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  • Enhanced Search Enhanced Search
    2014/11/05 by
    I visited one of our long-time customers to observe how they use BumbleBee at their child care center and get feedback on potential improvements. I observed that the director nimbly jumped around BumbleBee by almost exclusively using the “Global Family Search” in the menu bar (shortcut key...
  • padlocks large and small Tech Tip: Tamper Proofing Passwords for Child Care Centers
    2013/05/31 by
    Are you surprised? Another week, another round of high profile password hacks followed by new articles saying this is a “wake up call” This one was on the satirical news site “The Onion” so we hope that there was little harm done by the attack. You might...
  • Tech Tips for Everyone (Including Childcare Managers) Tech Tips for Everyone (Including Childcare Managers)
    2013/05/30 by
    At BumbleBee, we are constantly trying to save Childcare Administrators time. I saw this Ted video about the “10 top time-saving tech tips” and, while it’s not specific, it is fun and very share-worthy early childhood educators. Take a look and let me know if you think...
  • Feature: Happy Birthday from Your Child Care Center Feature: Happy Birthday from Your Child Care Center
    2013/04/30 by
    Today’s is the 20th anniversary/birthday of the World Wide Web. It was this day in 1993 that Tim Berners-Lee released his code, for free to the world. In honor of the day, CERN, the international physics research facility where Bernes-Lee worked, re-released the first webpage (related news...
  • YourChildCareCenter.com - Choosing & Registering Your Child Care's Domain Name YourChildCareCenter.com – Choosing & Registering Your Child Care’s Domain Name
    2013/04/29 by
    In this post, we tell you how to choose a domain name and then register it. It is part of a series of articles to help you move your child care center's management software into the cloud....
  • Google Apps for Child Care and Preschool Preschools & Daycares Using Google Apps (Part 1): Apps vs. Microsoft Office
    2013/04/23 by
    Google Apps vs Microsoft Office I have talked with numerous child care organizations, preschools and daycares that are using Google Apps for Business. At the end of last year, Google stopped allowing new customers to join its “Google Apps for Business” for free, for organizations with less...
  • Using Gmail at Your Childcare Center Using Gmail at Your Childcare Center
    2013/04/11 by
    BumbleBee has a number of ways that users can send emails to families: clicking on a family’s email address, sending bulk/mail-merge messages to selected groups of users (e.g., waitlist, enrolled, alumni), and sending automatic birthday emails. For most computer operating systems, when you click on an email...
  • Crosswalk Pedestrian Bicyclist Child Care Lessons: Safely Crossing the Streets
    2013/04/04 by
    It’s one of the first, universal, real-world safety lessons we learn as humans: how to safely cross a road. And one of the few things that even people who are not parents or caregivers know to teach children: look both ways before crossing the street. 44% of...
  • child care daycare classroom timeline report to management preschool enrollment Feature: Our New Timeline Report
    2013/03/27 by
    Whether you “like” Facebook at your child care or daycare center or wish you could “un-like” it, Facebook’s Timeline view of you and your friends lives has become ubiquitous. So much so that when Facebook makes updates to the timeline view, as they are at the time...
  • Infographic: How Parents Research and Select a Preschool Infographic: How Parents Research and Select a Preschool
    2013/03/22 by
    Families invest a lot in pre-school and child care. With such a large decision, it’s no wonder families spend a lot of time carefully researching and selecting early childhood education programs. BumbleBee Childcare Software surveyed families to see how they were making those decisions and how they...
  • BumbleBee Childcare Management Software Global HQ BumbleBee Childcare Management Software Global HQ
    2013/03/16 by
    It’s been almost six months since we started subleasing office space from a leading, Portland-based startup accelerator called Upstart Labs and it’s been a great ride. The “space” itself is terrific. It’s in an old warehouse in Portland, OR (imagine a creaky, old freight elevator, exposed brick...
  • Improving on "Generation Waiting List" Improving on “Generation Waiting List”
    2013/03/05 by
    There was a really great article in the paper about waiting lists in the big city. The article describes how waiting lists are a fact of life for children and parents living in The Big Apple. We have talked before about how this problem is not exclusive...
  • Real BumbleBees Making News: It's Electric Real BumbleBees Making News: It’s Electric
    2013/02/22 by
    Not related to child care management directly but, there was an irresistable piece on news radio this morning about how BumbleBee’s can detect electric fields (sort of like sensing static electricity). When bees are flying through the air, just the friction of the air and the friction...
  • Credit Card Confusion for Child Care Centers Credit Card Confusion for Child Care Centers
    2013/02/18 by
    We have been working with a few of our customers to accept payment cards for application fees via BumbleBee indirectly. We are taking a “slow and steady” approach because of the significant issues involved in these additions. Our clients have been asking us and we have been...
  • Early Childhood Education Plans from the President's SOTU Early Childhood Education Plans from the President’s SOTU
    2013/02/14 by
    If you are like me, you are apathetic about watching the president’s state of the union, regardless of the president. I know I should, however, the constant applause, the endless anecdotes and the platitudes just do not interest me. So it was with surprise and delight that...
  • Content Calendar Howto for Child Care Centers Editorial Calendar Be Yours: A Child Care Content Calendar
    2013/02/11 by
    A friend of mine works for a small organization with an even smaller marketing budget. She was telling me about putting together a content calendar for 2013 for her tiny but powerful team. When she told me about all of her great ideas, I must admit, I...
  • boost child care productivity with text expandion Productivity Secrets for Childcare Management
    2013/01/20 by
    Kind of a nerdy post but one of those things that will save you hours, if not days, each year....
  • Good Gifts Ideas for Preschool Teachers & Directors Good Gifts Ideas for Preschool Teachers & Directors
    2012/12/20 by
    I was trying to think of something really good and appreciated by child care teachers, administrators and directors. Here is a list of ideas I came up with. A high quality box of tea – Nothing says comfort food more than tea. Small gift card toward a...
  • Summer camp management software that's easy and delicious as smores Introducing: Camp Management Software
    2012/12/20 by
    Managing Camp Enrollment Requires Flexibility Almost simultaneously, three clients approached us about making it easier for them to manage summer camps. The lay observer might ask, “So what’s the big difference between regular school year and camps?” As we learned from these organizations, camps are a very...
  • New Feature: Icons & Stars Increase Childcare Productivity New Feature: Icons & Stars Increase Childcare Productivity
    2012/12/17 by
    We are excited to roll out a few new features that give more you at-a-glance information when browsing through your family information. Icons: BumbleBee displays subtle icons next to each child’s name that indicate useful information, such as siblings or recent family notes. Stars: You can now “star” any...

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