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Managing Bus Runs for After School Programs

Upside Down School BusDoes keeping track of bus runs leave you feeling upside down? With the school year under way, you may find yourself needing a better way to record the time groups of children get on or off the bus. This is especially true if your child care or preschool offers before and after school programs for older children.

It’s easy to straighten out arrival and departure times of school-age children when using a child care management system like Procare Software. Continue reading

Here Comes the Bus: Before & After School Hours

Children Waiting for School BusPretty soon the school buses will be rolling again. Perhaps they already are in your area. That likely means your child care business will be busy with school-age children in a variety of before and after school programs.

The thing is, when a large group of children arrive or depart at once, how do you efficiently track their time and attendance? The bus arrives, the children hop off and you need to get the entire bus load checked in, pronto! Have no fear, Procare is here with a number of easy to use options.

Sign In Basics

The most basic way to record child arrival and departure times is with a simple bus run sheet. You can print them out and have the bus driver or other staff person mark who is being picked up or dropped off. Continue reading

Handling Secondary Classrooms

A few months ago we looked at Tracking Multiple Classrooms with child schedules and tracking items for your child care, preschool or daycare center using  Procare Software®.  This article provides more detail on using Child Tracking categories for secondary classrooms with either Procare’s standard Tracking Reports or building customized views with the Data Viewer feature. Continue reading

After School Bus Run Lists

If you manage a before and after school program or provide transportation for your child care center, daycare or preschool you’ll likely need to generate a list of children who ride each bus or van, otherwise known as a bus run list or bus roster.

In this article we’ll explain how Procare Software® may be used to keep track of which children ride each bus and to easily generate bus run lists. You may also be interested in a previous article offering Free, Printable Bus Run Sheets.      Continue reading

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