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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  • brightwheel - Activity report
    Activity report
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    Admin tools
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    Administrator home
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    Activities
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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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.

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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
 

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.

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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.

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

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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
 

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!

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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

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Trisha from Amazing Grace Early Learning Center
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Overall brightwheel is easy to use and would recommend to family friends businesses

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I like that it makes communication with the parents easy.

Cons

Doesn't show parents who puts in information throughout day

Review Source: Capterra
 

Linh from Precious lambs
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Good access

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It's been helpful to keep student profiles all together. However there are things I wish were easier, like clearing billing profiles. I appreciate that brightwheel continually improves the site.

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I like that everything is in one place and easily accessible.

Cons

There are several kinks on the administrative side that I wish were easier.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jennifer from Little Debbies Second Chance Home
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Easy to communicate and get in contact with parents

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Very user friendly . support group is very helpful when needed

Cons

No current issues. I like all the features.

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Tonya from Episcopalcollegiate
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Good for managing pay

Pros

Accountability and the ability to communicate

Cons

It does not always work so we have to manually check the kids out. This defeats the purpose of having the system.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Karla from Joyful Beginnings Preschool
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Great app for staff and families

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As a staff member I found it very easy to use. I love the fact that you can call and text the parents through the app.

Pros

The observations are linked to our framework.

Cons

Probably the only thing that comes to my mind is the fact that I can only use one photo under ‘observation’.
I would like to have additional information under ‘Incident’.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mage from Tulip Tree Preschool's Elm House
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Updates in real-time

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Brightwheel is an effecient way for teachers to communicate with each other and to communicate with families during the school day. Teachers can all access important information on each child without having to locate a hard copy of a chart--for example, knowing when a medication has been administered by one teacher can make a big difference for another teacher who may be wondering if they should give a child their dose. Brightwheel has made it convenient to search each child's history. Brightwheel has brought the classroom home for many families, as we can share photos, videos and other parts of their child's day with them while they are away from each other.

Pros

Brightwheel has enabled my school to send real-time updates to families, and also to reduce the amount of paper products we consume.

Cons

I think that the timesheet options are inflexible, and I'd prefer to be able to add a time record. Having to log an employee in and out on the app and then adjust the time on multiple sign-ins is extremely time consuming and inconvenient.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Lakeyia from Beach Babies
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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easy to use for teachers and administration.

Cons

the consistent maintenance for the system.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jenneh from Little Birds Childcare
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I’ve never heard of brightwheel, when I started using it I thought it was complications. Then I got used to using it, and it’s so much easier now. I will recommend t

Pros

I like how we can get in contact with the parents and/or Guardian.

Cons

Sometimes the app would log out by itself and I always forget my password.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michele from First Baptist Christian School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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It is very ease to send pictures and videos o the parent's so they can see what their children are doing at school.

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Parent's are not receiving messages when something is posted.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nicole from Rocky Mountain Classical Academy
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Love it!

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Love how easy it is to communicate to the whole class individual or as a group !

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I wish there was a way for teachers to switch accounts without having to log all the way out of one account just to log back into their account. Example: my co teacher is always logged in on the share classroom tablet. So if I were to send an email it says it comes from her. I would love to be able to just type in my code and it just swap to mine name(account)

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Morane from Little Sprouts Daycare
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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I'm an assistant teacher in a family daycare and I know the parents love knowing exactly what is happening during their child day. Brightwheel is a great tool!

Pros

I love that it includes a lot of features with very precise and varied type of activities. It's great to keep a precise record of each child's steps throughout the day.

Cons

It is sometimes tedious to post things, especially at busy times. The interface is not always user friendly in terms of speed: it takes three "taps" in three different lists to be able to get to the "Student Activities" list.
Menu
->Getting started
->Post Student Activities
->Choice of activity

It would be worth looking into creating a link on top of the main page that takes you straight there.

Sorry for the complicated explanation. It would be easier to show you in person :)

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Great tracking tool

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Ease of use, very user friendly and great to keep track of kids.

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I wish there was a way to modify lists on the fly

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Laine from Good Shepard ECC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Its easy to use and I love that I can have it right on my phone.

Cons

It glitches sometimes and sometimes it deletes things.

Review Source: Capterra
 

shernice from Marthas Table
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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My overall experience with brightwheel is great. I look forward to continue to use this tool.

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I love the fact that brightwheel is a paperless process.

Cons

Enter meals- if i forget to put lunch as the type of meal, i feel like the system should catch it by the time.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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