Jovial was proudly co-founded by Hermann and Helen Calabria, co-op parents, based in Seattle, Washington. We are on a social mission to support early-childhood education. Jovial is professionally-built easy-to-use preschool administration software, and it is free to non-profit preschools.
The inspiration behind Jovial started when we volunteered at our local preschool. Only then did we realize and appreciate the overwhelming amount of time & effort required to administer a school! Hermann and Helen felt the little time available for volunteering was better spent building community: Working in the classroom, supporting teachers, meeting prospective families, planning community and social events, fundraising, etc.
Hermann put his software engineering skills to use, and created the very first version of Jovial for his personal use only (as volunteer treasurer). Soon, other co-ops in the area started to show interest in Hermann's pet project. The feedback was so gratifyingly positive, and the need so tangibly felt, Hermann and Helen decided to make Jovial into a professional product, and to make it available to the co-op preschool community nationwide.
Sustainability is important to Hermann and Helen. Jovial is very high-quality software, relying on decades of software engineering experience and our first-hand experiences as volunteers at our preschool. Our first priority is making Jovial useful, user-friendly, and secure.
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Hermann and Helen's family have gained so much from their co-op experience. It is their sincere hope Jovial is able to positively impact the nationwide preschool co-op community.