Customer Story video: Reynolda Preschool

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Shelley Beckman, director of Reynolda Preschool
December 21, 2023
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Half-day preschool and homeschool program

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North Carolina

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Around 170


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With Famly since

May 2023

“I was in need of breaking new ground,” says  Shelley Beckman, the Director of Reynolda Preschool in North Carolina. The preschool has been around for over 20 years, and is a part of a Church that has been around for over 115 years, so she is thrilled that Famly was able to help bring her “center into the 21st century and beyond.”

She came in with three specific needs, and Famly not only met those, but exceeded Shelley’s expectations. 

Listen below to learn how Famly has improved her administration, parent communication and staff management, and overall, has made her feel way more confident and empowered in her role as Director. 

Who is Shelley Beckman and Reynolda Preschool?

Having been a teacher for many years, Shelley is now in her second year as the Director of Reynolda Preschool. Reynolda is a half-day program with about 130 students between 1 and 6 years old. 

The curriculum is built on the belief that children's engagement in meaningful play is essential to early development. Through activities, lessons and play - both indoors and outdoors - the little ones develop and strengthen their literacy, math, science, art, music and movement and social skills, and some Spanish too!

What will I learn?

How Famly has exceeded Shelley’s expectations. You will hear how Famly met her three specific needs:

  1. Digital attendance and ability to see attendance patterns
  2. Parent communication
  3. Managing substitutes and all staff schedules 

Also, how Famly has streamlined and made her day-to-day so much less stressful than she could have imagined. And she knows “she has only dipped her toes,” and that Famly has so much more to offer. 

And also, going from pen and paper, sticky notes and spreadsheets, onboarding and learning Famly’s software was seamless, simple and easy for her, the parents and all the staff. 

What are they saying?
  • “I am so much in a better place than I was last year. I felt like last year I was drowning. I didn’t know what was coming next. So not only have I already experienced a year, but now I feel like I managerially can handle so much more because Famly has offloaded such a burden.”
  • “Shelley of this year feels equipped and empowered and capable and I feel confident to be able to run the program because I am supported with such a great platform that is functional, that is friendly and that is just a dream for all of the different hats that I have to wear from the teachers to the parents to even my administration. It just covers it all. So I don’t want to go back.”
  • “I just feel like we’ve only dipped our toe into it. And even just the things that I think are great have been awesome, but I feel like there’s even more. It keeps giving. It just keeps giving!”

Shelley Beckman, Director, Reynolda Preschool

And who is Famly?

Famly is an early childhood platform. Whether you’re sharing invoices, photos, payments, observations, reports, activities or just sharing knowledge, Famly helps the grown-ups in a child’s life work together.

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