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Turtle Rock Preschool Gets Docs Signed, Collects Payments, and Innovates Early Childhood Education

By: Steve Stormoen / Monday, August 25, 2014

Our series “The Right Way” profiles RightSignature power users, revealing their success secrets and the technology tools they use every day.


In nurturing young minds, Turtle Rock Preschool believes that a solid early education is the foundation for the rest of children’s lives. Founded 35 years ago, Turtle Rock Preschool has become one of the premier centers for early childhood education in Orange County, California, attracting rave reviews and huge waiting lists full of families eager to join the Turtle Rock experience. What sets Turtle Rock Preschool apart is a drive towards innovation and improvement—a drive that led them to use RightSignature, and our powerful, new Collect Payments feature. RightSignature’s Steve Stormoen caught up with Turtle Rock Preschool’s owner, Maajed Abahusayn, to find out how this school uses cutting-edge tools and techniques to educate the luminaries of our future.

Can you tell us the story of Turtle Rock Preschool?

Maajed Abahusayn: We’ve been around for 35 years, and we’re considered to be one of the premier early childhood schools in Orange County, California. We have a great and well-deserved reputation, and it’s come from creating a warm and enriching environment for children and their families. We are a fully accredited, year-round private school for early childhood education. We accept children from 8 weeks old through kindergarten. We have 200 children in our school on a daily basis, and we have a wait list of another 250 families.

That’s where RightSignature has been beneficial, and especially RightSignature’s Collect Payments feature. Our first use of Collect Payments has been to redo our waiting list agreement, so we can collect payments and sign up new families in an extremely simplified, streamlined fashion. So far we love it, and our parents love it too.

What has been your greatest success so far, and how did you get there?

MA: The thing we’re always most proud of is sending children off to their next level of schooling with a great foundation. That’s our primary mission: to do all we can for these children for the short time we have them. Early childhood education is so important and really sets the foundation for future learning. We make our mark by creating a joyful environment where children love to learn, and learn how to love learning.

From a business perspective, our greatest success would probably be that we’re a relatively high-tech school. My background is in computer science, which is unusual for the owner of a preschool. But it’s informed me with this intrinsic mindset of the tech world—I’m always trying to push the envelope and find ways for our school to innovate and improve. We’ve headed into some uncharted territory: when you’re teaching young children, technology may not be the first thing to come to mind. But we’ve been on the forefront of bringing technology in for early childhood education, and we are pleased with the results. Both in the classroom and behind the scenes in our office management, our tech tools have been a powerful tool for us that we feel differentiates us from other schools.

How do you use RightSignature? How do you use the Collect Payments feature?

MA: There’s a lot of paperwork here at school. Everything from an accident form to sunscreen authorizations to handwritten notes in students’ cubbies—there’s a lot of paper circulating all the time. We wanted to try to reduce that and become more efficient with our staff. We initially started using RightSignature’s Online Forms to replace some of these, and we offer many forms online for our families.

The first form we set up was a signup form for our “Kids’ Night Out”, an event we hold once a month that lets our parents drop their children off with us for the evening, go out, and enjoy themselves knowing their children are safe, learning, and having fun. It was a huge success and a very easy way to get started. We’ve been doing more and more paperwork with RightSignature.


A really powerful one we’ve just implemented was our Waiting List Agreement. We signed up for the Collect Payments feature to be able to overhaul this document, which was a nightmare before. As I said, we have 250 families on our waiting list, and each one would complete the waiting list form and pay our fee in a different way. One family would hand in a paper form with a check attached, another would write down a credit card number, and we had to file the paperwork and process payments in 2 or 3 different sources, then reconcile everything in our records once the payment cleared.

RightSignature and Collect Payments simplifies everything into one form, and the payment processing is done for us in real time. It’s simple and helpful for parents, because they get confirmation that they’ve been added to the waiting list as soon as it happens.

You mentioned that technology is very important to Turtle Rock Preschool. What other online software tools do you use?

MA: We use Mailchimp for mass emails, and a specialized software called BumbleBee that manages enrollment for us. We also use BambooHR for human resources, Office365 for email, and for our summer camp program, we use an online service called CampBrain.

We’ve installed the RightSignature integrations with BambooHR and Mailchimp, but we haven’t implemented them yet. They look cool, though—it’s definitely next on our list.

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