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
Sep 15, 2022

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
4.62K reviews
Peyton H
August 30, 2022
The idea is good but functionality is bad. Frequently, I'll have to heart a photo/video multiple times. Refreshing the page too quickly or closing the app too soon and it won't register you liking the photo. It doesnt always register check-ins/outs so I've accidentally checked out of daycare in the morning or checked in when picking up. The payment option for all current invoices doesnt work. I have to use individual invoices and select all to pay in full. Other issues but out of characters
8 people found this review helpful
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August 30, 2022
Hi Peyton, thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear that your experience with the brightwheel app has not been ideal. Our dedicated Customer Support team would be happy to investigate all the issues you are experiencing. If you send an email to, a Specialist will be in touch!
James Burnett
July 22, 2022
I could write endlessly about what I like and dislike about this app. But one thing that stands out most of all is the number of taps it takes to compete even the most mundane actions. Many tasks and pages violate the 3-click rule. The date/time interface needs to be updated. Teachers need to be able to copy and paste lesson plans on mobile. I read the original case study for the design and much of the testing seems to be in calm settings. In the heat of the classroom, every second counts.
22 people found this review helpful
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July 22, 2022
Hi James, thank you for your feedback! We truly value input like this from our community and are always looking for ways to provide a better experience. We’d like to work together to figure out how you can best leverage the brightwheel app for your program. If you could send an email to, a Specialist will be in touch.
Tim Rowe
April 6, 2022
I've used this app twice now and it's wonderful. My kids were at a facility that used this app and we loved it. Unfortunately, we moved to a new facility that didn't use it. So, we had to tryout several other systems until the new place adopted brightwheel; those other apps were clunky, confusing, and crashed frequently. However, THIS APP is fast, secure, dependable, and super user-friendly. It makes parent<->teacher &admin communication, as well as sharing files and photos fast, safe, and EASY.
25 people found this review helpful
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What's new

Fix nap icon.
Performance and stability improvements.