Jovial is a cloud-based child care management solution designed specifically for parent-run, co-op preschools. Key features include enrollment management, recordkeeping, tuition accounting and requirements tracking. The solution tracks parent jobs, student participation and in-class requirements.

Jovial manages class rosters, waiting lists and authorizations. It also facilitates tuition accounting and invoicing. The solution enables users to track immunization requirements, background checks, parent contact information and forms.

Jovial allows parents to access their children’s class rosters, communicate with teachers and other parents as well as pay their monthly tuition. It also automates recordkeeping requirements and integrates with QuickBooks.   

The solution has mobile apps for iOS and Android devices and provides support via phone or email.



2 Reviews of Jovial

Overall rating

4.5 / 5 stars

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March 2018

Jonathan from Providence Nursery School

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2018

Automated the administrative functions of our co-op preschool so we could focus on our children.

Pros

If you are a co-op preschool this is the purpose-built solution for your situation. We evaluated several other preschool management applications, but all fell short in our biggest pain points - billing, enrollment, and forms.

Gone are the days of the enrollment spreadsheet and tuition workbook. Teachers even know to simply look in Jovial for their latest rosters, and love watching the dashboard circles fill in as enrollment moves along.

As those students are being placed into classes, billing is automatically being updated for each family - it's a treasurer's dream! Jovial has the most robust billing solution of any preschool software we evaluated.

Forms have also been recently re-designed offering new levels of functionality to collect and track where families are in completing all the necessary steps to be ready to co-op in the classroom.

In addition to these pain points being resolved, there are other things you get right out of the box that is only in the co-op preschool world like having a field for the Family Job, space to track allergies so co-oping parents can be alert and aware, and support for multiple enrollments in classes like Lunch Bunch.

Choose Jovially - you'll be happy you did!

Cons

Jovial is so attuned to the co-op preschool needs we wish they had a communication platform as well (which I understand is on the roadmap), but we have found families are perfectly content (and possibly even feel more secure) having their billing, forms, and personal details in the Jovial secure portal and using other solutions for communication. That being said, we wouldn't trade the robust features of Jovial for a single solution generic preschool tool.

February 2018

Amanda from North City Cooperative Preschool

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2018

Game changer

Pros

Jovial helps us organize all of our members information in one area. We were using 3 programs to hold contact info, registration forms, and billing statements. From a registrar perspective it has saved dozens of hours shifting through forms and paperwork. Families have a clearer view of what they owe and because of that we have less booking keeping errors to fix.

Cons

The program is not quite a catch all yet. We still have to use different services for email and a calendar. There are also small details I would like to add or customize for our school specifically, but are unable to due to limitations of the program.