brightwheel Software


 

Brightwheel is a cloud-based classroom management solution that offers school management tools for teachers, administrators and parents. Key features include attendance tracking, daily reporting, learning management, billing and parent engagement. The solution is fit for school and childcare centers as well as individual caregivers.

Brightwheel allows parents to check in with students and staff through digital signatures, pin codes, QR code scans or a combination of these. Users can track, update and send daily attendance to parents and staff. Staff members can record students’ progress through text and voice messages and share them.

State learning standards and DRDP standards are supported by brightwheel, and users can also create custom learning standards using built-in templates. Parents can also interact with the staff, make payments and receive emergency alerts on their mobile phones.

The solution is available on a per student per month subscription basis which includes support via phone, email and chat.

 

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    Administrator home
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    Activities
Supported Operating System(s):
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Lea from Jibber jabber fun care
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I’ve used brightwheel at work and love how convenient it is to have the app on my phone. Makes things easier to update while on the go.

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I like how easy it is to learn how to use it.

Cons

Sometimes the pictures won’t load right away.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kari from Montessori
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Using brightwheel is easier that using paper.

Cons

Having to enter your code to get out of the kiosk check-out for kids. If someone forgets to checkout no one can use the tablet for brightwheel until we figure out which person forgot to enter their code.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Stephanie from HumanKind
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I love a lot of things about Brightwheel. I especially love being able to add my own picture to my account for customization. Love that!

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I wish that Brightwheel was even more cuztomizable concerning classrooms!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Adrieana from Brilliant Starts Home Daycare
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

December 2018

December 2018

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Overall experience has been pleasant

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I like the check in feature and the picture and messaging features.

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I think the food feature could use some works. It’s such a hassle to log in the same lunch x5 for each kid. I wish there as a way you could do a daily lunch and just check what the child didn’t eat much of. I don’t that loggin in 4-5 lunch items for each child is time consuming. They all eat the same thing.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Stephanie from Charley Brown Children's Center
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Brightwheel is where it's at!

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So far we love it. We love that they are open to making changes in their programs as well, if you have ideas. They are very prompt when we do have issues.

Pros

Check in kiosk
Parents able to pay online
Paperless! Yay!
Great communication among parents and management as well as teachers
How quickly Brightwheel members will help if there is an issue.
How open Brightwheel is to new ideas.

Cons

No option for credits with over-payments, as well as only one discount allowed at a time.
No class feed for photos of classroom projects, only individual photos allowed, and you can't select multiple photos (parents aren't able to comment on photos either).
Approved Pick Ups and Emergency Contacts are separate (even if they are the same- can only select one)
Teachers aren't able to make lesson plans on the app

Review Source: Capterra
 

PATRICIA from SONCATCHERS
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE IS GREAT

Pros

IT HELPS ME TO KEEP IN CONTACT WITH PARENTS AND LETS ME KNOW WHATS GOING ON WITH DAILY ROUTINES FAR AS LETTING PARENTS KNOW WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE DOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY OR WEEK

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I LIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SOFTWARE IT IS VERY HELPFUL

Review Source: Capterra
 

Darilis from Gardens daycare inc
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Life saver

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I work at a daycare / preschool , and brightwheel is very productive throughout the day , it helps a lot to communicate with the parents.

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What I like most about this software is that it makes so easy for you , it’s very organized it’s the best.

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There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this software , which is a very positive review.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Brenda from Gardens daycare
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I like it because I can put anything parents need to know about their kids day

Pros

Is super easy to use and easy to use and understand

Cons

I really don’t have any cons because they make understandable

Review Source: Capterra
 

Daniela from design studio
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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easy to use for communication with parents

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wish it was possible to easily utilize more of the features

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kidest from Martha's Table
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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The data can be retrieve any time

Pros

It is easily access by the parents and the staff, its is a good record

Cons

Sometimes when I try to use it, it freeze

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Haley from KiDoodles Learning Center Co.
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Very Helpful

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I really like this app. It has been very helpful!

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It is a wonderful way for parents and family to see what does on during the day and it is a very easy source of communication.
I love that you can use your smartphones photo gallery, it is very helpful.

Cons

I would like to be able too send photos via the messenger instead of only on the child's wall.

I wish we could also upload videos from our phone's library like we can with photos (sometimes I get a video on my phones camera and I can't share it because I didn't take the video through the app).

**It would also be amazing if we could be able to save information and have quick links - My day is very busy and I can easily loose time so I can't upload information such as when my students have lunch or have music - it would be cool if we could have a quick links or something so we can click a button and it send right out without me having to type it all in

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robin from Kinder Haus Pflugerville
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Great Way for Parents to feel involved

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Overall I have had a great experience with Brightwheel. We have only had a few problems.

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I like the billing and payment feature the best. Most of our parents use the bank draft feature now and love it. We take less trips to the bank now. I also love that the parents can see pictures of there children and get direct messages about their child.

Cons

Customer service is sometimes hard to get in touch with. I feel like I am playing phone tag with them when I have a issue.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Excellent for parents and teachers

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Teachers and parents find it very easy to use. All the communication, sharing, and options are just what they need. Admin and teachers/staff can not communicate with each other nor check themselves in or out.

Pros

Parents and teachers can communicate directly to each other easily. Teachers can send messages to parents of the whole class, to an individual, or to select groups just as easily.

Cons

There needs to be a Staff Room - where admin and staff can use all the same feautres just the same way as teachers do with parents. Admin and staff need to be able to communicate with eachother.
Every admin and staff need to be able to check in and check out.
Also copy and paste in messages is needed. We waste a lot of time having to type the same messages multiple times.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Veronica from Mon-Aetna CEC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I love working with brightwheel a very good way to keep in touch with the family.

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I like the fact that you can post everything on brightwheel for parents to look at.

Cons

I don't like the fact when you first use it that it sets itself to staff only

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jenny from Leet Center - Northwest Missouri State University
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Overall, I am pleased with brightwheel.

Pros

I like the convenience of being able to sign out all of the kids with a push of a button.

Cons

I do NOT like the messages set up. I wish there was a way to manage them. A way to select them and able to mark them read, unread, and being able to select who's students messages you are able to see.

I also wish there was some way to manage what users were able to sign out students.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dawn from Fairwinds Little Friends Daycare
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

We love Brightwheel!

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We are so excited to start learning how to use the lesson plan feature! We have enjoyed being able to connect with parents day to day and to streamline our daily reporting process.

Pros

It is very easy to use for everyone, from administration to teachers, to parents.

Cons

I think the Billing still has a little ways to go. I would like to see being able to have a credits feature for parents who want to pay for multiple weeks at a time. Also, I am still learning billing, so maybe I missed it, but it would be great to see a report to be able to show how much parents have paid year to date for tax purposes.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jenny from The Place for Children with Autism
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Great for parents

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The interface on the app is very user friendly and easy to navigate, even for those providers and parents who are not very tech-savvy!

Cons

Sometimes it is difficult to upload photos, as the app will crash - this could be due to the age of the device, however.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Christina from Detroit Country Day School
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Some suggestions

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I have a few suggestions....

1.) I wish I could add notifications for my teachers and myself so we don’t forget things.

Examples:

It is 10:00 am and no one has added in breakfast. (Remember to add in breakfast today)

12:00 Gabby doesn’t have any pictures posted yet today. (Remember our goal is two pictures a day per child)

2.) A milestone checklist report at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. It would be great if a checklist would pop up for us to fill out at these ages so we can give parents good feedback on what we are observing during the day regarding their child’s development. This would also help parents when they are going to their “baby-well” appointments

3. A survey feature. It would be great if I could message all parents to complete an anonymous survey. Example: parents... Would you prefer our holiday party to be on December 8th or 9th this year?

4. A scrapbook feature. It would be amazing if I could use all the pictures and videos that we have collected on the app to create a virtual scrapbook for parents to keep once they age out. It would be more amazing if Brightwheel partnered with shutterfly or someone like them to allow us to order a hard copy scrapbook as a keepsake for parents.

Pros

I love that my teachers can freely communicate with my parents and via versa.

Cons

Nothing... I love everything about it!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Tiffany from Congregation beth israel
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Overall great way to communicate with parents!

Pros

User friendly, has great features, great value for the price

Cons

Not able to customize as much as I'd like too, no lesson plan format to share with parents

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jackie from Lil bees learning center
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Great way to communicate, and payroll is smoother

Cons

Sometimes there's a glitch for checking in and out

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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