As the hourglass winds down on 2012, I’d like to thank you, our loyal readers in the child care field, for helping the Procare Software blog to have a record year in 2012. With over 76,000 visits (208 each day) our annual viewership has more than doubled since our first post back in 2008.
A traditional way to end the year is to highlight the most popular posts over the past twelve months. I know I’m always curious to see which articles you found most interesting and helpful. Perhaps you’re curious too?
So here they are, in reverse order, the TOP FIVE articles for 2012. Continue reading
If you’ve ever played piano or most any musical instrument, you may be familiar with the metronome. It’s used to help you keep in time with the music; that is, to play at a steady tempo and consistent pace.
Likewise, Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) is a way to help your child care business keep each classroom filled in a steady and predictable way.
The beauty of FTE is that it allows you to compare classrooms in a reliable manner, regardless of the types of programs offered. This is possible because FTE uses a single measurement to account for schedule variations, like full-day, part-day, or before and after school.
Here’s how it works. One child with a full-time, 5 day a week schedule would have a FTE of 1.0. Two children each scheduled half days, all week long, would have an FTE of 0.5 each, but combined they would also have an FTE value of 1.0. In other words, together they would be equivalent to one full-time child. Continue reading
How can your Child Care Management Software help you prepare for the start of the school year? Well, computers are not so good at decorating the bulletin board, organizing the block-play center or straightening the reading nook, but they can streamline administrative tasks so you have more time to get your lesson plans ready and classrooms in order.
Sending a message in a bottle could be the only means of communication when you’re stranded on a deserted island, but it may take a while to hear back from civilization. Depending on the circumstances, that may be just fine with you. Sometimes we need to unplug for a while.
There are several ways to remotely access your child care database. The best option, for your situation, depends on what you’ll want to do remotely and how many people need to be connected at the same time.
With the current economy, maintaining a stable and profitable enrollment base, as well as an updated and active waiting list, are key ingredients to the prosperity of your child care, daycare or preschool. Maintaining records to track the success of various advertising campaigns, new contacts generated, referral sources, and how many contacts move on to become customers, are all important ingredients to successful growth.
In today’s post, we’ll take a look at using Procare Software® to track these items so owners and directors can reliably see results.
Track Marketing Sources
Procare includes a very powerful database that can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, extending way beyond the scope of daily child care management. One of these is a Customer Relationship Management database, or CRM.
Set Up Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Create the marketing items you wish to track. From Procare Home screen go to Configuration > System > Database Management > Tracking Items & User Defined Fields. See: How to Set Up Tracking Continue reading