In today’s digital age, the Internet is an essential tool for businesses, including childcare providers. However, not all childcare centers and providers have easy access to the Internet. This lack of connectivity can hinder their ability to streamline operations, access valuable resources, and, in some cases, even join platforms like KidKare. We’ll address the challenges faced by childcare providers without Internet access and provide practical solutions to help them bridge the connectivity gap and allow them to get back to what truly matters – the children in their care.
Childcare providers often cite two primary reasons for not having internet access:
Many providers may not realize that Internet services have expanded to cover more areas than before. To determine if Internet access is available in your location, you can use these online tools where you can enter your zip code to check for coverage:
If traditional Internet services are not available or cost-prohibitive, consider alternative options like mobile hotspots. Companies like Solis WiFi offer portable hotspot devices that can provide reliable Internet access, even in areas with limited infrastructure.
It’s essential for childcare providers to know that the costs associated with obtaining Internet access, software, and necessary equipment may be reimbursable. By taking advantage of these opportunities, providers can potentially get connected at little to no cost.
You may also use the end-of-year CACFP money to purchase devices. The regulations may be different from state to state; we encourage you to ask your State Agency.
For further financial guidance and budgeting considerations for CACFP, we have a dedicated blog on CACFP Budget Season.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal initiative aimed at making Internet access more affordable for low-income individuals and organizations. Childcare providers can apply for this program to receive discounts on Internet services, ensuring cost-effective connectivity.
The ACP is available in all states, making it a viable option for providers across the country.
Providers can also explore low-income plans offered by local or regional Internet service providers. Many of these companies have programs specifically designed to assist individuals and organizations with limited financial resources.
Internet access is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity for childcare providers looking to enhance their services and streamline their operations. By utilizing the tools and resources we mentioned here, providers can overcome the challenges associated with Internet access and take full advantage of digital solutions like KidKare. Whether through checking coverage availability, exploring alternative Internet options, or applying for reimbursement programs, connectivity is within reach for all childcare providers. Embrace the digital age and empower your child care center with the tools it needs to thrive.
2. Click on “I need a new Password” in the bottom right as shown in the image below.
3. Enter your email address into the email field and then click on “Send Me”
4. This should send an email to the email address entered from KidKare Enrollment Portal with a link to reset your password. Click on the blue link
5. Enter your new password into the fields below and click “Go”
6. Now you can go back to the login page and login with your email as the username and your new password!
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