Manage class rosters, waiting lists, authorization of caregivers to volunteer in the classroom, and more. We also offer time-tracking for students, teachers, and classroom volunteers.
Automate tuition billing, tracking, and invoicing. Easily add scholarships and volunteer discounts.
Optional: Automate tuition billing using e-payments.
Track and process Forms, Volunteer Jobs, Immunization Requirements, Contracts, Questionnaires, and more.
To help lift early childhood education, across the US and Canada, by offering preschool management software -- at no charge. Our software is designed to ease the administrative burden of running a preschool. Our goal is to release educators and volunteers to invest their time in more valuable activities: educating kids, community-building, or catching up on sleep!
Jovial was inspired by our desire to spend more time in our community of kids and families, and less with burdensome back-office tasks.
Jovial makes it easy for parents to access their child's up-to-date class roster, communicate with teachers and other parents, submit forms electronically, and pay their monthly tuition.
Jovial automates most of your school's recordkeeping requirements -- forms, attendance, immunizations, etc. Jovial helps you run your school professionally.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Jovial preschool management software is used and loved by non-profit and independent for-profit preschools, across the U.S. and Canada, representing thousands of families.
Camps, after-school, and similar programs, also use and love Jovial.
Jovial's roots are in co-op preschools. The majority (> 50%) of all co-op preschools in existence use Jovial. A few years ago, we opened Jovial to all non-profit preschools, and to independent for-profit preschools.
Jovial can track parent jobs, participation/attendance in the classroom, and more. Jovial also tracks requirements for parents who work in the classroom, such as background checks, CPR training, and more.
Every school is different. Jovial is highly customizable to your school's unique requirements.
Jovial works with any double-entry accounting system, including QuickBooks.
Jovial is not designed to replace your existing accounting system. You will continue to run payroll, pay vendors, track budgets, report out, etc., using all of your current accounting practices. Jovial only replaces "accounts receivable" with respect to the families in your school.
Jovial makes it very easy to transfer your summarized receivables into your existing accounting system on a periodic basis (such as monthly).
Jovial is a collaborative tool designed to help everyone at your school with their job. Jovial provides various levels of access appropriate for staff, teachers, and volunteers, depending on their job. For example, teachers may only be allowed to view and edit class rosters.
A typical school will have one or more people designated as "administrator" who will be able to manage user access, view and edit all content, etc.
Jovial is easy to use and does not require IT expertise. We will help you set it up to work for your school.
Yes! Jovial has a "Family Portal". The Family Portal can be used to view billing information, make tuition payments (with optional E-payments), submit electronic forms, access up-to-date class rosters, check pending requirements, review contact information, and more.
Jovial runs on Google Cloud, one of the world's top cloud-computing providers. Our standards for data safety meet or exceed industry standards:
If you decide Jovial is not for your school, it's easy to download your data into an Excel-compatible format (CSV) at any time, and take it with you.
Once we setup Jovial for your school, we will hand-hold you through all the initial customization. Everyone's needs are different, but these are the typical things you can either do yourself, or we can help you setup:
Jovial was proudly co-founded by Hermann and Helen Calabria, based in Seattle, Washington, in 2016. We are on a social mission to support early-childhood education. Jovial is full-featured, professionally-built, easy-to-use, preschool management software. Jovial is offered at no charge, but is only available to non-profits, and independent for-profits.
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 professionally administer a school! Hermann and Helen felt the little time available to staff, teachers, and volunteers is best spent working with kids, meeting families, planning community and social events, fundraising, and catching up on sleep!
Jovial helps by automating and organizing the administrative tasks, including paperwork, enrollment, maintaining waitlists, collecting tuition, and more, therefore releasing thousands of hours to educators 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. Our first priority is making Jovial useful, user-friendly, and secure.
Hermann and Helen's family have gained so much from their preschool years. It is their sincere hope Jovial will help lift the early child education community, coast to coast.
Although we support and believe in all forms of early-childhood education, Jovial is only available to the following:
On a case-by-case, we also make Jovial available to camps, after-school programs, and to smaller elementary schools.
If you're not sure, please reach out and we'll be happy to discuss your school's specifics.
If you're wondering if the preschool you're thinking about starting would qualify for Jovial, or have other general questions about starting a preschool, just contact us!
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please fill out the “Get Started” form below, and we will respond to you by phone or email within 2 business days.
Jovial is offered at no cost to qualified preschools
U.S. and Canada only
We also offer optional e-payments at competitive per-transaction rates.
I am so thankful for Jovial! Before Jovial, we used a patchwork of internal spreadsheets. Now, everyone sees the same information, vastly improving communication among our volunteer administrators and our families, including tracking tuition payments. The automation of charges and notification emails are a dream. Thank you, Jovial!Alexa G. Treasurer
Jovial has brought co-ops into the 21st century! Even better, I feel like the Jovial team is invested in our success. I enjoy having a consolidated view of the application, waitlist, and billing status of my families. My work is so much faster and less error prone. Updating our applications is a breeze. A lot of our families enjoy being able to pay online. Thanks Jovial!Cynthia H. Registrar
Jovial was a lifesaver for our school during the pandemic. For the past 20 years, we distributed paper forms at in-person meetings - not possible this past spring. Our families appreciate being able to access everything in one central place online. The Jovial staff was so helpful both in their general technical assistance and also in customizing solutions for our needs.Kate B. Business Manager
I am incredibly grateful for Jovial. Jovial has made my life as volunteer treasurer so much easier and made tracking our tuition and registration much smoother. Before Jovial, we used a patchwork of spreadsheets and an outdated database. The Jovial team really holds your hand through setup, and has continued to support us through the various changes due to COVID. I highly recommend Jovial.Kelly G. Treasurer
Our little school thrives with Jovial! Parents can easily manage their own accounts; they can see what forms need to be submitted, pay tuition online, be alerted of due dates and important notices, and even do contactless sign in which has been invaluable during the pandemic. With the teachers spending less time as administrators, we can spend more time with students!Erica S. Owner/Head of School
We've been using Jovial for a few years now, and it has really made coordinating communications and payment collections so much easier! Jovial's electronic forms were easy to set up, and make it much easier for prospective members to complete their applications, and for our parents and staff to process them. Also, the year-to-year transitions for board members (especially the treasurer!) are greatly simplified by using Jovial!Dianne R. Head Teacher
If you have questions or want to explore using Jovial to help administer your preschool,
please complete the form below. We will respond within 1-2 business days.