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Learn why childcare directors choose brightwheel over Lillio (formerly HiMama)

Brightwheel is your all-in-one partner for child care admissions, easy billing, family communication, center management, and more.

Trusted by millions of educators and families

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Why programs love brightwheel over Lillio (formerly HiMama)

Admissions will be faster and easier

Everything you need for admissions in one place
With brightwheel, send and prefill forms, share forms and fillable documents, and track enrollment on one platform.

Message prospective families
Never miss a message from a prospective family. Send and receive messages from families interested in starting at your center, right from the app.

More easily fill open spots
Brightwheel has robust admissions features and waitlist management so you can fill spots at your program as soon as they open. 

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Families at your program will be happier

Families stay involved
Brightwheel keeps families involved with real-time learning updates, progress reports, photos, videos, and two-way communication.

Easier milestone tracking
Brightwheel offers student portfolios so teachers can share progress steps towards milestones and developmental goals with families.

More flexible billing options
Brightwheel makes it easier for families to divide charges between multiple guardians and agencies, and to pay invoices before they're due. 



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You'll save teachers more time 

Proactive student updates
Brightwheel makes it easier for teachers to keep families updated on their child's development as it happens.

Mobile experience designed for teachers
Teachers can easily share each child's activities and milestones with families on brightwheel's mobile app.

No extra compliance work for teachers
Brightwheel offers curriculum and activities that stay compliant with all 50 states’ early learning standards and NAEYC.



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Easily stay compliant

Best-in-class security and payment protection
Brightwheel keeps payment and personal data protected with the highest security and encryption standards, 24/7 monitoring, and PCI Level 1, the highest financial compliance level.

Easily meet licensing requirements
Brightwheel is the easiest way to meet licensing requirements in all 50 states with contactless check-ins, health checks, and room ratios tracking.

Extra support with licensing regulations
Brightwheel is committed to helping you navigate compliance and regulations with the largest support team in the early education industry.



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Automatic billing & payments

Admissions process & waitlist

Message prospective families

Student portfolios

QR code check-in

Parent directory

Student and staff scheduling

Overtime and double overtime calculations

Family communication

Spanish language available in app & Help Center 

Custom reports


Easy to use & save time

Save 20 hours per month of administrative work.

Quality connections

2 out of 3 teachers prefer to work at a program that uses brightwheel.

Manage with confidence

97% of staff report brightwheel is easy to use.

#1 childcare software

Ranked as leading childcare center software based on external reviews.

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Seamlessly switch from Lillio (formerly HiMama)

Roster Upload Tool
Switching to brightwheel is easy when you upload your student rosters. The brightwheel team will import the roster into your brightwheel account so you have all of the information you need from day one.

Onboarding Trainings
Get access to brightwheel Academy, a learning tool to help you, your staff, and guardians make the most out of brightwheel.

Speedy Support Team 
Brightwheel has the industry’s largest support team and will ensure that you get quick answers through live chat. Brightwheel's support team plays a pivotal role in empowering new users to make the most of brightwheel.