CX Release 10.27.0

The 10.27.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

2 Bug Fixes:

  • IL State Upload File had an issue that would break the upload when exporting.  This has been fixed
  • Menu Production Record was not calculating Staff attendance correctly.  It now operates correctly using Policy L3C.

4 Feature updates:

  • Center Menu Calendar; added the ability to print separate Infant and non-infant calendars.
  • Added Center name auto population on the TN IEF form
  • Upgrade to the new Milk Audit Report that adds the daily percentage to the export

Minute Menu Travels to Tennessee in August

Members of the Minute Menu team are heading to Tennessee! On Saturday, August 22, experts from the Minute Menu team will be spending their day in Memphis attending Karamu’s 2015 Childcare Provider Conference. In addition, they will be providing two training workshops focused on online claiming, Empower Your Center with Minute Menu CX and getting Started with WebKids.

The Karamu Nutrition Program is non-profit food program sponsors in Tennessee. The program’s focus is to help childcare centers and home care providers in Tennessee serve healthy meals to the children in their care.

Meet the Experts:

  • Software Sales and Product Consultant, Cindy Vian
  • HX Implementation Specialist, Lori Johnson

Cindy and Lori both come from Minute Menu team with extensive backgrounds in child care services and are experts in our online programs for sponsors, centers and home care providers.

The Power of Online Claiming:

  • Centers and family child care providers will learn how to use online claiming tools that will save time and cut down on record-keeping errors.

Secrets of the Conference:

  • Door Prize– Minute Menu has donated a one-year subscription to Kids Pro for the event. Any lucky attendee who walks through the door can go home with this incredible donation!
  • Special Luncheon– The Karamu team is offering a four course, catered lunch at a small cost for attendees interested in dining together. During this time, Karamu will recognize the recipients of the Dr. Vera Corley Sims Excellence in Childcare Award and the James Cawthon Award.

For those attending the event, be sure to stop by our Minute Menu booth to meet Cindy and Lori and feel free to ask any questions. Don’t forget to pick up some Minute Menu freebies before leaving!

The conference comes as the 2nd Annual Tennessee Childcare Conference for Karamu, and the Minute Menu team is proud to be a part of the exciting day. The goal of the conference is to empower the childcare and education professional. Throughout the day, conference leaders will make it a point to pause and recognize attendees who have made positive achievements at their childcare centers.

If anyone is interested in attending, admission is free! Check out Karamu’s website for more information about the conference here or please sign up here. Unable to make it to the conference? No worries, be sure to check out webinars for new and old clients on our website here.

Like us on Facebook to keep up with photos from the event. We look forward to seeing all of those attending the event soon!

WebKids is compatible with Windows 10

WebKids is definitely compatible with Windows 10, and these instructions detail how to access it in Internet Explorer 11.

To run Minute Menu WebKids in Windows 10, you’ll need to make sure you switch to Internet Explorer 11 browser instead of the Edge browser (which is the new default browser in Windows 10). Read more of this post

CX Release 10.26.0

The 10.26.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

4 Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that did not allow multiple children to be activated at once.
  • Fixed a policy issue in Policy L3C.  This would not allow Center menus to be saved if L3C was set to N.
  • Track Received Claims had an issue fixed and is now showing date the claims were received correctly.
  • Fixed a bug in the Weekly Quantities Required report that gave an error message when the user selected “All Centers”

4 Feature updates:

  • Made a rounding change for the ADA/ADP for the state of MI to round up at the state summary level and not at the site level.
  • Created new State upload file for SFSP claims for the state of IL.
  • Updates to the State of ID combined Enrollment IEF form.
  • Upgrade to the new Milk Audit Export that adds the daily percentage to the export

CX Release 10.25.0

The 10.24.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  You may continue to use the program without updating, however, some of the changes will not be visible.

10 Bug Fixes:

  • Track Received Claims screen – We removed the areas for Received online date for manual claims.
  • Removed the withdrawn children from classrooms and also added a check to not allow the user to delete a classroom if active children are assigned to that classroom.
  • Added the Adjusted Claim numbers to the Claim List Export.
  • In Manage Classrooms, we fixed the ability to change the ‘Building Name’ on existing classrooms records
  • Fixed an issue with the Center roster showing incorrect numbers for users with “Track Historic Data” turned on.
  • Again on the Center Roster, Pending, At-Risk children are now being displayed, they had formerly not been included in the roster.
  • Fixed a formatting issue on the Menu Calendar that was cutting off data on the screen.
  • Non Infant Menu Production Record and Weekly Quantities Required are now matching numbers
  • Added a check to make sure centers cannot enter attendance in the future.
  • Fixed to processor to display a message when the server is not responding rather before the screen freezes up.

3 Feature updates:

  • Added template Name to Center Monthly Menu Plan Report
  • IEF form update for Colorado
  • 2016 Updates to the IEF and Enrollment forms for Nebraska

CX Release 10.24.0

The 10.24.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  You may continue to use the program without updating, however, some of the changes will not be visible.  This release has a few new reports that have never been available before!

10 Bug Fixes:

  • Manage Staff Access now functioning for Track Received Claims function
  • Weekly Quantities Required Report now adding a page break between infants and non-infants
  • Menu Production Record Quantities Required are now accurate whether the meal or attendance were recorded first.
  • Detail Claim Totals By Center – multiple issues
  • Changing a Center By Keystroke Does Not Change Selected Center – Fixed
  • Add better error messages when inputting empty passwords
  • CX Payment export missing file type – Fixed
  • 4-7 month olds are now not required to have foods.  (due to “developmentally ready”)
  • Fixed an issue with saving on the Master Menu.
  • Weekly Attendance Report showing 0’s when center is set to allow saturday/sunday – Fixed

Features:

  • New Center Summary Export.  (takes the numbers from the center dashboard and exports for all centers.
  • New Claim Roster takes a snap shot of the Roster at the time the claim was processed and saves it for later use.
  • Updates to NC and CA and VA eligibility forms

CX Release 10.23.0

The 10.23.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  You may continue to use the program without updating, however, some of the changes will not be visible.  This release has a few new reports that have never been available before!

Bug Fixes:

  • Monthly Paid Meal Count by Child report error corrected that was showing counts in wrong columns for at risk children/meals
  • Fixed the default sort order for Assign Classrooms to now be alphabetical.
  • When changing number of servings in Manage Center Info, system was still looking at the 2nd serving times.  Fixed.
  • Record Attendance filter by classroom had a bug that did not maintain the classroom when filtering.  That has been fixed.
  • New Milk Audit Report now showing Center names
  • Fixed weekly attendance and meal counts report display issue

Features:

  • New Report that shows invoice details to the sponsoring agency.
  • New reports that show breakdowns of the Processor errors as well as the manual dis-allowance errors by site.
  • Updated NC forms
  • Edits to the Idaho combined enrollment and IEF form

CX Release 10.22.0

The 10.22.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  You may continue to use the program without updating, however, some of the changes will not be visible.

Bug Fixes:

  • Correct error message on Sponsor staff screen when attempting to use a password with blank spaces.  (you can’t do that)
  • Monthly Meal Count report was duplicating some names.  Fixed.
  • Fixed a checkbox on the Child Enrollment form for “approved for overnight”
  • Fixed a bug in the Paid Meal Count Summary report where the totals exceeded the OER
  • Added a “select all” option to the Claim export for the error messages section.
  • Added page totals to the Weekly Paid Attendance and Meal count report.
  • Message center no longer throwing an error.
  • In/Out Daily times report no longer duplicating names for centers with multiple licensees.

Features:

  • New updates to the Milk Audit Export
  • New Combines Enrollment and IEF form for Idaho.
  • New Milk Audit report that shows monthly carryover numbers by center.

Summer Safety

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Summertime means fun and adventure! Before you dive into your summer vacation, take a minute to consider the safety risks associated with exciting summer activities. As partners in creating healthy and happy environments for children, Minute Menu offers the following reminders for summer safety.

Stay Safe in the Water

As temperatures rise children and adults spend more time in water. When heading to the pool, lake, beach or other water destination, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Have a plan for supervising children swimming or playing in the water. Make sure enough adults are available to supervise the number of children present. Consider using a visual reminder such as lanyards or small flags for adults and children to know who is in charge at any given time.
  • Swim with a buddy. Drowning can oftenlook like swimming or playing in the water, and the person drowning might not make any noise. Each swimmer should have a buddy who is in the water and can watch for signs of distress. Read more here.
  • Never swim in unfamiliar water. Talk with children about the dangers of playing in or near irrigation ditches, overflow drains, or unfamiliar bodies of water, including flood waters. Bodies of water can have varied depths and currents, both of which can be dangerous or deadly.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply sunscreen and then wait about 30 minutes before going into the water. This gives the skin time to absorb the sunscreen. Remember to reapply after swimming. Read more tips on choosing, applying, and using sunscreen properly here.

Stay Hydrated

Staying safe in the heat means staying hydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body’s fluid levels are too low. This can happen quickly, especially when exercising or playing outdoors in higher temperatures. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids, and choose water over sodas, sports drinks, or other sugary beverages. Water helps you stay hydrated without the added sugar and sodium in other beverages. Learn more about the benefits of drinking water here. Visit this page to learn more about dehydration in children.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a very serious and life threatening condition, and knowing the signs can save a life. Someone suffering heat stroke might appear flushed, out of breath, confused or irritated, begin vomiting or get a sudden headache, and might not be sweating even though they are in the heat. If you suspect a child or adult is suffering heat stroke, contact 911 immediately, get them into a shaded area, and begin cooling them down using fans, ice packs, or cool water. Learn more about heat stroke here.

Protect Skin to Reduce Bug Bites

Summer is a great time for exploring nature. Exploring new areas means encountering new insects and critters, many of which are harmless. Using insect repellent, tucking pants legs into socks, and wearing closed shoes are effective and easy ways to reduce bug bites. Try not to scratch bug bites if you get them, and use topical creams or gels to relieve irritation. If you discover a tick on a child or adult, remember the tick has most likely burrowed into the skin and you will need medical assistance to remove it. Learn more about preventing and treating insect bites here.

All of us at Minute Menu hope you enjoy a fun and safe summer!

Have a summer activity you really enjoy? Share it with us in the comments section below.
References:

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario Vittone; Herald Tribune Online; 2013.

Sunscreen: How to Select, Apply, and Use It Correctly; Centers for Disease Control report; 2002.

Drink Water Instead of Soda or Juice; http://www.chalkcenter.org .

Dehydration; KidsHealth.org .

Heatstroke; MayoClinic.org

Avoid Bug Bites; Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Resources:
Flood Safety; National Weather Service

Water Safety; TeensHealth; KidsHealth.org

Heat Stroke: Symptoms and Treatment; WebMD.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CX 10.21.0 Release

The 10.21.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  You may continue to use the program without updating, however, some of the changes will not be visible.

Bug Fixes:

  • Optimized the Monthly Paid Attendance report to run much faster and not time out on large lists.
  • Milk Audit error message now showing on all versions of the OER.
  • Fixed the Demo Trial banner message to not block content for new users.
  • Fixed a bug that stopped the Monthly attendance reports from running for Independent centers
  • Corrected the NC state upload file that had an extra space.
  • Updated the PDF viewer to no longer force the user the type a filename.

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