Jackrabbit Care’s Efficiencies Help Owner Keep Pace with Her Center’s Growth

Angie Dutch’s APEC Learning Center was in growth mode when she began looking for a software management system that would allow for the changes associated with going from 4 sites to 9. Several systems that Angie trialed wouldn’t work for her because they weren’t web-based. Then Angie discovered Jackrabbit Care and found that it gave her everything necessary for managing her business and its growth – including three critical capabilities that Angie considers to be game-changers.

  1. Tracking revenue is the only way Angie can easily understand how much more she can do. Jackrabbit Care’s features enable Angie to see everything critical to her decision making and to reduce previously location-based processes to a single corporate-wide posting process.
  2. Being able to sit in one place and manage all nine locations keeps Angie out of her car and in complete control. Jackrabbit Care’s web-based format and single database structure gives Angie a unified “corporate” view and hands-on access to every detail about every location.
  3. Communicating effectively with parents and staff boosts the quality of services that Angie’s centers provide. Jackrabbit provides tools that Angie to be direct and detailed in communicating with everyone just as quick and easy as communicating with small groups or individuals.

“The pace of our growth never could have continued without Jackrabbit Care. Without it, managing our growth would have been overwhelming. Automating processes – such as APEC’s  enrollment – have been fantastic in freeing up staff for more meaningful tasks.”

A great example of how much efficiency Jackrabbit Care’s online registration delivers is the change in impact of the open house events that APEC once used to enroll students. As many as 400 enrollments would come in during one open house. The weekend following the open house was a totally chaotic marathon of data entry and class organization. After offering online registration, enrollment during the open house wasn’t even necessary. Parents do all the data entry. Staff just watches classes fill up.

Jackrabbit Care also helped APEC make quite an impression on the state’s “Bright from the Start” program that inspects and licenses child care centers to operate in paperless mode. Because of the accuracy, efficiency and security of Jackrabbit’s processes, APEC was quickly approved to be paper file free.

“Jackrabbit Care is the reason that we can be paperless. We save time, money and space. Parents love the online options and we’re kinder to the environment. Jackrabbit Care’s reports also make it easy for me to quickly pull reports that are required to maintain some of our location’s childcare subsidies.”

APEC Learning Center | 739 students |9 locations | Angie Dutch, Founder/CEO | www.apecprep.com

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