Free child care management software for all Iowa providers

Free child care management software? Really? Yes, you read that right!

Playground is working with the State of Iowa and Early Childhood Iowa to provide all Iowa child care providers with free child care management software. Check out the official announcement here!

Early Childhood Iowa is sponsoring an innovative program offering all Iowa providers:

What is this program?

This is a free program sponsored by Early Childhood Iowa in collaboration with Playground and Child Care Collaborative of Iowa. In order to receive Playground's child care management software for free, child care providers must enroll in 12 months of free financial management coaching through the Child Care Collaborative of Iowa.

Providers in Iowa can join this program today for help with implementing software tolls, refining business goals, reducing any debt you may have, and increasing your revenue and bottom line.

Is this program really free?

Yes, it is free!

This innovative state-wide initiative sponsored by Early Childhood Iowa is giving Iowa providers access to Playground for free in addition to financial coaching and the ability to apply for up to $1,000 in technology grants. 

Who does this apply to?

This partnership applies to all early childhood education (ECE) centers throughout Iowa. All preschools, daycare centers, in-home daycares, Montessoris, and other early childhood centers are eligible to receive Playground for free. There are no limitations on center size.

What is Playground?

Playground is a full-solution child care management system that streamlines preschool operations to allow staff to focus more time on their students and less time on paperwork and chasing down parents for payment. Running a center involves a lot of moving parts including enrollment, attendance tracking, billing, grant and subsidy tracking, family communication, and more. Playground simplifies center operations by integrating everything your center might need into a simple-to-use, centralized app and website. Say goodbye to juggling four, six, or even ten software solutions and replacing them with just Playground. 

Want to learn more about Playground? Schedule a demo now.

How do I get access to Playground for free?

The director of your center has to complete these two easy steps. It shouldn't take more than 90 seconds to get set up.

Step 1

Step 2

Fill out the State of Iowa Financial Management Consultation Application form that will appear inside Playground after you create your account.

That’s it! You’re done. 

You now have access to Playground for free for a full calendar year. You will be hearing from our onboarding team shortly with next steps to get your center set up for success.

How much effort is it to switch to Playground?

Almost none. Playground has a dedicated support team that will help you close your current software accounts and migrate all your information to Playground. Simply share your enrollment listing link with your families and they can sign up for their desired child care plan with your center. We have found that most centers especially love our integrated enrollment, tuition and billing solutions, and online document packages.

All centers receive access to enrollment guidance including 1-1 meetings, access to group training sessions, and direct phone access to our support team. We answer our support requests within 30 seconds on average. Our support team is based in New York, is highly trained in our software, and has become a big source of pride for us at Playground. It is one of the many reasons our customers love us. We know you will too.

Looking for a child care provider in Iowa?

Check out the Iowa Department of Human Services Child Care Providers page to find a center that is right for your child. 

Want to learn more about Playground?

Schedule a demo now! One of our trained specialists will show you how Playground can streamline your child care center operations.

Or talk to someone live now by clicking on the service bell on the bottom right of this page!

Or do both - we’d love to get to know you.

How do I know if Playground is right for my center?

Don’t worry - we can answer that question right now. Click on the service bell on the bottom right of this page and we will get back to you immediately (unless it's the middle of the night and we are asleep - we’re human too).

We are very happy with our software solution and hope you will be too. Just check out our countless testimonials to see how Playground has helped centers save time and money. We are most proud of our ability to help centers focus more time on their students to provide the best experience possible during these extremely formative years in a child's development. Yes - we provide a software solution, but we also like to think we are helping teachers and administrators be the best versions of themselves by freeing up their time. 

We know you didn’t join the early childhood education field to be filling out paperwork and chasing down parents for late payments and forms. Playground will help streamline all the burdensome operations to allow you to do what you love - shape with the next generation.

So what are you waiting for?

Get started today by making your account or booking a live demo.

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Check out our comparison guides to see how Playground stacks up against the rest and why we think we’re so darn great.