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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 04:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 207
Posted By Cat Herder
A peaceful hike along the river with my DH as the...

A peaceful hike along the river with my DH as the sun sets.
Local opportunities to volunteer and feel connected to my community.
My cozy reclining loveseat, soft quilt and losing myself in a good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 04:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 217
Posted By Cat Herder
I also got the book amazon suggested based on my...

I also got the book amazon suggested based on my interest in it. :ouch: That is the one I will probably be able to start by Friday night. likethis - "Fair Play" by James Olson.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 03:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 165
Posted By Cat Herder
"they want to keep them home" - "doesn’t want to...

"they want to keep them home" - "doesn’t want to have to pay full price for service that she’s not using"

Is your school canceled for the rest of the year? Most are, now. Is she really going to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 217
Posted By Cat Herder
I am reading "Silent Warfare" by Abram Shulsky...

I am reading "Silent Warfare" by Abram Shulsky and Gary Schmitt. l needed a change of topic. Badly. :lol::lol: I am really enjoying it, interesting. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 04:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 217
Posted By Cat Herder
Question What Are You Reading?

According to researchers at the Mindlab International at the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can help reduce stress levels by up to 68 percent. :eek:

The study found that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 04:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 207
Posted By Cat Herder
Thumbs up Name 10 Things You Are Grateful For

Research shows expressing gratitude can increase your overall well-being, from better relationships to better sleep. :Sunny:

Name the little successes, moments and things you are grateful for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By Cat Herder
If your contract says deposits are non-refundable...

If your contract says deposits are non-refundable the 50% tuition offer is irrelevant.

One is a special circumstance. Termination of contract is not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
That is my understanding as well. Most states...

That is my understanding as well. Most states declared us essential.

I have been looking at Facebook posts of these news stations and the biased reporting bashing providers that must still charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
Got it. We do, too. ;) 2683 with 83 dead, so far....

Got it. We do, too. ;) 2683 with 83 dead, so far. They are not going to close daycares, though. Well, not family providers, anyway. We can only keep 6 kids regardless so it had virtually no effect on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
Right? Our local providers' groups already know...

Right? Our local providers' groups already know who to avoid and why. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
I am so sorry. :hug: Ours still only has the "no...

I am so sorry. :hug: Ours still only has the "no more than 10 people" rule. What reason did he give for the change today?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
I should be ok for a bit. I still have three...

I should be ok for a bit. I still have three gallons of bleach (soaking toys/changing table/linens), 1/2 gallon of odoban (floors/surfaces), 4 lysol wipes (baby gates), 1 citrace (big toys/surfaces)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Cat Herder
Thank you. lovethis If it weren't for plan b,c,...

Thank you. lovethis If it weren't for plan b,c, or d I would probably have never accomplished anything. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Cat Herder
Or, you could do what I did and have the parents...

Or, you could do what I did and have the parents drop them off at the state park swimming area with a lifeguard on duty. I booked pavilions for the day (free with annual pass), packed meals and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Cat Herder
Do you live close to a state park, skating rink...

Do you live close to a state park, skating rink or lake? That is how I survived it back in the day. ;) Badmitten, corn hole, sprinklers and water paint helped, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't take them either. It is just not worth...

I don't take them either. It is just not worth the money for the stress and resources in a small home setting with infants and toddlers. :ouch:

The local big centers have that down, though....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
Ugh, my cleaning supply auto-order for April has...

Ugh, my cleaning supply auto-order for April has been canceled. I have had this standing order for over 5 years. :mad::mad: They really don't have the foresight to plan for their regular customers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 04:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Cat Herder
I get it, too. I am at 26 years. Because of that,...

I get it, too. I am at 26 years. Because of that, I have the opposite view. I stayed open because I still need to be able to fund my retirement and emergency savings account. I am on my own there. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Cat Herder
Thanks, BC. happyface I will read it closely in...

Thanks, BC. happyface I will read it closely in the morning with a freshly coffee stimulated brain. I am tired, the kids were off the chart today. :ouch: Off to soak and then watch some brain-numbing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Cat Herder
I am waiting to see how that is worded. I have...

I am waiting to see how that is worded. I have little faith that it will apply to those who choose to close. My state won't mandate closure. They have made that very clear.

Maybe it will help...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Cat Herder
My state just extended closures another month. I...

My state just extended closures another month. I simply can't go that long without pay. Closing is not really an option. I don't have 6-8 weeks worth of savings. I've only ever needed 2-4.

I will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Cat Herder
Only employees of centers are eligible for...

Only employees of centers are eligible for unemployment.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
We have one complaining that her poor kids are...

We have one complaining that her poor kids are acting out violently at home because school is closed. She simply can't take much more of this behavior, public schools should think about the children....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
My state just closed schools for another month...

My state just closed schools for another month "at least".

This is only going to get more complicated. Parents are contacting licensing to get them involved in how we charge. That will go over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By Cat Herder
Thank you. I was about to say the same. :ouch: ...

Thank you. I was about to say the same. :ouch:

It is hard to keep up with the 12-14 threads we currently have going on this topic.

I am getting tired. :p:lol: Consider registering so you can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By Cat Herder
At first, I thought that. Now, I think that...

At first, I thought that.

Now, I think that is the only part they actually value. :cool:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
I always lean on the side of enforcing your...

I always lean on the side of enforcing your policies consistently. Stick with what you told them and don't waiver.

I am so sorry. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 294
Posted By Cat Herder
I dread when it happens, but I always stay open....

I dread when it happens, but I always stay open. My clients pay in advance for the week with the expectation of being able to attend barring an emergency. It is fulfilling my contract IMO.

I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 04:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By Cat Herder
I have no advice because it is more of a personal...

I have no advice because it is more of a personal choice. :o I did not want your post to continue with no reply, either.

I, personally, could not come up with a defendable reason to close and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't think a verbal contract will hold up in...

I don't think a verbal contract will hold up in small claims court. At least I have never heard of one successful case. :o

You really need to get a formal contract and handbook together. :hug:...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-25-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,842
Posted By Cat Herder
It would depend on what your contract says and...

It would depend on what your contract says and whether or not the parent signed it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
I bet. :eek: Glad you guys are safe.

I bet. :eek: Glad you guys are safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
I am glad to hear it. I saw the reports last...

I am glad to hear it. I saw the reports last night and hoped that would be the case.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cat Herder
I am so glad to hear that. likethis Dealing with...

I am so glad to hear that. likethis Dealing with parents can be so awkward at times. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 03:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cat Herder
Is this child an older toddler? Tall and thin?...

Is this child an older toddler? Tall and thin? Sometimes when they are tall providers don't lift them high enough to see the top of the buttocks/lower back area. It feels like you are shoving their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 03:42 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 19,155
Posted By Cat Herder
Thank you!!! It will make such a huge difference...

Thank you!!! It will make such a huge difference here until the supply chain gets re-established. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 03:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By Cat Herder
I saw an ad that said OnStar and GM are offering...

I saw an ad that said OnStar and GM are offering free internet access in their own cars for 3 months. likethis...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-24-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 67
Posted By Cat Herder
I did because of the other thread stating atlanta.

I did because of the other thread stating atlanta.
Forum: Curriculum 03-24-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 100
Posted By Cat Herder
I think I am going to pull the easy trigger and...

I think I am going to pull the easy trigger and do the bundle deal from TPT. ;) It has "Growing and changing", "Keeping myself safe", "Keeping myself healthy" and "Talking about emotions". Each has 8...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
So far, it's only about 2 foot out of banks...

So far, it's only about 2 foot out of banks around the springs and overflows. The river itself is barely at the bottom barn. likethis Unless they overflow and do a dam release on the other side of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
..... and a flash flood warning. :Sunny:

..... and a flash flood warning. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By Cat Herder
Public libraries usually do, too. likethis Maybe...

Public libraries usually do, too. likethis Maybe that might be a quieter option? That is all we had for many years. It was fantastic.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By Cat Herder
One of my clients older children has a...

One of my clients older children has a "exuberant" teacher, DCM's words. This teacher is the bane of DCM's existence right now because she is doing all these online group activities (storytime, yoga,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By Cat Herder
I would just have him come on over if he is...

I would just have him come on over if he is available. These are essential workers and this is an extraordinary circumstance. Yes, I'd send the parents a quick text to let them know why. Any opposed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By Cat Herder
:hug::hug::hug: I am so sorry. I'll never...

:hug::hug::hug: I am so sorry.

I'll never understand the paradox of how the clients we do the most for are always the ones to demand more and exit ugly.

That is why I start at no. I just have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By Cat Herder
Unbelievable. What a bully. :eek::eek: I'd...

Unbelievable. What a bully. :eek::eek:

I'd text back "No."

Let her find a loophole in that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 69
Posted By Cat Herder
I wish I could help. I looked at it once, got...

I wish I could help. I looked at it once, got tired and gave up. :o

I did add a tag to other posts about it. Maybe you can find something in those posts?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 19,155
Posted By Cat Herder
That I do. My husbands bases are desperate.

That I do. My husbands bases are desperate.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Cat Herder
Aww. :hug: That was too sweet. I am doing...

Aww. :hug: That was too sweet.

I am doing well. Just reading all the new updates from our governor and watching the fallout from all the parents and large center owners on facebook. It still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 19,155
Posted By Cat Herder
My state just went to no more than 10 people on...

My state just went to no more than 10 people on the premises for home providers. That includes DCK's, family members and providers, total.

This includes the centers that just took in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Cat Herder
Just because you are not doing this anymore does...

Just because you are not doing this anymore does not mean you can't stick around. :Sunny:

Glad to hear you are doing so well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 19,155
Posted By Cat Herder
Same on medical helicopters.

Same on medical helicopters.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By Cat Herder
I have no plans to. I care for their kids...

I have no plans to.

I care for their kids on my time.

I expect them to do the same on their time.

I always post weekend family fun ideas and local opportunities on our webpage on Fridays....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By Cat Herder
It may be a gift to the kids to make Dad learn...

It may be a gift to the kids to make Dad learn how to be a Dad. Enabling him isn't doing the marriage or family any favors. :hug:

Just another viewpoint for a push.

If you need the money, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
If that were the case, no one would have...

If that were the case, no one would have childcare right now. I also would never buy another home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
Same here. We have always been required to...

Same here.

We have always been required to keep N-95 masks, goggles, gloves and gowns in our first aid kit, but I have no intention of using my supplies for them to wear. They better come fully...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5,705
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,423
Posted By Cat Herder
Ahhh! :eek: I hope that does not catch on. Shoot...

Ahhh! :eek: I hope that does not catch on. Shoot me. :lol::lol:

I'd join one for seniors needing porch drops of supplies. I'd love to be part of that one year-round, every year. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
Then you will just love what my state is doing....

Then you will just love what my state is doing. :lol::lol:

They gave permission for owners to only close the subsidized classrooms guaranteeing full state pay for those kids without attendance....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
I feel I am being fair to my clients. I am open,...

I feel I am being fair to my clients. I am open, all of them are working from home and all of their kids are here. Full tuition is being paid and full services offered. If they choose not to come,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
The majority of the posters here are those...

The majority of the posters here are those "alternative" home-based providers. There is no help for us. If we go away, what would you guys do then?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By Cat Herder
Same here. :ouch:

Same here. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By Cat Herder
Personally, I would not have texted or answered...

Personally, I would not have texted or answered the phone on a Sunday. If I had inadvertently answered I would have interrupted her to tell her that schoolwork is a parental responsibility. I also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By Cat Herder
I noticed no difference. :ouch: Just a different...

I noticed no difference. :ouch: Just a different brand.

The best has been running my own program. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By Cat Herder
I set up DH's office in one of the spare bedrooms...

I set up DH's office in one of the spare bedrooms on the opposite side of the house. It works well because when he is off work, he closes the door. Having that boundary makes a huge difference.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 03:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 678
Posted By Cat Herder
But then how would all of their redundant self...

But then how would all of their redundant self created job titles be paid? :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Cat Herder
Not a problem at all. Stick around! happyface

Not a problem at all. Stick around! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Cat Herder
I add upcoming community events for families,...

I add upcoming community events for families, crafts ideas, recipes, games, free museum/state park/theatre dates and developmental milestones education on our program page.

Many parents parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2020, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Cat Herder
Click the Daycare Center and Family Home Forum...

Click the Daycare Center and Family Home Forum link up top. Then the New Thread button. Both on the left, towards the top.

There are several sub-forums. You just pick the one that most closely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
They expected that. The tests just got here....

They expected that. The tests just got here. likethis It is, so far, following predicted spread to my knowledge.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Cat Herder
And that is the other thing. :Sunny: They learned...

And that is the other thing. :Sunny: They learned that during the Pearl Harbor Bombing and the 911 attack (and I am sure many other times) that some did leave their post and left others exposed or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Cat Herder
It is a worst-case scenario for preparedness...

It is a worst-case scenario for preparedness planning. ;) "Alien abduction plan". We are required to have Emergency Preparedness plans, drills and supplies. It was not intended for just pandemics....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Cat Herder
I think it comes down to your ability to manage...

I think it comes down to your ability to manage risks and accept the consequences if the kids do get sick while in your care.

For me, it will be just another day at work if the kids do get sick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
Nothing has changed for us. I have been...

Nothing has changed for us.

I have been open, every one autopay's, everyone comes. I closed today, but they have all known about this planned closure for 24 months, now. :ouch:

The risk of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By Cat Herder
"A tort liability may occur as a result of...

"A tort liability may occur as a result of intentional acts, a negligent act, a failure to act when the individual had a duty to act, or a violation of statutes or laws."

They would first have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
Centers just finished paying for their employee's...

Centers just finished paying for their employee's recertifications, training hours, background checks and extra costs associated with QRIS assessment and Accreditation. Many also provide free...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't mean to sound negative, but it is a rare...

I don't mean to sound negative, but it is a rare parent who considers what effect their life choices will have on their childcare providers. They don't really think of us like that.

You will have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By Cat Herder
Hmm. So it is unusual. :( Maybe they are...

Hmm. So it is unusual. :(

Maybe they are dealing with some blended family custody stuff and just don't have an answer yet? GF may have simply had her fill with full parenting responsibility with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By Cat Herder
I am sorry. :hug: Hopefully they just have no...

I am sorry. :hug: Hopefully they just have no cell signal or internet access right now. ;);)

It stinks when they do that but on the other hand, it is like the garbage taking itself out, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By Cat Herder
I would leave it alone, personally. The...

I would leave it alone, personally. The grandparents are at greater risk than you and they will probably only take offense at it. They won't see it as helpful, only judging. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 04:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 620
Posted By Cat Herder
There are no right words or actions. Just knowing...

There are no right words or actions. Just knowing you are available and with them is more than anyone would ever ask for during a time like this.

Heartbreaking
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 420
Posted By Cat Herder
That cracks me up because my experience with them...

That cracks me up because my experience with them is the exact opposite. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
I would tell them that their power, water and...

I would tell them that their power, water and internet bills have been halted, no cut-offs are allowed until the State of Emergency is over. That I am their only bill that has no protection or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
You really need to get together a contract and...

You really need to get together a contract and parent handbook. As soon as possible. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By Cat Herder
Is your playroom separate from your living areas?

Is your playroom separate from your living areas?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Cat Herder
Everything is the same. I just minimized toys,...

Everything is the same. I just minimized toys, put away the wooden ones and am back to rotating daily instead of weekly. ;) I have always done drop-off and pick-up outside. I have always done the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Cat Herder
I am not going to send out a letter. I wait for...

I am not going to send out a letter. I wait for them to ask face to face, now. I talk just long enough to see the light come on. ;)

We have a little over 150 confirmed cases, 3 deaths. All...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 513
Posted By Cat Herder
Boom. :Sunny:

Boom. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
It is reasonable to ask for full tuition. Parents...

It is reasonable to ask for full tuition. Parents are still being paid or will be eligible for unemployment. We are the only ones who will go without. ;) There are no provisions or back up for us....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
You really need to update your payment policy....

You really need to update your payment policy. :hug: Many of us have already gone through extended closures (flooding, power outage, hurricane, tornado, etc.) that is why our policies are cut and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By Cat Herder
Is she doing the two weeks to use up a deposit...

Is she doing the two weeks to use up a deposit she paid? If so, I'd likely give her the deposit and send her packing today.

They only fight for the money, that is why I don't even bother with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't. I think the vast majority of rational...

I don't. I think the vast majority of rational people expect to have to pay for daycare. If they don't pay it is only because they think the provider can be pushed around.

Don't be that provider....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
Kidkare does it with the parents email. $8 a...

Kidkare does it with the parents email. $8 a month. It also does all of your business, child records, attendance and tax records. https://www.kidkare.com/

It does menus, too, I just don't use that...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-18-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,323
Posted By Cat Herder
This post is from 2011.

This post is from 2011.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
"Just like you, I must have a steady income to...

"Just like you, I must have a steady income to continue to provide quality services and meet my financial responsibilities."

That is straight from my contract on payment. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
And you are open? Right? Nobody gave you a 30 day...

And you are open? Right? Nobody gave you a 30 day notice for vacation? So tuition in full is still due.

"Good morning! Just a quick reminder: Tuition is due by ___, today. Thanks!" (or whenever...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,800
Posted By Cat Herder
If they don't pay their tuition on...

If they don't pay their tuition on Saturday/Sunday for the week in advance, I don't allow attendance and terminate their contract on Monday. :ouch: Unless they come with cash, in hand.

I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
What does your contact say about payment? Do you...

What does your contact say about payment? Do you charge when you are closed? Do you have any wording about tuition being due regardless of attendance?

That would help.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By Cat Herder
Just email them an invoice and give them your...

Just email them an invoice and give them your paypal account info with a due date.

Going forward, I'd recommend getting a kidkare account to auto-invoice them. It takes away almost all discussion...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,054
Posted By Cat Herder
I was going to write up a statement outlining...

I was going to write up a statement outlining everything, but the reality is my clients won't read it and they really could care less. Their hands are full with working from home and homeschooling....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 613
Posted By Cat Herder
We are only vital until we need help. :ouch: Then...

We are only vital until we need help. :ouch: Then we are expendable.
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