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Mike Arndt, Christ Church Children’s Center
“The cloud was a big selling point for the church administration. It gave them tremendous confidence in the integrity and dependability of the system and our data and in our ability to access information – or even fire off processes – when out of the office. I have more confidence in the quality of our operations and our ability to improve our services.”
Angie Dutch, APEC Learning Center
“The pace of our growth never could have continued without Jackrabbit Care and it would have been overwhelming to manage. Automating processes – such as APEC’s enrollment – have been fantastic in freeing up staff for more meaningful tasks.”
Barbara Bone, Child Educational Center
“Jackrabbit handles the details of all of our complexities without the need for me to get manually involved. I’m not what I’d define as computer savvy – more like computer aware – but it didn’t take me long to establish a good level of proficiency with the system.”
Kathy Schaeffer, Kathy’s Child Care
“Using Jackrabbit Care has made managing my child care much more enjoyable. I find myself with more time to spend in the activities that drew me to open this facility. I spend less time in the administrative cycles of my business but I know more about it than I ever have before.”
Customer Success Stories
“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.”
“These processes were very time consuming without Jackrabbit because I had to add and subtract each one or manually apply them. I wouldn’t believe the time savings if I hadn’t experienced it for myself.”
“I’m not what I’d define as computer savvy – more like computer aware – but it didn’t take me long to establish a good level of proficiency with the system.”
“I can actually get away from my desk and have meaningful interaction with students, teachers and parents. The feeling of renewed freedom in my own facility is amazing. Improving what we do is definitely data driven. When I know more about my business, I see awesome changes in the way we are able to serve our families. And helping parents to be more knowledgeable about their child’s care gives them more confidence in what we do on a daily basis for them and their child.”
How Jackrabbit Can Benefit Your Preschool
Running a successful preschool takes dedication, passion, and skill. Not only do you need to be prepared to interact with your staff members, your students, and their families, you also have to stay organized. That means staying on top of enrollment, student records, billing and payments, and a whole host of other paperwork. Fortunately, the team at Jackrabbit is ready and willing to help you. With Jackrabbit’s state-of-the-art and user-friendly classroom management software systems, you can take your preschool to the next level.
Jackrabbit Can Facilitate Improved Parent Interactions
The online parent portal feature gives parents an efficient way to contact you to set up meetings or communicate with you. They can also use this method to register or make payments anytime of day or night with the convenience of their electronic devices. If any student information needs to be updated, they can use the parent portal to take care of that too. It’s a great time-saver for parents and preschool administrators alike.
Jackrabbit Can Help You Manage Billing and Payments More Effectively
You don’t have to worry about accidentally losing track of billing due dates for different preschool families any longer with Jackrabbit. Our system will put all of that information at your fingertips. You can use it to accept different forms of payment, increasing parents’ payment options. With our online bill paying feature, you’ll make it easier for parents to get you their payments, which may help you see a reduction in the number of parents making late payments. Jackrabbit also has a feature for split family billing for children from split families.
Jackrabbit Can Help You Keep Track of Attendance More Easily
You can quickly and accurately record both employee work hours and student attendance with Jackrabbit’s convenient online check-in/out feature. By using a PIN you’ll have a clear record of the time a student or staff member arrives and leaves each day. Instead of using a pen and paper to record this information and then have to manually enter it into a computer later, this option saves you from having to record the same information twice.
Jackrabbit Can Keep Track of All Sorts of Helpful Information
Whether it’s student addresses, bus or transportation lists, current enrollment, waiting lists, immunization records, emergency contacts, photographs of students, or birthdays, Jackrabbit has a way to record all of this information and more. Not only will you be able to access these relevant details from your electronic device, but you can also make any notations, adjustments, or deletions to any of the above whenever it’s necessary. There’s also a multi-site management option for preschools with more than one campus.
Being in charge of a preschool is a huge responsibility. Keeping up with all the paperwork involved in the daily, weekly, and ongoing operations can be a real headache. Rather than feel stressed, you can turn to Jackrabbit. We have effective tools to meet the needs of preschools that are large, small, or any size in-between. With Jackrabbit’s affordable and efficient classroom management software system, you can run your preschool with confidence.
How Can Your Child Care Program Truly Welcome New Children? Part 1
Change is always hard. And it can be especially traumatic for children. But the good news is that there are simple ways you can help make the transition into your child care program easier for those children in your care. Providing a welcoming environment that’s accommodating to newcomers as well as those who may be transitioning to a different classroom or group within your program can help you serve not only the child experiencing the shift but also the other children and staff members whose setting will also be changing with the new addition. And none of this is rocket science; it’s simply an extension of the Golden Rule.
Prepare the New Classroom
It’s hard to be the “new kid.” Whether you’ve recently been the new person coming in to a well-established community or it’s been a while since you’ve been in such a position, you know that it can be intimidating, to say the least. While you can’t change the fact that this transition will come with difficulties, you can help alleviate some of that by helping the new child feel included as part of his new class.
Just think of whatever the other kids have that help them feel a sense of belonging; maybe they all have coat hooks and cubbies with their names on them. Maybe their birthdays or photos are decorating a bulletin board in the room. Do the other children have cots assigned to them with their own blankets and stuffed animals from home? Make sure the child’s parent knows ahead of time about any items expected or allowed to be brought to the classroom that will make him or her feel more at home. If you took photos of other children on their first day, be sure to do that for your class’s newest member, too.
Put Out the Welcome Mat
A literal welcome sign or welcome mat might be nice, but it’s even more important to be personally welcoming. Be at the door, ready to greet your new class member with a smile. Make sure that sometime during that all-important first day, you take time to individually get to know the new child and to encourage the other children to do so as well. You might even want to talk to the other members of the class ahead of time, reminding them of how they felt on their first day.
Provide Instructions and Information
Be proactive about this; don’t wait for the child to ask or possibly do something that would cause embarrassment. Instead, try to think ahead to the next activity and inform the newcomer of the routine and expectations that accompany it. When the child first enters the room, be sure to give a tour and explain the activities that happen at each area, along with any associated guidelines. Then as you move through the routine, remind the child of any rules pertaining to each space and activity.
How Can Your Child Care Program Truly Welcome New Children? Part 2
It’s always tough to be the new kid, but as a care provider, you can help make the transition easier than it would otherwise be. Starting with preparation, you can be proactive about making your child care center classroom welcoming for any new children that come in or transfer from another classroom.
It might seem like something that doesn’t even need to be mentioned, but when a teacher is overseeing an entire class, sometimes this basic step can be overlooked. The new child is meeting several new people all at once, and that situation can be intimidating. Still, be sure to introduce the new child to each of his or her new classmates. Maybe even consider playing a getting-to-know-you or ice-breaker game may help.
Use the Child’s Name
Even though the new child may not remember the names of everyone in the class, you can make sure that you and the other children get the newcomer’s name correct. Be sure to spell it correctly and use it throughout the day, so that the other children will become familiar with the new child.
Become an Expert
Make sure to read up on the child ahead of time, paying attention to details on his or her profile. You should know about any health issues, such as allergies or physical limitations as well as the child’s former child care setting. For instance, if a child has been at home with a family member until now, certain terms or types of equipment may be unfamiliar. However, if the new child has previous child care experience, that may mean that the child will assume you do things the same way a previous teacher did. If the child was previously in another classroom or child care center, you may even want to ask the child’s parent for permission to contact the former teacher to find out a little more.
Encourage & Model Helpfulness
While you want to encourage all those in the class to be friendly and helpful, you might want to ask one veteran class member in particular to be a special helper to the new child. Sometimes another child can be even more successful at helping a new member of the group to become connected with the other children. By assigning the child a “buddy,” you can help the new kid to avoid feeling alone.
Especially if the child is new to being in a child care center in general, the child may lack social skills needed to join in with other children as they play. Be aware of this need, and be available to help bridge that gap. Even if the first day seems to be going well, make sure to check in with the child throughout the day to make sure he or she feels the same way.
How Can Your Child Care Program Truly Welcome New Children? Part 3
Your child care program offers more than a service; it provides a sense of community and belonging for the children who attend. As you welcome new children into your child care center, you’re helping them acclimate to that new community. Whether or not you need beginner tips for welcoming new children, there are a couple ways you can help encourage others even beyond your own classroom and program during transition times.
Communicate with Parents
The child who’s new to your classroom isn’t the only person for whom this transition may be difficult; chances are, the parent who dropped him or her off is also having a pretty rough day. A couple hours after the day gets started, it would be nice to give that parent a call or a text message just to let them know that everything is going fine. Most parents will be delightfully surprised and greatly appreciate that kind of consideration. You can also let them know that it’s okay to call and check in during those first few days.
If you won’t see the parents as they pick up their children, you may want to send home a note the first few days letting them know about activities their child enjoyed, maybe even including a photo that shows the child having a good time. This kind of proactive communication can help parents feel assured that their children are adjusting well.
Communicate with New Teachers
It’s not just the child that’s new to your classroom that has to make an adjustment. If a child is leaving your classroom or child care program, you can also be part of helping that transition to go smoothly — for both the child and the other teacher and class. When you’re proactive about talking with the child about the move, you can help the child prepare for what’s coming and ask any questions they have. If the child is moving within your center, you can make an effort to introduce the child to his or her new teacher and classroom ahead of time, so the big day isn’t quite as much of a shock.
If you can, communicate with the child’s parents about how important it is to be open with the child about the upcoming changes.
All children respond differently to change, and it’s important to let them know that however they feel about their new environment is okay and normal. As you help children through big changes like this one, you’ll be partnering with their parents in helping equip them for other changes and difficulties later in life, setting the stage for establishing resilience and being successful.
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