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An Overview of Federal Funding Sources for Afterschool Programs

Posted by EZChildTrack Team 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 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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What Challenges Do Grant-Funded Afterschool Programs Face?

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Dec 27, 2019 12:15:00 PM

There is no doubt that afterschool programs are beneficial to students, parents, and the community. However, many programs are supported by grants and, while it has always been challenging to run an afterschool program in many areas of the country, grant-funded programs seem to struggle the most.

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

Posted by EZChildTrack Team 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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Expedite Afterschool Program Reporting With EZReports

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Dec 18, 2019 3:12:22 PM

Afterschool programs must keep complete and accurate records to show their value to the community and to obtain grants such as those from the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Without the records, they would be unable to retain funding or attract students. 

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The Three R's for School - Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in Your Childcare Facility

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Nov 21, 2019 5:18:48 PM

Ever since the days of “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute,” the environmental movement has found ways to include children in the campaign to clean up our Earth. Reducing paper use is one of the easiest and most visible activities young children can understand and participate in. 

Besides teaching your students about the value of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, saving paper in your childcare center means you save money and a few thousand trees. Below are some ways to save paper in your childcare center beyond using found paper objects in art activities.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Childcare Management System

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Nov 6, 2019 3:45:20 PM

Running any business without the help of technology is nearly impossible in this day and age. The question now is how to get the most out of your technical solution. For childcare, parental expectations and the need to streamline operations require a quality childcare management system that provides the tools needed to run your business.

Getting the most out of your childcare management system means taking a close look at your operations and processes, determining what problems the software can help you resolve, and taking the time to customize the various applications to your specific childcare operation.

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How to Effectively Communicate With Parents

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Oct 23, 2019 11:34:24 AM

More than Mozart, Little Einsteins, and Sesame Street, communicating effectively with parents has a positive impact on early childhood success. When you and a child’s Mom or Dad are on the same page, that child will continue learning at home what you taught at childcare. Mom and Dad trust that you have the best interests of their child at heart. And you have greater insight into each child.

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How Afterschool Software Can Save You Time and Money

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Oct 16, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Afterschool programs provide a host of benefits to the school, the community, and most importantly, the students who attend. They provide a safe place for children with access to teachers, tutors, and enrichment programs. Parents have the peace-of-mind knowing their children are in good hands until they come home from work. Communities benefit from lower crime rates and a well-rounded, educated population.

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How to Market Your Childcare Center to Millennial Parents

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Aug 28, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Did you know that Millennials are now the largest generation on Earth? There are 80 million in the U.S. alone. Not only that, but 82% of new parents are Millennials. This fact is vital to your marketing plans because this generation is unique in so many ways. 

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Hassle-Free Tuition Collection for Your Childcare Center

Posted by EZChildTrack Team on Aug 21, 2019 10:04:00 AM

 

Tuition payments are what make your childcare center go ‘round. But taking care of billing, invoicing, payment receipt and processing, plus keeping track of penalties can take a lot of time and effort. 

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