Sandbox Software Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Sandbox Software

All-in-One Child Care Management Software

4.91/5 (69 reviews)

Sandbox Software overview

What is Sandbox Software?

Sandbox is a cloud based childcare management software solution that caters to the needs of child care, daycare and preschool operations. The product enables business owners to manage their center operations by helping them automate functions such as record-keeping, payment processing, managing attendance and handling communication with the parents.

Sandbox has an inbuilt administration module which offers role based authentication for staff to see only the authorized information. It also enables staff to access emergency contacts and allergy list of children in case of emergency. The Time clock module of the solution enables easy tracking of staff attendance and the check-in / check-out details for students. The online registration module enables parents to register the details of their children on the portal through a web-based form. This helps them in receiving timely updates of the activities of their children through newsletters and notifications. The automated billing module enables the creation & delivery of automated invoices for parents by tracking their payment schedules. It also allows automated debit of payments from parent’s listed debit or credit card. The reporting module of the solution enables users to create ad-hoc reports about enrollment trends, projection reports, allergy lists and detailed financial reports.

The Sandbox parent app module enables parents to keep a track of their child’s activity on a daily basis. It will also help parents to manage their account details, print receipts & invoices, and pay invoices online. The product partners with childcare organizations across North America such as Winning Kids Inc. and Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario. Some of its key customers include Salem-Kaizer Preschools, Family and Youth Inc (AmeriCorps), Clubhouse Cadets, Goleta Union School District, and Upper Canada Child Care.
www.runsandbox.com

Pricing

Starting from
$59/month
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Markets

United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
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Sandbox Software reviews

Value for money
Features
Ease of use
Customer support
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Kevin LaGrow

Customer service and support has been outstanding !

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-09-08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Ease-of-use, real time data for multiple centers and the unlimited customer support. We look forward to growing into this program.

Cons
We are on able to create specific user reports from user data instead of tags.

Response from Sandbox Software


Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the awesome review and the helpful feedback!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Bridget Lovejoy

If you are wondering if you should purchase this software.....The answer is YES!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

We have been extremely happy with our purchase and implantation of the Sandbox software. We have been able to drop the amount of past due tuition dramatically along with improving our system of keeping up with shot records and other requirements for the children and staff. My time spent calculating time cards has been dramatically reduced due to using the computerized time clock.

Pros
I love the ease of use of the system and that parents can view their info on the parent app. Since we have started using the software we have been able to drop the amount of past-due tuition from over 10K to under 2K weekly.

Cons
I do not like that when a couple is married that only one of them can see their account balance. I wish there was a joint option where they could both have a login that would allow them to see the balance. I have parents get confused when they login with their personal email when the account is setup under the other parent and see a zero balance. Maybe even something that showed when the parent listed as the non-payer logged in that showed this is a non-payer account. I would also like for parents to be able to pay in advance and it leave a credit on their account. Many of my parents want to pay monthly or bi-weekly and cannot pay over the amount due.

Response from Sandbox Software


Hi Bridget,

Thanks for taking the time to leave this awesome review! Your request about a joint account is something we have heard before and something we are looking to add to Sandbox in the future. Stay tuned!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Cindy McConnell

Not as helpful as we had hoped ...

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-01-25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Wide variety of printable reports to help administration

Cons
Rather cumbersome to use. Apps are not fully developed.

Response from Sandbox Software


Hi Cindy,

Thanks for providing this feedback! We are sorry to hear that you find our software difficult to work in. Ease of use is typically something our customers love about Sandbox.

A member of our support team will be in contact with you to see how we can improve the experience for you.

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Likelihood to recommend: 3/10

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Matthew Neville

Best Option for Child Care Centres

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-12
Review Source: Capterra

We have used Sandbox since their early days. We've been happy from day one and it just continues to get better. We have been using HiMama as well for documentation, but Sandbox now offers these features as well. This is a complete management and documentation package perfect for centres no matter if its 15 spaces or 150.

Pros
Customer service and support, user interface, ability to keep it simple or utilize more advanced features, value for money, ability to export data.

Cons
Nothing - we have no issues with Sandbox after 4+ years of use.

Response from Sandbox Software


Hi Matthew,

Thanks for sharing this amazing review!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Hannah Slafsky

I knew immediately that I liked Sandbox from the demo because it was so easy to use!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-02-06
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Sandbox has been very intuitive and easy to use. It's great to have the platform online and in an app so it's always accessible. I've been very happy with Sandbox so far!

Pros
Sandbox has been very easy to use, and luckily I have not had a lot of questions or issues. But, I would say what I like most about Sandbox so far is the Customer Service. The old software I was using would require several phone calls, lots of time on hold, and a lot of work-arounds to get things done. My experience with Sandbox has been the opposite! The representatives have been available and helpful! They call back whenever I call them- even if I haven't left a message. The online chat feature has also been helpful for quick questions!

Cons
So far, I would say I have liked the billing features the least in Sandbox. We are currently set up to bill families by day, and that has been the only task that has become more time consuming since switch to Sandbox. Getting all of the various schedules, snow day credits, and fees to be applied correctly has been pretty tedious and manual. We are considering switching to a flat-rate monthly fee which I do think would help alleviate some of these issues, as it seems that's what the system is designed to do.

Response from Sandbox Software


Hi Hannah,

Thanks for the awesome review! We are sorry to hear that you find some of billing tasks to be time consuming. Sandbox handles many complex billing scenarios, and this is normally one of our strengths, however depending on your specific needs, this may not be the case for your center. That being said, we'd love to hear what your current needs are to see if there is a better way that you could be doing it in Sandbox or how we can improve our billing capabilities in the future. Please feel free to contact our team at support@runsandbox.com so that we can assist you further!

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Sandbox Software pricing

Starting from
$59/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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Childcare centers with 0-24 children: $59 per month
Childcare centers with 24-49 children: $79 per month
Childcare centers with 49-99 children: $129 per month
Childcare centers with 100-199 children: $169 per month
Childcare centers with more than 200+ children: $199 per month

Sandbox Software features

Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Communication Management
Data Import/Export
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics

API (138 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (154 other apps)
Assessment Management (143 other apps)
Content Management (94 other apps)
Course Authoring (108 other apps)
Customizable Branding (104 other apps)
Learning Management (164 other apps)
Progress Reports (103 other apps)
Progress Tracking (110 other apps)
Self Service Portal (88 other apps)
Third Party Integration (96 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Sandbox Software

Key features of Sandbox Software

  • Automated Billing module
  • Automated payment by credit card
  • Billing and Payment Processing
  • Child immunization reminders
  • Create reports for enrollments, financials, etc.
  • Email the invoices to the parents
  • Generation & Tracking of invoices
  • Manage & access children info. on the fly
  • Mobile Access
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Online Registration of children
  • Parent, Staff & Child contact data
  • Role-Based Permissions for info. access
  • TimeClock & Attendance Management
  • Tracks the specific schedules and pricing
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Benefits

● Sandbox childcare management software is hosted on the cloud, and enables childcare owners to access and manage their business from anywhere.
● The administration module of Sandbox enables daycare center owners to monitor the activities of children and communicate seamlessly with staff and parents.
● The Online Registration module enables Sandbox users to set up their own custom online registration form, which parents can use to register their children online. Once registration requests are approved, the information is pushed seamlessly into Sandbox, eliminating the need for center staff to enter the information manually.
● The Sandbox Timeclock enables parents and staff to sign in/out from any device, automatically tracking child attendance and staff hours.
● The Sandbox Parent Portal enables teachers and admin to communicate directly with the parents, including daily activities, pictures and messages. Parents can also manage their account information and pay their invoices online.
● Sandbox includes extensive reporting functionality which enables users to generate reports on the information they need. These reports include admin reports such as allergy lists and emergency cards, projection reports, staff reports, detailed financial reports and much more.