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LifeCubby combines fun online portfolio with management tool to comply with regulations

“As a day care owner, I know what the requirements are, including paperwork and regulations,” Testaguzza says. “We’re building pieces into LifeCubby to meet those requirements.”

Worldwide demand is growing for LifeCubby (, a web-based service that makes it easy for teachers and owners of child care centers to share cute photos with parents, send electronic notes home, and comply with government regulations.

LifeCubby began as online storage for the precious photos, videos, school artwork and cute quips by little ones as they grow up. Parents can create their own one-gigabyte online “cubby,” or an entire day care center can document children’s’ development in photos, videos and text. The ability for staff to tag individual children, allow comments on posts, and have the system generate an email to Mom and Dad sharing cute pictures and videos was critical, creating a micro-social network far exceeding the capacity of cloud file storage. (Video of child care worker uploading photo to LifeCubby:

Now the product has evolved to include required assessments for certain states, mandated reporting to parents when a child has been exposed to illness, notifications of snow days and more.

These advanced features have early education professionals eagerly converting to a paid plan on the site, which was launched as a free service in 2011 by Susan Testaguzza, the CEO of an Ohio child care center.

LifeCubby introduced its reworked second version at the end of September, expanding the robust site to become online portfolio + child care center CRM + web-based compliance tool.

Early education programs also use LifeCubby as their online data collection tool for meeting national accreditation standards. According to Testaguzza, “National accrediting agencies, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), require that child care centers and preschools demonstrate an ongoing method for documenting children’s progress and for communicating with families. LifeCubby is used to meet those standards.”

A California client requested its staff be able to complete required state assessments using LifeCubby. The State of California’s Department of Education approved the add-on feature LifeCubby developed. That launched LifeCubby into the position of being one of the first providers of an online portal for completing the California DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile).

Testaguzza said continuing to add functionality to LifeCubby to allow child care centers to comply with federal, state and local regulations is part of the core mission. LifeCubby is seeking to fulfill these needs for international customers, as well. Child care centers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore are using current functionality and requesting custom online forms.

“As a day care owner, I know what the requirements are, including paperwork and regulations,” Testaguzza says. “We’re building pieces into LifeCubby to meet those requirements.”

The philosophy is paying off.

Testaguzza says child care centers who were offered a free pilot version of LifeCubby last year have until year’s end to convert to a paid account, and half of them have already done so at the beginning of November.

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