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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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Running the Payday Race at Your Preschool?

Race to the Finish LineCross the Finish Line with Direct Deposit

You know the routine. It’s payday at your preschool or child care business, but it feels like “race day” both for you and your staff. As the owner or director you’re pressing to get payroll checks calculated, while your staff is antsy about hurrying to the bank to deposit their earnings.

Wouldn’t you like to stop racing around and create a win-win situation for everyone? It’s easier than you think! By finding the right tool to streamline the process of doing payroll and handling direct deposit for your employees, you’ll cross the finish line without even running the race. Continue reading

Daycare Payroll: 2011 Tax Changes

2011 changes coming…

With Federal Social Security changes on the way, you have peace of mind knowing that Daycare Payroll from Procare Software® will handle these changes with ease.  Each year, new tax table formulas are offered for download shortly after the beginning of the year. Procare makes these changes available as soon as possible once we can confirm the final settings from each state and the federal government. In many cases state and federal regulations are not finalized until the very last minute. Continue reading

New Payroll Software for Daycare

Still processing payroll checks by hand for your child care, daycare or preschool? Or perhaps you’re already using Child Care Management Software to simplify your daycare payroll. No matter how you handle payroll now, things are just about to get better, much better.

Procare Software® is pleased to announce the imminent release of the next generation of payroll software specifically designed for your child care business. Procare v10 Payroll is just around the corner. For those of you already using version 9 you’ll be pleased with new features like the ability to add reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses and for those of you using another method, or outside payroll service, you’ll save both time and money processing payroll yourself. Continue reading

Child Care Payroll: Minimum Wage Rises July 24

CB067456The U.S. Federal Minimum Wage rises July 24, 2009 to $7.25 per hour. If your State Minimum Wage is already higher than that it won’t directly affect your child care business. For those of you who need to implement the change you may find that some employees will have part of their next paycheck at the old hourly rate and part of it at the new rate. Continue reading

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