Who Uses This Software?

Sandbox is for childcare centers and preschools who are looking for powerful web-based software that they can access from anywhere to manage their administrative tasks and communicate with parents.


Average Ratings

42 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $59.00/month
    See pricing details
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Sandbox Software
  • www.runsandbox.com/
  • Founded 2011
  • Canada

About Sandbox Childcare Management

Our ease-of-use sets us apart from the competition. Sandbox Software manages all of your administrative tasks, lets you communicate with your parents, and enables you to process payments electronically or have your parents pay online. Sandbox is fully web-based with friendly, modern screen designs that make it easy-to-use from anywhere. See why our customers love Sandbox with your own free 30 day trial today!


Sandbox Childcare Management Features

  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Check in / Check Out
  • Child Care Center
  • Daily Reports
  • Employee Management
  • Food Program Records
  • Home-Based
  • Immunization Records
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Mailing List Management
  • Menu Planning
  • Online Registration
  • Parent / Child Records
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Photo Gallery
  • Text Messaging
  • Volunteer Management
  • Wait List Management

Sandbox Childcare Management Reviews Recently Reviewed!

We LOVE Sandbox and have been a user for 2 months now.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simplicity and Great Customer Service ... Kefsere is unbelievably knowledgable and always available. After tracking tuition with Excel spreadsheets and reports from our credit card company for 125 students and still having discrepancies to reconcile, Sandbox allows us to manage the school rather than the school manage us.

Cons: We would love to see custom reporting added to Sandbox!

Vendor Response

by Sandbox Software on September 07, 2017

Hi Michelle, Thanks for the awesome feedback! You will be happy to know that customizable reports is already in development and you will be notified when the free upgrade is available.

We have been using Sandbox for a few years now and all the new upgrading has helped us.

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The data is easily obtained for reporting.

Cons: It would be nice if we could start documenting and placing pictures of the children in Sandbox for the parents to view.

Vendor Response

by Sandbox Software on August 09, 2017

Hi Michelle, Thanks for providing your feedback! You can post photos and updates for parents with our Parent Portal. Drop us a line at support@runsandbox.com and our team will help you set it up.

We love it!

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Very comprehensive product in terms of how many features it has. The only thing we would want that isn't there is lead tracking for when we have families come in and we do tours. We are using Hubspot, but it's not geared towards the childcare process, so it's adapted. Would love for it all to be in one place.

Cons: No lead tracking, the app isn't available yet.

Also, the parents weren't prompted with a guide to fill in everything in the parent portal when they were given access. It would have been helpful to have this.

Vendor Response

by Sandbox Software on October 19, 2017

Hi Erika, Thanks for the great feedback! You will be happy to hear that we are releasing our new Teacher app for iOS and Android devices at the end of this week. We have also added lead tracking to our requested features list to be reviewed by our development team.

Easy attendance tracking and easy for parents to use!

Jul 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Everything has gone really smoothly so far. We love how easy it is to use and navigate. Customer Service has been amazing any time we have had questions or issues

Cons: Calendar setting needs more options so that we can add special school events (programs, field trips, etc). The only options right now look like school closure/vacation dates on the calendar.

We have been extremely pleased with Sandbox.

Jul 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I am amazed at how simple the system is to use and to navigate, it has drastically reduced administrative time and increased data management across the board. We have been well supported throughout our trial and launching period.

Cons: Quickbooks integration would be a nice addition.

Overall: Our families have really enjoyed the timeclock feature, much more streamlined than paper sign ins and really steps it up in regards to the professionalism of our school.
A truly intuitive program!

Very well lay out easy to use

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Sandbox is a very good software company The customer service is great, the product is very user friendly I can access it from any computer and do my work anywhere

Cons: childcare curriculums should be a available for Input in children's daily reports and for documentation of play This should be the next stage for the software company

Overall: My childcare runs smoothly and I have access to all files all the time! I would like to use it more but I have Hi Mama for programming for my educators. it would be good to have this as an access in sandbox.
I really love the look of the program it's it so simple but has covered many administration issues for me.

I really love the ease of use and the time clock feature

May 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: My parents are clocking in and out daily and that saves me paper and time.

Cons: I would love to see a ledger added to add receipts for spending. This will help my end of year reporting.

Everything has went very well. Gavin and Kefsere have been AMAZING help and very patient.

May 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. Very intuitive. Parent Portal. Signing kids in & out. Calendar. Reports. Billing. And probably more that I am forgetting

Cons: Can't schedule workers for months. It can take some time to talk to customer support.

Very User Friendly

Mar 27, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I have found this to be much less cumbersome than the other software I was working with. I have had trouble posting more than two pictures at a time and having the parent portal work for the parents (although I am not sure they are not at fault.) I like how easy it is to post checks and get invoices out.

Very User-Friendly and Great Customer Service!

Mar 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I really like how it is user friendly! It is pretty easy to navigate once you get started.

Recommendations to other buyers: So far it's been great for what we need. Customer service has been awesome in their response time and are very patient. :)

We Love It!

Feb 28, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We love all the options the program offers to help us streamline our finances and records. Incredibly wonderful support for set up and questions!

User Friendly Product and Great Service!

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: The software is very user-friendly and they provide great customer service with prompt communication.

Fantastic!

Feb 14, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Ability to manage all back-office elements of running a Montessori school and providing powerful reporting.

Cons: Not really a con, however, would be really nice to have an mobile app for iPhones. Would make the user interface much better to look rather than the full website.

Overall: We have only been on the Sandbox system for about 4 months and our experience with sandbox has been fantastic so far. The Account team (Gavin) and Support team (Kefsere) have been great to be work with. They have been very responsive and accommodating in all aspects, which has led to a great experience so far. Keep up the good work!

I have had a really great experience with Sandbox!

Dec 16, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is super user-friendly. You feel like you can't really mess much up when it comes to using the software.

Overall: I worked at Timberlake After School and was able to be part of Sandbox when it was very new. I have been excited to use Sandbox opening a brand new child care facility of my own and have been really happy with the customer support you guys give. Your quick turn around for problems I have is super helpful!

Easy to use and I can go anywhere and work!!

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like how it is easy to use and is accessible anywhere I go.

Cons: It needs a curriculum and planning and documentation tool.

Overall: I really like to use Sandbox because it is my personal file cabinet, take home and work anywhere program. I would like to suggest and area for curriculum planning and documentation where several curriculum models can be used at the same time, and area for child development documentation and or a possible merge with Hi Mama that way my fee can be lower.

Recommendations to other buyers: I'll be recommending this to the province of New Brunswick as a tool they need.

Great Software!

Dec 05, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Good so far, will be able to comment fully once preauthorized payment program is fully launched and we see how it integrates with our accounting inputs.

We love Sandbox!

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Love it so far! Great customer service! Well done!

Amazing!!

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Amazing customer service. Tried another program before that offered more but their customer service was awful. Switched to Sandbox and have not regretted it!

We love it!

Nov 21, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: So far Sandbox is living up to our expectations. We love it! An app for parents and staff would be awesome!

Huge Upgrade!

Nov 18, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We have moved to Sandbox from a very old system of storing information. Sandbox is very use-friendly, contemporary and a great upgrade! There are so many amazing features that I hope we can utilize them all. All staff I've worked with or spoken to have been incredibly helpful, friendly and timely in responding to my questions. So far I am extremely happy we chose Sandbox and look forward to all the great changes it will bring to our center.

Excellent Product!

Nov 04, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Sandbox is an excellent product. It simple to use. The UI is very good, and intuitive to use, and has a nice look and feel.

The layout of the .pdf reports is very good. Customizable reports would be a great and welcome addition.

Recommendations to other buyers: Sandbox is a great product, with a great design. I look forward to its continued development.

I love Sandbox! A+

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of invoice and payment tracking, love that it's web based.

Cons: none

Overall: A+! The invoicing feature is so simple. Much easier than Quickbooks (which I still need to use) so integration would be awesome.

Sandbox makes my life so much easier!

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am very glad I happened to stumble upon Sandbox software. It has made my running a family group daycare so much easier on me. I also like that Sandbox has a separate feature for staff information as well as children.

I LOVE this program!!

Oct 18, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Schedule for children, hours keeper for staff

Cons: For me nothing...

Overall: Very user-friendly! I have a lot children with different schedules and now it's easy for my employees to know who's scheduled to come daily.

Very User-Friendly!

Oct 07, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cost, ease of use, can design for what I need, not use what I don't need

Cons: None that I see at this time.

Overall: Very user-friendly, I did have trouble keeping up with the orientation day when connected through "Go To Meeting". It would be easier to have someone come spend the day and help me, even though that is not realistic, but would be idealistic.

Good interface. Easy to figure out.

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We have just started with Sandbox. So far we like it.

Great Service! Easy to Navigate!

Sep 22, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Digital sign in (would like to do it with a stylus), billing and record keeping all in one. Easy to add up hours of staff and children.

Overall: Great customer service and so far the software has been pretty easy to navigate but I haven't had the chance to begin to operate the centre or registration yet.

Wonderful!!

Sep 19, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Time clock

Overall: Overall, it has been wonderful! Easy to use and support has been wonderful.

Very Pleased!

Sep 16, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The reports that you can generate as well as the reminders. It is very easy to navigate and learn.

Overall: So far we have been very pleased with this database software. When reports have been hard to find or figure out, customer service is quick to respond to our needs.
We are pleased with the service you provide.

Essential Office Tool!

Sep 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Waitlist, billing, file, accessibility, reports tracking.

Overall: I like using Sandbox as an office essential tool. It is an easy to work with program and the support team is very good.

You guys are doing great and I hope to be working with you for many years to come!

Sep 14, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Customer support is great and willing to help with any problems we have.

Overall: I began using Sandbox when my former preschool decided we needed a new software program. I used sandbox there for about a year before I moved to a new school. When I moved I need to make improvements to their program and one was changing from a completely manual paper system to a computerized system. Do to the customer support and willingness to work with me in the past on custom features, I was more than willing to jump back in with sandbox.

Great!

Sep 12, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Good customer service.

Overall: So far our experience with Sandbox has been great!

A Huge Improvement!

Sep 09, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: It's a huge improvement over the software I previously used.

Very simple intuitive interface, very flexible database design!

Sep 07, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We have just got started using Sandbox. However the experience so far has been very positive. Excellent customer service particularly in my research/trial phase.

Great so far!

Sep 01, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Functionality

Cons: None so far.

Overall: So far So good. We would love to see a payroll function added to the platform.

EXCELLENT software and EVEN BETTER customer service!

Dec 16, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: WOW, I would have never thought software could be this easy! Sandbox has made their product SO user friendly, fast, and efficient! I can get the exact information I need saved easily, and it's a cinch to generate reports for administrative purposes and future planning.

I have been especially impressed with their customer service. There were a couple of minor tweaks we wished to have in the software, which I offhand shared with our rep. Sandbox made these changes *JUST FOR US*. I would have NEVER expected that. They are have been proactive in calling to check in on any issues we have run into.

They have fantastic expansion plans on the horizon which will make this software even better than it already is!

If you are looking for a heavy and clunky software with every option under the sun, you've come to the wrong place. This software is new, looks great on every device you use, and offers all the (simple) features we wanted to find. I am excited to continue a relationship with this company and see what growth they have!

Keep up the great work, Sandbox!

Amazing Child Care Software

Oct 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We started using Sandbox about a year and a half ago after a year of research. We LOVE using Sandbox. It has increased the quality of our program as a whole. We love the time clock for both staff and child check in. This system as saved our program a lot of time and energy.

I have enjoyed launching this product and find it very user friendly.

Jun 17, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros: User friendly

Con: Wish there was an app, so the interface would be faster from iPads, instead of using check in/check out portal from website

Director of Daycare

Jun 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The software is very user friendly and easy to navigate. However, every time an update is made it seems to effect another part of the system.

We love Sandbox Software!

Jun 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We recently adopted Sandbox for our school of 140 children. The initial setup was easy, and training with our sales rep was seamless. The Team at Sandbox has been responsive to our questions, and has fielded all of our special requests for product unique to our center. The software gives management a clear picture of the enrollment, tuition, staffing and more. Also, having a cloud based software means we can log in from any computer if need be. We are very pleased with Sandbox, and look forward to the new release of even more features to come soon.

Easy to Use Billing

Nov 01, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use

Comments: Our preschool program had grown to serve over 350 families. Tracking payments was unorganized and inefficient. We needed a new program that would make billing simple and easy each month, while keeping student information secure and organized. Sandbox was that program! Since upgrading to Sandbox software, billing has been a breeze. We are easily able to keep track of outstanding balances as well as how much money our program brings in each month. I am extremely happy with the way Sandbox has supported our needs.

The Search is OVER!!!

Oct 25, 2013
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sandbox software does it ALL for our preschool!!! The billing tool is flawless and we manage staff and children enrolled with ease. The software was very easy to train our employees on and has adapted to our facility perfectly. Above all, the customer service at Sandbox is top-notch!!!!! Everyone on my administrative team has their own contact person to go to if they run into a problem. The team at Sandbox is always available and willing to walk us through our issues (usually user-error) and back in business within minutes. I cannot imagine using any other software to manage our contacts and billing. Thank YOU Sandbox for being the answer to our preschool management woes.