In the age of apps, emails and online learning, running a successful ECE business is all about choosing the right child care management tech stack. From parent communications to behind-the-scenes operations, the better your tools, the stronger your brand. 💪🏼
In fact, employees with access to digital tools report 17% less time spent on manual processes, a 49% increase in personal productivity, and a 30% increase in team collaboration, compared with non-digital workplaces. Plus, 41% say digital tools make their company a more desirable place to work.
In other words, a quality tech stack can directly impact your bottom line. Pretty cool, right?
But just because the numbers are there, doesn’t make it any easier to incorporate new systems and software into an already busy workplace.
ECE centers don’t do downtime — so when is the best time to work on your tech stack?
It’s probably not what you want to hear, but the sooner you can streamline and optimize your tech stack, the sooner you can save time, boost your brand, and better support your teachers and staff.
To get you started, we’ll share what a quality child care management tech stack actually looks like, how it can help build a strong early learning brand, and serve up some simple tips to help you launch new tools as quickly and painlessly as possible.
First off, let’s dive into the details with a few frequently asked questions.
In a nutshell, a child care management tech stack is the combination of digital tools you use to run your ECE centers smoothly, and can include anything from your email server to a company-wide CRM.
Ideally, your tech stack should run in synchronicity — with each tool seamlessly supporting the next. If your tools work in silos, compete with each other, or cause your team to constantly switch in and out of systems, you’ll likely lose time instead of saving it.
There’s no escaping it: we live in a digital age. Your community knows it and so do your competitors.
No matter which way you look at it, going digital is no longer an option — it’s a must.
One of the major obstacles for ECE leaders looking to implement new tech is figuring out the right time.
To get yourself out of the classic ‘We’re too busy this month/quarter/lifetime’ rut, ask yourself this question: When is the right time to boost productivity, enrollment and revenue?
Yep, we thought so. 😉
Here are a few pointers to help bring in new tools, no matter how busy you are:
Now that you know what a child care management tech stack is and why it matters, it’s time to talk about what systems and software to include.
At the end of the day, the tools you include in your tech stack is totally up to you and your brand’s unique needs. But there are some things every ECE tech stack needs to provide:
We can’t talk about the child care management tech stack without mentioning integration.
Chances are you already use at least one digital tool to run your preschools and centers — and chances are your employees are used to it. It probably has (at least some) features you could never let go of.
We’ve got great news:
You can introduce new technology and still keep the tools you love.
Integration is the name of the game when building a quality tech stack, so here are a few tips to make sure your toolbox is as streamlined as possible:
Building a quality tech stack can feel like a huge mountain to climb — especially when you’re running a busy child care business with little to no downtime.
But in the digital age where technology is an expectation rather than a nice-to-have, ECE leaders no longer have a choice about whether to ‘go digital’ or not.
Still, that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult.
With the right approach and a strategic plan, creating your ideal child care management tech stack can be simple — and leave you with a happier, more productive and better connected community.