Iowa is gifting you free childcare software

Iowa HHS has partnered with brightwheel, the #1 childcare software, to offer you:

  • Free childcare software until September 30, 2024
  • An opportunity to apply for a technology grant for your program
  • 12 months of financial coaching and support by Child Care Collaborative of Iowa - *required*

Get started with your free childcare software and join millions of educators and families using brightwheel.

"Brightwheel saves us time and helps us get paid on time. It's easy to communicate with parents, and we have very few missed payments this way!" - Klint, Director, Albia Preschool, Iowa

Funding for this project is being made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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Easy to use & save time

Easy to use & save time

Simplify administrative tasks with brightwheel's all-in-one app and save 20 hours per month.

Automatic billing & payments

Automatic billing & payments

90% of preschools report that more families pay on time with brightwheel.

Quality connections

Quality connections

95% of administrators & staff report brightwheel improves communication with families.

Manage with confidence

Manage with confidence

Efficiently run your daycare or pre-school program with check-in, admissions, lessons, and high security standards.

Your complete preschool & childcare software system

What educators are saying

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What is this shared service program?
The State of Iowa has chosen to invest in childcare providers like you! They believe brightwheel can help you automate your administrative work, so you can save more time and focus more on providing quality education. As part of this program, they also want to help providers become more business savvy and are offering free financial coaching sessions.
Why did Iowa choose brightwheel for this program?
Brightwheel is ranked as the #1 childcare software based on external reviews (4.9 stars, +21k app store reviews). Millions of educators and families trust and love brightwheel. Brightwheel is the only early education app with two-factor authentication for enhanced account protection and has the largest customer success and product teams in the early childcare industry. With over 20% of the team being former educators, brightwheel understands your needs and is committed to serving your needs.
Who qualifies for this program?
All providers in Iowa can take advantage of this opportunity! This includes preschools, child care centers, and at-home programs.
What is the cost of this program?
It’s 100% free! The State of Iowa is sponsoring this program and will pay your brightwheel subscription fee for at least 12 months. They will pay us directly, so you don’t need to worry about any reimbursements.
What are brightwheel’s security standards?
Brightwheel is the most secure all-in-one childcare and preschool software, setting the standard as the first and only early education app to offer two-factor authentication for enhanced account protection. You can read more about brightwheel’s commitment to security here.
What do providers in Iowa say about brightwheel?
Brightwheel is trusted by tens of thousands of educators and families in Iowa. Here’s what some of them say:

“We love brightwheel! Parents are thrilled with it, and teachers enjoy how easy it is to have everything in one place. Digital sleep checks on brightwheel help us with efficient documentation for licensing.” - Kerri C, Co-Owner of Ashworth Learning Center in West Des Moines, IA

“Brightwheel is a game changer for our early learning center. Everything is in one spot!” - Julie H, Executive Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center in Cedar Rapids, IA

“Brightwheel is so easy to use! Love it!!” - Brooke R, Director at Wiggles and Giggles Childcare Center in Larchwood, IA

“I love brightwheel messaging! It’s very easy to send one mass message for reminders and emergencies. We enjoy receiving independent feedback on our messages from families to maintain strong relationships.” - Dawn S, Owner of Dawn’s Daycare in Earlham, IA

“It has saved us so much time and our parents love the ease of signing their children in and out.” - Terri M, Owner of Little Learners in Robins, IA