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Data quality is an important topic for us at COMET. We talk about it often, with each other, with our customers, and with our partners. The utility of a database is in its reporting, but the value of the reporting depends on the quality of the data. We've been developing resources to help our customers with data quality. We thought it would be helpful to offer this free infographic resource; note that we also offer Data Quality as a professional service.

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The Rochester Pyramid Model Summit 2018 is less than one month away. Have you registered yet? If not, there'e still time. The focus of this year's Summit is Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behaviors.

The Pyramid Model, also called the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social and emotional competence and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior. It teaches life-changing strategies for all who work with young children. Training on this model is offered through our partner, Children's Institute, and one of their partners, Rochester Childfirst Network, has spearheaded an initiative to host the first Pyramid Model Summit in our hometown of Rochester, NY.

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It's the age-old question (not really but just go with it), should your system be set up to automatically sign kids into a class/activity; or not? One of the most requested features we've had was for automatic sign-in. Not sure what we mean? Here's an example, if you know that every kid who attends your program between 3 - 3:30pm will be given a snack, then COMET can take any kid with a sign-in record but no sign-out record at 3pm (so anyone who should currently be at the program) will be automatically 'checked-in' to received a snack. Pretty simple, right? Maybe not.

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In May we attended the New York State Network for Youth Success conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. It's always great to be in the company of like-minded folks, people all working to improve the lives of young people and help them stay on track for success in life. Their motto of  “Empower Youth Success” is spot on.

This year's theme was “School's Out, Make It Count!” - which for data people like us begs the question, what makes something count? 

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2018 COMET JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Team

Being part of a team is one of the best things about working at COMET. Our common mission to support the success of children is one that resonates with each and every employee. Being part of a team - for example a sports team - is a particularly human experience that in its best light brings out the best in humanity.

This year, COMET decided to field a team for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge! At my previous company, I had been Team Captain for our JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge team for over 20 years. I had basically grown as an employee, an event coordinator and a runner through these efforts. When I brought up the idea at COMET I was delighted to see that several of my co-workers were up for the challenge! We fielded a team of seven. We had a few runners, a few joggers and a few walkers - all approached the event with excitement.

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