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NAFCC and Minute Menu Systems Team to Promote Quality and Professionalism in Family Child Care
Minute Menu Systems and NAFCC team to bring awareness of professional development and business management tools to child care providers across the U.S.
By: Alice J. St. John
Minute Menu offers Minute Menu Kids, an on-line software system that helps child care providers plan activities designed to spur child development, plan nutritious meals, prepare their taxes as home-based businesses, help parents pay via automated direct deposit, and give parents daily or weekly reports on the status of their children. Now, Minute Menu will also encourage existing users to join the NAFCC for ongoing professional development – including help pursuing a Child Development Associates degree. Additionally, NAFCC is able to offer Minute Menu Kids at a discount to all of its members. By raising awareness of the tools available to family child care providers for professional development and business management, these two agencies hope their partnership will improve the quality child care in the US.
The potential impact of this partnership on the larger child care community is considerable. The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the national leader of a network of state and local associations that work across the country to promote quality family child care by giving child care providers access to educational and professional resources and by providing the opportunity for independent accreditation—
“We’re not aware of any previous partnership between technology and advocacy that has the potential scale of this agreement,” said Natalie Clark, Chief Financial Officer for Minute Menu Systems. “It’
Through this partnership, NAFCC members receive a 10% discount on subscriptions to the Minute Menu Kids Pro child care business management software—which was designed by child care experts to specifically meet the needs of family child care providers. Additionally, Minute Menu will be adding NAFCC-specific resources for providers within its Minute Menu Kids software. Minute Menu will also provide sponsorship for the 19th Annual NAFCC conference “Defining New Horizons: Charting a Course to Quality Early Learning” to be held June 25-27, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland.
About Minute Menu Systems, LLC: Minute Menu Systems provides software solutions to meet the business management and Food Program needs of all aspects of the child care community. Over 100,000 child care providers use Minute Menu products each month to track and report Child and Adult Care Food Program reimbursement data to sponsors and state agencies. Currently Minute Menu has nearly 300 sponsors in over 40 states using the Minute Menu HX software to facilitate monthly provider claims. Minute Menu also offers the only comprehensive software made specifically for family child care providers, Minute Menu Kids Pro. Minute Menu is based out of Richardson, Texas. For more information, visit www.minutemenukids.com.
About NAFCC: The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. For over 25 years, the NAFCC has worked to achieve this goal by offering high quality training and educational experiences, leadership and networking opportunities, and NAFCC accreditation. For more information, visit www.nafcc.org.
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Minute Menu Systems provides software solutions to meet the business management and Food Program needs of all aspects of the child care community.