Check-in at each classroom vs centralized checkin

Our children's ministry team recently reached out to us with the desire to purchase additional check-in stations and printers for 5-6 classrooms.

Each classroom has between 30-50 students grades 1st-5th, and we think one printer per class should be enough. We currently do pen and paper check-in, enter the attendance retroactively, and manually print off name tags for these students (Avery labels).

For those who have made this switch before, what did you wish you knew or did differently while implementing?

We are currently thinking of going with a windows tablet or all in one device based on feedback ere: and a wired/wireless label printer. 

What device/printer combos are others using right now that seem to work well or not so well?

We are planning to avoid IPads based on feedback in this post (

Based on what I am reading here: and here: we will be avoiding the dymo printers.

For those with stations in each classroom, do you configure the stations to only allow check in to one room or is your setup more flexible?

  • We have been slowly rolling out check in for the past year.  Started just for confirmation and now we do Sunday mornings for children as well.  We use centralized so the parents only have to stop at one spot.  Works pretty well but is counter intuitive to "uncheck" the kids not there.  Unfortunately we don't have an option to be wired so we are working wirelessly using 5 computers to check in about 150 to 200 families at a time - works okay in general but there are some mornings where everyone comes at once. 

    We use Brother printers with the cutter and they work great - no jams.  It does seem to REALLY add to the time to print - very slow.  We are hosted so that is probably part of our issue.  I have tried different wireless networks and it doesn't seem to help.  Check in goes super fast if you don't have to print nametags but the printing adds 4 to 10 seconds each.  The printers are direct connect - USB so that isn't the slow down.  Really seems to be the printing.  The nametags are super simple with only a small icon in the corner.  

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