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Picture your workday as a bucket filled with all of the things you need to accomplish each day as a childcare provider. If you’ve been managing all of your daily, weekly, and monthly administrative tasks, tending to the children in your care AND trying to growing your program, chances are more »

Lighten Your Load: Create Administrative Routines that Do Your Work for You

Lighten Your Load: Create Administrative Routines that Do Your Work for You

Picture your workday as a bucket filled with all of the things you need to accomplish each day as a childcare provider. If you’ve been managing all of your daily, weekly, and monthly administrative tasks, tending to the children in your care AND trying to growing your program, chances are more »

Meaningful Connections: Using Online Communities to Network and Learn

Meaningful Connections: Using Online Communities to Network and Learn

  Ask an experienced childcare business owner what the secret is to success, and you might be surprised by the answer. Childcare providers aren’t relying on big money advertising or trade secrets to grow their businesses. Instead, they’re depending on other centers to share what’s working in open networking forums; more »

Going Mobile: Using Technology to Drive Parent Engagement

Going Mobile: Using Technology to Drive Parent Engagement

Today’s parents are always on-the-go, and anything that fits into how we operate these days will help strengthen your school’s communication. From daily check-ins to funny class pictures to field trip permission slip reminders, we guarantee that your parents want to hear from you as often as possible.  Sending kids off more »

Action Required! Install the EZ2 Update Today to Avoid Payment Processing Interruption

Action Required! Install the EZ2 Update Today to Avoid Payment Processing Interruption

  Your installed EZ2 system requires an update beginning February 1, 2018. This EZ2 update includes a handful of corrections, as well as increased security and data integrity measures that protect your data when processing payments and using WebLink forms. This keeps your EZ2 system aligned with industry best practices more »

10 Ways the EZCare Staff Gave Back this Holiday Season

10 Ways the EZCare Staff Gave Back this Holiday Season

SofterWare Gives Back is our parent company’s program that encourages and supports employee volunteer initiatives and philanthropy. Through SofterWare Gives Back, EZCare staff can use paid time off to volunteer at local organizations, send emails to the entire staff promoting volunteer opportunities, charity events, fundraisers, and drives, and submit matching more »

New Feature: Childcare Staff Planning at a Glance Using the Schedule Loading Report

New Feature: Childcare Staff Planning at a Glance Using the Schedule Loading Report

EZCare is pleased to announce the addition of the Schedule Loading Report to its growing family of Attendance Reports. Prominently displayed on the Dashboard, the Schedule Loading Report shows hourly scheduled attendance for the current day to help with your childcare staff planning needs. Staff planning is one of your more »

The Best Interview Questions to Help You Find DREAMY Child Care Staff

The Best Interview Questions to Help You Find DREAMY Child Care Staff

Have you ever found yourself searching for the best interview questions to ask? If you’ve answered YES, you’re not alone. Child care owners and directors often wonder and ask me during our coaching sessions: What are the best interview questions to ask these days? In this article, I want to more »

Child Care Staff Are Turning Into Robots!

Child Care Staff Are Turning Into Robots!

This post was contributed by Child Care Business Success Expert, Julie Bartkus. If the title of this article caught your attention, perhaps you can relate to the feeling of staff members who are more robotic in their functioning as opposed to being passion-driven with a deep sense of purpose for more »

How to Get Referrals for Your Child Care Center Without Breaking Your Budget

How to Get Referrals for Your Child Care Center Without Breaking Your Budget

One of the most important decisions a parent makes is choosing a child care center. Most parents do a lot of research on the local options for child care before deciding. Their decision depends on the reputations of the child care centers they’re considering. The best way to entice parents more »

4 Ways Child Care Providers Can Better Connect With Parents

4 Ways Child Care Providers Can Better Connect With Parents

A child care provider’s job is to treat other people’s children as good as their parents would while they’re away, but how can you assure parents of that? Today’s parents are hurried and can’t often stop to chat when picking up or dropping off their children. Still, thanks to technology, more »

How to Clean Out Your Classroom Using KonMari

How to Clean Out Your Classroom Using KonMari

Marie Kondo is the author and creator of the KonMari method of organizing cluttered spaces. In her view, anything that doesn’t “spark joy,” as one of her books calls it, has no place in your life and should be thrown away. One wonders if she has ever stepped foot in more »

How to Set Prices for Your Child Care Business

How to Set Prices for Your Child Care Business

Given the number of working parents today, child care is a vital service and demand will only grow as more parents join the workforce. A child care center can range from a small home-based setup to a substantial operation using commercial premises. So, you love children and providing quality care more »

How To: Send Parents Shareable Photos from Your Child Care Program

How To: Send Parents Shareable Photos from Your Child Care Program

Create Post-Worthy Pics for Parents with a Big Pack of Sidewalk Chalk and Little Imaginations Step #1. Get the EZSmiles parent engagement app. EZSmiles is the best way for child care providers to connect with parents. See for yourself why parents and providers alike love EZSmiles: Step #2. Break out more »

5 Benefits of a Parent Engagement App

5 Benefits of a Parent Engagement App

    Day-to-day business demands leave little time for staff to interact with parents, but numerous studies suggest that children perform better when parents are engaged. So what’s a child care provider to do? While adding yet another initiative on your full plate may seem like an impossible feat, technology more »