Most childcare programs are required by an array of agencies to prove themselves daily as a value to the community. Providing such evidence is time-consuming and can be fraught with errors.
The federal government distributed around $30 billion (with a “B”) for child nutrition programs for the 2018 fiscal year. $14 billion of that was for the National School Lunch Program. Unfortunately, the USDA reported improper payments to all four programs, including WIC, SFSP, SNAP, and the lunch program to the tune of $1.8 billion in that same fiscal year.
Providing childcare is very different from managing a business. If you have decided to open your own daycare, preschool, or other childcare business or facility, you could probably use some help.
One of the most useful features of cloud-based childcare management software is the ability to monitor staff and student activities in one place. School administrators need to be able to keep an eye on staff and monitor student progress, all while being able to coordinate different school and program schedules.
A frequent complaint of school districts is not having enough time. Childcare professionals are consistently bogged down with daily repetitive administrative tasks. They also multitask by handling financial and scheduling duties as well. Micromanagement leaves administrators with little to no time to oversee childcare development and institute district protocols and directives.
Every child deserves healthy meals and proper nourishment. This is the fuel they need to process and learn new things every day. However, students must also have meals with essential vitamins and minerals. These are vital for boosting energy levels, especially when studying or working on assignments.
Communication is the lifeline of daycares, schools, and afterschool programs. School administrators and teachers must be able to stay in touch with parents at all times, especially when it comes to weather-related closures and schedules for holiday breaks. The last thing educational venues need is recurring communication issues due to dropped calls or other digital obstacles.
Businesses have always tried to do more with less. Unfortunately, trying to do more with fewer people at your childcare center is often a recipe for error and lost documentation — not to mention the need to generate, complete, file, and store paper childcare forms.
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.
The childcare industry has been on a roller-coaster ride for well over a year. In many cities, some centers closed entirely while new ones opened. Parents going back to the office want to find quality childcare but are hindered by the churn.