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Oct 11, 2023 3 min read

Multifamily Payments Enable Way to Easily Bill Families with Divorced or Separated Parents

Procare By: Procare

This blog post originally ran Jan. 21, 2021, and was updated on Oct. 11, 2023, with new information.

Managing the complexities of different family dynamics can be challenging in child care – especially when it comes to back-office tasks like billing.

For example, a recent Census Bureau report found that the number of children living only with their mothers has doubled in the last 50 years. It also found that the number of children living with their father only, although still small, more than quadrupled in that timeframe.

When a child has divorced or separated parents who are both responsible for child care payments, the situation can create additional hassles, both among the parents and the child care provider.

That’s why it’s helpful to have child care management software that offers multifamily or split-family payments.

What are Multifamily Payments?

Through our Multifamily Payments functionality, Procare allows each parent or caregiver to have their own, separate account that enables them to make payments to the center.

By having a separate account, each parent has complete privacy and only has visibility into their own account. Multifamily Payments also allows each parent to communicate with the center and know their messages will not be shared with their child’s other parent or family.

How Does it Work?

The center selects Multifamily and can configure two separate accounts for each parent.

Screenshot showing how payments are managed in Procare
Screenshot showing how multifamily payments can be set up in Procare

The center can then select how much each family pays, whether it’s half and half or a split depending on how much each family has agreed to pay.

Screenshot showing how Procare allows for split billing

Payment plans can be set as either monthly or recurring, and you can easily create invoices with the click of a button.

Learn more about Procare’s capabilities to split payments among family members.

A full end-to-end solution that provides child care management software and payment processing in one place makes your business more efficient while improving your bottom line.  

With Procare, you get a solution that helps you manage these top challenges to drive more to your bottom line and increase your profitability, including: 

  • Enabling families to pay via the Procare child care mobile app 
  • Automated invoicing 
  • Ledger posting 
  • Quicker funding (next day in most cases!) 
  • Reduced administrative payroll hours processing tuition payments

Want to know how much time and money you could save by using Procare’s secure and effortless child care payment processing? Enter some details into this online calculator to learn about your potential savings of using automation! 

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* Our data model is based on our experience working with over 100,000 child care centers, before and after school programs and youth organizations since 1992.

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The cost and time savings shown here are what the Procare all-in-one solution will help you save at your child care organization. Fill out the form below to see the full breakdown.

We understand that smaller centers and in-home daycare providers are operating on a tight budget, and that is why we provide all these features for the affordable price of just $25 per month. Let us handle the business of child care so you can get back to caring for your children.

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*Please note that the report you see only factors in cost and time savings for the in-home solution features. For Procare home version users that are interested in seeing how they can benefit from Procare’s full suite of capabilities, contact us today to speak to a Procare representative.​ *Please note that the report you see only factors in cost and time savings for the in-home solution features. For Procare home version users that are interested in seeing how they can benefit from Procare’s full suite of capabilities, contact us today to speak to a Procare representative. *Please note that the classroom management functionality is not available for in-home users. For Procare home version users that are interested in seeing how they can benefit from Procare’s full suite of capabilities, contact us today to speak to a Procare representative.

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For over 30 years, Procare Solutions has helped child care businesses big and small tackle their biggest operational challenges.

From contactless check-in, attendance tracking and staff management to family engagement, tuition collection and extensive reporting, we have the solutions that child care professionals want most.

More than 37,000 child care businesses choose Procare because we give them everything they need to focus on what they love—providing amazing experiences to the children in their care.

Our data model is based on our experience working with over 100,000 child care centers, before and after school programs and youth organizations since 1992.

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