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Extension recommendation for a preschool?

5 years 9 months ago #121177 by LMKWeb
One of my clients is a local preschool, and they're looking to improve the registration process by bringing it online - at the moment it's all paper forms. This is a really small school with just 4 classrooms and about 60 kids, so they have a small budget and don't need anything super-complicated. However, I can't decide if a membership extension or event reg extension would be a better option - or some combo of the two. Some of the things that make it a bit complicated:
  1. Families - parents with multiple children, each in different classes. How to keep family info together but children separate?
  2. Extracurricular add-ons throughout the year - registering individual children
  3. Allow classroom teachers to view/print class rosters
  4. Keep track of payments for reporting purposes - both of individual families (for taxes) and total class income (for budgeting)

Another complication is that they currently user Square to collect in-person and some online credit card payments. It may be a bit of a hard sell to convince them to switch to PayPal, but as far as I'm aware Square only integrates with itself.

I know that CiviCRM ticks all of the above boxes (save Square payments), but it's a pretty heavy and complicated piece of software for such a small school. Their site is running the latest version of Joomla 3.4.

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5 years 9 months ago #121183 by Nick
Hi and welcome, LMKWeb!

Unfortunately, I think it's going to be hard to avoid "they don't need anything super-complicated" since the requirements themselves are complicated. Which of those items are "must haves" vs "nice to haves"? That might be the key to find a good, simple solution.

Looking forward to helping.

By the way, Square does have some app integration at:
squareup.com/app-marketplace

Kind regards,
Nick

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5 years 9 months ago #121186 by LMKWeb
Replied by LMKWeb on topic Extension recommendation for a preschool?
Yeah, after writing that list I realized it wasn't as simple as I'd been thinking. I think all four points are must-have's. The last one could potentially fall under the nice-to-have category.

I don't see anything in the integrations that would synch with Joomla, but I'll check out IFTTT and see what's there.

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5 years 9 months ago #121196 by Nick
OK, in that case, you'd have to use an extension like Fabrik:
www.ostraining.com/courses/class/joomla/fabrik

or Seblod:
www.ostraining.com/courses/class/joomla/seblod/

to create a custom application with those specific needs.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions and we'll be glad to answer.

Kind regards,
Nick

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