Another good question recently came into our ProCare Tech Support email: 

When I do a “Count” of Active families, the number seems to include siblings who have previously withdrawn. Is there a way to exclude withdrawn siblings so the Active count displays only the number of children who are currently enrolled? 

It turns out this is a fairly common question; one to which there are a couple of different solutions.

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