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Childcare Management Resources


This reference list is provided by Procare Childcare Management Software as a tool for childcare and daycare providers to locate information regarding childcare business and management issues including child care associations.

Resources include:

Early Childhood News & Publications

Daycare Compare is an on line resource that lets you search by full addresses, use interactive maps, and utilize advanced search functions to help you find the daycare perfect for your child.

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Training & Continuing Education

ChildCare Education Institute - CCEI

The ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) specializes in online training for early childhood teachers, childcare providers, school-age caregivers, and center administrators. CCEI’s coursework provides continuing education credit CEUs accepted in most states for required professional development hours. Programs include CDA and CDA renewal, a Director's Certificate and Professional Development courses. Visit online or call (800) 418-5358 for more information.

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Early Childhood News & Publications

Early Childhood Focus

Founded by the NACCRRA in 2002 Early Childhood Focus is an excellent news source for early childhood professionals, policy-makers, parents and advocates with up to date early childhood news from all across the United States.

Early Childhood News
Early Childhood News is an online resource for teachers and parents with children from infants to age eight including a Sharing Board for exchanging ideas with other teachers and parents.

Education World

Education World is the educators best friend with information on lesson planning, professional development, and ideas for integrating technology in the classroom.

Child Care Information Exchange
Child Care Information Exchange promotes the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through its magazine, books, training products, seminars, and international conferences.

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Childcare Associations & Resources

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - NACCRRA

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is a network of community-based childcare resource and referral agencies. The organization is a common-ground where families, childcare providers, and communities can share information about quality childcare. You may also be interested in the Business Center of the Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCR&R).

National Association for the Education of Young Children - NAEYC
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children ages birth through age eight.

National Child Care Association - NCCA

The National Child Care Association (NCCA) is a professional trade association focusing on the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs.

National Association of Child Care Professionals - NACCP

The National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP) is dedicated to serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. NACCP is committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early child care and improving the quality of early child care education.

National Resource Center - NRC

The National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has information for child care providers, parents and regulators including links to State Licensing Requirements.

Head Start - National Head Start Association - NHSA

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families.

Annie E. Casey Foundation - AECF
The mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families including grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

National Association for Family Child Care - NAFCC

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.

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Child Immunizations

National Immunization Program - NIP
The National Immunization Program of the U.S. Center for Disease Control offers printable versions of the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. Keep track of immunizations due and a history of immunizations received with Child Immunization Software from ProCare.

National Network for Immunization Information - NNii

The National Network for Immunization Information provides up-to-date, science-based information for everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunizations.

State by State Immunization Info
Look up immunization information specific to your State.

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Food Program & Child Nutrition

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP

Through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals each day. Childcare centers that participate in the Food Program are reimbursed for serving meals based on Income Eligibility Guidelines and current Reimbursement Rates. Look up your State Agency to find out more. Learn how your daycare can use Food Program Record Keeping Software from ProCare to simplify CACFP paperwork by tracking meals served and generating menus, shopping lists and production records. Download the latest USDA Food Buying Guide showing ingredients, children's age groups and required serving sizes used by childcare centers to meet CACFP requirements.

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Simplify attendance reporting for subsidized childcare

KinderAttend collects attendance data for children at childcare providers and transmits the information to the subsidizing agencies making attendance tracking for subsidized childcare completely paperless.

Procare Childcare Management Software exports attendance directly to KinderAttend to further simplify attendance reporting. Record child time and attendance with the Procare Attendance Tracker or Time Clock.

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Daycare Accounting Resources & Tutorials

Generally Accepted Accounting Principals - GAAP
Although Procare is designed to meet your Daycare Accounting Software needs, it's important to have a basic understanding of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (known as GAAP). The following sites are examples of online accounting tutorials or go to your favorite book store or library and pick up a copy of Accounting for Dummies to introduce yourself to small business accounting.

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Child Care & Daycare Safety Checklist

Injury Free Coalition for Kids

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is dedicated to helping keep children safe including topics like playground safety, fire safety and, of course, daycare safety. They also offer a free Daycare Safety Checklist and optional PowerPoint Presentation.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commision

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commision publishes a Playground Safety Checklist and a general Child Care Safety list as well as other helpful information.

National Network for Child Care - NNCC

The National Network for Child Care has a good Safety Checklist for Family Child Care.

University of Nebraska - Child Care Safety Reports

The University of Nebraska has made available two excellent references in printable .PDF format on General Child Care Safety and Child Care Furnishings Safety.

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Daycare Payroll Tax Information

Payroll Taxes and the Procare Payroll System
The Procare Payroll System is designed with daycare providers in mind. Although payroll taxes and regulations often seem complex using Payroll Software greatly simplifies the process by automating withholding calculations and providing tax deposit reports.

Look up Federal & State Payroll Income Tax and Unemployment Tax Information.

Want to Increase Employee Take Home Pay at No Cost to You? Find out about the Advanced Earned Income Tax Credit (AEITC).

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Business Checks & Forms

Order Checks & Forms from Dynamic Systems

Procare has teamed up with Dynamic Systems to provide a complete line of checks and forms that are compatible with Procare Child Care Management Software. All checks and forms are guaranteed by Dynamic Systems to be 100% to be compatible with your software.

Call Dynamic Systems at 1-800-782-2946 or order online at

    Available items include:
  • Checks for Procare Payroll & Accounts Payable
  • Form W2 Payroll Wage & Tax Statements
  • Form 1099 Vendor Tax Statements and windowed envelopes
  • Customized letterhead, envelopes, labels and business cards

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Computers, Supplies, Classroom Materials

Day Care Group Purchasing Organization - DCGPO
The Day Care Group Purchasing Organization (DCGPO) allows child care centers to reduce costs and increase their bottom lines with services typically available only to large corporations. DCGPO is the only group purchasing organization focused solely on the business of child care. Benefits of membership include group purchasing, insurance & benefits, training & educational services, food programs and technology solutions. DCGPO members use their combined purchasing power to receive volume discount pricing for products such as supplies, arts & crafts, playground equipment, food and beverages, furniture and more. DCGPO has established relationships with leading suppliers to ensure the highest quality and best prices on the market.

Hatch Technology & Toys

Hatch Technology & Toys is a leading provider of early childhood educational materials and technology solutions including computer learning centers, children's software, classroom materials and curriculum for childcare, daycare and preschool programs.

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