Changelog

Changelog

New updates and improvements to Playground

New updates and improvements to Playground

Jun 10, 2024

Enterprise Custom Fields & Student Note Permissions

v516

2 Releases

24 Improvements

4 Fixes

Role-based permissions for sharing student notes
Role-based permissions for sharing student notes

This week we added many small improvements around exporting data from Playground, billing improvements, and duplicate prevention.

Releases

  • Enterprises can now manage all custom fields on a single page

  • Able to set role based permissions for sharing notes on student profiles

Improvements

  • Added setting that allows families to pay more than their total to accrue credit towards their balance

  • Revenue summary report now includes a forward and backwards balance

  • Added better loading state for schedules throughout the mobile app

  • Submitting data through Kindersystems now shows you when there are duplicates

  • Improved student duplicate prevention

  • Student profile now shows you the source of where a student was created from

  • Playground is now able to merge custom fields between schools on the backend. Reach out if you need custom fields cleaned up

  • Added an autopay percentage tracker on the top of the statements screen to better track who has autopay on

  • Able to update all debits across an enterprise with the item page on enterprise

  • Added custom post option for admin only. This can be used to internally track information on students

  • Added commission option to payroll

  • Added many more absence options to payroll

  • Enterprise enrollment table now has much more information

  • Billing period digest is now live for everyone

  • Added second to last monthly due dates

  • Staff can now view their paystubs from their profile on the web dashboard

  • Able to download classroom forecasting

  • Able to add guardian custom fields to custom reports

  • Payroll onboarding now includes more information on the staff members to assist with setup

  • Forecasting now works with non-recurring schedules

  • Clicking a pending payroll now takes you to the summary screen

  • Payouts tab now contains much more information breaking down what is getting paid out when

  • Able to download information from the enterprise enrollment screen

  • More details shown when running staff payroll reports

Fixes

  • Staff are no longer prompted to transition classrooms if they are not currently signed in

  • Fixed issue with drop-in fees showing when there is nothing due

  • Fixed program sorting for number enrolled and checked-in

  • Fixed issue with overdue emails

Jun 10, 2024

Enterprise Custom Fields & Student Note Permissions

v516

2 Releases

24 Improvements

4 Fixes

Role-based permissions for sharing student notes

This week we added many small improvements around exporting data from Playground, billing improvements, and duplicate prevention.

Releases

  • Enterprises can now manage all custom fields on a single page

  • Able to set role based permissions for sharing notes on student profiles

Improvements

  • Added setting that allows families to pay more than their total to accrue credit towards their balance

  • Revenue summary report now includes a forward and backwards balance

  • Added better loading state for schedules throughout the mobile app

  • Submitting data through Kindersystems now shows you when there are duplicates

  • Improved student duplicate prevention

  • Student profile now shows you the source of where a student was created from

  • Playground is now able to merge custom fields between schools on the backend. Reach out if you need custom fields cleaned up

  • Added an autopay percentage tracker on the top of the statements screen to better track who has autopay on

  • Able to update all debits across an enterprise with the item page on enterprise

  • Added custom post option for admin only. This can be used to internally track information on students

  • Added commission option to payroll

  • Added many more absence options to payroll

  • Enterprise enrollment table now has much more information

  • Billing period digest is now live for everyone

  • Added second to last monthly due dates

  • Staff can now view their paystubs from their profile on the web dashboard

  • Able to download classroom forecasting

  • Able to add guardian custom fields to custom reports

  • Payroll onboarding now includes more information on the staff members to assist with setup

  • Forecasting now works with non-recurring schedules

  • Clicking a pending payroll now takes you to the summary screen

  • Payouts tab now contains much more information breaking down what is getting paid out when

  • Able to download information from the enterprise enrollment screen

  • More details shown when running staff payroll reports

Fixes

  • Staff are no longer prompted to transition classrooms if they are not currently signed in

  • Fixed issue with drop-in fees showing when there is nothing due

  • Fixed program sorting for number enrolled and checked-in

  • Fixed issue with overdue emails

Jun 3, 2024

Enterprise Enrollment Dashboards & Archiving Chats

v516

2 Releases

15 Improvements

2 Fixes

Enrollment management for multi-site
Enrollment management for multi-site

The focus this week and next week are around adding polish. As we onboard new programs, staff, and families to Playground this summer, we're ensuring every experience feels snappy and smooth. You should start noticing different parts of Playground getting small facelifts and feeling faster to use. If you find an area that's slow, please reach out and let our team know as we'd love to improve the experience for you.

As enrollment for summer camp ramps up and finalizes, we added multi-site enrollment dashboards to make it easier to track applications across multiple locations. It's now easy to see the exact changes and new applications in one place.

Also as summer camp starts, many school year chats are no longer needed. Instead of deleting chats that may contain pictures and information that you want to keep, you can archive chats to prevent new messages from being sent. This way, it is all still searchable and stored on Playground, but families and staff will use the correct chats to communicate.

Releases

  • Enterprise enrollment dashboard is now in beta! Manage all your enrollments in one place

  • Able to archive chats instead of deleting them

Improvements

  • More charts and graphs on our dashboards

  • GL codes added to transaction tables

  • Able to edit accounting codes on credits

  • GL codes added to revenue summary report

  • Able to bulk update billing plan GL codes

  • Student names now show on switch accounts everywhere

  • Improved error messages when editing a listing plan

  • Able to add descriptions on bulk deposits

  • Sped up the entire website for programs with many applications

  • Paperwork is now much faster for all new paperwork created

  • Drop-in care got another round of polish across the board

  • Added more options to cloning locations

  • Able to filter programs by other program enrollments

  • Able to see when family payment methods were added and who it belongs to

  • Listing plans can now have the same start and end time for before/after school

Fixes

  • Removed issue with sibling refunds showing on single student statements

  • Fixed new lines not being respected on student notes

Jun 3, 2024

Enterprise Enrollment Dashboards & Archiving Chats

v516

2 Releases

15 Improvements

2 Fixes

Enrollment management for multi-site

The focus this week and next week are around adding polish. As we onboard new programs, staff, and families to Playground this summer, we're ensuring every experience feels snappy and smooth. You should start noticing different parts of Playground getting small facelifts and feeling faster to use. If you find an area that's slow, please reach out and let our team know as we'd love to improve the experience for you.

As enrollment for summer camp ramps up and finalizes, we added multi-site enrollment dashboards to make it easier to track applications across multiple locations. It's now easy to see the exact changes and new applications in one place.

Also as summer camp starts, many school year chats are no longer needed. Instead of deleting chats that may contain pictures and information that you want to keep, you can archive chats to prevent new messages from being sent. This way, it is all still searchable and stored on Playground, but families and staff will use the correct chats to communicate.

Releases

  • Enterprise enrollment dashboard is now in beta! Manage all your enrollments in one place

  • Able to archive chats instead of deleting them

Improvements

  • More charts and graphs on our dashboards

  • GL codes added to transaction tables

  • Able to edit accounting codes on credits

  • GL codes added to revenue summary report

  • Able to bulk update billing plan GL codes

  • Student names now show on switch accounts everywhere

  • Improved error messages when editing a listing plan

  • Able to add descriptions on bulk deposits

  • Sped up the entire website for programs with many applications

  • Paperwork is now much faster for all new paperwork created

  • Drop-in care got another round of polish across the board

  • Added more options to cloning locations

  • Able to filter programs by other program enrollments

  • Able to see when family payment methods were added and who it belongs to

  • Listing plans can now have the same start and end time for before/after school

Fixes

  • Removed issue with sibling refunds showing on single student statements

  • Fixed new lines not being respected on student notes

May 27, 2024

Drop-in Care Beta & Homepage Coming Soon

v516

2 Releases

34 Improvements

7 Fixes

Drop in care for child care
Drop in care for child care

Playground is moving faster! We have brought on more engineering talent and are hiring for more. You should see the pace of our development continuously increasing so that we can build you the best child care management system out there :)

Drop-in care is now in beta! If you want to allow families to book care directly through Playground, they can now check availability, book times, and pay, all through the app. You can use this to fill up any open spots or seats and set your own pricing and availability.

Playground is also building a homepage for you to see all of the most important charts, graphs, and information about your school in one place. Please reach out to use if you have ideas for different data or chart that you would like to see when we release this in the next few weeks!

Releases

  • Drop-in care is in beta! Please reach out to your rep if you'd like this turned on for your school

  • Coming soon — single site and enterprise dashboards. We added 7 new enterprise graphs and dashboards. Let us know what you'd want to see on a dashboard home page

Improvements

  • Able to filter by autopay status on invoices table

  • Added totals rows to more payment reports

  • Payroll now pre-populates PTO and overtime hours

  • Recording mileage now tries to pre-fill information based on previous trips to the same place

  • Able to create mileage entries when recording new expenses

  • Able to add check numbers when paying out staff with checks

  • Added invoice summary numbers to the top of invoices table

  • Able to see next payment date on invoices table

  • Able to bulk download latest invoices sent out to families

  • Adding expenses now shows more information on categorizations

  • Greatly improved transferring students between locations

  • Enrollment now supports split family billing

  • Staff hours reports now include a lot more information

  • Student name now shows when switching between accounts

  • Able to un-review a paperwork submission

  • Staff paperwork now has total incomplete badges

  • Able to add or subtract weeks at a time on the resource view for schedules

  • Daily attendance fee approvals now shows first and last check-in time

  • Pulling old custom reports now has better loading states

  • Admins can now view student schedules on the mobile app

  • Able to review paperwork directly on the student profile

  • Improved the Kisi door lock onboarding process

  • Improved searching and sorting on the staff table

  • Added a disabled payments banner when payments are turned off by the admin

  • Able to skip inactive recipients when creating a post

  • Before and after care now supports same start and end time on enrollment plans

  • Labels on documents look a lot cleaner when generating PDFs now

  • Student names are now clickable on all tables

  • Lesson activities page now has much more information on the table

  • Lesson activities can now be filtered by classroom and category

  • Playground will now help you upload any staff rosters that fail

  • Added a print button to the payroll summary screen

  • If trying to add a staff member that already exists, a banner will let you know and make it easy to mark the staff as active

  • Newsletters can be sent from the center's reply-to email instead of the user’s email

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with being able to click into a loading row on tables

  • Fixed editing full day calendar events

  • Fixed issue with updating staff names not taking effect

  • Fixed issue with birthday exports on enrollment showing in different formats

  • Quick sign students now respects classroom settings for signatures required

  • Fixed filters hiding the table on custom reports

  • Fixed issue where regenerating documents would not paste labels

May 27, 2024

Drop-in Care Beta & Homepage Coming Soon

v516

2 Releases

34 Improvements

7 Fixes

Drop in care for child care

Playground is moving faster! We have brought on more engineering talent and are hiring for more. You should see the pace of our development continuously increasing so that we can build you the best child care management system out there :)

Drop-in care is now in beta! If you want to allow families to book care directly through Playground, they can now check availability, book times, and pay, all through the app. You can use this to fill up any open spots or seats and set your own pricing and availability.

Playground is also building a homepage for you to see all of the most important charts, graphs, and information about your school in one place. Please reach out to use if you have ideas for different data or chart that you would like to see when we release this in the next few weeks!

Releases

  • Drop-in care is in beta! Please reach out to your rep if you'd like this turned on for your school

  • Coming soon — single site and enterprise dashboards. We added 7 new enterprise graphs and dashboards. Let us know what you'd want to see on a dashboard home page

Improvements

  • Able to filter by autopay status on invoices table

  • Added totals rows to more payment reports

  • Payroll now pre-populates PTO and overtime hours

  • Recording mileage now tries to pre-fill information based on previous trips to the same place

  • Able to create mileage entries when recording new expenses

  • Able to add check numbers when paying out staff with checks

  • Added invoice summary numbers to the top of invoices table

  • Able to see next payment date on invoices table

  • Able to bulk download latest invoices sent out to families

  • Adding expenses now shows more information on categorizations

  • Greatly improved transferring students between locations

  • Enrollment now supports split family billing

  • Staff hours reports now include a lot more information

  • Student name now shows when switching between accounts

  • Able to un-review a paperwork submission

  • Staff paperwork now has total incomplete badges

  • Able to add or subtract weeks at a time on the resource view for schedules

  • Daily attendance fee approvals now shows first and last check-in time

  • Pulling old custom reports now has better loading states

  • Admins can now view student schedules on the mobile app

  • Able to review paperwork directly on the student profile

  • Improved the Kisi door lock onboarding process

  • Improved searching and sorting on the staff table

  • Added a disabled payments banner when payments are turned off by the admin

  • Able to skip inactive recipients when creating a post

  • Before and after care now supports same start and end time on enrollment plans

  • Labels on documents look a lot cleaner when generating PDFs now

  • Student names are now clickable on all tables

  • Lesson activities page now has much more information on the table

  • Lesson activities can now be filtered by classroom and category

  • Playground will now help you upload any staff rosters that fail

  • Added a print button to the payroll summary screen

  • If trying to add a staff member that already exists, a banner will let you know and make it easy to mark the staff as active

  • Newsletters can be sent from the center's reply-to email instead of the user’s email

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with being able to click into a loading row on tables

  • Fixed editing full day calendar events

  • Fixed issue with updating staff names not taking effect

  • Fixed issue with birthday exports on enrollment showing in different formats

  • Quick sign students now respects classroom settings for signatures required

  • Fixed filters hiding the table on custom reports

  • Fixed issue where regenerating documents would not paste labels

May 20, 2024

Marketing Updates & Custom Reporting on Guardians

v515

2 Releases

13 Improvements

7 Fixes

Marketing to inactive families
Marketing to inactive families

Two big releases this week in addition to 20 more improvements & fixes. Families with inactive students can now be sent emails and text notifications from the feed if they are located in inactive programs - this is great for marketing and communicating to families that aren't actively enrolled yet. And, custom reports can now include guardian information - a large request that's now live!

Releases

  • Inactive students can now be sent emails and text notifications — this is a large update! You can now market to inactive families on Playground

  • Custom reports can now report on custom guardians generally

Improvements

  • Revenue summary reports now group incidental billing

  • Able to mark form fields on custom posts as required or optional

  • Able to edit pay date when editing payrolls for off-cycle payrolls

  • Able to see the date payment method was added on payment method reports

  • Able to bulk upload staff across enterprises

  • Able to see student programs on paperwork overview dashboard

  • Able to see signatures on web for custom posts (such as injury reports)

  • Able to reapply credits to debits one by one

  • Added a banner to alert users if there are debits that have been paid before other debits that are due earlier

  • Added an advanced feature to granularly remap credits to debits

  • Able to mark guardians as primary on roster upload

  • Improved payroll email communication

  • Improved mobile feed performance and stability

Fixes

  • Subsidy deposit filters now save

  • Enterprises can no longer remove schools that have processed payments

  • Added center name to more enterprise reports

  • Fixed birthday report not calculating on all birthday formats

  • Fixed bug on name to face tracking

  • Fixed sorting on connected fields for enterprises

  • Deleted plans on enrollment will no longer show up as an option for switching plans

May 20, 2024

Marketing Updates & Custom Reporting on Guardians

v515

2 Releases

13 Improvements

7 Fixes

Marketing to inactive families

Two big releases this week in addition to 20 more improvements & fixes. Families with inactive students can now be sent emails and text notifications from the feed if they are located in inactive programs - this is great for marketing and communicating to families that aren't actively enrolled yet. And, custom reports can now include guardian information - a large request that's now live!

Releases

  • Inactive students can now be sent emails and text notifications — this is a large update! You can now market to inactive families on Playground

  • Custom reports can now report on custom guardians generally

Improvements

  • Revenue summary reports now group incidental billing

  • Able to mark form fields on custom posts as required or optional

  • Able to edit pay date when editing payrolls for off-cycle payrolls

  • Able to see the date payment method was added on payment method reports

  • Able to bulk upload staff across enterprises

  • Able to see student programs on paperwork overview dashboard

  • Able to see signatures on web for custom posts (such as injury reports)

  • Able to reapply credits to debits one by one

  • Added a banner to alert users if there are debits that have been paid before other debits that are due earlier

  • Added an advanced feature to granularly remap credits to debits

  • Able to mark guardians as primary on roster upload

  • Improved payroll email communication

  • Improved mobile feed performance and stability

Fixes

  • Subsidy deposit filters now save

  • Enterprises can no longer remove schools that have processed payments

  • Added center name to more enterprise reports

  • Fixed birthday report not calculating on all birthday formats

  • Fixed bug on name to face tracking

  • Fixed sorting on connected fields for enterprises

  • Deleted plans on enrollment will no longer show up as an option for switching plans

May 13, 2024

Payroll General Availability, Autopay/Invoices Update Emails, & Custom Report Previews

v515

3 Releases

17 Improvements

5 Fixes

Payroll for child care
Payroll for child care

Payroll is now officially in general availability! This is available to all child care businesses besides multi-sites & non-profits outside of California, Florida, New York, & Texas (we're working tirelessly to make sure these program types will be able to use Playground Payroll as soon as possible).

Folks who have switched to Playground Payroll were able to replace Gusto, ADP, Quickbooks, and/or Paychex as their payroll provider. Seamlessly pay your employees with our state of the art embedded payroll functionality. The platform automatically files taxes with local, state, and federal agencies, produces W2s & 1099s, direct deposits with deductions and tax calculations. You can also enroll in benefits and 401(k) through our automatic integration partners.

If you're switching from an existing provider, our team will even migrate your historical payroll data for you! You can get started under the Payroll tab of your dashboard or reach out to us if you have any questions.

Releases

  • Payroll is now in general availability!

  • Billing period summary & autopay reminders! We are doing a slow roll out, so expect to start seeing this in your inbox the day before autopay starting in the next few days

  • Added a table preview to custom reports — you can now view them in browser before downloading them

Improvements

  • More benefit information is displayed when processing payroll

  • Creating a new school now allows you to duplicate tons of data from a “template“ school for enterprise users

  • Added better helpers to not allow duplicate custom fields on enterprise

  • Improved the name to face flow on the mobile app

  • No longer see inactive staff when running payroll

  • Payroll tables are now paginated with a view more button so only the most relevant information is visible

  • Improved the feature activation pages for each of our features. It will now give more information and insight into what each feature does

  • Providers can now view all imported payrolls from their previous provider

  • Added `isCheck` to sleeping report to make it more clear what was a check vs a full nap

  • Can now delete documents directly from the student paperwork folder

  • Draft and upcoming payrolls are now easier to create from the payroll homepage

  • Removed old enrollment option where parents could select days of week they were coming in favor of before/after care selection + schedules

  • Added routing for parents for live chat to better assist with common questions automatically

  • Camp billing can now be invoiced on the day camp starts

  • Able to only allow full week selection on camp listings on enrollment

  • Added monthly menu print-outs

  • Able to generate statements directly from the statements table for multiple families at once (or the entire school!)

Fixes

  • Fixed a visual glitch with Playground Credit Cards that showed disputed transactions incorrectly

  • Fixed bug with parents viewing student schedules on the mobile app showing too much information

  • Fixed bug where some downloads of CSV’s with commas would be incorrectly formatted

  • Student program enrollments tab now shows all enrollments

  • Fixed issue where emails were failing due to attachments being too large on emails

May 13, 2024

Payroll General Availability, Autopay/Invoices Update Emails, & Custom Report Previews

v515

3 Releases

17 Improvements

5 Fixes

Payroll for child care

Payroll is now officially in general availability! This is available to all child care businesses besides multi-sites & non-profits outside of California, Florida, New York, & Texas (we're working tirelessly to make sure these program types will be able to use Playground Payroll as soon as possible).

Folks who have switched to Playground Payroll were able to replace Gusto, ADP, Quickbooks, and/or Paychex as their payroll provider. Seamlessly pay your employees with our state of the art embedded payroll functionality. The platform automatically files taxes with local, state, and federal agencies, produces W2s & 1099s, direct deposits with deductions and tax calculations. You can also enroll in benefits and 401(k) through our automatic integration partners.

If you're switching from an existing provider, our team will even migrate your historical payroll data for you! You can get started under the Payroll tab of your dashboard or reach out to us if you have any questions.

Releases

  • Payroll is now in general availability!

  • Billing period summary & autopay reminders! We are doing a slow roll out, so expect to start seeing this in your inbox the day before autopay starting in the next few days

  • Added a table preview to custom reports — you can now view them in browser before downloading them

Improvements

  • More benefit information is displayed when processing payroll

  • Creating a new school now allows you to duplicate tons of data from a “template“ school for enterprise users

  • Added better helpers to not allow duplicate custom fields on enterprise

  • Improved the name to face flow on the mobile app

  • No longer see inactive staff when running payroll

  • Payroll tables are now paginated with a view more button so only the most relevant information is visible

  • Improved the feature activation pages for each of our features. It will now give more information and insight into what each feature does

  • Providers can now view all imported payrolls from their previous provider

  • Added `isCheck` to sleeping report to make it more clear what was a check vs a full nap

  • Can now delete documents directly from the student paperwork folder

  • Draft and upcoming payrolls are now easier to create from the payroll homepage

  • Removed old enrollment option where parents could select days of week they were coming in favor of before/after care selection + schedules

  • Added routing for parents for live chat to better assist with common questions automatically

  • Camp billing can now be invoiced on the day camp starts

  • Able to only allow full week selection on camp listings on enrollment

  • Added monthly menu print-outs

  • Able to generate statements directly from the statements table for multiple families at once (or the entire school!)

Fixes

  • Fixed a visual glitch with Playground Credit Cards that showed disputed transactions incorrectly

  • Fixed bug with parents viewing student schedules on the mobile app showing too much information

  • Fixed bug where some downloads of CSV’s with commas would be incorrectly formatted

  • Student program enrollments tab now shows all enrollments

  • Fixed issue where emails were failing due to attachments being too large on emails

May 6, 2024

Pre-Tax, Post-Tax, & Benefit Administration Dashboards

v515

2 Releases

11 Improvements

2 Fixes

Benefits & Simple IRA
Benefits & Simple IRA

This week we released a new dashboard for payroll customers to manage your benefits along with pre-tax and post-tax deductions. This comes along with a handful of quality of life improvements like better program enrollment billing and being able to submit subsidy attendance data to supported states on different cadences.

Releases

  • Added benefit administration dashboard

  • Added pre-tax & post-tax deduction management dashboard

Improvements

  • Enrollment dashboard should be sped up for users with a large number of applications

  • Able now to adjust a student’s schedule after they’ve applied, but before they’re accepted

  • Autopay is now more clear that no funds will be withdrawn if there is no balance on a student

  • Enrollment schedules for before/after school and summer camp now export with enrollment applications

  • Guardian changes now supports more changes

  • Program enrollment billing now defaults to listing start date

  • You can now run subsidy attendance data uploads weekly, biweekly, or monthly

  • Added better process for employee termination

  • Creating paperwork now has more helpful text explaining what each type is

  • Able to add an employee to payroll directly when adding a new staff member

  • Payroll now has larger, more clear modals

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where text would fall off of the modal if too many options selected

  • Fixed signatures showing in the media gallery

May 6, 2024

Pre-Tax, Post-Tax, & Benefit Administration Dashboards

v515

2 Releases

11 Improvements

2 Fixes

Benefits & Simple IRA

This week we released a new dashboard for payroll customers to manage your benefits along with pre-tax and post-tax deductions. This comes along with a handful of quality of life improvements like better program enrollment billing and being able to submit subsidy attendance data to supported states on different cadences.

Releases

  • Added benefit administration dashboard

  • Added pre-tax & post-tax deduction management dashboard

Improvements

  • Enrollment dashboard should be sped up for users with a large number of applications

  • Able now to adjust a student’s schedule after they’ve applied, but before they’re accepted

  • Autopay is now more clear that no funds will be withdrawn if there is no balance on a student

  • Enrollment schedules for before/after school and summer camp now export with enrollment applications

  • Guardian changes now supports more changes

  • Program enrollment billing now defaults to listing start date

  • You can now run subsidy attendance data uploads weekly, biweekly, or monthly

  • Added better process for employee termination

  • Creating paperwork now has more helpful text explaining what each type is

  • Able to add an employee to payroll directly when adding a new staff member

  • Payroll now has larger, more clear modals

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where text would fall off of the modal if too many options selected

  • Fixed signatures showing in the media gallery

Apr 29, 2024

Paperwork Reviews, Check Issuing, & Notes on Sites

v510

4 Releases

16 Improvements

3 Fixes

Paperwork reviews
Paperwork reviews

The big launch this week is paperwork reviews! You can now review individual paperwork submissions and mark them as reviewed. We've also continued to streamline quality of life across the platform with a number of speed-ups and flow improvements, detailed below.

Releases

  • Able to mark paperwork as reviewed

  • Able to pay employees by issuing checks for payroll

  • Able to add notes from enterprise view on individual sites

Improvements

  • Able to sort staff custom fields

  • Able to report on all vs active students for student data reports

  • Able to update guardians to primary through roster upload

  • It is now much more clear when a custom email template is being used vs default Playground templates

  • Easier to run new payroll with “not yet started” payrolls

  • Bulk operations got a big update on the backend, so expect large data operations to move a lot more quickly in the future. This includes classroom transitions, signing, and name to face

  • Improved create payroll flow to show only relevant information

  • Able to sort by attendance in mobile roster

  • Able to add media to staff notes

  • Able to filter custom fields by role / user type

  • Able to share custom field visibility with guardians

  • Guardian changes now show the specific property & field that was changed

  • Improved process for deleting roles

  • Staff form improvements

  • Added additional payroll emails to update on status of payrolls

Fixes

  • Fixed bug with duplicating newsletters not able to save

  • Fixed default state value on school address

  • Statements now correctly show multiple discounts

Apr 29, 2024

Paperwork Reviews, Check Issuing, & Notes on Sites

v510

4 Releases

16 Improvements

3 Fixes

Paperwork reviews

The big launch this week is paperwork reviews! You can now review individual paperwork submissions and mark them as reviewed. We've also continued to streamline quality of life across the platform with a number of speed-ups and flow improvements, detailed below.

Releases

  • Able to mark paperwork as reviewed

  • Able to pay employees by issuing checks for payroll

  • Able to add notes from enterprise view on individual sites

Improvements

  • Able to sort staff custom fields

  • Able to report on all vs active students for student data reports

  • Able to update guardians to primary through roster upload

  • It is now much more clear when a custom email template is being used vs default Playground templates

  • Easier to run new payroll with “not yet started” payrolls

  • Bulk operations got a big update on the backend, so expect large data operations to move a lot more quickly in the future. This includes classroom transitions, signing, and name to face

  • Improved create payroll flow to show only relevant information

  • Able to sort by attendance in mobile roster

  • Able to add media to staff notes

  • Able to filter custom fields by role / user type

  • Able to share custom field visibility with guardians

  • Guardian changes now show the specific property & field that was changed

  • Improved process for deleting roles

  • Staff form improvements

  • Added additional payroll emails to update on status of payrolls

Fixes

  • Fixed bug with duplicating newsletters not able to save

  • Fixed default state value on school address

  • Statements now correctly show multiple discounts

Apr 22, 2024

401(k) & Retirement Accounts, Worker's Compensation, & Billing Exemptions

v510

4 Releases

11 Improvements

3 Fixes

401(k) and worker's comp for child care
401(k) and worker's comp for child care

Playground has two new exciting integrations this week!

We launched an integration with Guideline to help manage 401k and retirement accounts automatically. Playground can help manage direct contributions to staff accounts.

We also launched an integration with Next to manage worker's compensation insurance and payments.

Releases

  • 401k & Retirement account administration through Guideline

  • Worker's compensation management through Next Insurance

  • Able to exempt families from autopay

  • Able to exempt families from automated invoicing & reminders

  • Added forgiven fee report

Improvements

  • Able to run payroll for inactive employees

  • Able to edit staff hours directly while running payroll

  • Clearer tax summary when running payroll

  • Name to face dashboard now runs 15x faster

  • Improved loading time when switching accounts

  • Names are now first + last, instead of just name field

  • Improved search on dropdown inputs

  • Able to enroll students into programs while editing applications

  • Added last sign in date on enterprise admin

  • White label emails no longer contain Playground footer image

Fixes

  • Fixed PDF fields moving slightly when filling out multiple different sized PDFs on enrollment

  • Fixed navigation when enterprise admin complete document

  • Fixed labels on fillable PDFs when editing as an admin

Apr 22, 2024

401(k) & Retirement Accounts, Worker's Compensation, & Billing Exemptions

v510

4 Releases

11 Improvements

3 Fixes

401(k) and worker's comp for child care

Playground has two new exciting integrations this week!

We launched an integration with Guideline to help manage 401k and retirement accounts automatically. Playground can help manage direct contributions to staff accounts.

We also launched an integration with Next to manage worker's compensation insurance and payments.

Releases

  • 401k & Retirement account administration through Guideline

  • Worker's compensation management through Next Insurance

  • Able to exempt families from autopay

  • Able to exempt families from automated invoicing & reminders

  • Added forgiven fee report

Improvements

  • Able to run payroll for inactive employees

  • Able to edit staff hours directly while running payroll

  • Clearer tax summary when running payroll

  • Name to face dashboard now runs 15x faster

  • Improved loading time when switching accounts

  • Names are now first + last, instead of just name field

  • Improved search on dropdown inputs

  • Able to enroll students into programs while editing applications

  • Added last sign in date on enterprise admin

  • White label emails no longer contain Playground footer image

Fixes

  • Fixed PDF fields moving slightly when filling out multiple different sized PDFs on enrollment

  • Fixed navigation when enterprise admin complete document

  • Fixed labels on fillable PDFs when editing as an admin

Apr 15, 2024

Staff Note Attachments & Enrollment Updates

v510

1 Releases

11 Improvements

2 Fixes

Staff profile attachments
Staff profile attachments

In this week's release, we added a long time request to support adding attachments to staff profile notes. We also improved listing duplication, enrollment management, and payroll (where we are continuing to let off more and more folks off the waitlist each week).

Releases

  • Added attachments to staff profile notes

Improvements

  • Added ability to include family handbook when duplicating listings

  • Added meal subsidy status import when uploading rosters

  • Ratio filters now save

  • Improved "primary" checkbox when adding guardians. Now defaults based on relationship type

  • Added student name as a variable in building emails for enrollment

  • Added before/after date selections on enrollment board

  • Improved logic on start and end dates for accepting students on enrollment

  • Improved handling of payroll reports when no data available

  • Improved pay date modal for payroll

  • Able to duplicate enterprise documents between locations when duplicating enrollment listings

  • Added filters for checked-in/out and absent when making posts on web

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with enterprises managing roles or not able to edit roles when clicking into a single site

  • More consistent wording about paperwork throughout the website and mobile app

Apr 15, 2024

Staff Note Attachments & Enrollment Updates

v510

1 Releases

11 Improvements

2 Fixes

Staff profile attachments

In this week's release, we added a long time request to support adding attachments to staff profile notes. We also improved listing duplication, enrollment management, and payroll (where we are continuing to let off more and more folks off the waitlist each week).

Releases

  • Added attachments to staff profile notes

Improvements

  • Added ability to include family handbook when duplicating listings

  • Added meal subsidy status import when uploading rosters

  • Ratio filters now save

  • Improved "primary" checkbox when adding guardians. Now defaults based on relationship type

  • Added student name as a variable in building emails for enrollment

  • Added before/after date selections on enrollment board

  • Improved logic on start and end dates for accepting students on enrollment

  • Improved handling of payroll reports when no data available

  • Improved pay date modal for payroll

  • Able to duplicate enterprise documents between locations when duplicating enrollment listings

  • Added filters for checked-in/out and absent when making posts on web

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with enterprises managing roles or not able to edit roles when clicking into a single site

  • More consistent wording about paperwork throughout the website and mobile app

Apr 8, 2024

Fire Tablets & Drop-in Care

v510

2 Releases

16 Improvements

6 Fixes

Playground is now officially available on the Amazon App Store, so it can be downloaded on Fire Tablets! Additionally, our team polished a bunch of common workflows to continue streamlining things like fee approvals, subsidized payments, and paperwork. We made a number of improvements across the entire product to make the app and website feel even snappier.

Releases

  • Playground is now live on the Amazon App Store! Download here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CZSD7BLC/

  • Drop-in care is going to be released soon! Make unused capacity available for parents to book drop-in care directly from the app.

Improvements

  • Student names on fee approvals are now clickable

  • Made fields easier to fill out on mobile for paperwork

  • No longer require a schedule on enrollment

  • Improved empty state when filters applied

  • Able to manage custom fields at the enterprise level

  • First load on web is now much snappier for larger centers

  • Paperwork activation metric improved

  • Able to clone subsidy agencies when cloning schools

  • Able to do net pay splits between bank accounts as a staff member allowing earnings to be deposited into multiple bank accounts

  • Added W2 previews for payroll

  • Able to see all tax documents and filing authorizations for payroll

  • When running payroll, now able to see taxes paid per employee in addition to aggregate taxes

  • New notice saying that attendance submissions have been sent for deleted students

  • Able to search by student nickname

  • Able to hide service dates on statements

  • Able to adjust plan on enrollment applications before accepting students

Fixes

  • No longer able to create negative debits

  • Fix adding meals in different timezones causing wrong hours to appear

  • Fixed timezone issue with applying to camp out of state causing hours to look incorrect

  • Fix name to face causing staff to also be switched when unintended

  • Fix form "not equal to" logic not always applying

  • Removed old accepted days and day selector on enrollment in favor of schedules

Apr 8, 2024

Fire Tablets & Drop-in Care

v510

2 Releases

16 Improvements

6 Fixes

Playground is now officially available on the Amazon App Store, so it can be downloaded on Fire Tablets! Additionally, our team polished a bunch of common workflows to continue streamlining things like fee approvals, subsidized payments, and paperwork. We made a number of improvements across the entire product to make the app and website feel even snappier.

Releases

  • Playground is now live on the Amazon App Store! Download here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CZSD7BLC/

  • Drop-in care is going to be released soon! Make unused capacity available for parents to book drop-in care directly from the app.

Improvements

  • Student names on fee approvals are now clickable

  • Made fields easier to fill out on mobile for paperwork

  • No longer require a schedule on enrollment

  • Improved empty state when filters applied

  • Able to manage custom fields at the enterprise level

  • First load on web is now much snappier for larger centers

  • Paperwork activation metric improved

  • Able to clone subsidy agencies when cloning schools

  • Able to do net pay splits between bank accounts as a staff member allowing earnings to be deposited into multiple bank accounts

  • Added W2 previews for payroll

  • Able to see all tax documents and filing authorizations for payroll

  • When running payroll, now able to see taxes paid per employee in addition to aggregate taxes

  • New notice saying that attendance submissions have been sent for deleted students

  • Able to search by student nickname

  • Able to hide service dates on statements

  • Able to adjust plan on enrollment applications before accepting students

Fixes

  • No longer able to create negative debits

  • Fix adding meals in different timezones causing wrong hours to appear

  • Fixed timezone issue with applying to camp out of state causing hours to look incorrect

  • Fix name to face causing staff to also be switched when unintended

  • Fix form "not equal to" logic not always applying

  • Removed old accepted days and day selector on enrollment in favor of schedules

Apr 1, 2024

Schedule Based Forecasting, Payroll Post Tax Deductions, & Benefit Support

v509

2 Releases

12 Improvements

3 Fixes

Schedule based forecasting
Schedule based forecasting

This week's focus is on payroll. We're continuing to roll out additional functionality and support for onboarding, implementation, data transfer, and payroll edge cases.

Releases

  • Schedule based forecasting on the classroom forecasting

  • Added ability to add payroll post tax deductions

  • Began building support for worker’s comp, 401k plans, and health insurance. Please reach out to us if you’d like more information on any of these services

Improvements

  • Able to disable custom posts

  • More visible dates selected by parents on enrollment for camp and before and after school plans

  • Payroll now shows all future paydays

  • Even easier to migrate from existing payroll providers now

  • Added additional validation when adding credit cards to your account to ensure they are correct

  • Refunds and disputes will now show up as separate line items on the ledger

  • Removed non-scheduled days selection from enrollment

  • Added date selection to enrollment kanban cards

  • Added more error messaging and alerts to help show staff onboarding status for payroll

  • Added additional date helper utilities when creating and managing payrolls

  • Improved clarity & messaging for payroll account onboarding

  • Added messaging to show implementation progress for new payroll accounts

Fixes

  • Fixed some spelling errors

  • Fixed media gallery photo viewing flashing

  • Fixed custom report templates showing old ones when switching schools

Apr 1, 2024

Schedule Based Forecasting, Payroll Post Tax Deductions, & Benefit Support

v509

2 Releases

12 Improvements

3 Fixes

Schedule based forecasting

This week's focus is on payroll. We're continuing to roll out additional functionality and support for onboarding, implementation, data transfer, and payroll edge cases.

Releases

  • Schedule based forecasting on the classroom forecasting

  • Added ability to add payroll post tax deductions

  • Began building support for worker’s comp, 401k plans, and health insurance. Please reach out to us if you’d like more information on any of these services

Improvements

  • Able to disable custom posts

  • More visible dates selected by parents on enrollment for camp and before and after school plans

  • Payroll now shows all future paydays

  • Even easier to migrate from existing payroll providers now

  • Added additional validation when adding credit cards to your account to ensure they are correct

  • Refunds and disputes will now show up as separate line items on the ledger

  • Removed non-scheduled days selection from enrollment

  • Added date selection to enrollment kanban cards

  • Added more error messaging and alerts to help show staff onboarding status for payroll

  • Added additional date helper utilities when creating and managing payrolls

  • Improved clarity & messaging for payroll account onboarding

  • Added messaging to show implementation progress for new payroll accounts

Fixes

  • Fixed some spelling errors

  • Fixed media gallery photo viewing flashing

  • Fixed custom report templates showing old ones when switching schools

Mar 25, 2024

Signatures on Posts, Payroll Emails, & Staff Check-in Rules

v509

3 Releases

20 Improvements

4 Fixes

Parent signature acknowledgements
Parent signature acknowledgements

This week we added on of our most requested features — the ability to have parents sign posts. Injury posts, medications, and office visits have often times required signatures and this can now be accomplished through Playground's custom posts.

As we continue our payroll beta, and hope to bring it into general release in the near future, we have been adding a bunch of improvements to make Playground Payroll run as close to autopilot as possible. Playground will now send out a bunch more emails and updates regarding employee status, payroll status, payroll deadlines, and more.

With payroll also comes a lot of improvements on staff hour tracking, reporting, and staff information management. This week we added the ability to add check-in and out rules based on staff schedules to help maintain higher levels of data integrity to minimize the number of changes you need to make when running payroll.

Releases

  • Able to restrict staff check-ins to scheduled times

  • Payroll emails got a large improvement — you will now receive far more updates on the status of your staff and payrolls

  • Parents able to sign on posts, e.g. for injury posts

Improvements

  • Improved the “learn more” experience on subsidies

  • Mileage is now downloadable

  • Student schedules got a big speedup

  • Better support for viewing weeks selected for camp for parents and admins

  • Able to bulk download photos on web media gallery

  • Added “all at once” billing for camp

  • Added activation breakdowns for enterprise reporting

  • Able to filter by shared on paperwork forms

  • Better error messaging when accidentally adding a duplicate staff member

  • Additional filters added to student paperwork tables

  • Parent applications are now sorted reverse chronologically

  • Classroom table now allows you to select additional information

  • Added a mapper to easily migrate staff from existing payroll systems into Playground

  • Improved custom field usage on forms and paperwork

  • Able to clone listing plans

  • Improved pay schedule creation on payroll

  • Added easier onboarding support for 2 day payroll

  • Able to download activation reports

  • Improved PDF printouts for meals and lesson plans

  • Added discounts report

Fixes

  • Fixed duplicating newsletter asking to use a template

  • Invoices no longer show $0 lines

  • Fixed issue with seeing deleted chats on non updated apps

  • Fixed issue with staff transitions on mobile

Mar 25, 2024

Signatures on Posts, Payroll Emails, & Staff Check-in Rules

v509

3 Releases

20 Improvements

4 Fixes

Parent signature acknowledgements

This week we added on of our most requested features — the ability to have parents sign posts. Injury posts, medications, and office visits have often times required signatures and this can now be accomplished through Playground's custom posts.

As we continue our payroll beta, and hope to bring it into general release in the near future, we have been adding a bunch of improvements to make Playground Payroll run as close to autopilot as possible. Playground will now send out a bunch more emails and updates regarding employee status, payroll status, payroll deadlines, and more.

With payroll also comes a lot of improvements on staff hour tracking, reporting, and staff information management. This week we added the ability to add check-in and out rules based on staff schedules to help maintain higher levels of data integrity to minimize the number of changes you need to make when running payroll.

Releases

  • Able to restrict staff check-ins to scheduled times

  • Payroll emails got a large improvement — you will now receive far more updates on the status of your staff and payrolls

  • Parents able to sign on posts, e.g. for injury posts

Improvements

  • Improved the “learn more” experience on subsidies

  • Mileage is now downloadable

  • Student schedules got a big speedup

  • Better support for viewing weeks selected for camp for parents and admins

  • Able to bulk download photos on web media gallery

  • Added “all at once” billing for camp

  • Added activation breakdowns for enterprise reporting

  • Able to filter by shared on paperwork forms

  • Better error messaging when accidentally adding a duplicate staff member

  • Additional filters added to student paperwork tables

  • Parent applications are now sorted reverse chronologically

  • Classroom table now allows you to select additional information

  • Added a mapper to easily migrate staff from existing payroll systems into Playground

  • Improved custom field usage on forms and paperwork

  • Able to clone listing plans

  • Improved pay schedule creation on payroll

  • Added easier onboarding support for 2 day payroll

  • Able to download activation reports

  • Improved PDF printouts for meals and lesson plans

  • Added discounts report

Fixes

  • Fixed duplicating newsletter asking to use a template

  • Invoices no longer show $0 lines

  • Fixed issue with seeing deleted chats on non updated apps

  • Fixed issue with staff transitions on mobile

Mar 18, 2024

Time Off Requests, Newsletters, and Mileage Tracking

v508

5 Releases

13 Improvements

3 Fixes

Time Off Requests
Time Off Requests

This week comes with many new launches!

First, staff can now submit time-off requests directly from the app. Staff are able to select days and reasons for when and why they are requesting time off, that can then be approved by an admin with permissions to do so. This will automatically update expected ratios and schedules so you can ensure you will always be compliant.

We also launched newsletters this week. You can send bright and colorful newsletters out to your families with a fully featured email builder. You or your staff can include photos, text, links, and more. We set up 2 templates within Playground to get you started and are excited to see what you create. If you have a template you want to share with other Playground users, let us know and we can add it to our template library.

We also launched mileage tracking this week. You can now record all of your vehicles and trips to ensure you are maximizing your deductions when filing taxes.

Every week we are adding new payroll functionality as well. We now support weekly payrolls and contractor only payrolls. If you are interested in Playground Payroll, please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Added time off requests for staff — allow your staff to put in time-off / PTO requests directly through the app

  • Added newsletters — fully designed emails sent out to families

  • Mileage launched! Record your mileage for tax purposes directly in Playground

  • Able to run contractor only payrolls

  • Added support for weekly payroll

Improvements

  • Enrollment forecasting is now 30-50x faster to load

  • Added student notes report

  • Home screen greatly improved UX

  • Added service dates to recording deposits

  • Able to set camp plan invoice and due dates when creating a new plan

  • Able to have conditional logic on single choice student custom fields

  • Supercharged Playground support — our team can now directly help you in app

  • Improved viewing of already ran payrolls

  • Tons of roles updates! Get more granular with roles and permissions for staff

  • Staff forms now support multiple submissions settings

  • Staff forms now have an editable setting

  • Much easier to view multiple staff form submissions

  • More clarity around families that are not being included on autopay because their students are inactive

Fixes

  • Fixed enterprise push notifications

  • Kiosk now shows guardian sign on programs

  • Improved sign in navigation for staff with restricted roles

Mar 18, 2024

Time Off Requests, Newsletters, and Mileage Tracking

v508

5 Releases

13 Improvements

3 Fixes

Time Off Requests

This week comes with many new launches!

First, staff can now submit time-off requests directly from the app. Staff are able to select days and reasons for when and why they are requesting time off, that can then be approved by an admin with permissions to do so. This will automatically update expected ratios and schedules so you can ensure you will always be compliant.

We also launched newsletters this week. You can send bright and colorful newsletters out to your families with a fully featured email builder. You or your staff can include photos, text, links, and more. We set up 2 templates within Playground to get you started and are excited to see what you create. If you have a template you want to share with other Playground users, let us know and we can add it to our template library.

We also launched mileage tracking this week. You can now record all of your vehicles and trips to ensure you are maximizing your deductions when filing taxes.

Every week we are adding new payroll functionality as well. We now support weekly payrolls and contractor only payrolls. If you are interested in Playground Payroll, please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Added time off requests for staff — allow your staff to put in time-off / PTO requests directly through the app

  • Added newsletters — fully designed emails sent out to families

  • Mileage launched! Record your mileage for tax purposes directly in Playground

  • Able to run contractor only payrolls

  • Added support for weekly payroll

Improvements

  • Enrollment forecasting is now 30-50x faster to load

  • Added student notes report

  • Home screen greatly improved UX

  • Added service dates to recording deposits

  • Able to set camp plan invoice and due dates when creating a new plan

  • Able to have conditional logic on single choice student custom fields

  • Supercharged Playground support — our team can now directly help you in app

  • Improved viewing of already ran payrolls

  • Tons of roles updates! Get more granular with roles and permissions for staff

  • Staff forms now support multiple submissions settings

  • Staff forms now have an editable setting

  • Much easier to view multiple staff form submissions

  • More clarity around families that are not being included on autopay because their students are inactive

Fixes

  • Fixed enterprise push notifications

  • Kiosk now shows guardian sign on programs

  • Improved sign in navigation for staff with restricted roles

Mar 11, 2024

New Email, Monthly Before/After Support, & Contractor Payments

v507

3 Releases

16 Improvements

4 Fixes

After school support
After school support

Playground emails became a lot more fun! All emails being sent out from Playground got a revamp and include a lot more color and style. This should make the emails stand out and look more professional.

After a very warm reception to enrollment support for before and after school care, we also added support for monthly billing options. We are constantly making our enrollment more flexible. Please let us know what else you'd like to see.

Playground payroll now supports contractor payments. Playground will generate 1099s and manage contractors directly on the platform. If you are interested in Playground Payroll, please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Brand new email designs for all of Playground’s emails

  • Able to bill monthly for before and after care in addition to weekly

  • Payroll now supports contractors

Improvements

  • Schedule screen will now show total number of schedules for the day

  • Emails send-out delay has been reduced to near instant

  • Improved media gallery attachment viewing

  • Schedules now have current classroom and schedule classroom filters

  • Able to remove tags from staff

  • Plans save more frequently now, so you will not lose progress while creating enrollment listings

  • Improved Playground receipts to parents

  • Added many new payroll emails for different events

  • Added admin login report

  • Added staff current day hours to time tracker

  • Much faster reporting for enterprise has begun rollout

  • Able to clone transactional emails across your enterprise

  • Parents can no longer delete their own applications

  • Improved copy throughout enrollment

  • Improved kiosk scan experience

  • Added Cognitive ToyBox exports

Fixes

  • Tags are now removed when deleting a school from your dashboard

  • Fixed a bug with viewing forms with very long question titles

  • Fixed calendar roles on mobile

  • Fixed add student modal sometimes not letting you through if existing account number

Mar 11, 2024

New Email, Monthly Before/After Support, & Contractor Payments

v507

3 Releases

16 Improvements

4 Fixes

After school support

Playground emails became a lot more fun! All emails being sent out from Playground got a revamp and include a lot more color and style. This should make the emails stand out and look more professional.

After a very warm reception to enrollment support for before and after school care, we also added support for monthly billing options. We are constantly making our enrollment more flexible. Please let us know what else you'd like to see.

Playground payroll now supports contractor payments. Playground will generate 1099s and manage contractors directly on the platform. If you are interested in Playground Payroll, please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Brand new email designs for all of Playground’s emails

  • Able to bill monthly for before and after care in addition to weekly

  • Payroll now supports contractors

Improvements

  • Schedule screen will now show total number of schedules for the day

  • Emails send-out delay has been reduced to near instant

  • Improved media gallery attachment viewing

  • Schedules now have current classroom and schedule classroom filters

  • Able to remove tags from staff

  • Plans save more frequently now, so you will not lose progress while creating enrollment listings

  • Improved Playground receipts to parents

  • Added many new payroll emails for different events

  • Added admin login report

  • Added staff current day hours to time tracker

  • Much faster reporting for enterprise has begun rollout

  • Able to clone transactional emails across your enterprise

  • Parents can no longer delete their own applications

  • Improved copy throughout enrollment

  • Improved kiosk scan experience

  • Added Cognitive ToyBox exports

Fixes

  • Tags are now removed when deleting a school from your dashboard

  • Fixed a bug with viewing forms with very long question titles

  • Fixed calendar roles on mobile

  • Fixed add student modal sometimes not letting you through if existing account number

Mar 4, 2024

Menus & Lesson Plan Printouts, and On My Way Queue Notifications

2 Releases

18 Improvements

4 Fixes

Printable Lesson Plans
Printable Lesson Plans

This week's updates focus heavily on enrollment, staff hour tracking, and expenses. We want to ensure that your enrollment listings are as customizable as needed to ensure a success enrollment period, and tax season is underway, so we've been adding improvements to managing expenses and reporting for tax purposes. In anticipation of a larger payroll launch, we have also been adding a bunch of new and improved functionality around tracking staff hours and managing staff information.

As always, there are also plenty of new updates for our payroll product! Please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Lesson plans and menus can now be printed out on a designed page to share with families

  • On my way queue now supports push notifications

Improvements

  • Able to select default classrooms on enrollment plans

  • Improved rich text previews on mobile app

  • Able to edit staff directly from their profile

  • Able to color calendar events

  • Guardians now receive receipts from Playground for all charges

  • Improved KinderTrack onboarding flow

  • Improved rich text editing

  • Improved the create school flow

  • Improved mobile expenses

  • Staff can view todays hours on their device by check in

  • Separate out inactive programs on all filters

  • Improved billing items on enrollment

  • Able to add accounting codes for custom fees on enrollment

  • Improved terms of service and privacy policy pages

  • Improvements to add expense flow

  • Able to filter expenses table based on category and time

  • More customization on editing emails

  • Added device orientation lock

Fixes

  • A bunch of small fixes and tweaks to before/after school care enrollment

  • Fixed file previews for new document types

  • Fix timing issue on food program report

  • Fixed bug with adding many enterprise staff at once

Mar 4, 2024

Menus & Lesson Plan Printouts, and On My Way Queue Notifications

2 Releases

18 Improvements

4 Fixes

Printable Lesson Plans

This week's updates focus heavily on enrollment, staff hour tracking, and expenses. We want to ensure that your enrollment listings are as customizable as needed to ensure a success enrollment period, and tax season is underway, so we've been adding improvements to managing expenses and reporting for tax purposes. In anticipation of a larger payroll launch, we have also been adding a bunch of new and improved functionality around tracking staff hours and managing staff information.

As always, there are also plenty of new updates for our payroll product! Please sign up for our waitlist to get early access as more providers are getting off the list each week!

Releases

  • Lesson plans and menus can now be printed out on a designed page to share with families

  • On my way queue now supports push notifications

Improvements

  • Able to select default classrooms on enrollment plans

  • Improved rich text previews on mobile app

  • Able to edit staff directly from their profile

  • Able to color calendar events

  • Guardians now receive receipts from Playground for all charges

  • Improved KinderTrack onboarding flow

  • Improved rich text editing

  • Improved the create school flow

  • Improved mobile expenses

  • Staff can view todays hours on their device by check in

  • Separate out inactive programs on all filters

  • Improved billing items on enrollment

  • Able to add accounting codes for custom fees on enrollment

  • Improved terms of service and privacy policy pages

  • Improvements to add expense flow

  • Able to filter expenses table based on category and time

  • More customization on editing emails

  • Added device orientation lock

Fixes

  • A bunch of small fixes and tweaks to before/after school care enrollment

  • Fixed file previews for new document types

  • Fix timing issue on food program report

  • Fixed bug with adding many enterprise staff at once

Feb 26, 2024

Conditional Custom Student Fields & Before & After School Enrollment

2 Releases

17 Improvements

2 Fixes

Before & After Care Enrollment
Before & After Care Enrollment

As always, plenty of new updates for our payroll product! Please sign up for our waitlist to get early access!

Releases

  • Add before and after care enrollment options at the same time

  • Can tie student custom fields to any form, making them conditional

Improvements

  • Significantly faster web performance across the board

  • Improved media gallery performance

  • Improved detailed CACFP report

  • Added an alert when dropping a student

  • Added classrooms to plans

  • Improved acceptance screen for camp & before/after care

  • Improved dispute dashboard styling

  • Filling out forms always updates student information

  • Improved icons on posts

  • Able to use schedule templates on the student profile

  • Additional white label support

  • Searchable guardian pre-fills on enrollment improved

  • Viewing a form now shows the student name at the top

  • Enterprise subsidy agencies improvements

  • Better absence reporting

  • Upgraded the Kinderconnect integration

  • Added recurring schedules table to student profile

Fixes

  • Fixed payment aging report with service start date as the modifier

  • Fixed checkboxes on the debits table

Feb 26, 2024

Conditional Custom Student Fields & Before & After School Enrollment

2 Releases

17 Improvements

2 Fixes

Before & After Care Enrollment

As always, plenty of new updates for our payroll product! Please sign up for our waitlist to get early access!

Releases

  • Add before and after care enrollment options at the same time

  • Can tie student custom fields to any form, making them conditional

Improvements

  • Significantly faster web performance across the board

  • Improved media gallery performance

  • Improved detailed CACFP report

  • Added an alert when dropping a student

  • Added classrooms to plans

  • Improved acceptance screen for camp & before/after care

  • Improved dispute dashboard styling

  • Filling out forms always updates student information

  • Improved icons on posts

  • Able to use schedule templates on the student profile

  • Additional white label support

  • Searchable guardian pre-fills on enrollment improved

  • Viewing a form now shows the student name at the top

  • Enterprise subsidy agencies improvements

  • Better absence reporting

  • Upgraded the Kinderconnect integration

  • Added recurring schedules table to student profile

Fixes

  • Fixed payment aging report with service start date as the modifier

  • Fixed checkboxes on the debits table

Feb 19, 2024

Before and After School Care Enrollment, Multiple Discounts, and Pre-filled Guardians on Enrollment

3 Releases

7 Improvements

4 Fixes

Automatic Schedule Picker
Automatic Schedule Picker

This week, we are hard at work putting the finishing polish on our payroll. We are taking additional names off of the payroll waitlist each week now, so please sign up for our waitlist to get early access!

We are also going to be launching mileage tracking for family child care businesses to keep track of their driving and expenses. Please let us know if you'd like to beta the new feature.

Enrolling additional students and re-enrolling students just got a lot faster — guardians can now be searched for to make filling out documents significantly quicker.

We also added the ability to have multiple discounts per charge. This means you can discount without having to add separate credits on the students account, and reporting is made much easier.

We also launched before and afterschool enrollment support. This allows families to choose specific days of the week for the entire session, making it much easier to allow parents to mix and match days of the week they want for their students.

Releases

  • When enrolling a second student or re-enrolling the same student, you can now search for existing guardians

  • Able to have multiple discounts on debits

  • Added before/after school enrollment, select specific days of the week

Improvements

  • Able to sort your centers on enterprise dashboard

  • Added lesson plan approval permission

  • Subsidies have now been enteprise'd

  • Added update only mode to roster upload — select which fields to add during an import

  • Able to duplicate a subsidy deposit to remember previous values

  • Able to edit document expiration dates

  • Large performance improvements to enterprise reporting

Fixes

  • Fix document URL links

  • Fixed enterprise homepage if no data

  • Fixed issue with saving on split family modal

  • Fixed multiple discounts when accepting a student on enrollment

Feb 19, 2024

Before and After School Care Enrollment, Multiple Discounts, and Pre-filled Guardians on Enrollment

3 Releases

7 Improvements

4 Fixes

Automatic Schedule Picker

This week, we are hard at work putting the finishing polish on our payroll. We are taking additional names off of the payroll waitlist each week now, so please sign up for our waitlist to get early access!

We are also going to be launching mileage tracking for family child care businesses to keep track of their driving and expenses. Please let us know if you'd like to beta the new feature.

Enrolling additional students and re-enrolling students just got a lot faster — guardians can now be searched for to make filling out documents significantly quicker.

We also added the ability to have multiple discounts per charge. This means you can discount without having to add separate credits on the students account, and reporting is made much easier.

We also launched before and afterschool enrollment support. This allows families to choose specific days of the week for the entire session, making it much easier to allow parents to mix and match days of the week they want for their students.

Releases

  • When enrolling a second student or re-enrolling the same student, you can now search for existing guardians

  • Able to have multiple discounts on debits

  • Added before/after school enrollment, select specific days of the week

Improvements

  • Able to sort your centers on enterprise dashboard

  • Added lesson plan approval permission

  • Subsidies have now been enteprise'd

  • Added update only mode to roster upload — select which fields to add during an import

  • Able to duplicate a subsidy deposit to remember previous values

  • Able to edit document expiration dates

  • Large performance improvements to enterprise reporting

Fixes

  • Fix document URL links

  • Fixed enterprise homepage if no data

  • Fixed issue with saving on split family modal

  • Fixed multiple discounts when accepting a student on enrollment

Feb 12, 2024

Media Gallery, White Labeled Emails, and Enterprise Roster Upload

3 Releases

14 Improvements

2 Fixes

Media Gallery
Media Gallery

There was a lot of progress made on our payroll functionality, and we are going to be expanding our beta in the next couple of weeks. Make sure to join the waitlist to get early access to our new product!

We added more support for our enterprise and white label customers this week with enterprise roster uploads across all locations and white label'd emails with your logo attached.

There was also a large list of updates and improvements across many features including attendance, billing, and family engagement.

Releases

  • Added media gallery on the feed for photos to the website dashboard

  • Customers with the branded experience package now have their emails branded as well

  • Added support for enterprise roster upload

Improvements

  • Added guardian address to all guardian tables

  • Added signature timestamps to forms

  • Parents are now able to add date range to statements

  • Emergency reports now have more info

  • Schedules table now shows days of the week

  • Quicker recipient editing

  • Improved time and attendance integration

  • Added much more helper info when dropping or graduating students

  • Kiosk signatures now support program check-in

  • Improved paperwork on student profile

  • Can now see which payout a specific transaction is in

  • Faster to log in to Playground

  • Signing students in and checking them into programs sped up

  • After disabling a student, you will now be asked to edit their billing and schedules

Fixes

  • Hidden students no longer show up in chat suggestions

  • Removed actions that do not change anything from student profile

Feb 12, 2024

Media Gallery, White Labeled Emails, and Enterprise Roster Upload

3 Releases

14 Improvements

2 Fixes

Media Gallery

There was a lot of progress made on our payroll functionality, and we are going to be expanding our beta in the next couple of weeks. Make sure to join the waitlist to get early access to our new product!

We added more support for our enterprise and white label customers this week with enterprise roster uploads across all locations and white label'd emails with your logo attached.

There was also a large list of updates and improvements across many features including attendance, billing, and family engagement.

Releases

  • Added media gallery on the feed for photos to the website dashboard

  • Customers with the branded experience package now have their emails branded as well

  • Added support for enterprise roster upload

Improvements

  • Added guardian address to all guardian tables

  • Added signature timestamps to forms

  • Parents are now able to add date range to statements

  • Emergency reports now have more info

  • Schedules table now shows days of the week

  • Quicker recipient editing

  • Improved time and attendance integration

  • Added much more helper info when dropping or graduating students

  • Kiosk signatures now support program check-in

  • Improved paperwork on student profile

  • Can now see which payout a specific transaction is in

  • Faster to log in to Playground

  • Signing students in and checking them into programs sped up

  • After disabling a student, you will now be asked to edit their billing and schedules

Fixes

  • Hidden students no longer show up in chat suggestions

  • Removed actions that do not change anything from student profile

Feb 5, 2024

Staff Sign into Programs, AM/PM Overages, Fixed Time Overages

3 Releases

8 Improvements

2 Fixes

Program Check-in
Program Check-in

This week we added a few new overage options to better fit the specific needs of your child care business. Similar to families being able to check students into programs during sign in, there is now the option to allow staff to check students into programs as well.

For our programs with international students and families, there is now support for international addresses and phone numbers.

Releases

  • Overages can now be for AM/PM schedules

  • Overages can now be set after a fixed time instead of based on schedule

  • Able to have staff sign students into programs during check in

Improvements

  • Much faster PDF generation for statements and documents

  • Added international phone & address support

  • Able to bulk mark staff active and inactive

  • Able to mark absences from staff hours

  • Better messaging for adding in birthdays

  • Added a guardian notice when adding new guardians

  • Improved enrollment start date functionality

  • Improved enteprise dashboard

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with timezones on staff resource view

  • Fix name to face "remembering" the classroom if no staff transitions

Feb 5, 2024

Staff Sign into Programs, AM/PM Overages, Fixed Time Overages

3 Releases

8 Improvements

2 Fixes

Program Check-in

This week we added a few new overage options to better fit the specific needs of your child care business. Similar to families being able to check students into programs during sign in, there is now the option to allow staff to check students into programs as well.

For our programs with international students and families, there is now support for international addresses and phone numbers.

Releases

  • Overages can now be for AM/PM schedules

  • Overages can now be set after a fixed time instead of based on schedule

  • Able to have staff sign students into programs during check in

Improvements

  • Much faster PDF generation for statements and documents

  • Added international phone & address support

  • Able to bulk mark staff active and inactive

  • Able to mark absences from staff hours

  • Better messaging for adding in birthdays

  • Added a guardian notice when adding new guardians

  • Improved enrollment start date functionality

  • Improved enteprise dashboard

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with timezones on staff resource view

  • Fix name to face "remembering" the classroom if no staff transitions

Jan 29, 2024

Post Translations, Autopay Popups, Disputes Dashboard, and Custom Subdomains & URLs

4 Releases

19 Improvements

4 Fixes

Post translations
Post translations

Playground continues to add international support and localization for our customers! Within the app, you can now translate posts to any language automatically if your device is set to a different language. Quickly read through messages sent by your center in the language of your choice using this new feature.

We also launched a disputes dashboard to more easily track and respond to disputes. This will help make adding evidence to support your case easier and has one place to track all disputes that (hopefully don't!) come in.

To help collect payments from parents, a popup will now show every couple of days if no payment method has been added or if autopay is not yet turned on.

Releases

  • Added translate post to any language

  • Disputes dashboard — manage disputes directly within Playground

  • Custom subdomain/url support for web — message our team if you're interested in white label

  • Added “autopay” popups for families that have not yet added in payment methods or turned on autopay

Improvements

  • Sped up the forecasting report

  • Improved inactive listing messaging to families

  • Able to blacklist camp days

  • Guardian contact report now includes custom fields

  • Columns now save for reports, same as the rest of the website

  • Improved parent mobile web experience

  • Able to run staff reports for only active staff

  • Able to filter the schedules table view

  • Track who deleted payments

  • Expenses table should be much snappier

  • Added student date of birth to invoices

  • Improved UX on split family flows

  • Added tooltips to payouts to make it more clear what all the numbers mean

  • Added a video icon when selecting videos on the app

  • Add deposit modal allows for more information

  • Engagement reports now run much more quickly

  • Bulk credit upload — quickly apply credits across your school

  • Able to sort custom fields

  • Camp support improvements

Fixes

  • Fixed bug where post authors couldn’t see pending posts to be released at check out

  • Fixed rare bug editing students saying account number in use

  • Discount percentages now show properly when looking at payment changes

  • Fixed issue with editing a prorated charge when creating new charges

Jan 29, 2024

Post Translations, Autopay Popups, Disputes Dashboard, and Custom Subdomains & URLs

4 Releases

19 Improvements

4 Fixes

Post translations

Playground continues to add international support and localization for our customers! Within the app, you can now translate posts to any language automatically if your device is set to a different language. Quickly read through messages sent by your center in the language of your choice using this new feature.

We also launched a disputes dashboard to more easily track and respond to disputes. This will help make adding evidence to support your case easier and has one place to track all disputes that (hopefully don't!) come in.

To help collect payments from parents, a popup will now show every couple of days if no payment method has been added or if autopay is not yet turned on.

Releases

  • Added translate post to any language

  • Disputes dashboard — manage disputes directly within Playground

  • Custom subdomain/url support for web — message our team if you're interested in white label

  • Added “autopay” popups for families that have not yet added in payment methods or turned on autopay

Improvements

  • Sped up the forecasting report

  • Improved inactive listing messaging to families

  • Able to blacklist camp days

  • Guardian contact report now includes custom fields

  • Columns now save for reports, same as the rest of the website

  • Improved parent mobile web experience

  • Able to run staff reports for only active staff

  • Able to filter the schedules table view

  • Track who deleted payments

  • Expenses table should be much snappier

  • Added student date of birth to invoices

  • Improved UX on split family flows

  • Added tooltips to payouts to make it more clear what all the numbers mean

  • Added a video icon when selecting videos on the app

  • Add deposit modal allows for more information

  • Engagement reports now run much more quickly

  • Bulk credit upload — quickly apply credits across your school

  • Able to sort custom fields

  • Camp support improvements

Fixes

  • Fixed bug where post authors couldn’t see pending posts to be released at check out

  • Fixed rare bug editing students saying account number in use

  • Discount percentages now show properly when looking at payment changes

  • Fixed issue with editing a prorated charge when creating new charges

Jan 22, 2024

Staff Paperwork Overview, Close Out Books, and Camp Enrollment Support

3 Releases

16 Improvements

4 Fixes

Summer camp enrollment
Summer camp enrollment

Staff paperwork is now much easier to see who has completed what paperwork and what's left to get done with the staff paperwork overview.

We also added the ability to "Close out" your books and ensure that all old payments and charges are frozen in time.

Playground also added support for day-by-day and week-by-week camp enrollment support, making it significantly easier to set up camp enrollment listings and enroll in specific days

Finally, our team has continued to make progress on payroll! Please sign up for our waitlist if you'd like first access.

Releases

  • Added staff overview for paperwork

  • Able to “close out” books for billing

  • Camp enrollment support — families can now select specific days for care

Improvements

  • Able to collapse feed posts on the mobile app

  • Document expiration now goes to 5 years

  • Staff hours improvements

  • Managing multiple student paperwork is now much easier as a parent

  • Improvements to emergency contact report

  • Additional biweekly billing support

  • Improved payment editing history

  • Improved overages fee approvals

  • Able to delete enterprise roles

  • Added programs to enterprise student reports

  • Expenses reports now show taxable amounts on export

  • Ability to turn off check support at the school level

  • Added tablespoon to food quantity

  • Enterprise metadata modal for updating info

  • Able to test notifications on your mobile device

  • Student applications are sortable by newest

Fixes

  • Fixed bug with chatting with yourself

  • Fixed issue with custom posts custom icons

  • Added breadcrumbs and navigation to pages missing it

  • Fixed issue with editing paperwork on enterprise

Jan 22, 2024

Staff Paperwork Overview, Close Out Books, and Camp Enrollment Support

3 Releases

16 Improvements

4 Fixes

Summer camp enrollment

Staff paperwork is now much easier to see who has completed what paperwork and what's left to get done with the staff paperwork overview.

We also added the ability to "Close out" your books and ensure that all old payments and charges are frozen in time.

Playground also added support for day-by-day and week-by-week camp enrollment support, making it significantly easier to set up camp enrollment listings and enroll in specific days

Finally, our team has continued to make progress on payroll! Please sign up for our waitlist if you'd like first access.

Releases

  • Added staff overview for paperwork

  • Able to “close out” books for billing

  • Camp enrollment support — families can now select specific days for care

Improvements

  • Able to collapse feed posts on the mobile app

  • Document expiration now goes to 5 years

  • Staff hours improvements

  • Managing multiple student paperwork is now much easier as a parent

  • Improvements to emergency contact report

  • Additional biweekly billing support

  • Improved payment editing history

  • Improved overages fee approvals

  • Able to delete enterprise roles

  • Added programs to enterprise student reports

  • Expenses reports now show taxable amounts on export

  • Ability to turn off check support at the school level

  • Added tablespoon to food quantity

  • Enterprise metadata modal for updating info

  • Able to test notifications on your mobile device

  • Student applications are sortable by newest

Fixes

  • Fixed bug with chatting with yourself

  • Fixed issue with custom posts custom icons

  • Added breadcrumbs and navigation to pages missing it

  • Fixed issue with editing paperwork on enterprise

Jan 15, 2024

Late & Early Overage Fees, Staff Paperwork Overview, and New Reports

4 Releases

16 Improvements

5 Fixes

Late & Early Overage Fees
Late & Early Overage Fees

We added many of our most requested features this week. We added a way to breakdown overage fees to see whether they were assessed before, in-between, or after scheduled hours. This should help to assess overage fees more quickly and accurately.

We also added a paperwork overview for staff, similar to the student paperwork overview. It's now even easier to quickly see which staff are up to date on their paperwork, and which still have more to process.

We added and improved several reports including an emergency report which includes a PDF per student and a monthly blank attendance report.

Finally, our team was hard at work getting payroll ready for general launch! Please sign up for our waitlist if you'd like first access.

Releases

  • Added breakdowns to overages to see time accrued before, interim, and after scheduled time

  • Added Staff paperwork overview, similar to student overview

  • Added student emergency report

  • Added monthly blank attendance report

Improvements

  • Save staff only preferences when creating notes on web

  • Added nap checks to nap report

  • CACFP reports are now more information dense

  • Added support for multiple provider ids with a single KinderTrack account

  • Improved white label support. Reach out if you'd like to brand your app and dashboard with your colors and logo!

  • Added more discount information to transactions table and downloads

  • Added “split family“ column on all student tables

  • Improved input interaction for custom fields

  • Improved staff settings page, and now supports salaried employees

  • Improved error messaging on enrollment

  • Able to have multiple banks to pay out to

  • Student recipients screen should be much snappier now

  • Students with no invoices now show N/A for status on invoices

  • Improved roster uploading support

  • New backend for photo uploads, should be 2-3x speedier, being rolled out!

  • Admins can delete chat messages on web

Fixes

  • Added check to ensure no duplicate custom fields

  • Fixed inactive student badge on student page

  • Fixed table columns re-arrangement

  • Fixed an issue with scrolling on an enrollment listing

  • Fixed bug when trying to edit a post for >25 students at once

Jan 15, 2024

Late & Early Overage Fees, Staff Paperwork Overview, and New Reports

4 Releases

16 Improvements

5 Fixes

Late & Early Overage Fees

We added many of our most requested features this week. We added a way to breakdown overage fees to see whether they were assessed before, in-between, or after scheduled hours. This should help to assess overage fees more quickly and accurately.

We also added a paperwork overview for staff, similar to the student paperwork overview. It's now even easier to quickly see which staff are up to date on their paperwork, and which still have more to process.

We added and improved several reports including an emergency report which includes a PDF per student and a monthly blank attendance report.

Finally, our team was hard at work getting payroll ready for general launch! Please sign up for our waitlist if you'd like first access.

Releases

  • Added breakdowns to overages to see time accrued before, interim, and after scheduled time

  • Added Staff paperwork overview, similar to student overview

  • Added student emergency report

  • Added monthly blank attendance report

Improvements

  • Save staff only preferences when creating notes on web

  • Added nap checks to nap report

  • CACFP reports are now more information dense

  • Added support for multiple provider ids with a single KinderTrack account

  • Improved white label support. Reach out if you'd like to brand your app and dashboard with your colors and logo!

  • Added more discount information to transactions table and downloads

  • Added “split family“ column on all student tables

  • Improved input interaction for custom fields

  • Improved staff settings page, and now supports salaried employees

  • Improved error messaging on enrollment

  • Able to have multiple banks to pay out to

  • Student recipients screen should be much snappier now

  • Students with no invoices now show N/A for status on invoices

  • Improved roster uploading support

  • New backend for photo uploads, should be 2-3x speedier, being rolled out!

  • Admins can delete chat messages on web

Fixes

  • Added check to ensure no duplicate custom fields

  • Fixed inactive student badge on student page

  • Fixed table columns re-arrangement

  • Fixed an issue with scrolling on an enrollment listing

  • Fixed bug when trying to edit a post for >25 students at once

Jan 8, 2024

Faster Photos & Videos, Homepage, and CACFP Reports

3 Releases

7 Improvements

4 Fixes

Faster Image Upload
Faster Image Upload

This week we started rolling out significant performance improvements for sharing photos & videos. In addition, we added a new CACFP report & a convenient homepage to view your On My Way queue to see when families will be arriving from your dashboard. We also released a handful of improvements and fixes to continue making your Playground experience even better!

Releases

  • Added a compact CACFP detailed report

  • Added a web homepage if you are using On My Way queue

  • Much much faster photo and video uploading, gradually rolling out to all users

Improvements

  • Student overview page is much neater and compact

  • Able to group chat teachers in classroom

  • Able to filter transactions table by payment status

  • Better tooltips and error messaging on schedules

  • Improved ratios on web dashboard

  • Ratio dashboard now flags if you are over capacity

  • Save “Staff only” as default preference when creating notes on web

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with text wrapping on very long questions on forms

  • No longer able to remove a role with staff assigned to it

  • Removed food status if no food sponsor

  • Fixed an issue on mobile showing the wrong number of classrooms out of ratio

Jan 8, 2024

Faster Photos & Videos, Homepage, and CACFP Reports

3 Releases

7 Improvements

4 Fixes

Faster Image Upload

This week we started rolling out significant performance improvements for sharing photos & videos. In addition, we added a new CACFP report & a convenient homepage to view your On My Way queue to see when families will be arriving from your dashboard. We also released a handful of improvements and fixes to continue making your Playground experience even better!

Releases

  • Added a compact CACFP detailed report

  • Added a web homepage if you are using On My Way queue

  • Much much faster photo and video uploading, gradually rolling out to all users

Improvements

  • Student overview page is much neater and compact

  • Able to group chat teachers in classroom

  • Able to filter transactions table by payment status

  • Better tooltips and error messaging on schedules

  • Improved ratios on web dashboard

  • Ratio dashboard now flags if you are over capacity

  • Save “Staff only” as default preference when creating notes on web

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with text wrapping on very long questions on forms

  • No longer able to remove a role with staff assigned to it

  • Removed food status if no food sponsor

  • Fixed an issue on mobile showing the wrong number of classrooms out of ratio

Jan 1, 2024

Payroll Waitlist, Rich Text Editing, and Canada Support

3 Releases

8 Improvements

2 Fixes

Payroll for Child Care
Payroll for Child Care

Happy New Year!

Playground is launching Payroll soon! Onboard new staff, file your taxes, and pay your staff, all directly from Playground. Staff hours already recorded on Playground will sync automatically. Sign up for our waitlist to be the first to hear when we launch.

We are also excited to launch our beta for rich text editing on the feed. You'll now be able to create much more colorful posts when creating announcements on the website. Currently in beta, image support will be coming in the next few weeks.

We also launched a bunch of smaller features to support schools in Canada. More updates to come here as well!

Releases

  • Payroll is under development! If you'd like to help shape Playground Payroll, sign up for our waitlist. We'd love to include your feedback as part of our development process

  • We added a bunch of support for child care programs in Canada

  • Rich text editing beta! Add color, sizing, bolding, and more. Image support coming soon

Improvements

  • Improved classroom settings page

  • Resource calendar upgrades for classroom sorting

  • Improved experience duplicating listings and listing forms

  • Improved student profile design

  • Users can now see their emails on the mobile app on the drawer

  • Able to customize service dates on weekly billing

  • Able to prorate weekly billing

  • Able to set service dates to this week and following week

Fixes

  • Improved mobile app stability for new functionality

  • Everywhere you see a medical box on the mobile app is now clickable

Jan 1, 2024

Payroll Waitlist, Rich Text Editing, and Canada Support

3 Releases

8 Improvements

2 Fixes

Payroll for Child Care

Happy New Year!

Playground is launching Payroll soon! Onboard new staff, file your taxes, and pay your staff, all directly from Playground. Staff hours already recorded on Playground will sync automatically. Sign up for our waitlist to be the first to hear when we launch.

We are also excited to launch our beta for rich text editing on the feed. You'll now be able to create much more colorful posts when creating announcements on the website. Currently in beta, image support will be coming in the next few weeks.

We also launched a bunch of smaller features to support schools in Canada. More updates to come here as well!

Releases

  • Payroll is under development! If you'd like to help shape Playground Payroll, sign up for our waitlist. We'd love to include your feedback as part of our development process

  • We added a bunch of support for child care programs in Canada

  • Rich text editing beta! Add color, sizing, bolding, and more. Image support coming soon

Improvements

  • Improved classroom settings page

  • Resource calendar upgrades for classroom sorting

  • Improved experience duplicating listings and listing forms

  • Improved student profile design

  • Users can now see their emails on the mobile app on the drawer

  • Able to customize service dates on weekly billing

  • Able to prorate weekly billing

  • Able to set service dates to this week and following week

Fixes

  • Improved mobile app stability for new functionality

  • Everywhere you see a medical box on the mobile app is now clickable

Dec 25, 2023

Semi-Monthly Billing Support, Autopay Popups, & New Dashboard

3 Releases

21 Improvements

3 Fixes

Family On My Way Queue
Family On My Way Queue

This week our team launched even better support for semi-monthly billing with autopay! Additionally, administrators have access to a new home dashboard with ratios overview, family engagement levels, and a list of families who have marked when they are on the way. We also released 20+ improvements and fixes to further streamline your Playground experience!

Releases

  • Semi-monthly billing autopay support!

  • Added a home dashboard that has ratios, on my way queue, and family engagement

  • Can now show popups in app for families who have not turned on autopay

Improvements

  • Added support for split family subsidy billing

  • Improved printing of resource timeline

  • Staff schedules are now sortable

  • Predictive enrollment now shows the new schedule and classroom names

  • Improved updating student activity information on the mobile roster tile view

  • Improved loading for white labeled & branded accounts

  • Improved uploading staff rosters

  • Easier to navigate and edit roles

  • Easier to add recurring schedules on the schedule screen

  • Improved the ability to view multiple file requests uploaded

  • Improved recording staff absences

  • Improved staff notifications

  • Able to set your program to offline payments only

  • Able to bill for 2 years at a time now

  • Other teachers are able to edit custom posts if the post is marked as an activity

  • Better column selection for signature reports

  • Able to see which locations are using discounts & items at the enterprise level without editing

  • Able to add photos and videos to posts that are being made with individual student details in bulk

  • Able to extend billing plans, change amounts, and plan information

  • Added success page for public forms

  • Better messaging on errors when adding payments

Fixes

  • Fixed colors for in-app alerts

  • Pending payments now show on statements as pending

  • Fixed lesson plan filtering

Dec 25, 2023

Semi-Monthly Billing Support, Autopay Popups, & New Dashboard

3 Releases

21 Improvements

3 Fixes

Family On My Way Queue

This week our team launched even better support for semi-monthly billing with autopay! Additionally, administrators have access to a new home dashboard with ratios overview, family engagement levels, and a list of families who have marked when they are on the way. We also released 20+ improvements and fixes to further streamline your Playground experience!

Releases

  • Semi-monthly billing autopay support!

  • Added a home dashboard that has ratios, on my way queue, and family engagement

  • Can now show popups in app for families who have not turned on autopay

Improvements

  • Added support for split family subsidy billing

  • Improved printing of resource timeline

  • Staff schedules are now sortable

  • Predictive enrollment now shows the new schedule and classroom names

  • Improved updating student activity information on the mobile roster tile view

  • Improved loading for white labeled & branded accounts

  • Improved uploading staff rosters

  • Easier to navigate and edit roles

  • Easier to add recurring schedules on the schedule screen

  • Improved the ability to view multiple file requests uploaded

  • Improved recording staff absences

  • Improved staff notifications

  • Able to set your program to offline payments only

  • Able to bill for 2 years at a time now

  • Other teachers are able to edit custom posts if the post is marked as an activity

  • Better column selection for signature reports

  • Able to see which locations are using discounts & items at the enterprise level without editing

  • Able to add photos and videos to posts that are being made with individual student details in bulk

  • Able to extend billing plans, change amounts, and plan information

  • Added success page for public forms

  • Better messaging on errors when adding payments

Fixes

  • Fixed colors for in-app alerts

  • Pending payments now show on statements as pending

  • Fixed lesson plan filtering

Dec 18, 2023

New Icons, Billing Minimums, Classroom Changes, & Student Activity Tracking

5 Releases

15 Improvements

5 Fixes

Most Recent Bottle, Potty, and Nap
Most Recent Bottle, Potty, and Nap

This week we updated the dashboard & web portal with fresh, new icons as we continue polishing the platform to look and feel as good as possible. We also added a new tab under each classroom's page to make it easy to track student transitions. You can now see at a glance a child's most recent bottle, potty, & nap from the mobile roster's tile view. In addition to these releases, we've launched 20+ improvements & fixes.

Releases

  • New and improved icons throughout the website

  • Added Changes tab to classroom detail pages to track switches for students

  • Able to set minimums for autopay to run

  • Able to set minimums for invoices to be sent out

  • Able to track most recent student activity on roster tile view on the mobile app

Improvements

  • Able to see all student columns on the transactions table

  • Able change a student’s billing plan, individually & in bulk for multiple students at once

  • Able to see selected plan on the submitted enrollment form

  • Able to sort by meal item type on weekly menu view

  • Able to run reports on staff custom fields

  • Able to see student transitions on the mobile app

  • Improved guardian custom fields on forms

  • Staff schedules are now on the resource timeline

  • Predictive enrollment now has more information on the headers for each day

  • Improved support for custom post icons

  • Added support for “All staff” on calendar invites

  • Added accounting codes to more payment reports

  • Dropped and waitlisted fields are now being used for enrollment reports and classroom forecasting

  • Improved deposit details page

  • Student program enrollments now show current enrollment status

Fixes

  • Fixed bug where clicking on icon wouldn’t click the button

  • Enterprise reports should now always show the center name

  • Cars are removed from On My Way queue on sign out, even if students are not signed out through the queue

  • Fixed a bug where roster sorting didn't save

  • Fixed report sorting with date fields

Dec 18, 2023

New Icons, Billing Minimums, Classroom Changes, & Student Activity Tracking

5 Releases

15 Improvements

5 Fixes

Most Recent Bottle, Potty, and Nap

This week we updated the dashboard & web portal with fresh, new icons as we continue polishing the platform to look and feel as good as possible. We also added a new tab under each classroom's page to make it easy to track student transitions. You can now see at a glance a child's most recent bottle, potty, & nap from the mobile roster's tile view. In addition to these releases, we've launched 20+ improvements & fixes.

Releases

  • New and improved icons throughout the website

  • Added Changes tab to classroom detail pages to track switches for students

  • Able to set minimums for autopay to run

  • Able to set minimums for invoices to be sent out

  • Able to track most recent student activity on roster tile view on the mobile app

Improvements

  • Able to see all student columns on the transactions table

  • Able change a student’s billing plan, individually & in bulk for multiple students at once

  • Able to see selected plan on the submitted enrollment form

  • Able to sort by meal item type on weekly menu view

  • Able to run reports on staff custom fields

  • Able to see student transitions on the mobile app

  • Improved guardian custom fields on forms

  • Staff schedules are now on the resource timeline

  • Predictive enrollment now has more information on the headers for each day

  • Improved support for custom post icons

  • Added support for “All staff” on calendar invites

  • Added accounting codes to more payment reports

  • Dropped and waitlisted fields are now being used for enrollment reports and classroom forecasting

  • Improved deposit details page

  • Student program enrollments now show current enrollment status

Fixes

  • Fixed bug where clicking on icon wouldn’t click the button

  • Enterprise reports should now always show the center name

  • Cars are removed from On My Way queue on sign out, even if students are not signed out through the queue

  • Fixed a bug where roster sorting didn't save

  • Fixed report sorting with date fields

Dec 11, 2023

Enterprise Custom Fields, Enterprise Site Cloning, & Unscheduled Report

3 Releases

13 Improvements

3 Fixes

Enterprise Custom Fields
Enterprise Custom Fields

This week we added in many quality of life improvements at the request of our customers! Our larger releases included Enterprise custom fields, so custom fields can be managed across multiple locations at once. We also added in a new attendance report to track kids who show up but weren't scheduled and we streamlined the process to add new sites to an enterprise without having to manually set up the new location with all the data, settings, and preferences.

Releases

  • Enterprise custom fields — create, edit and manage custom fields across locations

  • Added unscheduled attendance report

  • Able to copy site settings & data when adding new locations, keeping things like classrooms, programs, paperwork, billing plans, schedule templates, and more

Improvements

  • Dramatically faster enterprise dashboard reports!

  • Dramatically faster enrollment submissions for families

  • Added a column for last payment date on the statements table

  • Able to see enrollment dates for students on programs

  • Able to upload staff custom fields via roster upload

  • Able to load more chats if more than 200 chats exist

  • Able to see number of recipients when creating a post with SMS enabled

  • Improved drag and drop on form building when moving questions around

  • Improved notification handling on posts

  • Improved classroom transitions on mobile app

  • Reduced the bundle size on web, making it load much more quickly on startup

  • Faster On My Way Queue updates on the app

  • New chat background on mobile

Fixes

  • Fixed infant menu editing

  • Fixed recurring schedules changing date/time when selecting a template after setting the date/time

  • Fixed some rare crashes when viewing very old posts

Dec 11, 2023

Enterprise Custom Fields, Enterprise Site Cloning, & Unscheduled Report

3 Releases

13 Improvements

3 Fixes

Enterprise Custom Fields

This week we added in many quality of life improvements at the request of our customers! Our larger releases included Enterprise custom fields, so custom fields can be managed across multiple locations at once. We also added in a new attendance report to track kids who show up but weren't scheduled and we streamlined the process to add new sites to an enterprise without having to manually set up the new location with all the data, settings, and preferences.

Releases

  • Enterprise custom fields — create, edit and manage custom fields across locations

  • Added unscheduled attendance report

  • Able to copy site settings & data when adding new locations, keeping things like classrooms, programs, paperwork, billing plans, schedule templates, and more

Improvements

  • Dramatically faster enterprise dashboard reports!

  • Dramatically faster enrollment submissions for families

  • Added a column for last payment date on the statements table

  • Able to see enrollment dates for students on programs

  • Able to upload staff custom fields via roster upload

  • Able to load more chats if more than 200 chats exist

  • Able to see number of recipients when creating a post with SMS enabled

  • Improved drag and drop on form building when moving questions around

  • Improved notification handling on posts

  • Improved classroom transitions on mobile app

  • Reduced the bundle size on web, making it load much more quickly on startup

  • Faster On My Way Queue updates on the app

  • New chat background on mobile

Fixes

  • Fixed infant menu editing

  • Fixed recurring schedules changing date/time when selecting a template after setting the date/time

  • Fixed some rare crashes when viewing very old posts

Dec 4, 2023

New Sidebar, Header, and Icons

1 Releases

6 Improvements

3 Fixes

Playground Sidebar
Playground Sidebar

This week we added a fresh coat of paint to our icons, sidebar, and header navigation to polish & refine your dashboard & app. You'll start seeing this rolling out in the coming week! In addition, our engineering team focused on improving performance across the app to further streamline your daily workflows.

Releases

  • New sidebar, header, and icons! We're rolling this out so it may take a few days for you to see it.

Improvements

  • Improved flow for assigning payment methods for guardians when added by an admin

  • More roster import support from other systems and data sources

  • Dramatically increased mobile stability and fewer loading spinners!

  • Dramatically improved uploading large number of photos and videos, as well as large photos and videos

  • Mobile app bottom sheet improved interactions

  • Increased speed and stability of chat on mobile app and web

Fixes

  • Staff names are now sorted when searching for "posted by" on the feed

  • Fixes for notifications on a single device shared between multiple users

  • Fixes for notifications on multiple devices for a single user

Dec 4, 2023

New Sidebar, Header, and Icons

1 Releases

6 Improvements

3 Fixes

Playground Sidebar

This week we added a fresh coat of paint to our icons, sidebar, and header navigation to polish & refine your dashboard & app. You'll start seeing this rolling out in the coming week! In addition, our engineering team focused on improving performance across the app to further streamline your daily workflows.

Releases

  • New sidebar, header, and icons! We're rolling this out so it may take a few days for you to see it.

Improvements

  • Improved flow for assigning payment methods for guardians when added by an admin

  • More roster import support from other systems and data sources

  • Dramatically increased mobile stability and fewer loading spinners!

  • Dramatically improved uploading large number of photos and videos, as well as large photos and videos

  • Mobile app bottom sheet improved interactions

  • Increased speed and stability of chat on mobile app and web

Fixes

  • Staff names are now sorted when searching for "posted by" on the feed

  • Fixes for notifications on a single device shared between multiple users

  • Fixes for notifications on multiple devices for a single user

Nov 27, 2023

Shared Services Dashboard, Enterprise Search, and More Accounting Features

3 Releases

8 Improvements

Shared Services Dashboard
Shared Services Dashboard

This week saw the release of a newly improved dedicated shared services dashboard to make it easier for shared service networks to manage & coach providers. We've also added global search to multi-site organizations, along with the ability to import balances from other software systems & more improvements.

Releases

  • Shared services dashboard — it's now even easier to manage and coach your shared service alliance members with expenses, billing, activation, communication, and more

  • Added accounting codes to credits — you can now have more granular accounting codes for reporting

  • Global enterprise staff, student, and guardian search

Improvements

  • Added billing imports for transferring over balances from other software systems

  • Able to bulk update billing plans

  • Able to transition staff classrooms on the website

  • Able to transition student classrooms on the website

  • Guardian filters now save between uses

  • Added automatic CACFP warnings to flag if you are missing a whole grain

  • Added automatic CACFP warnings to flag if you are serving the same food twice in one day

  • Improved onboarding flows for business credit cards so it's easier to set up a bank to fund the card

Nov 27, 2023

Shared Services Dashboard, Enterprise Search, and More Accounting Features

3 Releases

8 Improvements

Shared Services Dashboard

This week saw the release of a newly improved dedicated shared services dashboard to make it easier for shared service networks to manage & coach providers. We've also added global search to multi-site organizations, along with the ability to import balances from other software systems & more improvements.

Releases

  • Shared services dashboard — it's now even easier to manage and coach your shared service alliance members with expenses, billing, activation, communication, and more

  • Added accounting codes to credits — you can now have more granular accounting codes for reporting

  • Global enterprise staff, student, and guardian search

Improvements

  • Added billing imports for transferring over balances from other software systems

  • Able to bulk update billing plans

  • Able to transition staff classrooms on the website

  • Able to transition student classrooms on the website

  • Guardian filters now save between uses

  • Added automatic CACFP warnings to flag if you are missing a whole grain

  • Added automatic CACFP warnings to flag if you are serving the same food twice in one day

  • Improved onboarding flows for business credit cards so it's easier to set up a bank to fund the card

Nov 20, 2023

Engagement Dashboard, Mobile Ratios, & Quickbooks Beta

3 Releases

7 Improvements

3 Fixes

Engagement Dashbaord for Child Care
Engagement Dashbaord for Child Care

We've opened up a Quickbooks Online integration beta for providers who want to automatically sync financial data between Playground and Quickbooks. We've also added a couple dashboards to help stay on top of family engagement and ratios.

Releases

  • Engagement dashboard for centers — track engagement numbers and see how staff interact with families on the feed

  • Mobile ratios — manage ratios directly on the mobile app

  • Quickbooks beta — please reach out to us if you want to join the Quickbooks integration beta!

Improvements

  • Single day attendance reporting for licensing

  • Able to see long descriptions more quickly when printing out lesson plans

  • Command click on staff now opens in a new tab

  • Printing menus now shows the date range

  • Improved subsidy date management when recording deposits

  • Lesson activities now show more information on the mobile app

  • Able to add yourself to any chat as an admin

Fixes

  • Fixed the "save and exit" button on form editing

  • Wellness report fixed

  • A bunch of rare crashes reported over the past few weeks have been resolved for a much more stable experience using Playground

Nov 20, 2023

Engagement Dashboard, Mobile Ratios, & Quickbooks Beta

3 Releases

7 Improvements

3 Fixes

Engagement Dashbaord for Child Care

We've opened up a Quickbooks Online integration beta for providers who want to automatically sync financial data between Playground and Quickbooks. We've also added a couple dashboards to help stay on top of family engagement and ratios.

Releases

  • Engagement dashboard for centers — track engagement numbers and see how staff interact with families on the feed

  • Mobile ratios — manage ratios directly on the mobile app

  • Quickbooks beta — please reach out to us if you want to join the Quickbooks integration beta!

Improvements

  • Single day attendance reporting for licensing

  • Able to see long descriptions more quickly when printing out lesson plans

  • Command click on staff now opens in a new tab

  • Printing menus now shows the date range

  • Improved subsidy date management when recording deposits

  • Lesson activities now show more information on the mobile app

  • Able to add yourself to any chat as an admin

Fixes

  • Fixed the "save and exit" button on form editing

  • Wellness report fixed

  • A bunch of rare crashes reported over the past few weeks have been resolved for a much more stable experience using Playground

Nov 13, 2023

Staff Custom Fields, Daily Overview Posts, & Custom Post Icons

3 Releases

12 Improvements

2 Fixes

Custom Staff Profiles
Custom Staff Profiles

We're continuing to help you make customize your feed to make it feel warm & welcoming for your families with custom post icons. Staff profiles have also been made more customizable with custom data fields that you can add and report on. Finally, due to popular demand, we've added daily overview posts to provide families with a snapshot of their kiddo's day. All this, of course, in addition to a number of improvements and updates.

Releases

  • Custom posts on the feed now support custom icons, brand your posts as you'd like

  • Staff custom fields — collect the data you need for staff

  • Daily overview posts — automatically group all communication and activities into one daily report for families to see at checkout

Improvements

  • Improved button interface on web

  • Charge student modal easier to use

  • Classroom forecasting will now show if classrooms are overbooked

  • Added support for many more imports from other systems

  • Transaction table header numbers are now more useful

  • Better empty state for staff data

  • Able to sort staff custom fields

  • The feed on the parent app will now load more quickly with more posts and more relevance

  • Improved shared device management

  • Able to select lesson plans when creating observation posts from the create post flow

  • Staff can now edit their own information on the app

  • Photos are now much faster to load and give better percentage tracking

Fixes

  • Fixed several enterprise level reports when no data available

  • Fixed program enrollment messaging on the student profile

Nov 13, 2023

Staff Custom Fields, Daily Overview Posts, & Custom Post Icons

3 Releases

12 Improvements

2 Fixes

Custom Staff Profiles

We're continuing to help you make customize your feed to make it feel warm & welcoming for your families with custom post icons. Staff profiles have also been made more customizable with custom data fields that you can add and report on. Finally, due to popular demand, we've added daily overview posts to provide families with a snapshot of their kiddo's day. All this, of course, in addition to a number of improvements and updates.

Releases

  • Custom posts on the feed now support custom icons, brand your posts as you'd like

  • Staff custom fields — collect the data you need for staff

  • Daily overview posts — automatically group all communication and activities into one daily report for families to see at checkout

Improvements

  • Improved button interface on web

  • Charge student modal easier to use

  • Classroom forecasting will now show if classrooms are overbooked

  • Added support for many more imports from other systems

  • Transaction table header numbers are now more useful

  • Better empty state for staff data

  • Able to sort staff custom fields

  • The feed on the parent app will now load more quickly with more posts and more relevance

  • Improved shared device management

  • Able to select lesson plans when creating observation posts from the create post flow

  • Staff can now edit their own information on the app

  • Photos are now much faster to load and give better percentage tracking

Fixes

  • Fixed several enterprise level reports when no data available

  • Fixed program enrollment messaging on the student profile

Nov 6, 2023

Roster Tile View, Photo Zoom, End All Naps, and Guardian Chat

4 Releases

16 Improvements

3 Fixes

Roster Tile View
Roster Tile View

We've added 4 huge feature requests in addition to numerous smaller features & quality of life improvements. You can now set your roster in a tile view to make it easier to see your kiddos' faces on-the-go. We've added long-awaited zooming capabilities on photos along with web-based messaging for families. And, we made it easier to end naps at once.

Releases

  • Added tile view to the roster on mobile

  • Added a end all naps button

  • Able to zoom on photos on the feed

  • Guardians now able to chat on web

Improvements

  • Added more information on the classroom forecasting page

  • Added a warning banner when editing debits

  • Able to automatically add new schools to your enterprise using a code

  • Able to add attachments to notes on student profile

  • Staff payroll reports now include weekly overtime

  • Able to add email recipient for all file request submissions

  • Better interface for staff sign up

  • Able to see all forms on student paperwork with filters

  • Able to click on enterprise students to view their profile

  • Able to see acceptance date for each child on the enrollment listing

  • Able to disable meal types

  • Able to edit individual document expiration dates

  • All reporting got a boost in speed!

  • Marking students inactive now allows you to cancel all future updates to the student

  • Added filters to ratio dashboards

  • Added filters to classroom forecasting

Fixes

  • Fixed schedules with templates changing start time input once selected

  • Fixed student napping numebrs when students are transitioned

  • Fixed CACFP reporting

Nov 6, 2023

Roster Tile View, Photo Zoom, End All Naps, and Guardian Chat

4 Releases

16 Improvements

3 Fixes

Roster Tile View

We've added 4 huge feature requests in addition to numerous smaller features & quality of life improvements. You can now set your roster in a tile view to make it easier to see your kiddos' faces on-the-go. We've added long-awaited zooming capabilities on photos along with web-based messaging for families. And, we made it easier to end naps at once.

Releases

  • Added tile view to the roster on mobile

  • Added a end all naps button

  • Able to zoom on photos on the feed

  • Guardians now able to chat on web

Improvements

  • Added more information on the classroom forecasting page

  • Added a warning banner when editing debits

  • Able to automatically add new schools to your enterprise using a code

  • Able to add attachments to notes on student profile

  • Staff payroll reports now include weekly overtime

  • Able to add email recipient for all file request submissions

  • Better interface for staff sign up

  • Able to see all forms on student paperwork with filters

  • Able to click on enterprise students to view their profile

  • Able to see acceptance date for each child on the enrollment listing

  • Able to disable meal types

  • Able to edit individual document expiration dates

  • All reporting got a boost in speed!

  • Marking students inactive now allows you to cancel all future updates to the student

  • Added filters to ratio dashboards

  • Added filters to classroom forecasting

Fixes

  • Fixed schedules with templates changing start time input once selected

  • Fixed student napping numebrs when students are transitioned

  • Fixed CACFP reporting

Oct 30, 2023

Families Notify Center About Arrival Time

2 Releases

7 Improvements

3 Fixes

On My Way Notification From Families
On My Way Notification From Families

This week's we released a brand new feature called On My Way Queue. This feature lets families notify you they are on the way to drop off or pick up along with their estimated time of arrival. Staff have access to a chronological list of arrivals and can easily sign families in as they are notified that families have arrived.

Releases

  • Parents are able to mark that they are on their way to school

  • Staff able to manage families that are marking themselves as on their way

Improvements

  • Admins can now see and post lessons on the app

  • Added additional information for parent feed on observation posts

  • Able to reapply credits to debits if payments were edited around

  • Removed inactive classrooms from the ratio dashboard

  • Able to unsplit families

  • Able to download payment history

  • Improved attachment viewing through web

Fixes

  • Parents now able to see service dates on mobile

  • Dropped support for guardianless schools

  • Service dates are now properly set through enrollment

Oct 30, 2023

Families Notify Center About Arrival Time

2 Releases

7 Improvements

3 Fixes

On My Way Notification From Families

This week's we released a brand new feature called On My Way Queue. This feature lets families notify you they are on the way to drop off or pick up along with their estimated time of arrival. Staff have access to a chronological list of arrivals and can easily sign families in as they are notified that families have arrived.

Releases

  • Parents are able to mark that they are on their way to school

  • Staff able to manage families that are marking themselves as on their way

Improvements

  • Admins can now see and post lessons on the app

  • Added additional information for parent feed on observation posts

  • Able to reapply credits to debits if payments were edited around

  • Removed inactive classrooms from the ratio dashboard

  • Able to unsplit families

  • Able to download payment history

  • Improved attachment viewing through web

Fixes

  • Parents now able to see service dates on mobile

  • Dropped support for guardianless schools

  • Service dates are now properly set through enrollment

Oct 23, 2023

Schedule Resource Calendar & Bulk Charge

2 Releases

5 Improvements

4 Fixes

Scheduling App For Child Care
Scheduling App For Child Care

We've made it a lot easier to schedule students with a brand new view on the Scheduling tab. We've also streamlined the flow for charging multiple families in bulk. We've added a few more improvements to billing, as well!

Releases

  • Schedule resource calendar — view schedules as a resource calendar to help with creating student and staff schedules

  • Bulk charge — greatly improved flows and UX for bulk charging families

Improvements

  • Better dispute management

  • Bulk updating of payment dates

  • Discount codes can now be shown on enrollment listing view

  • More settings added to the classroom settings page

  • Better loading states for custom reports

Fixes

  • Remove parent ability to select classroom during sign in

  • Fixed deep link for post notifications for post approvals

  • Single installment plans no longer show as plans

  • Fixed copy on add credit flow

Oct 23, 2023

Schedule Resource Calendar & Bulk Charge

2 Releases

5 Improvements

4 Fixes

Scheduling App For Child Care

We've made it a lot easier to schedule students with a brand new view on the Scheduling tab. We've also streamlined the flow for charging multiple families in bulk. We've added a few more improvements to billing, as well!

Releases

  • Schedule resource calendar — view schedules as a resource calendar to help with creating student and staff schedules

  • Bulk charge — greatly improved flows and UX for bulk charging families

Improvements

  • Better dispute management

  • Bulk updating of payment dates

  • Discount codes can now be shown on enrollment listing view

  • More settings added to the classroom settings page

  • Better loading states for custom reports

Fixes

  • Remove parent ability to select classroom during sign in

  • Fixed deep link for post notifications for post approvals

  • Single installment plans no longer show as plans

  • Fixed copy on add credit flow

Oct 16, 2023

White Label Support & Enrollment Emails For Admins

2 Releases

9 Improvements

White Label For Child Care App
White Label For Child Care App

This week we added white label support so you can create a branded app with your customized logo and colors in the app. Reach out to our time if you'd like to create a more personalized experience for your child care program. We've also released a number of features based on your feedback!

Releases

  • White label support — contact a member of our team to learn more

  • Enrollment email support — notify an admin when a student is moved into a new column on enrollment

Improvements

  • Lesson plans now show up on the mobile calendar

  • Able to see upcoming posts on the feed as a staff member

  • When making posts for the classroom, it will now share it with other staff members automatically

  • Staff check-in flow is now recorded for record keeping

  • Better UX for parent signing on kiosk mode

  • Able to mark custom posts as an activity

  • Staff current classroom now shows on faculty directory on the app

  • Able to transition staff from the faculty directory on the app

  • Added additional payment email settings

Oct 16, 2023

White Label Support & Enrollment Emails For Admins

2 Releases

9 Improvements

White Label For Child Care App

This week we added white label support so you can create a branded app with your customized logo and colors in the app. Reach out to our time if you'd like to create a more personalized experience for your child care program. We've also released a number of features based on your feedback!

Releases

  • White label support — contact a member of our team to learn more

  • Enrollment email support — notify an admin when a student is moved into a new column on enrollment

Improvements

  • Lesson plans now show up on the mobile calendar

  • Able to see upcoming posts on the feed as a staff member

  • When making posts for the classroom, it will now share it with other staff members automatically

  • Staff check-in flow is now recorded for record keeping

  • Better UX for parent signing on kiosk mode

  • Able to mark custom posts as an activity

  • Staff current classroom now shows on faculty directory on the app

  • Able to transition staff from the faculty directory on the app

  • Added additional payment email settings

Oct 9, 2023

Bulk Staff Transititons & Individual Student Statements

2 Releases

9 Improvements

3 Fixes

Child Care Tax Statement Generator
Child Care Tax Statement Generator

In this update, we've made it easier to move your staff between classrooms, generate statements for individual students, and improved quality of life. Teachers can now sign in on their own devices, and we've added sign-in/out times on the overage fee approvals screen. We've also improved payment plan tooltips and fixed some quirks with meal item additions and report columns.

Releases

  • Bulk staff transitions — you can now transfer staff classrooms more easily

  • Individual student statements — generate statements for just one student in a family

Improvements

  • Able to record name to face posts automatically with classroom transitions

  • Able to transition staff along with students between classrooms

  • Improved nap posts on the feed

  • Teachers can now sign in on their own device if settings allow it

  • Added sign in / out times on overages fee approvals

  • Improved payment plan tooltips

  • More information added to staff pdf reporting

  • Able to run payment reports based on service dates

  • Removed the default payment method tag

Fixes

  • Fixed UX with adding new meal items

  • Fixed UX with searching for meal items when creating menus

  • Fixed issue with some report columns disappearing when adjusting them on specific reports

Oct 9, 2023

Bulk Staff Transititons & Individual Student Statements

2 Releases

9 Improvements

3 Fixes

Child Care Tax Statement Generator

In this update, we've made it easier to move your staff between classrooms, generate statements for individual students, and improved quality of life. Teachers can now sign in on their own devices, and we've added sign-in/out times on the overage fee approvals screen. We've also improved payment plan tooltips and fixed some quirks with meal item additions and report columns.

Releases

  • Bulk staff transitions — you can now transfer staff classrooms more easily

  • Individual student statements — generate statements for just one student in a family

Improvements

  • Able to record name to face posts automatically with classroom transitions

  • Able to transition staff along with students between classrooms

  • Improved nap posts on the feed

  • Teachers can now sign in on their own device if settings allow it

  • Added sign in / out times on overages fee approvals

  • Improved payment plan tooltips

  • More information added to staff pdf reporting

  • Able to run payment reports based on service dates

  • Removed the default payment method tag

Fixes

  • Fixed UX with adding new meal items

  • Fixed UX with searching for meal items when creating menus

  • Fixed issue with some report columns disappearing when adjusting them on specific reports

Oct 2, 2023

New Reports and Dashboards

CACFP Reports For Child Care
CACFP Reports For Child Care

This week's update comes with many new reports, dashboards, and quality of life improvements around the software.

Releases

  • Added custom service dates when creating billing plans

  • Added more attendance reports to meet new compliance needs

  • Added more food program attendance & meal count reports

  • Added expense reporting to enterprise dash

  • Added staff salary reporting on enterprise dash

  • Added new enrollment reports

  • Added classroom ratio dashboard

Improvements

  • Better report download names, now include date and report name

  • Fee approvals downloads include more information

  • Added setting to not allow parents to record absences

  • Better filtering on create invoice screen when selecting students

  • "All programs" added as option to reporting

  • Added tooltips when prorating billing

  • Relevant dates added to statements table

  • Warning notifications to admins if changing a dollar amount makes the charge negative

  • Schedules dramatically sped up on web

  • Faster page loading and updating across the website

  • Added utility buttons to help with bulk charging a large number of students

  • More emails for balance changes on Playground credit card

  • Better roster upload guardian matching

  • Better loading state when signing through kiosk

  • Email builder improvements

Fixes

  • Fixed reset filters on web feed

  • Fixed an issue with birthdates on Safari

  • Fixed images on tables being cut off

  • Fixed new line characters in announcement emails

  • Fixed being able to select classroom on feed filters

  • No longer asks for guardian group if forgiving a fee

  • Proration is now based on service dates

  • Students now checked out if attendance is deleted

  • Tables now save based on route, not specific student/page

  • Enterprise filters now save

Oct 2, 2023

New Reports and Dashboards

CACFP Reports For Child Care

This week's update comes with many new reports, dashboards, and quality of life improvements around the software.

Releases

  • Added custom service dates when creating billing plans

  • Added more attendance reports to meet new compliance needs

  • Added more food program attendance & meal count reports

  • Added expense reporting to enterprise dash

  • Added staff salary reporting on enterprise dash

  • Added new enrollment reports

  • Added classroom ratio dashboard

Improvements

  • Better report download names, now include date and report name

  • Fee approvals downloads include more information

  • Added setting to not allow parents to record absences

  • Better filtering on create invoice screen when selecting students

  • "All programs" added as option to reporting

  • Added tooltips when prorating billing

  • Relevant dates added to statements table

  • Warning notifications to admins if changing a dollar amount makes the charge negative

  • Schedules dramatically sped up on web

  • Faster page loading and updating across the website

  • Added utility buttons to help with bulk charging a large number of students

  • More emails for balance changes on Playground credit card

  • Better roster upload guardian matching

  • Better loading state when signing through kiosk

  • Email builder improvements

Fixes

  • Fixed reset filters on web feed

  • Fixed an issue with birthdates on Safari

  • Fixed images on tables being cut off

  • Fixed new line characters in announcement emails

  • Fixed being able to select classroom on feed filters

  • No longer asks for guardian group if forgiving a fee

  • Proration is now based on service dates

  • Students now checked out if attendance is deleted

  • Tables now save based on route, not specific student/page

  • Enterprise filters now save

Sep 25, 2023

Custom Invoice & Due Dates, Percentage Based Discounts, & Speedier App

Custom invoicing for child care payments
Custom invoicing for child care payments

This week we launched a huge billing update to make our billing as flexible as you need. You are now able to have custom invoice dates, due dates, and service dates for each of your transactions and billing plans to make the invoicing more clear and explicit to your customers. We also added the ability to discount based on percentages, so you do not need to update the math each time you modify a bill.

This week we also focused heavily on the speed that the app functions. Load times have been dramatically reduced throughout the app, including on open, so you are able to complete check-in and out more quickly.

Releases

  • Percentage based discounts

  • Able to add invoice post and due dates on billing

Improvements

  • Added ability to bulk set end dates on recurring schedules

  • Able to see all recurring schedules in a table view

  • Able to bulk import lesson activities

  • Staff now able to view student forms on the app

  • App loads much less data on load and should feel snappier when opening

  • Calendar sped up on mobile

  • Signature report now shows that you are missing a check out

  • Billing settings page improved

  • Added overtime hours on the staff payroll reports

  • Better loading state for schedules

  • Added check-in and out times on overage reporting

  • Able to hide classroom names on schedules for printing

Fixes

  • Schedules can now start and end on the same minute

  • Classroom filter now stays open to allow faster classroom filtering

  • Fixed hit box on chat delete

  • Better UX on guardian changes screen

Sep 25, 2023

Custom Invoice & Due Dates, Percentage Based Discounts, & Speedier App

Custom invoicing for child care payments

This week we launched a huge billing update to make our billing as flexible as you need. You are now able to have custom invoice dates, due dates, and service dates for each of your transactions and billing plans to make the invoicing more clear and explicit to your customers. We also added the ability to discount based on percentages, so you do not need to update the math each time you modify a bill.

This week we also focused heavily on the speed that the app functions. Load times have been dramatically reduced throughout the app, including on open, so you are able to complete check-in and out more quickly.

Releases

  • Percentage based discounts

  • Able to add invoice post and due dates on billing

Improvements

  • Added ability to bulk set end dates on recurring schedules

  • Able to see all recurring schedules in a table view

  • Able to bulk import lesson activities

  • Staff now able to view student forms on the app

  • App loads much less data on load and should feel snappier when opening

  • Calendar sped up on mobile

  • Signature report now shows that you are missing a check out

  • Billing settings page improved

  • Added overtime hours on the staff payroll reports

  • Better loading state for schedules

  • Added check-in and out times on overage reporting

  • Able to hide classroom names on schedules for printing

Fixes

  • Schedules can now start and end on the same minute

  • Classroom filter now stays open to allow faster classroom filtering

  • Fixed hit box on chat delete

  • Better UX on guardian changes screen

Sep 18, 2023

Name-to-face Reminders, Post Acknowledgements, & Proration

Proration for child care billing
Proration for child care billing

We're jazzing things up with hourly name to face check-in reminders, post acknowledgments on custom posts, and proration on the first or last cycle of payment plans – all while spicing up the attendance dashboard with ratios and name-to-face magic!

Plus, we've made the nap check screen super snappy, added some extra flair to lesson plan approvals, and now you can send posts with titles (customizing subject lines in emails as well!) – making this release a real party. We've also fixed a bunch of pesky bugs and added some groove to your mobile experience. Enjoy the rhythm of these updates! 🎉🎶

Releases

  • Hourly name to face check-in reminders

  • Post acknowledgements on custom posts

  • Proration options on the first or last cycle of payments plans

  • Attendance dashboard showing ratios and name to face

Improvements

  • Nap check screen is now much more responsive

  • Able to send posts with titles (subject lines in emails as well!)

  • Able to set up default and custom service dates for payments

  • Added substantially more information to autopay preview on the statements screen

  • Guardian custom fields now download with guardian data

  • Roster download has more information now

  • Improved mobile responsiveness on the family application page

  • Better support for larger rosters

  • Small updates to lesson plan approvals

Fixes

  • Remove default sibling check in if multiple students are being checked in

  • Never show inactive teachers on mobile

  • Transitions now reset name to face reminder

  • Fixed bug with filling out forms before enrollment listing submission

  • Fixed notification on pending and scheduled posts

  • Removed documents from listing when they are marked as hidden

  • Changing dates on enrollment acceptance screen now automatically updates billing dates

  • Changing plans on enrollment now changes the plan

Sep 18, 2023

Name-to-face Reminders, Post Acknowledgements, & Proration

Proration for child care billing

We're jazzing things up with hourly name to face check-in reminders, post acknowledgments on custom posts, and proration on the first or last cycle of payment plans – all while spicing up the attendance dashboard with ratios and name-to-face magic!

Plus, we've made the nap check screen super snappy, added some extra flair to lesson plan approvals, and now you can send posts with titles (customizing subject lines in emails as well!) – making this release a real party. We've also fixed a bunch of pesky bugs and added some groove to your mobile experience. Enjoy the rhythm of these updates! 🎉🎶

Releases

  • Hourly name to face check-in reminders

  • Post acknowledgements on custom posts

  • Proration options on the first or last cycle of payments plans

  • Attendance dashboard showing ratios and name to face

Improvements

  • Nap check screen is now much more responsive

  • Able to send posts with titles (subject lines in emails as well!)

  • Able to set up default and custom service dates for payments

  • Added substantially more information to autopay preview on the statements screen

  • Guardian custom fields now download with guardian data

  • Roster download has more information now

  • Improved mobile responsiveness on the family application page

  • Better support for larger rosters

  • Small updates to lesson plan approvals

Fixes

  • Remove default sibling check in if multiple students are being checked in

  • Never show inactive teachers on mobile

  • Transitions now reset name to face reminder

  • Fixed bug with filling out forms before enrollment listing submission

  • Fixed notification on pending and scheduled posts

  • Removed documents from listing when they are marked as hidden

  • Changing dates on enrollment acceptance screen now automatically updates billing dates

  • Changing plans on enrollment now changes the plan

Sep 11, 2023

Dedicated Nap Checks

Sleep check management
Sleep check management

In this release, we are excited to present dedicated nap checks and nap check reminders in beta along with improved functionality, faster sign-in/out, enhanced actions tracking, and various fixes to enhance your user experience.

Releases

  • Dedicated nap checks and nap check reminders — this is a beta launch and you must have staff classroom turned on to use this for now

Improvements

  • Calendar now shows to parents and staff on the mobile app by default, but can be toggled off in settings

  • Improved name to face checks with additional information

  • Added additional data imports

  • Able to mark payouts as reconciled for bookkeeping purposes

  • Much faster sign in/out, should see a loading screen for significantly less time (it was already fast!)

  • Actions now show who they were initiated by, if recorded

  • Actions now show the created date

  • Able to switch split family groups

  • Staff current classrooms now show on web

  • Able to hide receipts on enrollment

  • Improved lesson plan and activity UX

Fixes

  • Chat should now accurately reflect staff and student classrooms when viewing participants

  • The screen will not navigate from the signature screen until student status changes for attendance

Sep 11, 2023

Dedicated Nap Checks

Sleep check management

In this release, we are excited to present dedicated nap checks and nap check reminders in beta along with improved functionality, faster sign-in/out, enhanced actions tracking, and various fixes to enhance your user experience.

Releases

  • Dedicated nap checks and nap check reminders — this is a beta launch and you must have staff classroom turned on to use this for now

Improvements

  • Calendar now shows to parents and staff on the mobile app by default, but can be toggled off in settings

  • Improved name to face checks with additional information

  • Added additional data imports

  • Able to mark payouts as reconciled for bookkeeping purposes

  • Much faster sign in/out, should see a loading screen for significantly less time (it was already fast!)

  • Actions now show who they were initiated by, if recorded

  • Actions now show the created date

  • Able to switch split family groups

  • Staff current classrooms now show on web

  • Able to hide receipts on enrollment

  • Improved lesson plan and activity UX

Fixes

  • Chat should now accurately reflect staff and student classrooms when viewing participants

  • The screen will not navigate from the signature screen until student status changes for attendance

Sep 4, 2023

Lesson Plan Approvals, Notifications, & Record Meals on Web

Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals & Rejections
Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals & Rejections

With the school year starting, our focus remains helping your kick things off smoothly. This week has many process improvements and customization toggles.

We launched pending, approved, and rejected lesson plans. Similar to post approvals with pending posts, you are now able to approve all lesson plans or make edits to before being used or shared with families.

We also added many smaller updates such as seeing who has chat notifications set up, the ability to record meals on the website, and more. Let us know what else you need to get the most out of Playground.

Releases

  • Lesson Plan Approvals / Rejections — you can now require lesson plans and activities to be approved before being used

  • See who has notifications on — there is now an icon to show who will receive notifications from chat

  • Record meals on web — quickly record meals based on the menu directly from the food program webpage

Improvements

  • Support more roster import types

  • Better experience for enterprise admin signups

  • Added a note to parents that it will not contact the administrator when leaving a comment on a student

  • Remove "NKA" on student allergies as allergy type

  • Added a setting to default select all or no students when signing in

  • Table columns now "stick" even when resizing the window

  • Able to edit activities directly within a lesson plan

  • Staff transitions now show on their profile

  • Inactive staff are marked as inactive on chat

  • Able to see staff homerooms and current classroom on the classroom page

  • Added a reset button to filters on web

  • Added a permission option for teacher roles to view all students

  • Subsidy pages can now be sorted by student names

  • Able to update KinderSystems information directly on the settings page

  • All payroll reports now show staff hours as decimals and hour/minutes

  • Invoices tables are now able to use custom columns

  • More information added to the autopay tooltip

  • Able to delete individual paperwork responses if there are multiple for one student

  • Enrollment applications now show who will receive updates to the application

  • Able to print out the monthly calendar view

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with showing posts that are both pending and hidden until check-out

  • No longer able to edit your own role

  • Fix an issue with enterprise payout initiated dates

  • Transactions table header information updates with filters now

  • Food program tooltips now work when editing menus

Sep 4, 2023

Lesson Plan Approvals, Notifications, & Record Meals on Web

Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals & Rejections

With the school year starting, our focus remains helping your kick things off smoothly. This week has many process improvements and customization toggles.

We launched pending, approved, and rejected lesson plans. Similar to post approvals with pending posts, you are now able to approve all lesson plans or make edits to before being used or shared with families.

We also added many smaller updates such as seeing who has chat notifications set up, the ability to record meals on the website, and more. Let us know what else you need to get the most out of Playground.

Releases

  • Lesson Plan Approvals / Rejections — you can now require lesson plans and activities to be approved before being used

  • See who has notifications on — there is now an icon to show who will receive notifications from chat

  • Record meals on web — quickly record meals based on the menu directly from the food program webpage

Improvements

  • Support more roster import types

  • Better experience for enterprise admin signups

  • Added a note to parents that it will not contact the administrator when leaving a comment on a student

  • Remove "NKA" on student allergies as allergy type

  • Added a setting to default select all or no students when signing in

  • Table columns now "stick" even when resizing the window

  • Able to edit activities directly within a lesson plan

  • Staff transitions now show on their profile

  • Inactive staff are marked as inactive on chat

  • Able to see staff homerooms and current classroom on the classroom page

  • Added a reset button to filters on web

  • Added a permission option for teacher roles to view all students

  • Subsidy pages can now be sorted by student names

  • Able to update KinderSystems information directly on the settings page

  • All payroll reports now show staff hours as decimals and hour/minutes

  • Invoices tables are now able to use custom columns

  • More information added to the autopay tooltip

  • Able to delete individual paperwork responses if there are multiple for one student

  • Enrollment applications now show who will receive updates to the application

  • Able to print out the monthly calendar view

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with showing posts that are both pending and hidden until check-out

  • No longer able to edit your own role

  • Fix an issue with enterprise payout initiated dates

  • Transactions table header information updates with filters now

  • Food program tooltips now work when editing menus

Aug 28, 2023

Lesson Plan Approvals, Getting Started Pages, and Process Improvements

Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals Software
Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals Software

This week we launched a bunch of helpful tools to make daily and weekly processes much more efficient and seamless. Admins can now set up a process to approve lesson plans before they are shared out with families or can be used in classrooms. This way, you can deliver the high level of quality your families expect and ensure proper lesson plan structure & content.

We also added "getting started" screens for our most popular features with insights into how to use the features in your school. Playground offers a ton of flexibility, and sometimes that can make it harder to know where to get started. These resources should help in managing the first time you handle billing, enrollment, or paperwork so you can put the Playground power-user features to use.

We know how important it is to have the right data, right when you need it, in a format that you are comfortable with. We launched a whole new column editor for your tables to better set them up exactly how you like them.

Releases

  • Lesson plan approvals — you can now require approvals before lesson plans can be used

  • Getting started screens — Enrollment, Billing, and Paperwork now have getting started screens to help learn how to use our features

  • You can now sort and enable/disable columns on tables in a much more streamlined way

Improvements

  • Able to filter by current classroom on mobile app

  • Cannot transition or name to face for signed out students

  • Much better UX for selecting options on custom post type forms

  • Students now have a dated transition log on their profiles

  • Improved food item editing

  • Subsidies and third party payers now report by agency

  • Not able to sign inactive students in and out

  • Meals are now snappier to post and duplicate

  • Classroom ratios are now based on staff current classroom when enabled

  • Able to apply for a listing from the application complete screen

  • Enrollment export now includes add-ons

  • Added document name to document status report print out

  • Changed word "charge" to "bill" on fee approvals

  • Added "quick edit" to menus to mirror old functionality

  • Exporting document values updated

  • Able to create a role to manage enrollment while billing is read only

Fixes

  • Fixed "Chat started by" message

  • Staff documents are now default shared with all staff

  • Fixed an issue with some guardian field pre-fills on enrollment forms

  • Staff PDF exports now sorted by last name

  • Calendar invite modal now resets every time you edit

  • Fixed web food posts showing ids instead of names

  • Downloading submissions now default downloads the newest documents

  • Able to close the auth modal on the first page of enrollment

  • Added classroom info to detailed CACFP report

  • Fixed styles on enrollment forms for templated objects

  • Turned off inactive staff as chat suggestions

Aug 28, 2023

Lesson Plan Approvals, Getting Started Pages, and Process Improvements

Child Care Lesson Plan Approvals Software

This week we launched a bunch of helpful tools to make daily and weekly processes much more efficient and seamless. Admins can now set up a process to approve lesson plans before they are shared out with families or can be used in classrooms. This way, you can deliver the high level of quality your families expect and ensure proper lesson plan structure & content.

We also added "getting started" screens for our most popular features with insights into how to use the features in your school. Playground offers a ton of flexibility, and sometimes that can make it harder to know where to get started. These resources should help in managing the first time you handle billing, enrollment, or paperwork so you can put the Playground power-user features to use.

We know how important it is to have the right data, right when you need it, in a format that you are comfortable with. We launched a whole new column editor for your tables to better set them up exactly how you like them.

Releases

  • Lesson plan approvals — you can now require approvals before lesson plans can be used

  • Getting started screens — Enrollment, Billing, and Paperwork now have getting started screens to help learn how to use our features

  • You can now sort and enable/disable columns on tables in a much more streamlined way

Improvements

  • Able to filter by current classroom on mobile app

  • Cannot transition or name to face for signed out students

  • Much better UX for selecting options on custom post type forms

  • Students now have a dated transition log on their profiles

  • Improved food item editing

  • Subsidies and third party payers now report by agency

  • Not able to sign inactive students in and out

  • Meals are now snappier to post and duplicate

  • Classroom ratios are now based on staff current classroom when enabled

  • Able to apply for a listing from the application complete screen

  • Enrollment export now includes add-ons

  • Added document name to document status report print out

  • Changed word "charge" to "bill" on fee approvals

  • Added "quick edit" to menus to mirror old functionality

  • Exporting document values updated

  • Able to create a role to manage enrollment while billing is read only

Fixes

  • Fixed "Chat started by" message

  • Staff documents are now default shared with all staff

  • Fixed an issue with some guardian field pre-fills on enrollment forms

  • Staff PDF exports now sorted by last name

  • Calendar invite modal now resets every time you edit

  • Fixed web food posts showing ids instead of names

  • Downloading submissions now default downloads the newest documents

  • Able to close the auth modal on the first page of enrollment

  • Added classroom info to detailed CACFP report

  • Fixed styles on enrollment forms for templated objects

  • Turned off inactive staff as chat suggestions

Aug 21, 2023

Food Program Updates, Staff Transitions, and Quality of Life Improvements

CACFP Child Care Management Platform
CACFP Child Care Management Platform

This past week and this coming week are all about stability, fixes, and improvements as the new school year starts. Many pages have been sped up, lots of polish has been added, and workflows are being tidied in order to make each process as efficient as possible in Playground.

In addition to the quality of life upgrades, we released a large overhaul to our food program feature this week. You can now build menus based on CACFP rules and receive helpful information and guidance while building your menus. Printing menus now also includes more information and there are default food items based on national CACFP standards to help you figure out which foods qualify for reimbursement. We also added many new reports to help stay compliant and receive reimbursement.

To add to the student transitions that we launched last week, we also added an optional setting for staff transitions. If the setting is enabled, staff can track their classroom transitions directly from the mobile app.

Releases

  • Food program overhaul — helpful tips, default food items, and more reports

  • Able to transition staff between classrooms, similar to students

Improvements

  • Better exporting of columns on tables

  • Able to set default start and end dates on templated schedules

  • Able to see current and homeroom students for each classroom

  • Able to edit guardians split in split families

  • Staff profiles now include notes

  • Payments screens are now dramatically faster

  • Schedule screens are now dramatically faster

  • Calendar on the mobile app is now dramatically faster

  • Able to set multiple emails on form submission email notifications

  • Able to search for milestones when creating activities for lessons

  • Able to upload a file to file requests for staff, same as students

  • Saved items can now have accounting codes

  • You can now switch accounts if your main account has been disabled

Fixes

  • Fix dates defaulting to today for student date fields on forms

  • Fixed an issue with having multiple guardians with no emails set on the mobile app

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn't change the name on guardian dropdown custom fields

  • Scheduled templates are now sorted alphabetically everywhere they are used

  • Fixed an issue with staff sometimes missing documents when completing them on the mobile app

  • Fixed a rare issue with having two signatures recorded instead of one if there is bad wifi

Aug 21, 2023

Food Program Updates, Staff Transitions, and Quality of Life Improvements

CACFP Child Care Management Platform

This past week and this coming week are all about stability, fixes, and improvements as the new school year starts. Many pages have been sped up, lots of polish has been added, and workflows are being tidied in order to make each process as efficient as possible in Playground.

In addition to the quality of life upgrades, we released a large overhaul to our food program feature this week. You can now build menus based on CACFP rules and receive helpful information and guidance while building your menus. Printing menus now also includes more information and there are default food items based on national CACFP standards to help you figure out which foods qualify for reimbursement. We also added many new reports to help stay compliant and receive reimbursement.

To add to the student transitions that we launched last week, we also added an optional setting for staff transitions. If the setting is enabled, staff can track their classroom transitions directly from the mobile app.

Releases

  • Food program overhaul — helpful tips, default food items, and more reports

  • Able to transition staff between classrooms, similar to students

Improvements

  • Better exporting of columns on tables

  • Able to set default start and end dates on templated schedules

  • Able to see current and homeroom students for each classroom

  • Able to edit guardians split in split families

  • Staff profiles now include notes

  • Payments screens are now dramatically faster

  • Schedule screens are now dramatically faster

  • Calendar on the mobile app is now dramatically faster

  • Able to set multiple emails on form submission email notifications

  • Able to search for milestones when creating activities for lessons

  • Able to upload a file to file requests for staff, same as students

  • Saved items can now have accounting codes

  • You can now switch accounts if your main account has been disabled

Fixes

  • Fix dates defaulting to today for student date fields on forms

  • Fixed an issue with having multiple guardians with no emails set on the mobile app

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn't change the name on guardian dropdown custom fields

  • Scheduled templates are now sorted alphabetically everywhere they are used

  • Fixed an issue with staff sometimes missing documents when completing them on the mobile app

  • Fixed a rare issue with having two signatures recorded instead of one if there is bad wifi

Aug 14, 2023

Texas, New York, Missouri, and Louisiana Child Care Subsidy Integration, Dramatic Billing Improvements, and Further Enterprise Support

Texas, New York, Missouri, and Louisiana Child Care Subsidy Integration
Texas, New York, Missouri, and Louisiana Child Care Subsidy Integration

Playground is beyond excited to announce our integration with 4 new states! Playground is able to automatically send all check-in and check-out data to the state to submit for reimbursement for child care subsidies. We are excited to also be hopefully expanding this to other states in the near future as well.

To further support our enterprises, we added enterprise staff paperwork and enterprise resources. You can now easily create and share staff paperwork and general resources in the same way you are able to share other paperwork types at the enterprise level. To streamline managing multiple locations, we released a more robust dashboard to manage all the categories and tags for each of your centers.

Another huge release this week is a dramatic improvement in our billing and reporting process. Playground now supports accrual accounting in addition to balance based accounting. Playground is able to ensure that each credit and debit is properly mapped and reported as billing changes.

Releases

  • Launched 4 new State Subsidy Time & Attendance Integrations! We are officially live in New York, Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana for time and attendance submission automation!

  • Enterprise staff paperwork support — manage all of your staff paperwork at the enterprise level

  • Enterprise resources support — add resources for all centers at the enterprise level

  • Tag management — edit and manage all enterprise tags on a single screen

  • Dramatically improved billing process — payments will now "stick" to the charge they paid for

Improvements

  • Able to add notes on staff profiles, similar to students

  • Classroom forecasting got a bunch of new colors and a new layout to make it easier to navigate

  • Able to print out lesson plans

  • Able to print out lesson activities

  • Added ability to create enrollment listings without Stripe setup if there are no fees

  • Able to support a wider variety of PDFs for paperwork

  • Command-K power search now supports guardian search

  • Adding multiple tags to a center is now easier

  • Able to filter paperwork by shared status

  • Can now add schedules to students during enrollment even if there are no schedules associated with their plan

  • Able to add multiple non-conflicting schedules to a student during enrollment, which helps to support after school care and camps

  • Improved loading state and UX on payouts screen

  • Easier to navigate programs on application for enrollment as a parent or admin

  • More readable tooltips

  • Added tables to the top of transactions tables. These are filterable by date and other filtering options

  • Able to send out paperwork email requests across the entire enterprise at once

  • Added overdue payments report

  • Easier to select bank account as a payment option

  • First day of school automatically set during first sign in if not already set

  • Able to assign recipients to staff paperwork

Fixes

  • Fixed the edit agency name not editing the agency name for subsidy billing

  • Feedback modal now redirects to the changelog and requests depending on type of feedback

  • Student birthdays in the future now show "expecting" instead of their age

  • Fixed submitted time on paperwork for submissions that are in progress

  • Fix closing open modals when deleting a chat

  • Inactive staff are removed from the mobile app

Aug 14, 2023

Texas, New York, Missouri, and Louisiana Child Care Subsidy Integration, Dramatic Billing Improvements, and Further Enterprise Support

Texas, New York, Missouri, and Louisiana Child Care Subsidy Integration

Playground is beyond excited to announce our integration with 4 new states! Playground is able to automatically send all check-in and check-out data to the state to submit for reimbursement for child care subsidies. We are excited to also be hopefully expanding this to other states in the near future as well.

To further support our enterprises, we added enterprise staff paperwork and enterprise resources. You can now easily create and share staff paperwork and general resources in the same way you are able to share other paperwork types at the enterprise level. To streamline managing multiple locations, we released a more robust dashboard to manage all the categories and tags for each of your centers.

Another huge release this week is a dramatic improvement in our billing and reporting process. Playground now supports accrual accounting in addition to balance based accounting. Playground is able to ensure that each credit and debit is properly mapped and reported as billing changes.

Releases

  • Launched 4 new State Subsidy Time & Attendance Integrations! We are officially live in New York, Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana for time and attendance submission automation!

  • Enterprise staff paperwork support — manage all of your staff paperwork at the enterprise level

  • Enterprise resources support — add resources for all centers at the enterprise level

  • Tag management — edit and manage all enterprise tags on a single screen

  • Dramatically improved billing process — payments will now "stick" to the charge they paid for

Improvements

  • Able to add notes on staff profiles, similar to students

  • Classroom forecasting got a bunch of new colors and a new layout to make it easier to navigate

  • Able to print out lesson plans

  • Able to print out lesson activities

  • Added ability to create enrollment listings without Stripe setup if there are no fees

  • Able to support a wider variety of PDFs for paperwork

  • Command-K power search now supports guardian search

  • Adding multiple tags to a center is now easier

  • Able to filter paperwork by shared status

  • Can now add schedules to students during enrollment even if there are no schedules associated with their plan

  • Able to add multiple non-conflicting schedules to a student during enrollment, which helps to support after school care and camps

  • Improved loading state and UX on payouts screen

  • Easier to navigate programs on application for enrollment as a parent or admin

  • More readable tooltips

  • Added tables to the top of transactions tables. These are filterable by date and other filtering options

  • Able to send out paperwork email requests across the entire enterprise at once

  • Added overdue payments report

  • Easier to select bank account as a payment option

  • First day of school automatically set during first sign in if not already set

  • Able to assign recipients to staff paperwork

Fixes

  • Fixed the edit agency name not editing the agency name for subsidy billing

  • Feedback modal now redirects to the changelog and requests depending on type of feedback

  • Student birthdays in the future now show "expecting" instead of their age

  • Fixed submitted time on paperwork for submissions that are in progress

  • Fix closing open modals when deleting a chat

  • Inactive staff are removed from the mobile app

Aug 7, 2023

Optional Paperwork and Paperwork Before Payment

Optional document setting for paperwork shared with families
Optional document setting for paperwork shared with families

This week was a big internal infrastructure week preparing for some big updates coming this week. We still got a bunch of smaller releases, improvements, and fixes out.

The big launch this week was around paperwork. Paperwork can now be added to be completed before adding a payment method on enrollment. This should help to increase paperwork completion rates during enrollment and ensure that all required paperwork is completed prior to completing the application.

We also released optional paperwork. Paperwork that doesn't need to be completed, such as waivers that families may not need to fill out, now do not show up as incomplete if there is no submission.

There have been continued improvements around forecasting and improving the user experience such as speed and interface. Stay tuned for more!

Releases

  • Paperwork able to be completed before payment on enrollment — you can now add in paperwork to be completed during enrollment before the family is able to pay the application fee

  • Optional Paperwork — you can now add optional paperwork for families to complete

Improvements

  • Family web portal should be snappier on first load

  • Classroom forecasting can now be run from any date

  • Classroom forecasting uses both schedules and scheduled classroom switches now

  • Added enrollment summary report

  • Improved UX of the parent feed on web

  • Able to add more information to invoices generated by Playground

Fixes

  • Fix document description formatting on web

  • Fixed editing activities on enterprise

  • Signing a student in automatically sets their current classroom to their homeroom

Aug 7, 2023

Optional Paperwork and Paperwork Before Payment

Optional document setting for paperwork shared with families

This week was a big internal infrastructure week preparing for some big updates coming this week. We still got a bunch of smaller releases, improvements, and fixes out.

The big launch this week was around paperwork. Paperwork can now be added to be completed before adding a payment method on enrollment. This should help to increase paperwork completion rates during enrollment and ensure that all required paperwork is completed prior to completing the application.

We also released optional paperwork. Paperwork that doesn't need to be completed, such as waivers that families may not need to fill out, now do not show up as incomplete if there is no submission.

There have been continued improvements around forecasting and improving the user experience such as speed and interface. Stay tuned for more!

Releases

  • Paperwork able to be completed before payment on enrollment — you can now add in paperwork to be completed during enrollment before the family is able to pay the application fee

  • Optional Paperwork — you can now add optional paperwork for families to complete

Improvements

  • Family web portal should be snappier on first load

  • Classroom forecasting can now be run from any date

  • Classroom forecasting uses both schedules and scheduled classroom switches now

  • Added enrollment summary report

  • Improved UX of the parent feed on web

  • Able to add more information to invoices generated by Playground

Fixes

  • Fix document description formatting on web

  • Fixed editing activities on enterprise

  • Signing a student in automatically sets their current classroom to their homeroom

Jul 31, 2023

Paperwork Overview Page, Paperwork Resources, Classroom Transitions Beta, and Enterprise Payout Support

Digital paperwork child care management software
Digital paperwork child care management software

This week we gave paperwork lots of love and upgrades. The school year is starting soon and we're making sure you have all of the information you need readily available to successfully start the new school year.

First, Playground added a paperwork overview page to see all paperwork for all students on one screen. It's now dramatically easier to track each student's paperwork status, which paperwork is shared with them, and view completed paperwork. We made it easier to send out reminders to all families to complete paperwork from a single screen.

Second, Playground added Paperwork Resources, a new paperwork option for documents that are view only for families. Examples may include things such as policies, handbooks, PDFs, or other information that parents may need access to throughout the year but do not require any action on their part.

Third, Playground added many small improvements and bug fixes to help improve the process of creating, filling out, and managing paperwork on Playground. Let us know if we missed anything, we are excited to continue to improve this functionality for you.

This week we also released a beta for our new classroom transitions feature. Previously, providers were using programs to track physical location of students throughout the day, but we wanted to build in better native support. Students can now be signed in to a different classroom than their home room, and can use the 3 dots on the roster to transition students between classrooms throughout the day. Let us know where you want this information and how you would like for it to be reported on. Expect many more updates for this feature over the next few weeks.

Playground also added enterprise payout support. Instead of linking a bank account to each site you manage, you can now link one account to all sites automatically.

Releases

  • Paperwork Overview Page — One screen to manage all paperwork for your child care program. You can see each student, the paperwork shared with them, and if they have completed all paperwork required of them

  • Paperwork Resources — Add view only documents or paperwork

  • Classroom Transitions Beta — Record classroom transitions for students throughout the day. First version is launched in beta with more support coming in following weeks

  • Enterprise payout support — Playground can now pay out to a single bank account across all sites

Improvements

  • Sending guardians documents to fill out will now prompt them to create an account on Playground first, if they don't have an account yet

  • Improved the sidebar UX for adding fields to documents

  • Parents now see the paperwork page as their first screen when logging in on desktop

  • Parents do not see paperwork types that they have no documents for. E.g. they will not see a file requests tab if there are no file requests

  • Able to send out emails to complete paperwork at the enterprise level

  • Better wording if a document is not shared with anyone

  • Reports can now be exported with all available columns or just the visible columns

  • Added a date filter to the classroom forecasting page

  • Added total amounts to the classroom forecasting page

  • Improvements to uploading photos from the mobile app on lower end devices

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug with editing student information from the student overview

  • Fixed a filter on the documents table that was not functioning properly

  • File requests now show "Upload file" instead of "Fill out"

  • Paperwork now accurately shows the number of incomplete documents based on student status

  • Fixed the back button when staff are completing paperwork

  • Fixed export on custom reports if a comma is included in the response

  • Fixed a bug where deleted programs would still show on enrollment applications

  • Fixed an issue with accepting students for specific days if no days are listed on enrollment

  • Inactive staff are now hidden on post recipients

  • Fixed primary button text on payment screens on web