It’s been over 4 years now since Neighborhood Christian Center started using Kinderlime. From sign in-out to billing, the preschool has been able to use Kinderlime in many different facets of their operations. With Kinderlime tuition collection has become streamlined.
Immediately upon entering the Neighborhood Christian Center, you know
this is not your typical childcare program. In this beautiful outdoor
campus you will find everything from a Chicken Coup to an Edible Garden
to a Native American Center. For Graciela Marques-Hahn, the executive director
of NCC, sustainability and living green is a lifestyle. Each part of the
Neighborhood Christian Center is built with nature in mind.
Graciela and her amazing team teach their children how to compost all
kitchen scraps, grow their own fruits and vegetables year round, and
make every effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. Today, NCC is an amazing
representation of a green school, but things were not always this way.
Before Kinderlime, NCC used paper sign in-out sheets. They would often
find themselves printing over 250 sign in-out sheets daily. The immense
amount of paper would take hours upon hours to go through. As the program
grew, copying and paper cost came out to $1,000 a month! NCC was preaching
sustainability, yet was wasting massive amounts of time, money, and
trash on paper sign in-out sheets.
NCC finally decided enough was enough! They were teaching their children
how to live a green lifestyle, yet were producing unnecessary garbage.
In the past, Graciela had tried other child care software options. They
were costly, and made promises they simply could not keep. She was
hesitant about trying out a new child care software, but she could tell
immediately Kinderlime was different. "Kinderlime is a company I can
work with" Graciela said, "someone that actually listens and understands.
They truly understand NCC’s goals toward sustainability."
As Graciela started with Kinderlime, she was able to immediately eliminate
her costly and harmful paper use. She no longer needed paper for sign
in-out sheets and billing invoices. NCC was finally being aligned with
their green and sustainable values, but this was just a part of the many
changes Kinderlime made.
When NCC used paper sign in-out sheets, they constantly faced the challenge
of parents forgetting to sign their children out. Forgetting to sign
in-out once or twice may not seem like a huge problem, but when it comes
to child care licensing, a missed signature can be damaging.
In a large child care center like the Neighborhood Christian Center,
it is difficult to keep track of the parents that are not signing their
children out. Thankfully Kinderlime’s child care software makes this
Instead of having to spend hours and hours going through each attendance
sheet, finding out which parent forgot to sign their student out, Kinderlime’s
child care software keeps track of the missing sign-outs for them. While
Kinderlime had not completely eliminated the problem, it helped NCC keep
parents accountable and child care licensing happy.
The switch from paper sign in-out sheets to Kinderlime’s child care
software allowed Graciela to easily manage her children’s attendance
and stay licensing compliant without ever having to print out a single
sheet of paper. Staff loved the ability to easily track their child to
teacher ratio, and parents loved the quick and easy sign
Kinderlime gave the Neighborhood Christian Center more time and money
to focus on what matters most to them; teaching and implementing an
incredible sustainable and green program.
After all their hard work, and a little help from Kinderlime, in 2012
NCC became a certified Bay Area Green Business, and in 2014 became the
recipient of the Acterra Business Environmental Award!
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