Brightwheel is the #1 software solution for schools, childcare, camps, and after school programs.

Brightwheel lets you manage your center, streamline workflows, and engage with parents.

Brightwheel is the only app that integrates everything you need: sign in/out, messaging, assessments, daily reports, photos, videos, calendars, online bill pay for parents, and much more.

Most importantly, brightwheel is proven to save you time and money, to make life easier for your staff, and to improve satisfaction for your parents.

Join the thousands of programs across the globe that have fallen in love with brightwheel!

SCHOOLS / CHILDCARE / CAMPS: Manage your students and classrooms, track attendance and room ratios, share photos and videos, assess learning milestones, communicate with parents, send paperless invoices and payments, and manage staff. Brightwheel is your all in one preschool and daycare management app!

PARENTS: Engage in your child’s day with a real-time feed of photos, videos, reminders, and updates, use brightwheel’s digital check-in to securely sign in and out, pay tuition online, and even invite grandparents, nannies, and friends to join in the fun!

Features include:
• Central Database: Store everything related to kids and families in one secure place.
• Student Check-In: Multiple digital check-in options available including digital signatures, 4 digit check-in codes, and a kiosk mode - all aligned with child care licensing requirements.
• Staff Check-In & Ratios: Make administrative tasks easier by managing staff check-in to see your ratios across all your rooms in real time.
• Attendance: Easily log attendance and absences for your school-age students, infants, and toddlers. Use our attendance tracking system to keep track of your toddlers.
• Photo and video sharing: Snap photos, record videos and tag students with one click. Automatically saved to your account and shared with parents (with no extra work!).
• Daily Reports: Log naps, meals, bathroom, and other activities. Parents get a feed and daily summary. Daily sheet reports are a breeze with brightwheel.
• Assessment & Observations: Make note of progress, achievements, and activities with pre-loaded state standards and a DRDP tool. Share with parents or privately amongst teachers.
• Student Feed: Parents get a personalized feed throughout the day. Save time – no more paper tracking sheets or sending individual photos.
• Parent Communication: Manage parent communication from one central hub (notices, calls, texts, etc.).
• Calendar: Share events, holidays, and important dates with both families and staff.
• Paperless Billing: Seamless electronic billing and payments for tuition and fees. Use brightwheel for all your child care accounting needs.
• Reporting: Detailed reports of every brightwheel feature for billing and licensing requirements.
• Seamless Sync: Brightwheel stays up to date across all phones and tablets – so teachers can use their own device or a school device.
• Web Portal: Easy management and great functionality available on the web, too.
• Affordable. Both free and premium plans available to fit your needs.

And... much more coming! Brightwheel is the early education platform that is committed to innovation with frequent improvements and new features.

What's New

Version 3.6.9

Teachers, this one is for you!
You can now filter your students by setting the Enrollment Status filter in the Room Settings.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

673 Ratings

673 Ratings

Absolutely THRILLED


I used to use MinuteMenu Kids Pro and found it was no longer adequate for my needs once they changed format and renamed themselves KidKare. That was a disaster. Then along cake Brightwheel which saved the day. Why. Because it not only did the same things as the others, it offered lots more such as pictures, videos, milestones, messaging, and more. For the small fee (which is cheaper than most others-I know because I have comparison shopped) it is WELL worth it for Premium. And if you don’t want to pay, there are still lots of features available at no cost. Try it. You will not be disappointed. I feel like it’s Christmas every time an update or new feature comes along!

USED to LOVE brightwheel......


We used to LOVE brightwheel. We have been using it for almost 2 years now. It was free, and they priced themselves on ALWAYS being free, but that changed when they asked us to try the premium version, which had lots of cool new features, such as videos, or assessment tools! All awesome features, but the owner would not pay for prices they were asking for so we couldn’t use brightwheel premium anymore...

When we went back to the free version.. so many of our beloved free features such as parent messaging, incident reports, name to face, etc. are no longer available for free users. :(

We have worked so hard to get our parents on board, and they all LOVE brightwheel so much and how much we are able to communicate through it. Makes us sad we will no longer be able to use brightwheel anymore. It also brings a lot of confusion that we will have to explain to our parents. 😔

Developer Response

Hi Amber: We are very sorry to hear this. As an early adopter of our platform, you enjoyed many of our premium features at no cost while they were in development. The truth is, since our launch we have always communicated that we would be offering a premium (paid) version, and we have kept our pricing page up to date with the features that would be included. Rather than charge upfront, we allowed access to these features as we built and improved them. We apologize if there was any confusion. It's important to us that this is clear: as we promised when we launched, we will always offer a free version of brightwheel. We are the only early education company that does this, and we do it at a significant cost to us. We are happy to further discuss your pricing for premium if you'd like to get back in touch with us at

Best. App. Ever!

User since 2014

4 weeks ago I hadn’t heard of this app and now I love it. Check-in and check-out notifications give peace of mind. Activity updates confirm that all is well. And pictures taken by the staff let us see him having fun.

I know the staff gets credit for the updates during the day, but Brightwheel helps us know that we chose a great pre-school with a terrific staff. I’ve thanked the staff for their use of brightwheel.

Now I thank Brightwheel for a simple to use interface that was intuitive to set up and provides a great service that I hadn’t even thought about. You know it is a great app when it goes straight from “what’s this” to “indispensable”. Awesome!


DSSV, Inc.
85 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© DSSV 2016


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