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Archive for September 2012

D.O.B.s Now 94% Faster


  • Shortcut for Birthdates – Instead of having to click the back arrow 36 time to put the D.O.B. for a child, you can now use the dropdown to simply change the year or month. Hopefully this will speed data entry for you and families.
  • Extended ‘state’ saving to the ‘Applied’ table so that it remembers the last classroom you were viewing.
  • quickly enter birthdates dob birth date speed minimal

    Now it’s even easier to enter birth dates!


  • Fixed filtering and sorting on the applied/waiting list table

A Large Dose of New Features and a lot of Polishing


  • Emailing List Beta – We added a new report to the list. You may now create a filtered list of email address. You can then copy those emails to your email program like Outlook or Gmail. Either copy the whole table and place it in Excel or double-click on one of the column headers and past the list of address in your email program of choice.
  • Easier Excel Export – There is a new button on the ‘Weekdays Detail’ report. From there you can copy and past the data into Excel. Also, we have replaced the Consumer reports style dots with the ones and zeros. This makes writing Excel formulas, should you choose to do so, a lot easier.
  • Enrolled Students State Save – When viewing the enrolled students, and if you click on the classroom to see the currently enrolled children, the classroom filter will stay put the next time you come back. Assuming you did not come back via the handy classroom shortcut of a specific child.


  • Added some admin filtering on the back end
  • Set sort by age on classrooms for enrolled dashboards

Early Childhood Educators Should Avoid Internet Explorer

Early Childhood Educators Should Avoid Internet Explorer
Question:“Does it matter which internet browser childcare administrators use?”
Answer: “You betcha!”

The Bottom Line on Browsers for Child care centers: Switching to another browser is not going to end your security risks permanently, but for the near term, it will help you minimize your risks and probably give you some nice features you were not expecting.

While most child care administrators we talk to user either the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers (both are free to install and use), a surprising number still use Internet Explorer. We at BumbleBee highly encourage you to install Firefox or Chrome or contact your technology support staff to request the upgrade. It will likely be a breathe of fresh air and make you wonder why you did not switch sooner. The Opera browser is also an option, but is less common than Firefox or Chrome.

browser market share

Chrome and Firefox are becoming more widely used than Internet Explorer

Why Should Child Care Managers Care?

The German government warned yesterday for people to temporarily stop using Internet Explorer. The problem relates to Java a technology used by the browser You could surf to a website and unknowingly infect your computer with a virus. (Yikes!) It’s a large hole, and needs to be fixed.

Also, older version of Internet Explorer do not automatically update to the latest version. As this blog goes to press, I am writing Chrome 21, but do not ask me what happened to versions 14 through 20. Chrome automatically updates in the background without me moving the mouse.

Worst of all, Internet Explorer’s and browsers lack support for international standards and rules. Have you ever gone to a website and had it look different from your iPad or home browser. This happens more frequently, particularly for IE 8 or lower. This is a constant headache for web page designers and web applications like BumbleBee. Internet Explorer requires a lot of extra cartwheels to make it work.

Get More Done in Less Time

Using a newer browser means you could be getting faster results. How fast things move on the internet depend on many complex factors, but for sure, Internet Explorer’s older versions (version 8 or less) will loses out on any sort of performance test against newer browsers.

How Do I Know which Browser I Am Using?

If your are using a PC click on the menu button “Help” > “About Internet Explorer” that will tell you the version. If that says anything less than 8, you are severely behind and highly vulnerable. If you are using a Mac, it’s extremely unlikely you are using Internet Explorer.

“But I ♥ IE”

The anticipated launch date for Internet Explorer 10 is October 26th. No word one one IE will plug the security hole.

If you really love-love Internet Explorer, the good news is Microsoft intends to fix the bug. Also, on October 26th, the scheduled launch of Explorer 10 will happen. The big downside of that is that Internet Explorer 9 and 10 will both require Windows 7 or 8. I am guessing there are a lot of computers out there in childcare centers that do not run Windows 7 yet.

Side note: As always, keep your anti-virus program up-to-date.

What browser do you use and why?

Building Your Childcare Community with Public and Private Websites

Building Your Childcare Community with Public and Private Websites

member hub group management and collaborationDid you notice we just updated our website? We wanted to show a better representation of all the new capabilities BumbleBee delivers to childcare centers to help boost enrollment, to manage waiting lists and to organize classrooms Of course, please let me know if you see have any feedback on the new design (or find any spelling errors.)

Updating our public website reminded me of how much of an investment (time and/or money) it can be to have a site that accurately represents your services and looks professional. While making large scale changes to our BumbleBee public website, I thought, “how do child care directors find the time to do this with all of the immediate demands of a successful early childhood education provider?”

Not only that, you are communicating with two audiences, your existing clients (i.e., your childcare’s families) and prospective clients (i.e., new parents). Balancing the two while managing an child care can be a real challenge for childcare owners, directors and administrators.

I thought there must be a better way to manage all this for child care administrators.

It turns out, for child care management there is: is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to build a public website and a private online community for your child care or early childhood education center. MemberHub’s core, web-based software provides private group collaboration and member management. That’s great for securely engaging with parents and increasing involvement in your programs.

Not only that, MemberHub provides services to help you build your external public facing website, affordably and professionally. Plus, after getting to know Matt Harrell, I know you are going to get great service. I recommend you check out MemberHub for childcare communication management and building your public website.

Fixed ‘Weekdays Detail’ Dropdowns


  • Fix dropdown filters for the classrooms in the top of the that were not showing up.
  • Our First Shortcut Key to Global Search and Fixes


    • Added keyboard shortcut – “/” goes to global search (unless you are in a form field, of course)
    • Removed “guardrail” preventing multiple enrolled statuses
    • Added fields to spreadsheet data import functionality
    • Bug Fixes

      • On family detail page with multiple children, clicking “add status” for any child was adding a status for just the first child

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