Comparing Child Day Care Software
Comparing and buying child care and day care software for your child
or day care center can
be simplified by comparing the choices of child care
software made by your business associates. This is an
excellent starting point in finding the right child care
software for use in your child or day care center.
ASK QUESTIONS OF YOUR ASSOCIATES.
- Are they happy with the Ease-of-Use of their
childcare software program?
- Is the software tech support friendly and helpful
when it is needed, or do they have to wait for answers
- Is their tech support Toll-Free, or do they have to
purchase a yearly support plan?
- Would they buy the child care software program again
if they were starting over in their search for help, or
would they consider other child care software programs?
LIST YOUR MAJOR CONCERNS.
Write down the list of items that you need help with at
your childcare center so that you can be sure each vendor
will be able to include the solutions to your concerns.
You can minimize your up front costs by buying only the
modules that are needed for your individual center's needs.
ADD THE INTERNET TO YOUR SEARCH.
Those buyers influenced by the glitz and glamour of large
marketing and advertising campaigns will find child care
software vendors with highly optimized web sites for
higher rankings and with higher PAID advertising
positions. They will see prices starting at $1250 up
Those child care shoppers focused on Lowest Price will
also have choices of their own, starting from $79.
Those child care software buyers looking for the Best
Value for their money will find software choices up to $850 for more
fully developed and more mature child care software programs with more
comprehensive lines of features and options.
Since you are going to have a considerable amount of
time invested in learning to use each one while evaluating
these programs and comparing one to another, make wise
choices about your starting point!
CONTACT EACH CHILD CARE SOFTWARE VENDOR
Explain your needs from the list you have compiled and
ask them for a fixed price quote for your specific needs,
and request a fully working DEMO of their software.
Verify that you can enter data from your child care
center into the DEMO for your evaluation.
Be sure to ask each vendor for a list of
local references that you can call for
Return Policy on their website. After all, you do not
want to get stuck with a software program that just is not
your cup of tea if you find it less than helpful for your
Privacy issues are becoming more important each
and every day. If you are not comfortable with the
Privacy Statement from the software vendor under
consideration, there are lots of other child care software
companies that have different viewpoints on whose security
is most important---theirs or yours!
Be comfortable in your choice of companies to whom you
provide private information in order to maintain your
individual privacy and avoid being added to junk e-mail
lists as well.
Emerging Technologies is so concerned about internet
privacy and security that we offer an "Off-Line"
toll-free Hot Line Callback to further enhance your privacy
by completing all transactions "Off-Line" by simply
clicking for an immediate return phone call, if so desired.
No software vendor would ever say that their software is
"Hard-to-use," but there is a simple way to compare
- Assume a family of four: mother, father, son, and
daughter. Into each vendor's Demo program, enter the
data for enrolling the family of four.
- While entering the individual data for the family,
simply count the number of screens that
you must enter and leave, and count the number of
mouse clicks required to accomplish the tasks in
each software vendor's program.
- Simply put:
"Count the clicks and count the screens,
You'll soon see what Easy means."
- Office Center is a child care software
program that allows you the flexibility to
maneuver around in the program Everywhere with "Open
Forms," No longer is it necessary to open and
close numerous numbers of screens in order
to get your work done. You will never again get lost
when the telephone rings or a crying child needs your
Compare the following:
Does the software program do all the tasks that you need to
Is the support FREE, or do you have to purchase a Support
Plan with yearly fees, and at what total yearly cost?
How long is the software warranty?
If you find that the program just is not for you, how long
do you have for an evaluation before you return it?
Is the software vendor more concerned about protecting their
privacy or is YOUR privacy the important consideration?
Will the software program allow you to grow your center and
not outgrow your software?
Can you easily accomplish a task the way you would like?
Ease of Use
How easy will it be to each to assistants?
Will your software vendor be around to support you later
when you may need assistance?
Compare value, not just price
What price do you put on the value of your time?
How long has the software vendor been providing child
Are they simply adding a "Child Care" front end to software
from another market just to allow sales in the child care
Does it simplify your work load and help you manage your
time productively with less stress?
Feature Comparison Printout for Your Software
Print out our Software
Child Care Comparison Shopping Guide.
May we send you a Free DEMO to make it easier to find the
best child or day care software and make your life easier
and less stressful?