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Learn why childcare directors choose brightwheel over ParentSquare

Brightwheel was built for early educators and is more than a communication app—it's your all-in-one partner for family engagement, admissions, and center management.

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Why early educators love brightwheel over ParentSquare

Brightwheel was built for early educators from day one

Easy to use for your teachers and staff
Seamlessly manage daily tasks, including nap checks, documenting activities, curriculum, and family communication.

Manage all parts of your childcare business
More easily manage enrollment, billing, payroll, communication, and business from the brightwheel app.

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

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Brightwheel is more than a communication tool

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.

Check-in and attendance tracking
With quick QR-code check-in, attendance reports, and tools to help you manage ratios, save more time with brightwheel.

Give families more insight into their child's day
Brightwheel keeps families involved with real-time learning updates, progress reports, photos, videos, and two-way communication.



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Families will be happier

More meaningful connections
Send photos, videos, messages, and updates on developmental milestone progress to give families an insight into their child's day.

Mobile experience designed for families
Families can access documents, send and receive messages and photos, and fill out forms straight on their mobile device.

Ensure quality learning
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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Designed for early childhood education

Admissions process & waitlist

Message prospective families

Send student portfolios

Send daily reports

Check-in & attendance tracking

Create custom reports

Student and staff scheduling

Overtime and double overtime calculations

Family communication

Create and send forms and permission slips


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 ParentSquare

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.