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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
This should get you started in the right...

This should get you started in the right direction:
https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/child-care-licensure.shtml
http://ccrain.fl-dcf.org/documents/7/2973.pdf#page=1
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 33
Posted By Cat Herder
Fo me, getting a home with a large enough plot of...

Fo me, getting a home with a large enough plot of land to keep from having neighbor disputes was a priority. Even with 7 acres, some new neighbors will try to meddle from time to time. ;) Consider...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 04:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 140
Posted By Cat Herder
I literally logged in to post this site. :ouch: ...

I literally logged in to post this site. :ouch:

We can learn a lot from it. As someone who used to investigate in-house issues, it isn't uncommon.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By Cat Herder
I am not sure what an "open type shower" is as I...

I am not sure what an "open type shower" is as I have only had tub/shower combinations and one shower insert while raising 3 kids. I don't think I have seen a tankless toilet other than composting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By Cat Herder
Currently, none of these are creditable but many...

Currently, none of these are creditable but many can be made to be a great choice for cost and consumption with minor additions or substitutions of ingredients. ;) ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By Cat Herder
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Rice Crispy Treats ...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Rice Crispy Treats
Popcorn balls
Etc.

Anything taking an approved grain but making it into something the vast majority of kids will eat. ;) A spoon full of sugar and all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome! Also, if you go in under...

You are very welcome! Also, if you go in under accounting, then guardians, you will see a blue tab (top right) that says "Welcome Letter Template". Click on that, then edit, then fill it out. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By Cat Herder
There will be a link on their invoice email for...

There will be a link on their invoice email for them to set up their account information just like for any online purchase. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
I ended up having my teens park at the barn and...

I ended up having my teens park at the barn and walk to the house during the work week. They were young, physically fit, did not have small children in tow and did not contribute to the financial...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By Cat Herder
The provider sets it up....

The provider sets it up. https://help.kidkare.com/help/create-and-verify-an-epay-account
From the menu to the left, click Accounting.
Click Set Up Stripe ePay. The Set Up Stripe ePay Account page...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2020, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Cat Herder
"How many kids do you have?" "I am licensed...

"How many kids do you have?"

"I am licensed for 6 kids."

"Yes, but how many do you have?"

"I am licensed for 6 kids. Do you have any other questions?"

I have one question. Why would you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
I completely agree and I would fully expect this...

I completely agree and I would fully expect this family to have moved on because of it.

What I don't understand is the question. Is the center worried she left without paying the final two weeks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By Cat Herder
Food Program Changes

I just received this email and wanted to share it. :Sunny: I have subscribed to this group's updates for several years and find them to be fair and true. likethis

Child and Adult Care Food Program...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome. :Sunny: Anytime

You are very welcome. :Sunny: Anytime
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
If there has been no contact since the 16th and...

If there has been no contact since the 16th and she is not returning calls or emails, I would assume they have found other care and moved on.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
I have a form they sign during enrollment that...

I have a form they sign during enrollment that explains it, I will copy below so you can copy/paste what works for you. It asks permission and explains your goals, no one has refused all really like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Cat Herder
They will have to do the ear, eye, dental...

They will have to do the ear, eye, dental screening form to enter pre-k or public school. ;) Other than to continue to tell the parents of your concerns, there is not much you can do. It does not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
Unfortunately, only the owner can address this....

Unfortunately, only the owner can address this. Did the parent contact the owner and file a complaint against the director? Did the parent have a signed copy of the behavior plan stating the 30-day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 03:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
No. I keep them in their file to review over time...

No. I keep them in their file to review over time (just like immunization forms and doctors notes). Scoring a bit low in one section on one form would not worry me, it is the consistent low scores in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
Onion powder, garlic powder and pepper. ;)

Onion powder, garlic powder and pepper. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
I send them home with each child every three...

I send them home with each child every three months minus the scoring page. I score them myself. I use the results for lesson planning and scheduling conferences to make referrals.

If I have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5,571
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 599,626
Posted By Cat Herder
You did. We can't keep taking from our own...

You did. We can't keep taking from our own families with the hope that clients will appreciate it. They won't. They will always end up doing what works best for their families. We should do no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
I would still exclude for tomorrow. 24 hours...

I would still exclude for tomorrow. 24 hours fever free without medications. I have a mandatory 48 hours out if I send them home rule.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't unless it is a reportable illness. It...

I don't unless it is a reportable illness. It gives some parents the idea to dope their kid the next morning to make sure they don't get called to pick up for a virus. Then it spreads like wildfire...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5,571
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 599,626
Posted By Cat Herder
I would have charged her full tuition for both...

I would have charged her full tuition for both slots the very day they became available, even if one at a time. :hug: Never hold slots for free. Always fill them first come, first served.

Every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Cat Herder
It could be blue cone defect, he can be tested...

It could be blue cone defect, he can be tested for it. https://www.diseasefix.com/page/blue-purple-color-blind-test/5334/

I can't read alarm clocks/radios/remotes etc. that are blue display, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
It feels good when you know a parent is coming...

It feels good when you know a parent is coming early to get you when you don't feel well. ;) For some kids, this is the only time they have alone time with a parent that is 100% focused on their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Cat Herder
Every single one of them. likethis All can be...

Every single one of them. likethis All can be found in your local grocery store now, too.

Most are grains/flours that can be made into breads, added to pastas or blended into sauces/spreads....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
Everything but the bouillon powder, but the kids...

Everything but the bouillon powder, but the kids eat olive oil better with a little bit of flavoring (avoiding too much salt). ;) I don't use butter at all in my home, anymore. It became an unhealthy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
I would mix his plain macaroni noodles (bonus...

I would mix his plain macaroni noodles (bonus points for whole grain pasta) with 3 tbs olive oil (omegas), 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder (flavor), 1 tbsp poppy seeds (calcium) and about 1/2 cup of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By Cat Herder
Once you are full and have a waiting list she...

Once you are full and have a waiting list she won't be able to manipulate you as much. ;) When clients are super easy to replace, they lose their power. Few like that and many comment on it. Don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By Cat Herder
This should be a good start. Welcome to the...

This should be a good start. Welcome to the forum. :Sunny:

https://sunshine.dcfs.illinois.gov/Content/CommonlyUsedProviderForms.aspx - available forms
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By Cat Herder
I am so sorry for your loss.

I am so sorry for your loss.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 01-21-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By Cat Herder
I would begin advertising towards the end of this...

I would begin advertising towards the end of this school year. I do not recommend beginning with discounts. Why would your childcare be worth any less just because you are new? ;) Go now as you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Cat Herder
amaranth quinoa edamame dried oats wild...

amaranth
quinoa
edamame
dried oats
wild rice
chia
nuts
pumpkin seeds
cheese
flax seed
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
They do not need a form for substitutions. They...

They do not need a form for substitutions. They don't have to get proteins from cheese. Beans, fish, eggs and meats do that just fine. likethis Calcium will have to be replaced, but there are many...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
Milk is in a lot of processed foods but should be...

Milk is in a lot of processed foods but should be on the product labels. It is rare that someone with an intolerance will have an issue eating a cupcake, though. ;) Many people who can't drink 4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 155
Posted By Cat Herder
It does seem ridiculously low. They claim the...

It does seem ridiculously low. They claim the state average for childcare is $95 week and estimate their contribution of $67 per week to be fair compensation to providers based on the ability for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 155
Posted By Cat Herder
Here the parents pay a weekly co-pay amount, then...

Here the parents pay a weekly co-pay amount, then the state pays up to a cap with their average being a whopping $268 per month, per child. They only pay for when the child attends, and poorly. Now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 155
Posted By Cat Herder
That is how it is here, too. They have made it...

That is how it is here, too. They have made it not worth participating, for me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
I really do not have a hard time with those as...

I really do not have a hard time with those as long as I don't serve casserole type dishes. I cook meats separate from veggies and pastas/breads and serve it the same way. By component.

Lunch is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 05:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By Cat Herder
This is every single one of my clients. All have...

This is every single one of my clients. All have 3:30-4:30 written on their enrollment forms. Not one has picked up before 5 pm other than doctor's appointments for over a year. ;)

Once they get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 413
Posted By Cat Herder
I close for the federal observance of Dr. Martin...

I close for the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. I close for all federal holidays. It is a paid holiday. Our public schools, banks and county/state offices are also closed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Cat Herder
Parents bring their children to the front door,...

Parents bring their children to the front door, sign them in and then I take the children back to the playroom.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't. :Sunny: I meal prep for the week in...

I don't. :Sunny: I meal prep for the week in advance. I prepare meats separate from the rest of the menu and add them in later if I am doing a casserole type dish. I have a couple with sensory issues...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
You are going to love it happyface

You are going to love it happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Cat Herder
I can and have, it is much easier than cooking...

I can and have, it is much easier than cooking for kids with three-page long allergy lists. :ouch: The other kids did not care unless I tried to make them eat that way. ;)

You will quickly figure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 379
Posted By Cat Herder
It is a reimbursement/tax write-off thing. I'll...

It is a reimbursement/tax write-off thing. I'll clarify since I don't think I did a great job explaining it, lot's of noise here today. :lol:

Many serve breakfast ($1.33), lunch ($2.49) and dinner...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By Cat Herder
I would probably email her a copy of the class...

I would probably email her a copy of the class schedule and tell her that is how my program operates. Clearly she does not understand group care is not nanny care.

I believe this relationship can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 103
Posted By Cat Herder
Rubber mats underneath help. likethis ...

Rubber mats underneath help. likethis

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NCZWIHU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 379
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't see why they would not. Most don't get...

I don't see why they would not. Most don't get home until after 6 pm (many centers don't even close until 6), then they have to cook dinner so kids would be eating between 6:30-7:30 pm. 5 hours is a...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 01-17-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 90
Posted By Cat Herder
Here are some behavior plan templates: ...

Here are some behavior plan templates:

http://advocatesforspecialkids.org/pb_plan_samples_templates.htm
https://www.template.net/business/plan-templates/behavior-plan-template/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 379
Posted By Cat Herder
A lot of programs are beginning to serve dinner...

A lot of programs are beginning to serve dinner for the bigger write-off. ;) We can write off three meals and two snacks per day (some even offer evening snack). My rate: Breakfast $1.33,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 04:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Cat Herder
Bonus: You can also use it to time the bleach...

Bonus: You can also use it to time the bleach solution spray before wiping the table for a point on your QRIS scorecard. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Cat Herder
Nope, not wrong at all. I have two almost...

Nope, not wrong at all. I have two almost 3-year-olds who have suddenly started doing the same. Three bites to a cheerio. :rolleyes: To delay the transition to handwashing, potty and outside.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By Cat Herder
I also use odoban. likethis

I also use odoban. likethis
Forum: Forms - Uploads 01-16-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By Cat Herder
Here is a good free template that should get you...

Here is a good free template that should get you off to a great start: https://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/FCCLH_Policies_Procedures_Guide_Sample.pdf

It is a safe state site....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By Cat Herder
Head Start has been a known failure going back to...

Head Start has been a known failure going back to 1965 in study after study to the tune of $180 billion in tax payer's funds, so far.

It has to start in the home before the children are even born....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Cat Herder
I would expect a documentable/scaffolding...

I would expect a documentable/scaffolding preschool curriculum, assessments, lesson plans, conferences, behavior plans, family engagement program and all the other QRIS requirements.
...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-16-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Posted By Cat Herder
I just bought a new set to replace my old faded...

I just bought a new set to replace my old faded ones. likethis
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 379
Posted By Cat Herder
I have 14-30 months, currently. I do lunch...

I have 14-30 months, currently.

I do lunch at 12:00, then the playground until 12:50 (allows them to burn off calories/have bm before nap ;) ), clean up/diapers, with nap from 1:00-3:00 waking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2020, 04:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd refer DCM to child support recovery, stat. If...

I'd refer DCM to child support recovery, stat. If he was that much of a bully to you, imagine how she is treated. She needs a paternity test, support and visitation order.

I would give him his own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome. I do these with all of my...

You are very welcome. I do these with all of my DCK's every three months. It is a normal part of my program, so no one really gives me hard time about it. We watch the flutuations together and it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
This is from a pediatric office that requires all...

This is from a pediatric office that requires all patients to fill them out for appointments, really rare and an awesome free resource....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
Here is the 24 month ASQ pdf. It may help you...

Here is the 24 month ASQ pdf. It may help you better assess where he is developmentally. Have his parents complete one, too, for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Cat Herder
Have you considered having them do homework at...

Have you considered having them do homework at home with their parents? That is generally the school's goal, to engage parents in their childs learning.

I usually gave them snack and let them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
I completely understand. :lol: BTDT. My...

I completely understand. :lol: BTDT.

My thought was that after two years it may be hard to keep them from seeing it as a contract violation on your end, a "NO" as they probably don't remember...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
I am being pushed to complete the associates, but...

I am being pushed to complete the associates, but it won't bring me any more pay, stars or grants. They would have to pay tuition upfront for me to even consider it. ;) I already have a degree in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
Policies are easier to enforce when you do it...

Policies are easier to enforce when you do it consistently. If you are not willing to enforce them then do not have them. :hug:

Sounds like it is time for a new contract, to me. One that you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
I started with the CDA, but the continuous...

I started with the CDA, but the continuous renewal requirements were cost and time prohibitive so I completed the TCC (technical certificate of completion) in two semesters. The TCC is once and done....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Cat Herder
Our state starts with a minimum of Bachelors's...

Our state starts with a minimum of Bachelors's with two professional letters of recommendation within 6 months, 3 years experience training, 1 year direct care and a slew of other requirements that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By Cat Herder
Parent credit card payments come through one day...

Parent credit card payments come through one day sooner than ACH (checking) payments.

If a parent paid part of their balance from checking and part from credit card, those balances would be paid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
That is awesome. happyface You did an amazing...

That is awesome. happyface You did an amazing thing for this kid. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
It is optional, but our state advertises it in...

It is optional, but our state advertises it in print and on tv continuously so if you don't participate private pay clients are less likely to enroll. Also, if you intend to accept subsidy, you must...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Cat Herder
Is this an adult or child? Does this person live...

Is this an adult or child? Does this person live independently or with a caretaker?
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-12-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Cat Herder
* I should probably clarify that my afterschool...

* I should probably clarify that my afterschool program was located in a high poverty area and I was open until 7 pm.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By Cat Herder
How is this child doing in other milestones? Has...

How is this child doing in other milestones? Has the child been given the opportunity to drink from regular cups prior to this? Home? Previous childcare? How long has this child been in your care?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
I hope it ends soon for you, too. :hug: We...

I hope it ends soon for you, too. :hug:

We still are not required to do the fire marshall or health department visits, which makes it more time-efficient. The inspector checks all of that. They...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 01-11-2020, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
Relocating and the stress of rebuilding the...

Relocating and the stress of rebuilding the business from the ground up is always so hard. I have done it four times, myself and struggled too. That alone would be enough stress to lose sleep but to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 318,618
Posted By Cat Herder
I have now completed my QRIS inspection,...

I have now completed my QRIS inspection, assessments, portfolio, observation and annual mandatory state training. Boom. Done until 2021. happyface

No procrastinating this year, for me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Cat Herder
Here is a free childcare exclusion chart to...

Here is a free childcare exclusion chart to print/download. https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Communicable%20disease%20chart%202017.pdf

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

Disease & incubation
1-10...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 485
Posted By Cat Herder
I started using it back in 2009, I believe when...

I started using it back in 2009, I believe when it was MMK Pro. It sends the parents an invoice, saves their payment info and gives them a quick "approve payment" option. They do it on the porch if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 485
Posted By Cat Herder
Oh, it also does all enrollment forms and...

Oh, it also does all enrollment forms and attendance. ;) I almost forgot to mention that. I don't use the food program so don't bother with the menu sections, the rest of the program is just really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 485
Posted By Cat Herder
I like kidkare because it auto invoices, emails...

I like kidkare because it auto invoices, emails statements, direct deposits, records it on the tax forms and w-10's for me. Very little work for me. ;) I give one receipt per year in January with one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Cat Herder
My daycare is in my converted 3-car garage. I had...

My daycare is in my converted 3-car garage. I had a professional come out and put in central heat and air vents connected to the rest of the house in the attic. I did upgrade to an allergy and asthma...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By Cat Herder
I had a four-year-old do something similar. I...

I had a four-year-old do something similar. I told her to show her mom how I yelled at her. She did the wide eye mom stare and three-finger count down. Her mom laughed.

I usually just say "I'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 485
Posted By Cat Herder
My clients pay through autopay on KidKare.

My clients pay through autopay on KidKare.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 297
Posted By Cat Herder
I use the KidKare program and record my hours...

I use the KidKare program and record my hours weekly on Fridays. Click the accounting tab, then expenses, then time/space, then the tab "other hours". It is a little more complicated to figure out...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-09-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Cat Herder
School lunch serving sizes leave a lot to be...

School lunch serving sizes leave a lot to be desired. :ouch: I always added a protein as in lunch for my big kids. I opened doing only before/after care when my own children were infants/toddlers. ;)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 828
Posted By Cat Herder
It said in the title something to the effect of...

It said in the title something to the effect of "more communication with one another will lead to a better understanding of each other." Then "More understanding, more communication, this situation...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 439
Posted By Cat Herder
Not anymore. :dislike: I used to love this...

Not anymore. :dislike: I used to love this program, now it is just functional for accounting. $8 a month for accounting/enrollment only is pretty awesome, though. I miss the old format with the nice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By Cat Herder
This may be a good time to remind them that you...

This may be a good time to remind them that you are a mandated reporter and medical neglect is reportable. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/120/6/1385...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-09-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 297
Posted By Cat Herder
Oh, how true that is. I actually start work at...

Oh, how true that is. I actually start work at 5:30 each morning (up at 4:30) with meal prep, playground inspection, play center prep and lesson planning. I do this so my evenings are available...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 439
Posted By Cat Herder
I am required to keep hard copies with signatures...

I am required to keep hard copies with signatures for a minimum of 2 years. The inspector looks at them every three months. I have parents sign in and out on paper, then log it in to Kidkare myself....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 828
Posted By Cat Herder
Well, darn. :dislike: I was hoping for some...

Well, darn. :dislike:

I was hoping for some light. :lol::lol::lol: It's winter, rainy and blah. I figured we all could. :Sunny:

I like organizers, the problem was that my space was becoming...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
Perfectly nice people don't dope and drop their...

Perfectly nice people don't dope and drop their kids. They also don't medicate them endlessly with over the counter meds instead of taking them to the doctor to solve the issue. :Sunny:

Dope and...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-09-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By Cat Herder
Still jealous of you. :lol: The big centers...

Still jealous of you. :lol:

The big centers here (3 now :eek:) all still give sibling discounts, 2 weeks unpaid family vacation, and take subsidy. 4 illegal providers that the state has been...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-09-2020, 07:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By Cat Herder
It is relentless isn't it?? :lol::lol::lol: I am...

It is relentless isn't it?? :lol::lol::lol: I am glad to hear I am not alone.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-09-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By Cat Herder
My policy states "Full-time rate is $150.00 per...

My policy states "Full-time rate is $150.00 per week due by Monday drop-off, in advance for the week. This full-time rate is due whether your child attends or not as you are securing your child’s...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2020, 06:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 828
Posted By Cat Herder
With most parents this is true. :Sunny: ...

With most parents this is true. :Sunny:

Posters come here to vent and seek advice about the others. ;) The difficult parents.

We don't need to vent about the rational ones. happyface We...
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