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Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas is the President of ThomasKelly Software Associates. ThomasKelly specializes in cloud-based products, including EZChildTrack, for the education and social services domains.
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Helping Kids Navigate Change as a Childcare Provider

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Oct 15, 2021 11:30:00 AM

COVID-19 both put the brakes on many children’s lives and created a world of ever-expanding change. The last two years have been overwhelming for everyone, but children have fewer tools to help them make sense of everything.

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Childcare Funding: COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on May 20, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Over half of childcare providers reported losing money by staying open during the pandemic. Just under half reported taking on debt using a personal credit card to pay for supplies and other necessities. 

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Finding Financial Assistance for Childcare

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Mar 11, 2021 10:22:41 PM

Many parents struggle to pay for childcare. It has long been a cliche that parents need childcare so they can work. Yet, a substantial part of earnings is spent on that very childcare — up to 10 percent or more of the average parent's household income. 

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Strategies for Communicating with Parents

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Mar 11, 2021 6:15:06 PM

Parents are trusting you with a precious family member who will be going through many milestones and changes that the parents won't see. They want to know that you are ready to take care of everything and able to help them relive some of those experiences.

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Preparing Your Childcare Center for the End of the Year

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Dec 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Amidst all the holiday art projects and class parties, you need to take some time to prepare your childcare center for the end of the year. As a business owner, you are responsible for more than your basic income tax preparation. Several areas are requiring your attention right about now.

Let's dive in.

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Online Learning Tips For Parents: How to Help Your Child Succeed

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Nov 18, 2020 3:59:59 PM

While parents have always been partners in their children’s education, this year has required working together with educators more than ever before. Children who face online learning still need plenty of engagement from the adults around them to receive the full value of school lessons.

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Leading Your Childcare Center Through a Crisis

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on May 14, 2020 2:37:07 PM

The pandemic hit hard and fast, but as a small business owner and expert childcare provider, you need to lead through this crisis. While the world didn’t quite tilt on its axis, everyone is still scrambling to get their feet back under them.

Leading your childcare center through a crisis isn’t easy, but running a business and taking care of children isn’t easy either. You’ve got this. 

Here are some tips and tools to help you along on your leadership journey.

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Communicating With Parents During COVID-19 Closures

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Apr 22, 2020 3:19:11 PM

COVID-19 has caused widespread closures of many businesses, including childcare, summer camps, and afterschool care. Communicating with families is crucial for maintaining relationships and ensuring everyone is receiving accurate information about hours of operation, length of the closure, and how they can receive future communications. 

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An Overview of Federal Funding Sources for Afterschool Programs

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Dec 30, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Federal funding is a major resource for afterschool programs in the United States. One of the most extensive programs, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative, has been under fire in recent years by an administration intent on cutting educational funding programs. 

While federal funding isn’t the only resource for afterschool grants, it has the broadest impact. Many communities rely on it, especially in financially disadvantaged areas. Both rural and urban youth populations need a safe place to be in the afterschool hours. Research shows these programs decrease crime in the area as well as improve student achievement.

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Making Your List and Checking It Twice: End of Year Business

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on Dec 23, 2019 11:15:00 AM

The Christmas holidays aren't the only thing to think about this time of year if you are a business owner. It's also time to close the business books and get ready for the New Year. Most of what you need to do is financial in nature.

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