How to include a professional-looking hyperlink in an email

Would you like to send your centers professional emails with links to training materials and videos, documents, and more!? If you simply copy the URL (www.blah.com/blahdiblah/blah) and paste it into your email, your reader will see the entire URL, forward slashes and all.  Instead, you can make your words the hyperlink. For example, you can type “click here to view the website” and make the word “here” the hyperlink. Read more of this post

Exciting New Features on the Way!

The Minute Menu CX Team is happy to share some exciting news! We will soon launch a brand new set of features to help sponsors manage their support staff’s access to Minute Menu CX. These features allow centers to have more than one set of login credentials. Centers can now have a center administrator with a higher level of permissions than other users. Centers can also assign users to other roles, each of which has its own set of permissions.

Minute Menu CX customers have asked for features like these, and we have listened! We are actively building the solution right now.

Our development team expects to roll out these new features during the Summer of 2014. Keep your eye on this blog for more information. We will post screen captures and notes to help prepare you to hit the ground running once these exciting new features arrive.

No Risk from Using WebKids in Internet Explorer

Our support team has received calls about a reported “flaw” in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 that might make users vulnerable to attack by hackers. There is no risk from this flaw in using our WebKids application or from visiting any of our websites–www.minutemenu.com, training.minutemenu.com, or childcareinfo.com.  We have no feedback on your risk when visiting other sites using Internet Explorer, and encourage you to make any adjustments you feel necessary to protect your personal and business information.

According to an article posted online by The Washington Post, a user must visit a website that uses Flash technology and is controlled by a hacker or other entity that desires to gain unauthorized access to your computer. WebKids does not link to outside pages and does not use Flash technology, which limits your risk when using our products. More details about the security risk issue, and Microsoft’s response, can be found in the Washington Post article.

If you have questions, please contact our support team – we are happy to help!

UPDATE: The Washington Post is now reporting that Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer that fixes this bug.  It will also be releasing an update for Windows XP users, but the article does not provide information on when that will occur.  Per the article, users who have Automatic Updates turned on will automatically receive the fix.  Otherwise, users will remain vulnerable until they update Internet Explorer.

Fruit for Thought

You have the chance to change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of children in your very own community by encouraging providers to start serving more fruits and vegetables, now. Meal pattern changes are just around the corner, but why wait. Start a campaign for change today!

To see the current status of fruits and vegetables being served at your agency, take a look at the Fruit/Vegetable Analysis report in Minute Menu HX. Does the report display a lot of providers? This report will, by default, list all providers who have claimed fewer than 2 fruits/vegetables in any week at either breakfast or snack.

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Windows XP and HX Support

Beginning in April, 2014 Microsoft will stop providing support for Windows XP, and will stop sending updates to those using the XP operating system. Minute Menu will continue to provide as much support as possible for our clients who run the XP operating system when using Minute Menu software products. If we determine that a problem we are troubleshooting is a direct result of a compatibility issue with Windows XP, and not a software issue within the Minute Menu application, we most likely will not be able to provide a fix for that problem.

Unfortunately we cannot predict what kind of problems our clients might experience when using Minute Menu software products within an unsupported operating system. We can, however, promise to do our best to make your experience with Minute Menu software products as positive and efficient as possible.

For more information from Microsoft about ending support for the XP operating system, please visit the Microsoft website at:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

This link provides information on the reason Microsoft will no longer support XP, what the ending of support means for you, and how to migrate to a newer operating system.

If you have questions regarding Minute Menu software products, please contact our technical support team.

Join the Minute Menu Team at the CCFP Roundtable Conference

Minute Menu is excited to be part of the CCFP Roundtable Conference taking place in Sacramento, California on October 28-30, 2013. We are a conference sponsor and will be offering a number of workshops and training classes. While you can view complete workshop descriptions and details on the CCFP Roundtable web site, here are some highlights:

 

The Child Care Business Partnership: Tom Copeland, Minute Menu and You

It’s official: The ultimate partnership for family child care business management between Tom Copeland and Minute Menu Systems. Tom is the nation’s leading Family Child Care Tax Expert and Minute Menu Kids Pro is the nations’ favorite family child care business management software. Together they have teamed up to help you maximize the time and money you have invested in your family child care business.  What does this mean? When you subscribe to Minute Menu Kids Pro and are using the accounting feature you will now receive access to family child care’s leading tax expert, Tom Copeland for only $15 a year which includes: Read more of this post

Receipts Page – Having Trouble?

If you’re having an issue pulling back or entering in receipts on the receipts web page, please try the following. Keep notes of what you attempt on your own. Please do not hesitate to contact our support department if you continue to have problems. Please contact us by logging into Minute Menu CX and clicking Help >> Contact Minute Menu Technical Support.

Finding Your Windows Version:

First, you will need to check your Windows version by hitting the windows/start key on your keyboard and your pause/break key down together. This will bring up your computer’s system information screen. The Windows edition should be displayed at the top. If you are using Windows XP, then please read instructions below for ‘Windows XP’. If you are running any other Windows version (such as Windows 7, Vista or 8,) please read the section for ‘All Other Windows Versions’ below. Read more of this post

National CACFP Week

This week is National CACFP Week.  No one will dispute that our nation’s children need nutritious food to grow to their healthy, full potential.  This article from Time magazine highlights how difficult this can be in a childcare setting.  All across the country these small businesses are challenged with balancing the need for nutritious food and the need to keep their child care businesses operating in the black.  The CACFP can help them bridge the funding gap, but as this article illustrates, the complexity of the program can be difficult for child care providers to navigate without advocates and mentors to help them along the way.  Our software is one of the ways that participants can help manage the complexities of the CACFP.  But even with good tools in place it is still important for us to advocate for measures that make program participation easier and make the program itself more accessible to those who need it most.

Shortcut for Recording Meal Counts in cx2go

Are you looking to make data entry as quick and easy as possible for your centers?  Here’s an idea:  introduce them to cx2go and show them this quick-tip for data entry!

On the Record Meals screen, the center can record meal counts for multiple children at once, instead of having to select attendance for each individual child.

Here’s how:

  1. Access the Record Meals screen and select a meal.
  2. Click the Edit button at the top right of screen.
  3. Select each child who attended the meal.  Note: To select a large number of children, use the Select All button and then deselect those who did not attend the meal.
  4. Click the Edit Selected Children button at the bottom.
  5. Select the meal serving that is being recorded.
  6. If applicable, use the Sick option to note that school-aged children were in attendance at the center because of an illness.
  7. Use the School-Out option to note that a school-aged child was in attendance at the center because of a school holiday or if school is not in session.
  8. Click the Apply button and all selected options will be added to the selected children.
  9. Always remember to SAVE your work!

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This short-cut can make data entry into cx2go even faster!  For more information about cx2go, click here!

Accessing the App

To log in to cx2go on a laptop or desktop computer, go to cx2go.mobi using either the Google Chrome browser or Safari.   (The app will not work correctly in Internet Explorer.)  To download Google Chrome, go to www.google.com/chrome.

To login or download cx2go to a mobile device, search for “cx2go” (no spaces) in the product application store (the App Store, Google Play, or Marketplace, etc.).

NOTE FOR SPONSOR AND BACK-OFFICE USERS:  The cx2go application is only accessible by CENTER accounts.  Click here if you would like to learn about setting up a test center account to use for training purposes.  Test center accounts can be very useful for internal staff training and for training new centers.  After you have enrolled a test center, you must enroll children in order to view the screens in the app.