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Old 07-07-2020, 09:42 AM
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Anyone using HiMama? How much does it cost you? Any issues?
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:54 AM
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I use Daily Connect. It is awesome and only $1.25 per child, per month. No issues so far and I do not excel in tech. It is really user friendly.
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Old 07-07-2020, 10:29 AM
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Thank you CH. I will look into that.
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:03 AM
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It lets me add photos, documents, activities, meals, diapers/bottles, assessments, notes, temperatures/health screens, behaviors, and on and on. I am still finding things four months in and I can edit everything to my program. It is also interactive all day, parents can comment and I can answer them. I also email them to all parents in the evenings and it sends me a copy for my own documentation.

I resisted for a long time out of fear of tech and not wanting to start something I'd be expected to continue if I hated it, but I have to admit I love it.
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I tried himama but liked procare connect better. I pay $25/ month for 10 kids.
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:21 AM
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and I can edit everything to my program
They all seem to have the same features but this is what I am most interested in-customizing it to suit program. Do you use it to sign kids in/out and to invoice?
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:57 AM
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They all seem to have the same features but this is what I am most interested in-customizing it to suit program. Do you use it to sign kids in/out and to invoice?
It has all of that. Also allows sign-in surveys.

I am required to have physical sign in sheets with signatures on hand for two years so I don't use it for that. I also use KidKare ($8 a month) for all my tax documentation and billing.

I checked out their billing program for you:
"Unlimited Flexibility
Parents get a secure and easy-to-use online portal to pay fees by bank account or credit card on auto-pilot.

Low pricing and transaction fees

First 12 months are free, then $49/month or $99/month depending on your size.
Transaction fee: 0.25% (minimum $0.99 per transaction).
A 3.5% fee is added to the parents bill if they choose to pay your invoice via Credit card (paid by parents).
No setup cost or deposit.
Requirement: minimum 10 children"
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:59 AM
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The sign in:
Sign-In Kiosk

Automatically sign out all children at
1:00AM
if they are not already out Timezone: America/New_York
Touchless sign-in (via QR Code)
This option allows parents to display a QR Code on their phone (by tapping on the sign-in/out button in the application), then scan the code on the sign-in device at the entrance of your center (or on a staff device), to sign-in and sign-out their child. Learn more

Pin Code sign-in for parents

This option allows parents to sign-in/out their child by entering a unique 4-digit pin code on the kiosk device at the entrance of your center or classroom, or on the teacher device. Each parent have their own unique personal pin code.
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:32 PM
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Thank you for this information!
Might I ask why you use KidKare instead of Daily Connect for billing?
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Thank you for this information!
Might I ask why you use KidKare instead of Daily Connect for billing?
They only charge $1 per payment and I have a choice of whether to pay it myself or have the parents pay it. It auto invoices and adds it all to my tax documentation, itself. No double paperwork. I don't even use any of the menu functions, just attendance (for time/space), meal counts for deductions, time space "other time" documentation, expenses, other income and billing.

I log my "other" hours weekly then simply hit print on January 1st. Super easy. $8 a month is amazing for that.

Those two programs cover every part of my business.
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:51 PM
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Got it ! Its great when you can automate administrative tasks at an affordable price .
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Got it ! Its great when you can automate administrative tasks at an affordable price .
Exactly. It also prints out W-10's for the clients with exactly how much they paid. I print two copies, have them sign both in blue ink, then keep one for my accountant.
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Awesome- I need that! You are so organized!
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Both programs (KidKare and Daily Connect) have a 30 day free trial option. That is how I started.
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I worked somewhere that used HiMama and we liked it better than the whatever program my next company did. But I don't recall details and never knew pricing.
I hear Procare stepped. It. Up. They used to be horribe 10 years ago.

I am using Wave for my invoices, which is free, but I don't utilize the payment option as I just have them pay Venmo, Zell, Cazh, check, money order. and keeping track of payments in Excel. I am just texting parents pics and updates. I don't serve infants or tots and don't have a ling enough preachool program for naps, so I don't need to relay that, and parents who want to know eating habits can ask and I'll message them.

But someone brought up W-10's-I am not sure Wave does that for me but I don't know how "official" it needs to be-I keep an Excel sheet plus when they pay I record it on Wave to show $0.
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Both programs (KidKare and Daily Connect) have a 30 day free trial option. That is how I started.
This is very helpful! Thank you again
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Both programs (KidKare and Daily Connect) have a 30 day free trial option. That is how I started.
I just signed up for Daily connect (looking to switch from Brightwheel) but it only had a 7 day trial
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I just signed up for Daily connect (looking to switch from Brightwheel) but it only had a 7 day trial
Sorry. Maybe they got a huge surge in sign-ups?

This is a pretty big forum.
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Sorry. Maybe they got a huge surge in sign-ups?

This is a pretty big forum.
You're forgiven. My trial ends today or tomorrow, but I think I'm liking it. Few things I haven't figured out yet, one of which being- Is there a way to clock in myself or my assistant? Or are only kids able to be checked in?
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I guess you could make them an account as if they were children then print off attendance? It would allow temps and notes back and forth to be documented, too?

It would be $1.25 per employee per month, then, too.

I don't have employees so no experience with managing their pay, taxes or hours.
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