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Marissa Schneggenburger

How Technology Can Help You Better Manage After School Programs

  • January 27, 2023

The demand for childcare has never been higher, especially when it comes to school-aged kids. In fact, 58% of working parents rely on childcare and a record-high of 104,000 Americans missed work in October, 2022 because of childcare problems. With the average workday ending around 5 p.m. and the average school day ending around 3 p.m., families need after school care. 

After school programs have provided a valuable service for families all over the world. In addition to care and supervision, these afterschool programs offer enrichment activities to further child development.

To ensure the continued success of these programs as their role they play for families and communities expands, finding a software solution to accommodate them is key. Now, there are childcare management systems that take the same efficiencies they bring to preschools to afterschool programs. With features like enrollment, automatic billing and invoicing, bulk check-in/check-out, parent communications, and more, afterschool programs can operate more efficiently, providing a better experience for families everywhere. Keep reading to learn more about how Kangarootime uses their software to help optimize after school programs. 

How Kangarootime powers after school programs 

Get the full picture of enrollment and attendance

Administrators have the power to create custom enrollment links in order to capture the information they need from parents, saving time on registration. Additionally, providers can use these tools to track current attendance, monitor incoming leads, and enroll new families quickly. Combined, these capabilities make it easier to provide care to more families by streamlining manual calculations and enrollment processes. 

Gain insights and analyze reports to make informed decisions

Analytics provide the capabilities to forecast enrollment trends, staffing needs and expected revenue. With insight and reporting, operators are in control of their business. Now, providers can make important decisions based on real data, propelling their business forward.

Provide a beautiful parent experience

Using the parent app, after school programs can better connect to families and let them follow along with their child’s day. They can even send photos and videos, share upcoming events, broadcast important messages, and provide convenient ways to pay through in-app payments and autopay.  Providing exceptional value to parents is crucial for a thriving childcare business and Kangarootime makes it easy.

Increase revenue by offering flexible care

Families’ schedules are constantly changing. Being able to offer flexible care is extremely valuable for unpredictable schedules. Now, parents can add or drop spots last-minute based on the program’s settings through our Drop-in Care feature. This results in happier parents, a full program, and more recognized revenue. 

These are just a few of the benefits Kangarootime offers. Hear from the after school programs we work with and why they love using Kangarootime. 

Hear from real users

“Customer service is top notch. We have enjoyed working with the KT team and look forward to our continued partnership. The platform is simple to use for the end user. The apps work great and the reporting is better than any we have seen.”  – Jeremy M., Alphabest Education

If you’re interested in learning more about Kangarootime and how we might help, choose a time to chat with our sales team or fill out the form below and someone will be in touch.


Kangarootime brings childcare together with all of the tools centers need to succeed. One, easy-to-use system helps ECE professionals run their business more efficiently while optimizing their classrooms, connecting with families, and empowering staff. Our passionate team of industry experts has a heart for learning and is committed to being a partner to the childcare community. We’ve been serving providers since 2015 and together, we’re advancing childcare forward. To learn more, visit kangarootime.com.

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