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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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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

Daycare Payroll – Federal Tax Table Changes

coinsPer IRS Notice 1036 the amount to withhold from payroll checks for U.S. Federal Income Tax has changed effective immediately. The changes also affect the Earned Income Tax Credit. The IRS asks employers to begin using these tables as soon as possible but no later than April 1, 2009.

For those of you using Procare as your Daycare Payroll Software you’ll be pleased to know the changes are available right away by downloading a tax table update.

Just follow these simple steps:

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Do your own Daycare Payroll and Save

Daycare Payroll ChecksMy recent post on Efficient Scheduling of Daycare Staff got me thinking about other ways to economize on payroll expenditures. If you are currently outsourcing your payroll check calculations you should seriously consider doing your own Daycare Payroll. It’s much easier than you might think and will save you money every pay period by not having to cut a check to your payroll service. If you are currently spending $50 to $100 per month or more on a payroll service you’ll easily recoup your software investment in just a short time.  Continue reading

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