New features recently added to Daily Connect

Here is a quick summary of the features added recently to Daily Connect:

  • Observations and Assessments: with support of customization of up to 6 assessment levels, support of customized learning framework, common learning framework and state standards, enhanced privacy support, and advanced assessment/observation reports.
  • Learning Frameworks and State Standards: we now support more than 30 common learning frameworks (for instance the ‘Head Start Early Learning Outcome Framework’) and State Standards (for instance the ‘Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards’). Those can be used for Observations and Lesson plans.
  • Children Portfolios: childcare teachers can now create a portfolio for each child and add Activities, photos, observations, and milestone entries to the portfolio. The portfolio can be presented and shared with parents during a parent-teacher conference.
  • Parent SurveyQuestions can be automatically asked to parents at drop-off. It is especially useful for health screening procedures at sign-in. Survey responses are recorded with the sign-in information and easily accessible for reporting.
  • Touchless sign-in: With this option, parents can sign-in their child by showing a QRCode from their phone to the sign-in station. This option limits the spread of germs and help to speed-up check-in.
  • Collect Parent Signature for Incident reports, Health or Medicine entries: To help with regulatory compliance and make sure everybody has been notified about the event.
  • Temperature Reports to help with health and safety guidelines by organizing all the temperature readings recorded for all children.

New: Children Portfolios

While childcare staff send each day photos and information about children activities to parents. They can now also add activities, diary, photos, observations and milestone entries to a child portfolio.

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Portfolio on the iPad application

The collection of entries saved in the portfolio is only visible to the childcare staff, but it can be shared with parents at any time. The portfolio can be viewed as a slideshow via the application. This can be a useful support during the parent-teacher conference: teachers can use the portfolio to highlight important moments and development progress.

The portfolio can also be exported as a pdf document, and share with parents via the application, email, or printed.

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Daily Connect Portfolio is available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

New: Observations and Assessments

We’re very excited to announce several major enhancements to our Assessment feature, which is now much more flexible, customizable, and useful.

Our previous Assessment category has been replaced with a new category named Observation. An observation is where you’ll assess the progress of the child toward mastering a skill.

Customized Assessment Levels

The number of levels for the assessments can be customized from 2 up to 6 levels. Each level named can be customized. Here are a few examples of assessments that you can set:

  • Meet / Not Meet,
  • Expected / Emerging / Exceeding,
  • Not Assessed / Not Observed / Developing / Not Mastered / Proficient / Advanced.
  • Responding / Exploring / Building / Integrating

 

Multiple children selection, multiple skills selection

Same as for all Daily Connect categories, an observation entry can be recorded for several children. This saves a lot of time to childcare staff. A different assessment can still be set for each child within the same observation. For instance, if 4 children are doing the same activity, but only 2 of them have mastered the underlying skill, you can easily and quickly indicate those different assessments.

Multiple skills can also be selected from the learning framework for the same observation.

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Set a different assessment for each child on the same observation

 

Privacy

Observations can be hidden to parents, and only visible to the childcare staff. An observation can also contain notes visible to everybody (parents and staff), and notes only visible to staff.

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Learning Frameworks and State Standards

The new observation framework can be used with any customized Learning Framework defined in the application. Custom topics and areas defined with a previous Daily Connect versions are also automatically available on the new framework.

Daily Connect now also implements several common Learning Frameworks and US State Standards that can be used for observations.

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Domains from Minnesota Early Learning Standards

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Observation Reports

Our observation report allows to easily view the progress for each child and also quickly set final assessments in case no recent observation has been recorded for the skill.

The color-coding allows to quickly view how proficient the child is in each skill, and which skills have not been assessed yet. Childcare staff can use it to understand which new activities and lessons need to be developed to improve the appropriate skills.

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Saving Observations is available to everybody, but observation reports is only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

Learning Frameworks and State Standards

Daily Connect support several learning frameworks for the Observation and the Lesson features.

You can see below the list of supported Learning Frameworks and State Standards. For each framework, we support 0-5 years of age ranges (Infant, Toddler, and Preschool).

We’re adding new state standards and learning framework regularly. Please email us at support@dailyconnect.com if your state is not in the list or if you need a different learning framework.

  • Australia Early Years Learning Framework
  • Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
  • UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Arizona Early Learning Standards
  • Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards
  • California Learning & Development Foundations
  • Colorado Early Learning & Development Guidelines
  • Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards
  • Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Iowa Early Learning Standards
  • Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines
  • Illinois Early Learning Guidelines
  • Indiana Early Learning Foundations Guidance
  • Louisiana’s Early Learning & Development Standards
  • Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines
  • Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines
  • Maryland Early Learning Standards
  • Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards (ECIP)
  • Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality
  • Missouri Early Learning Goals
  • North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development
  • North Dakota Early Learning Standards
  • Nebraska’s Learning and Development Standards
  • New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards
  • New York State Early Learning Guidelines
  • Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards
  • Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines
  • Oregon Early Learning Standards
  • Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood
  • Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards
  • Texas Early Learning Guidelines
  • Vermont Early Learning Standards (8/20/2020)
  • Virginia’s Milestones of Child Development
  • Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

You can select a learning framework for your classrooms in the Settings > Customize Labels > Observation page of the application.

You can also define your own custom framework with the application, and use custom framework defined with a previous version of the app.

State Standards and Learning Frameworks are available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

New: Temperature Reports

Here is another tool to help with health and safety guidelines,  and ensure compliance with new regulations related to Covid-19.

Our new temperature report organizes all the temperature readings recorded for all children. The report can be organized by day or by week, by classroom, or for the whole center.

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You can access this report on the web application in the Settings > Temperature Report page. The report is available for temperature entries saved with a recent version of the mobile application (7.9 or after) or saved via our web application. The temperature report is only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscription plans.

 

Collect Parent Signature for Incident reports, Health or Medicine entries

You can now collect parent’s signature for Incident Report entries, Health, and Medicine entries. This will help with regulatory compliance and also make sure everybody has been notified about the event. The signature is saved with the entry, it can be viewed on the mobile or web application.

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For instance, teachers can save an incident report for a child profile, then parents can sign the report on their own device by tapping on the entry in the list, then on the Signature button. Parents cannot modify anything about the entry, they can only add their signature. The signature can only be saved via the Daily Connect mobile application.

Incident report signature

You can also print the report, with the signature, from your device for archive.

 

 

New: Parent Survey at sign-in

We’re releasing today a new Parent Survey feature that is especially useful to help with Covid-19’s special procedures.

Childcare directors can now create a survey that parents will have to fill at each sign-in on the Daily Connect Sign-in kiosk. This works with the touchless sign-in on the parent’s device, or with the 4-digits pin code sign-in on the Sign-in kiosk device.

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Parent Survey Setup

When signing-in with the touchless sign-in option, parents tap on the ‘sign-in’ button on their Daily Connect application and answer the survey questions. The app then generates a QRCode to show to the sign-in kiosk.

With the 4-digits pin code, parents first enter their personal 4-digit on the sign-in kiosk, then answer the questions before validating the sign-in. Optionally, the parent’s signature can also be collected.

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Survey on parent’s mobile app

Answers to the questions are saved with the sign-in entry, so teachers have immediate access to parents’ answers.

A report with the response to each question for each day is also easily accessible by directors on the web application.

Survey Responses for teachers
Responses are saved with the sign-in entries
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Survey report for directors

Parent survey is available at no extra cost to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions. It can be activated by administrators in the Settings > Parent Survey page.

Contact support@dailyconnect.com if you have any questions.

Touchless sign-in with Daily Connect

Parents can now sign-in their children without any contact with Daily Connect. For this, they just have to tap on the Sign In/Out button on their Daily Connect application and show their personal QR Code to the sign-in device. The device will then automatically scan the code to do the sign-in. The operation takes around 3 seconds.

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Going touchless makes sign-in safer, and allows childcare centers to quickly adapt to enforce health and safety regulations. This option creates a frictionless check-in experience while giving parents peace of mind. This enables organizations to differentiate with a forward-thinking, modern approach to the parents’ experience.

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The sign-in kiosk is currently used by parents to sign-in their children by entering a personal 4-digit pin code. This new touchless capability can be used in addition to the pin code entry, or as a replacement.

The sign-in device is usually placed at the building entrance, with the sole purpose of doing sign-in and sign-out. It can be any iOS or Android device (phone or tablet) with a front-facing camera, and with the Daily Connect application installed. The sign-in page in the Daily Connect application is secured, no personal child’s information is accessible by parents. Touchless sign-in can also be done on staff devices.

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Sign-in code on the parent app

Touchless sign-in is available at no extra cost to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions. It is only available on iOS and Android devices. It is not available on desktop computers. It can be activated by administrators in the Settings > Sign-In Kiosk page.

Once activated, the kiosk device will automatically show the video feedback to scan the parent’s code. On parents’ devices, the QR code will automatically show when tapping on the Sign In/Out button (the Daily Connect application must be updated on each device to the latest available version).  Staff can also clock-in and clock-out themselves with this method.

Contact support@dailyconnect.com if you have any questions.

New: Calendar, Menus, Lesson Plans

We recently released several new features about Calendar, Menus and Lesson Plans. Those will help you better inform parents about what’s happening at your facility, and what’s planned in the coming days.

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  • Create calendar events for each classroom. For instance for holidays, field trips or payment deadlines. Parents and teachers will easily see those events on their app, also a reminder is included in the parent daily email the day before the event.
  • Create ahead of time menus for each day of the week. Not only those will be visible by parents, but your teachers can quickly save feeding entries for present children directly from the menu event.
  • Access menu reports on the web application with a count of all menu served (breakfast, snack, lunch, …) per child and classroom, per day, week and month.
  • Create and reuse lesson plans (for instance Mathematics, Writing,lessonplan2.png Music, …). A lesson can be placed on a calendar allowing parents and teachers to see what learning activity is planned for the day.

Those are only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

 

New administrator roles for Pressional plans

We’re adding 3 new levels of privilege in the application. The goal is to be more coherent with the different roles and responsibilities in your organization. This is in addition to the already existing role for Staff and Teachers. Those roles only apply to Professional and Enterprise subscriptions.

  • Subscription Administrators can create new childcare centers, has administrator privileges for all centers, has finance administrator and education administrator privileges. This role is usually for the owner or the IT manager.
  • Childcare Administrators can change child care settings, add classrooms, teachers and children. Has access to all rooms and children in the childcare. This is a role for the childcare director in each location.
  • Finance Administrators can view attendance reports, cancel/upgrade subscriptions, can change payment information, receives monthly invoices. This is the role for the accounting team.
  • Education Administrators Can view all children’s information in all locations and create lesson plans for all locations.

You can set and change those roles in the Settings > Administrator page on the web application.