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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

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Procare Software: Top 5 Articles for 2012

HourglassAs 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

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Measure Full-Time Equivalency at Your Preschool

Steady Beat of the MetronomeIf 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

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7 Tips for Back to School

Child Going Back to SchoolHow 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.

To help, we’ve put together seven tips for getting the most from Procare Software during the busy times that always come with the back-to-school season. Continue reading

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Run Your Daycare from Anywhere

Message in a BottleSending 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.

But when it comes to managing your child care business, you’ll want a secure and reliable way to connect to your Family Data and Family Accounting information from home, at work or on the go.

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.

 

 

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