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Old 01-02-2017, 07:33 AM
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Default Best for 2017: Childcare Management Software Reviews

Doing your daycare software research? What's new? Who's dependable? Who has the best features? Costs?

Please post your reviews, information gathered and personal opinions here.

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Old 01-02-2017, 09:56 AM
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Can I also add to the question?... Is there any software that is NOT an app or does not require you to use your phone?
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Can I also add to the question?... Is there any software that is NOT an app or does not require you to use your phone?
Absolutely! I need a desktop program.

I don't want a parent app. I need business accounting software with attendance, menu planning, time space percentage and meal counts.

Everything I am seeing is geared to parents, not what I need.
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These both look very promising!
Both these programs started here...
the developers spent alot of time discussing needed/wanted features here with the providers on the board...

http://runsandbox.com/

https://treetopapp.com/#features
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:25 AM
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On sandbox, I don't see a way to log attendance manually. *I have to have a physical sign in/out sheet on hand for two years, then log it, myself. Anyone know if it will work that way?

I also see nothing about detailed expenses, time-space percentages, standard meal counts/deductions or menu planning. Am I missing that somewhere?
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On sandbox, I don't see a way to log attendance manually. *I have to have a physical sign in/out sheet on hand for two years, then log it, myself. Anyone know if it will work that way?

I also see nothing about detailed expenses, time-space percentages, standard meal counts/deductions or menu planning. Am I missing that somewhere?
E-mail them... I bet the response time is much better than KidKare
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E-mail them... I bet the response time is much better than KidKare
Ugh, this really messes up my new year. I need my software to be functional and trustworthy so that I can turn my attention back to the kids. I still cannot understand why they (MMK Pro) are doing this (leaving us all high and dry).

Also, nothing opens on Treetop to even begin researching. Just asks for my information for their waitlist. Yeah, not doing that if I don't know who they are. Odd to me, you know, since I am so trusting and all.

Leaning here, but don't like the choppiness of it. http://www.procaresoftware.com/
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Here are the threads on Sandbox

http://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.ph...ycare+software


...might be some useful/helpful info within the threads..
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http://www.procaresoftware.com/Produ...icing-(1).aspx

Sorry, this link shows the choppiness I speak of... "Versions are mutually exclusive and cannot be combined"

*Procare Software is a Registered ISO/MSP of First National Bank of Omaha
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Here's another one... KidKeepers

http://www.kidkeepersolutions.com/
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Here is the contact info for Treetop

ben@treetopapp.com

and the thread about it... http://www.daycare.com/forum/showthr...ycare+Software
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Cool, Thanks!

Hoping others will chime in with personal experience from other vendors, too... >insert "pretty please" icon<<
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Here's another one... KidKeepers

http://www.kidkeepersolutions.com/
"Our flagship product, KidKeeper Software Version, is no longer supported."

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KidKeeper Online Childcare Management Software

Coming soon."

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Holy Moly on the procare pricing if you have to buy each piece individually!!!
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Holy Moly on the procare pricing if you have to buy each piece individually!!!
And can't combine them for a fully functional program

I hoped I was reading it wrong. It is loud here right now, cymbals and recorders...
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On sandbox, I don't see a way to log attendance manually. *I have to have a physical sign in/out sheet on hand for two years, then log it, myself. Anyone know if it will work that way?

I also see nothing about detailed expenses, time-space percentages, standard meal counts/deductions or menu planning. Am I missing that somewhere?
Do you use mmk for the food program?
Does you physical sign in have to have signatures?
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Do you use mmk for the food program?
Does you physical sign in have to have signatures?
I currently use MMK Pro. Not on food program. Love the software, as is. Won't have the option to keep it, it seems.

Yes, I must have physical signatures. I must keep them, hard copy, for two years for inspections. I log attendance into MMK for my own time space percentage and meal counts; tax purposes.
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Have you checked out redleaf press? I've never used it but there is somebody on the board that loves it.
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