With state governments regularly shifting policies, regulations, budgets, and priorities, early child care contractors need to have total control over their subsidy management processes to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. Even as budgets are set to see an increase, agencies need total confidence to know that every dollar is accurately accounted for and used effectively. That means ensuring their organization is modernized, leveraging the right tools and technology partners to support the subsidy management process. But achieving that goal isn’t always a straightforward process.
It’s no secret that digital transformation projects can greatly improve operational efficiency in an organization, but it’s a luxury that many child care contractors and agencies see as unattainable. Strapped with limited resources and limited staff, many of these organizations find themselves relying on methods as simple as Excel spreadsheets, or even paper records. While that may work in the short-term, long-term success hinges on an organization’s ability to make the most of its subsidies.
Let’s explore why digital transformation is so important to successful subsidy management and how a partner like KinderSystems can help make it possible.
In subsidized child care, every dollar counts. Budgets are always in flux, and contractors need to know with 100% confidence that those dollars are being utilized correctly. With the stakes so high, leaning on outdated tools and methodologies leaves considerable room for error. Whether it’s human error resulting in inaccurate attendance tracking or anomalies that could indicate fraud, outdated tools leave contractors with limited visibility into what’s actually happening. Deciding to digitally transform subsidy management will have an immediate impact on the ability of agencies and contractors to limit waste and improve program integrity.
Solutions like CARE by KinderSystems help support and ensure integrity by finding outliers within millions of records, identifying red flags across varying sets of internal data, and ultimately providing the insights needed to inform better decision-making for agency or program leadership. But beyond the security features that a digital transformation can provide, with a robust technology solution, agencies and contractors can tap into tools that make it easier to manage the subsidies they’re in charge of and provide families and children a better experience along the way. Features that digitize critical functions like calculating reimbursements, managing wait lists and family inquiries, enabling online enrollments, and detailed tracking of data for compliance, help bring every component of subsidy management into one place.
Finding the Right Partner Makes a World of Difference
So, the benefits to modernization are clear, but the main problem remains—contractors and agencies just don’t have the staff, resources, or know-how to embark on such a massive undertaking. But, in reality, a successful transformation is far more attainable when you have the right technology partner to help implement new solutions and provide industry-leading expertise and support at every step. So, how can these contractors and agencies spot the right technology partner? A good partner will deliver solutions that aren’t just one size fits all. Every program is different, and a trusted technology partner like KinderSystems will bring a deep level of understanding and flexibility to scale and evolve along with the organization. For KinderSystems, the onboarding process is about more than just delivering a new solution, it’s about listening to the needs of every customer.
Digitizing the subsidy management process has gone from a nice idea to a must-have for contractors and agencies. But they don’t have to go it alone. Enlisting the help of a trusted technology partner is the key to unlocking sustainable, long-term success.
Learn more about how KinderSystems can help transform your organization’s subsidy management.