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Learning to Back Up Your Daycare Database

Teenager Backing Up CarWhen you’re learning to drive, you take precautions backing up. You glance in the mirror, crane your neck for a better view, and gently ease your foot on the pedal. You’re careful not to bump the orange cone to ensure you’ll pass the driving test.

At first it takes practice, but soon those steps become second nature as you develop good driving habits.

Taking precautions with the database on the computer at your child care center is an important habit too. You’ve spent untold hours keeping child and family records up to date with payments, attendance, meal counts and more.

If the unthinkable were to happen: your hard drive crashes, your laptop is dropped or stolen, your computer gets a nasty virus, is fried by lightning or simply rusts in place — what would you do? Okay, that last one is pretty unlikely, but you get the point.

If you follow the recommendations in this article, you’ll have a quick, easy, confident answer. Continue reading

Be Prepared, Not Alarmed

Fire AlarmIt’s so easy to take technology for granted. We assume we’ll be able to look up whatever we need on our computers, smart phones and tablet devices. So what happens when your computer isn’t working, your internet connection is down, or the power goes out completely? It’s sure to happen sooner or later, but don’t pull that alarm just yet. The answer, as any Boy Scout will tell you, is to be prepared.

What does that mean for your child care business? How do you create an “Emergency Management Plan” to keep you running even when your high-tech gadgets are on the fritz? Well, that’s what we’ll attempt to answer in today’s post, specifically with regards to key information stored in your Child Care Management Software.

There are a number of possible things that might help, depending on the situation. Let’s start with the basics. Continue reading

Schedule Backups for Your Daycare Database

Oh no… my computer crashed! NOW what do I do?

You tap a key and the computer just sits there… nothing.  You reboot, but it never comes back to life.  Then you get a sinking feeling in your gut… you’ve been meaning to back up your data, but just keep forgetting, or haven’t had the time.

There’s no doubt recovering from a computer crash can be a nightmare, especially if you’ve lost data you rely on to run your child care, daycare or preschool.  Fortunately Procare Software® now provides a great tool to help protect your business critical information.

Of course if you’re using the Procare Data Hosting Service backups are handled automatically as part of the service. And, if you use your own SQL Server, backups are managed by your IT staff outside of Procare. Continue reading

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