By Steve Gfell on February 15, 2021


Preparing for a state inspection can be all consuming, and there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything ready. You lay awake in your bed at night worrying about this form and that binder. And when you do sleep, you have dreams about compliance paperwork. It just never ends.

If you feel this way, you are not alone. Many of our customers felt the same. Here at Five Star, we’ve called this behavioral response Compliance Anxiety. See if you recognize any of these symptoms:

  • Frustration: No matter how much time you put in, you’re never getting ahead. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you realize that you’re missing some forms. 
  • Juggling: You’re trying to run a childcare center and prepare for an inspection simultaneously. With both of these demands, you can’t do either very well.
  • Stress: A failed inspection can close your doors and have a far-reaching economic impact on your business. Worrying about it always has you on edge. 
  • Uncertainty: You never really know if you have all the correct paperwork ready. There’s just so much of it, and it’s so hard to keep track of.
  • Exhaustion: The stress and added workload is running you into the ground. You are constantly running on fumes, and it’s taking its toll on you physically and mentally. 

Unfortunately, Compliance Anxiety is very real for most owners and admins. As the inspection looms closer, the symptoms become more intense. They can cause very real issues at work and at home. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Five Star’s one of a kind registration software can make preparing for an inspection a stress free event. 

“This system eliminates wasted time and redundancy.”

Mary Ann Roddy, Executive Director Ohio Association of Child Care Providers

Get it organized ahead of time

We all know how much work it is to prepare for an inspection. You’re probably spending a lot of time bird-dogging parents for missing paperwork, organizing your files and making copy after copy. WIth a few clicks, Five Star can help you remind parents or missing paperwork and organize what you already have. What used to take you days now takes minutes. 

Get specific groups and forms at the inspector’s request

Do you ever feel like you’re grabbing forms from all over the place? Looking for specific groups of paperwork can take forever. Need to provide specific forms for some children but not all?  Five Star’s grouping feature can make it easy to target your search and get what you need fast. Quit wasting time hunting through folders!

Put it on a flash drive for the inspector

What if we told you that you could give all your compliance paperwork to a state inspector on a flash drive with a few easy clicks? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Five Star lets you convert any of your online forms to a pdf and transfer it to a flash drive. Drag. Drop. Eject. That’s it. No more binders. No more time at the copier.


As you can see, there is a better way. Get your compliance paperwork under control and get your life back. Start using FIve Star and stop suffering from Compliance Anxiety. 

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