Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business Blog

  • Questions and Answers About KidKare Accounting

    I’ve been presenting webinars “How to Use KidKare Accounting” over the past two weeks. Many family child care providers are unfamiliar with how the Accounting section works and posed many questions during the webinars. Here are some from the first...[…]

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  • Reducing the Financial Toll of Emergencies

    Emergencies can cause injuries, property damage, and emotional trauma. They can also take a financial toll. Here are five steps you can take to plan ahead so you recover as quickly as possible. Establish an emergency fund Emergencies are always...[…]

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  • How Insurance Protects You in an Emergency

    You can’t prevent natural disasters and some emergencies, but having the proper insurance can significantly reduce the costs associated with one. Insurance is a significant tool that helps protect family child care providers from natural disasters, accidents, vandalism, theft and...[…]

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  • How to Use KidKare Accounting: Free Webinars with Tom Copeland

    Want to learn more about the Accounting features of the KidKare (formerly called Minute Menu Kids Pro) record keeping software program? Then join me as I present a free webinar on “How to Use KidKare Accounting.” Whether you have never...[…]

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  • The Food Program is Still a Great Deal!

    The recent announcement that the Food Program reimbursement rates did not go up for the coming year is discouraging to many family child care providers. In my discussions with providers across the country I know that many are under a...[…]

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  • Webinar August 10th: Communicating with Clients: The Importance of Strong Contracts and Policies

    For many family child care provider, it’s not the child that is the problem; it’s the parents! My next webinar is on Communicating with Clients: The Importance of Strong Contracts and Policies. It will be held on Thursday, August 10th,...[…]

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  • 2017-2018 Food Program Rates Announced

    The 2017-2018 Child and Adult Food Program reimbursement rates for family child care providers have just been released. These rates will be in effect from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Here’s the announcement of the new rates. For...[…]

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  • Using Celebrations to Promote Your Program

    Party! Party! Party! That’s one way to describe what family child providers do. Practically every day is a party. You celebrate Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Big Bird’s birthday, July 4th, children’s birthdays, and so on. Parties and celebrations can also...[…]

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  • Telling Parents Where Your Money Goes

    Some parents may think you make a lot more money than you really do. They look at what they pay you each week, multiply it by the number of children in your program and falsely conclude that you make a...[…]

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  • Hawaii Conference Rescheduled in December 2017 – Sold Out!

    Update: This conference is now sold out. The next conference will be held in Scotland in May, 2018. See conference details. The Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul Child Care Conference has been rescheduled for December 3 – 10, 2017...[…]

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