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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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The Child Care Manager’s Checklist

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Being a child care director is both a challenging and exceptionally rewarding job. The nuances of combining physical care and education in a nurturing environment require a special person, because there is so much to do. We honor professionals, like you, who make a difference every day.

We’ve created a mini-checklist for many of the management tasks in your center. See which ones apply to you.
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Easiest Diaper Change Ever!

Diaper Dipper - Instant Diaper ChangesIntroducing the all-new Diaper Dipper® !
A revolutionary product from the people who brought you SaniBaby® .

We all know the messy routine of the changing table. Do you spend a large part of your day changing diapers? It’s time to put an end to “hands-on” diaper changes in your child care center or preschool.

Recognizing the need, the practical thinkers in the Research and Development Department at Procare Software started at the bottom to create the ultimate solution—a convenient, speedy and economical way to handle even the most complicated diaper changes. Continue reading

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4 Tips to Grow Your Child Care Enrollment

Preschool Boy in Field of CloverLying in a field of clover on a sunny spring day is the perfect way to spend a carefree afternoon—but if you’re waiting for a lucky four-leaf clover to increase enrollment at your preschool, you may be in for a surprise.

Enrollment gains aren’t based on luck. They require focus on marketing your child care business and effectively communicating with potential families. Lucky for you though, it’s easy to do when using Procare Child Care Management Software and following these 4 tips to grow your enrollment. Continue reading

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