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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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Summer Vacations & Childcare Management

Bear Visiting CampgroundAh, summer vacations. Everyone has their favorite type of getaway. My family tends to like camping, especially near the beach. And although we’ve never come face to face with a bear, we certainly have had our share of run-ins with raccoons, squirrels and an assortment of feathered friends.

Many of the campgrounds at which we like to stay require reservations months in advance. Hopefully, the families and staff at your childcare center, daycare or preschool are letting you know their vacation plans ahead of time too. That’s good information, so you can plan ahead, but what do you do with it? How do you keep track of planned vacations for family and staff, as well as issue vacation credits to your families?

While researching topics for today’s post, I discovered we have covered vacation related items in the past. But, since they have tended to be written as separate, individual posts, there was not an easy way to find all the information in one place. For your convenience, I’ve assembled a short description of each vacation topic with a link to a more detailed article.  Continue reading

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Classroom Forecasting – Sunny with a Chance of Savings!

Johnny Carson as Carnac the MagnificentWould you like to know how many teachers you need in a classroom in the future? Perhaps you want to predict an upcoming vacancy in the Butterflies room? Using the schedule reporting features of Procare Software® you can be your own Carnac the Magnificent and “divine the answer…” !

Setting Up Schedules

First you’ll want to enter your Classroom Ratios.  Then you’ll set up Child Schedules and Employee Schedules as well – in order to forecast accurate staffing needs to meet your child/teacher ratios. You can even use multi-line day schedules if children or employees switch rooms during the day, like a preschooler scheduled in the preschool room from 8:30 am to 11:30 am who then moves to the Bluebirds room from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Track Employee Training and Certifications

Is Marjorie current on her CPR class? How many CE (Continuing Ed) hours does Elizabeth have so far this year?  Childcare centers must know that employees are keeping up with periodic continuing education hours and  health-and-safety related certifications.  Fortunately, Employee Data Software from  Procare lets you track just those types of requirements and training hours.

What are the options?

You can use either the Employee Requirements or Benefit Hours features, or both, depending on your situation. Continue reading

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Provider Appreciation Day

providerappflyer2009-logo1The annual Provider Appreciation Day is quickly approaching. May 8th, 2009, will be the day to recognize and celebrate child care providers everywhere!

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