There are many reasons that can make a daycare owner stop and say: that’s it, we’re having a fundraiser.
The most common ones are very simple: there are a lot of things you want to do to make your daycare better for parents and kids, and your current revenue can’t cover them. That’s where daycare fundraising comes into play.
And with Hopping In, you can start a great fundraiser that never stops. You don’t even need to sell donuts and cookies – just vacant spots.
Hopping In for Daycare Owners
Waitlist is the dream but it can take time to get there. Most daycare centers aren’t full every day which results in less opportunities for making them really stand out.
What Hopping In does is it lets you get customers on a short notice. It incentivizes parents, staff and owners at the same time – everyone gets something from participating.
It’s also very simple to use:
1) You open empty spots or a parent drops them
2) Other parents choose the spots they need
3) Payment is processed quickly so you see your earnings right away
It makes the process of daycare fundraising easy for everyone. You can earn from empty daycare spots, parents can get daycare on demand, and you can even use the extra revenue to motivate your staff.
Hopping In works both for new and current customers, owners and parents, and even lets you make use of both full slots and partially empty slots.
Let’s take a look at pros for parents and staff.
Hopping In for Parents
For parents, it’s your daycare’s availability whenever they need it. You may know your empty spots, but they don’t.
That’s where Hopping In comes in handy: it displays vacant or absent spots on a booking calendar, so part timers or drop in kids and parents can book extra time without spending time on scheduling.
On the other hand, if a child is absent, parents can drop their spot and let someone else take their place. Hopping In lets you select the amount of refund they get from the new booking.
It’s also possible to sell half days and enable a waitlist feature on Hopping In so that parents are notified when a new slot appears.
While this is practical before anything else, it can also show that you care.
Scheduling errors and long work hours are a reality today, and simply allowing parents to see your daycare’s availability can go a long way towards creating a positive atmosphere where they don’t have to worry about juggling work and family.
And for the parents whose kids are absent, getting an opportunity to earn their money back means a lot. Life gets in the way, but your daycare can do its best to help.
Hopping In for Caregivers
Daycare fundraising proceeds need to go towards staff, too. We’ve previously written about how important it is to have professional staff, and additional training might be necessary but hard to finance.
Hopping In is a long-term fundraising solution that helps you maximize revenue per staff, and opens up a variety of new possibilities for improvement.
You can even use it to boost staff morale with gifting and celebrations, making your daycare a great place not just for the kids, but for the people taking care of them, too.
So, what does Hopping In really do?
It lets you earn extra revenue, split the profits with parents and use that money to improve your daycare.
You can use it for new playpens and toys for the kids, structural improvements like new classrooms, or gifting your staff. The choice is yours, but with Hopping In, you have more options.
Short or long term, it’s a solution that can help your daycare. Take a look at this video and see for yourself.
Author: Hopping In Blog
Sholom Strick is an expert on the business of running daycare centers and founder of Hopping In, a tool that helps childcare centers and family daycare providers fill unused spots.
To contact him or for media inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org