Jovial was proudly founded by Hermann and Helen Calabria, co-op parents, based in Seattle, Washington. We are on a social mission to improve preschools by providing very high-quality software at a very low price. Jovial is free to non-profits.
The inspiration behind Jovial was the combination of wanting to be involved with our co-op preschool, along with the daunting realization of the "time-suck" involved in all the backoffice work. Hermann and Helen felt the little time available for the co-op was better spent working in the classroom, supporting teachers, meeting prospective families, planning community and social events, or fundraising.
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 project. The feedback was so gratifyingly positive, Hermann and Helen decided to offer Jovial to any nonprofit co-op preschool that wants it.
Sustainability is important to Hermann and Helen. Jovial is very high-quality software, relying on decades of software engineering experience. No shortcuts are taken, and special efforts are made to ensure a user-friendly, beautiful experience.
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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.