brightwheel: Preschool & Child Care Management App

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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
May 9, 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

Ratings and reviews

3.94K reviews
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.
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Dez McKenzie
January 19, 2022
Almost everytime my coworkers and I try to enter anything we're constantly met with and error saying something went wrong and it couldn't go through. I can't spend 20 minutes trying to sign kids in or spend 10 minutes after each diaper trying to record what happened. I have kids to watch. It always says to check the wifi and yes the wifi is working perfectly fine. The device always says it's connected to wifi yet the app doesn't work.
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February 10, 2022
Thank you for your patience. Our engineering team released a fix we believe will resolve the slowness you’ve experienced on our mobile app with your Samsung device. Please update your brightwheel app to the latest version of 4.9.13. If you’re still experiencing this issue after updating, please contact our Support Team at
Katherine Santana
December 15, 2021
It works when it wants too but overall ok. I have trouble seeing my childs profile. It says error loading your child at least 2 to 3 times a week. And thats not including as I try to check it throughout the day. It's a great app if it worked. I guess the mass upload of information from lots of kids can slow down the app.
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December 17, 2021
Hi Katherine, we are so sorry to hear this! We’d love to dig in further to this issue you are experiencing. If you haven’t already, please write in to and reference this review so we can begin to assist with this. brightwheel’s Customer Support Specialists will be on the lookout for your message!

What's new

Performance and stability improvements.