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June 18

What is Social-Emotional Learning and how does it help students?

Lori Shao • July 12, 2019 This week, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) made headlines as the House of Representatives approved $260 million in funding for “whole child” programs in the Department of Education.  The funding would cover areas including grants for innovations dealing with students’ “social, emotional, and cognitive well-being,” teacher professional development, and helping schools […]

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June 18

The tax credit that helps cover summer camp

Lori Shao • July 19, 2019 With one in five parents in America spending more than $3000 for summer care (and 12% spending more than $4000), we believe that families should be aware of as many ways as possible to make summer child care more affordable. Employers can contribute to the summer child-care expenses of […]

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June 18

The state of early child care and education in California

Lori Shao • July 26, 2019 This past week the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at UC Berkeley and the Economic Policy Institute published a report on the cost and quality of early child care and education (ECE) in California. The report includes a number of findings regarding the cost of […]

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June 18

What is an ABLE plan and how does it help families?

Lori Shao • Aug 02, 2019 Among families saving to send their kids to college, 529 savings plans are one of the most popular options. For those who aren’t familiar with 529 savings plans, they are a tax-advantaged investment account that parents and relatives (or anyone really) can open on behalf of a beneficiary (usually […]

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June 18

Back-to-school shopping hits an all-time high

Lori Shao | Aug 09, 2019 Believe it or not, summer is already coming to an end and the school year is quickly approaching. While it feels like just a few weeks ago we were talking about the cost of summer, we now have to shift our financial focus to the increasingly expensive experience that […]

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June 18

Finli is a tool for schools too!

Lori Shao • Aug 16, 2019 Our mission here at Finli is to make it easier for families to get the critical financial support they need for their most meaningful expenses. For many families, education comes first. Whether its day care, pre-school, or private school, Finli makes it possible for friends and family to directly […]

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June 18

Three ideas for your child’s after-school education

Lori Shao • Aug 23, 2019 For many working families the return of school may inspire a sigh of relief, but it is often short lived. When most schools end between 2pm and 3pm, there are at least two hours worth of time during which their children need to be occupied before parents who own […]

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June 18

Exploring the world of martial arts for your children

Lori Shao • Aug 30, 2019 Last week we suggested a few different after-school activities to keep children stimulated (and supervised) until the parents get off work. We touched on why foreign language, coding, and martial arts are all solid choices, but now we’re going to take the time to take a deeper dive into […]

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June 18

Grandparents Day: Not just another “Hallmark holiday”

Chelsea LaFerla • September 7, 2019 Contrary to popular belief, Grandparents Day is not a commercial holiday created to generate greeting card sales. Rather, it is an official national holiday thanks to a federal proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. However, it unofficially began with Marian McQuade in 1956 when she learned that […]

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June 18

How can the use of a digital payment platform benefit your education business?

Alicia Ng • January 15, 2020 Working in the education business is incredibly rewarding as you get to impact the lives of students as they grow and learn under you. However, it can also be extremely challenging as many education providers are wearing lots of hats today, from juggling student care to running their businesses. […]

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June 18

COVID-19 best practices, a note from our Founder

Like many of you, I am also a small business owner with questions. How long will this pandemic last? How long will it take for the economy to bounce back? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? As a technology company, it was an easy decision to immediately direct my employees to work […]

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June 18

Zoom tips & tricks we’ve heard from our clients holding virtual classes

As we’ve all started to migrate online for school, martial arts classes, tutoring and more we wanted to share some tips from our clients on using Zoom to hold virtual classes. Tips for the teacher: 1. When you sign up for Zoom, ensure that you select a Pro Account if your classes are longer than […]

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June 18

A guide to holding any kind of class virtually

Getting set up virtually can be daunting! Scroll down for a step-by-step guide and tools to get you up and running. And for some inspiration, check out my kids in the video below doing their martial arts class virtually this week! Need help to get your virtual classes set up? We’re offering a 30 min […]

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June 18

Helpful resources during COVID -19

Please see below for some resources we’ve compiled for small businesses as well as some guides to holding your classes virtually. Resources for small businesses Updates and resources from the state of CA including office of the small business advocate >>> Click Here Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Resources for free 1:1 advising >>> […]

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June 18

The Ultimate Virtual Class Guide for Enrichment Schools Part 2: During the Live Class

Welcome to Part 2 of our 3 part series on the creating the ultimate virtual class experience. In Part 1: Getting set up pre-class, we recognized the increasing importance of virtual instruction amidst the changing landscape of education as we know it. Having consolidated a comprehensive checklist of what to do for pre-class preparation, we […]

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June 18

The Ultimate Virtual Class Guide for Enrichment Schools Part 1: Getting Set Up Pre-Class

Virtual is here to stay; it’s time to commit to the screen. Teaching has fundamentally changed. Though the initial frenzy created by the onset of COVID-19 has died down, it brought a single question to the forefront of our minds: what will learning, instruction, and classes look like in the future for ballet, karate, piano […]

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June 22

The Ultimate Virtual Class Guide for Enrichment Schools Part 3: Post-Class

We’ve reached the finale of our 3 part series of the Ultimate Virtual Class Guide for Enrichment Schools! In Part 1, we covered what to do pre-class. In Part 2, we covered tips and tricks during class. We certainly hope that you are enjoying your online teaching experience and that these guides have been helpful […]

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July 7

Finli Grant Update

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed, publicized, and aided our Finli Grant initiative. We are proud to announce that the Finli Grant has been awarded to 25 Black-owned neighborhood businesses in education and enrichment that continuously serve our communities. Each of these 25 businesses received a $500 grant in order to aid […]

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July 9

You’re looking to reopen, but are virtual classes here to stay?

Over the past few months, we’ve seen the coronavirus come, seemingly go, and then return once more in some states. Educational businesses felt the sweeping sense of urgency to transition to online classes with the onset of a nationwide shift to remote learning by schools, daycares, enrichment programs, and studios alike. Now, just as online […]

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July 30

How to Increase Revenue Reaching New Customers Online

Monetizing Online Classes   The best way to make money offering online classes is to switch your existing customers from an in-person to a virtual environment.  Many students (or their parents) will want to continue supporting your business, and giving some sort of familiarity to their days. Plus, it’s easier to continue momentum with existing […]

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