brightwheel: Preschool & Child

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About this app

Brightwheel is the #1 software solution for preschools, child care, daycare, camps, and after school programs.

Brightwheel is the only app that integrates everything you need: sign in/out, messaging, learning assessments, daily sheet reports, photos, videos, calendars, online bill pay for parents, and much more.

Brightwheel lets you manage your center, streamline workflows, and engage with parents, so you can save time and money, make life easier for your staff, and improve satisfaction for your parents.

Join the thousands of preschools, child care, and daycare programs across the globe that have fallen in love with brightwheel!

PRESCHOOLS / CHILD CARE / DAYCARE / CAMPS: Manage your students and classrooms, track attendance and room ratios, share photos and videos, assess learning milestones, communicate with parents, send paperless invoices and payments, review daily sheets, and manage staff. Brightwheel is your all-in-one child care and daycare management app!

PARENTS: Engage in your child’s day with a real-time feed of photos, videos, reminders, and updates. Use brightwheel’s digital check-in to securely sign in and out, pay tuition online, and even invite grandparents, nannies, and friends to join in the fun!

Features include:
• Central Database: Store everything related to kids and families in one secure place.
• Student Check-In: Multiple digital check-in options available including digital signatures, 4 digit check-in codes, and a kiosk mode - all aligned with child care licensing requirements.
• Staff Check-In & Ratios: Make administrative tasks easier by managing staff check-in to see your ratios across all your rooms in real time.
• Attendance: Easily log attendance and absences for your school-age students, infants, and toddlers. Use our attendance tracking system to keep track of your toddlers.
• Photo and video sharing: Snap photos, record videos and tag students with one click. Automatically saved to your account and shared with parents (with no extra work!).
• Daily Sheet Reports: Log naps, meals, bathroom, and other activities. Parents get a feed and daily summary. Daily sheet reports are a breeze with brightwheel.
• Assessment & Observations: Make note of progress, achievements, and activities with pre-loaded state standards and a DRDP tool. Share with parents or privately amongst teachers.
• Student Feed: Parents get a personalized feed throughout the day. Save time – no more paper tracking sheets or sending individual photos.
• Parent Communication: Manage parent communication from one central hub (notices, calls, texts, etc.).
• Calendar: Share events, holidays, and important dates with both families and staff.
• Paperless Billing: Seamless electronic billing and payments for tuition and fees. Use brightwheel for all your child care accounting needs.
• Reporting: Detailed reports of every brightwheel feature for billing and licensing requirements.
• Seamless Sync: Brightwheel stays up to date across all phones and tablets – so teachers can use their own device or a school device.
• Web Portal: Easy management and great functionality available on the web, too.
• Affordable. Both free and premium plans available to fit your needs.

And... much more coming! Brightwheel is the #1 early education platform for preschools, child care, and daycares, and we’re always committed to innovation with frequent improvements and new features.
Updated on
Jan 24, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Personal info, Photos and videos and 3 others
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Financial info and 7 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
5.93K reviews
Julia Schmitt
February 2, 2023
Have really enjoyed the ease of sign in and sign out, messaging, and having all school documents in one place. I think the photos could be a bit better if they were stored more like a gallery, and if you could download them as a group rather than individually. Photos in the app seem hard to share. But love other app functionality!
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February 3, 2023
Hi Julia! Thank you for reaching out and I am glad to hear you are really enjoying brightwheel. We truly value input like this from our community and are always looking for ways to provide a better experience. We will share this feedback with our teams and if you have any other suggestions, feel free to reach out to!
February 2, 2023
update: now it just doesn't even open. (I'm a teacher) Powerful but some stupid things about it like how uploading multiple pics with a caption results in a separate post for each pic with the caption repeated. Most frustratingly it'll repeatedly send notifications for old messages, and even while I'm literally looking at the thread it'll jump back to old messages and the most recent ones will temporarily disappear. has led to awkward exchanges with parents.
9 people found this review helpful
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February 3, 2023
Thank you for your updated review and we apologize for the frustration you are experiencing! Our Customer Support Team would be happy to help troubleshoot why your app is not opening! If you send an email to with any relevant details or screenshots, a Specialist will be in touch!
Joshua Davis
January 6, 2023
It's a decent app. As a teacher, I would like an easy way to share documents directly with my class only and not have to go through the main office portal. I would also like a way to post class albums and multiple photos and fix the newsletter option to be able to pull photos from anywhere instead of just from Brightwheel.
3 people found this review helpful
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January 9, 2023
Hi Joshua, thank you for your feedback regarding our Document Hub and Newsletter features! We truly value suggestions like this! While you cannot select an entire album, you can select 10 photos at once to upload to a student feed. Feel free to send more feedback or questions over at

What's new

Performance and stability improvements.