Brightwheel Webinars

We are committed to building engaging and informative webinars to help the early education community do their best work. Whether it’s navigating the challenges of COVID-19 or hearing from fellow providers, we hope our webinars will provide new perspectives, inspiration, and answers to your big questions.

Upcoming webinars

How to Support and Retain Your Childcare Staff During Stressful Times

During stressful times, staff members look to their leaders for support and encouragement. As the leader of a childcare center or preschool, you’re in a position to support some of the most valuable and essential workers of all: early educators.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss best practices for keeping your staff morale and retention high. You’ll learn new ideas on how to:

  • Increase your staff’s job satisfaction and avoid burnout
  • Improve staff communication and prevent misunderstandings
  • Show appreciation for your teachers
  • And more!

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(Even if you can’t make it to this time slot, feel free to sign up anyway. We’ll email the recording to everyone who signs up.)

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On-demand webinars

7 Creative Ways to Keep Families Engaged with Your Childcare Center During COVID-19

These days, early education providers don’t get as much face-to-face time with families at the beginning and end of each day. At the same time, it’s never been more important to maintain strong relationships with families. That means it’s a great time to get creative in how to keep families involved with your center!

In this webinar, we discuss seven strategies for keeping family engagement high during this challenging time. You’ll learn:

  • Best practices for keeping families up-to-date on their child’s day
  • Ways to show appreciation for your families
  • Ideas for socially distanced family events
  • And more!

We’ll also show you how brightwheel can help you communicate with families, from sharing quick updates to creating professional-looking newsletters.

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Intro to brightwheel Communications: Mastering Messaging, Alerts, and Newsletters

Keeping families informed on day-to-day activities and important center updates is a key to success during this back-to-school season!

In this free, 1-hour training webinar, you’ll learn how to use brightwheel to:

  • Build trust with families during a time when you don’t get as many face-to-face interactions
  • Reach families with important reminders and alerts
  • Create professional-looking newsletters to keep your families up-to-date
  • Save valuable time and maintain healthy boundaries in your parent communications

You’ll also hear pro tips for proactive, positive, and effective communication from our work with thousands of centers.

This session is designed for educators who have recently joined brightwheel, those who are brand-new and haven’t used brightwheel before, and current brightwheel customers who want a refresher on best practices.

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Intro to brightwheel Check-in and Attendance: Make Drop-off and Pick-up a Breeze

It’s never been easier to manage the check-in process at your childcare center!

In this free, 1-hour training webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Streamline your check-in and check-out procedures
  • Save time on attendance reporting
  • Keep your center safe and in compliance using brightwheel’s touchless check-in

You’ll also hear pro tips on check-in and attendance from our work with thousands of centers.

This session is designed for educators who have recently joined brightwheel, those who are brand-new and haven’t used brightwheel before, and current brightwheel customers who want a refresher on best practices.

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Intro to brightwheel Activities: A Day in the Life of a Teacher Using brightwheel

Say goodbye to time-consuming daily sheets!

In this free, 1-hour training webinar, you’ll see how to use brightwheel in the classroom to:

  • Track activities like meals, naps, kudos, incidents, and more
  • Ensure safety and compliance through name-to-face tracking and health checks
  • Keep parents updated on their child’s day and give them peace of mind
  • Share photos and videos with families

This session is designed for educators who have recently joined brightwheel, those who are brand-new and haven’t used brightwheel before, and current brightwheel customers who want a refresher on best practices.

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How to Have a Successful Back-to-School Season with brightwheel

With new safety policies, daily health procedures, and distance learning plans, this back-to-school season is unlike any other for early education centers. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun, safe, and successful!

In this webinar, we’ll share best practices for back-to-school during COVID-19. We’ll also show you how brightwheel can help you keep your center safe and healthy, build trust with new and returning families, and save valuable time every week.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate easily with families and keep them up-to-date on their children’s activities throughout the day
  • Simplify tuition management, payment processing, and subsidies
  • Create the perfect lesson plan every week for in-person and virtual learning
  • Save time managing your enrollment and student roster
  • And more!

This webinar is for childcare professionals who are new to brightwheel as well as recent brightwheel customers who are looking to learn more.

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Top 5 Lessons Learned that Helped One Childcare Business Grow More Resilient During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought new regulations, safety concerns, changes to the daily routine, and financial uncertainty to early education providers. This means that resilience, adaptability, and creative problem solving are some of the most important traits a childcare business can have right now.

In this webinar, Audra Tsivikas, Executive Director at Happy Campers, will share how her three locations have found creative ways to adapt to current conditions, serve the needs of their families, and protect their business during this time of uncertainty.

You’ll learn:

  • Happy Campers’ secrets to rebuilding enrollment and revenue after reopening
  • How they’ve retained 100% of their staff and maintained morale, despite challenging times
  • Why distance learning has been one of their major keys to success
  • Their advice for centers that are struggling to adapt to the “new normal”
  • And more!

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5 Ways to Operate Your Childcare Center Better, With Less Stress with brightwheel

Do you feel like you’re spending more time with paperwork than with your students these days?

During COVID-19, your already busy life got even busier. Even though you’d like to be working with students, a lot of your time (and your staff’s time) is being taken up with administrative work like check-in, enrollment management, tuition billing, and daily sheets.

Luckily, software like brightwheel can solve the challenges of running a childcare business in today’s uncertain environment, freeing up more time for you to focus on what matters.

In this webinar, we’ll give an introduction to how brightwheel can help your center:

  • Improve your financial stability with online tuition billing
  • Give families peace of mind with daily updates and messages
  • Save an hour a day per staff member on daily paperwork and recordkeeping
  • And more!

We’ll also cover why it’s so important to switch your daily processes from pen and paper to digital now—and how easy it is to do.

Note: This webinar is for childcare and preschool owners and directors who are interested in learning more about brightwheel. It is not a training session for current brightwheel customers.

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4 Keys to Building a More Resilient Childcare Center During COVID-19

Early education centers have a lot on their plates during COVID-19: keeping students safe, complying with changing regulations, and communicating updates to families. At brightwheel, we’ve had the opportunity to learn how the most resilient childcare businesses are not only adapting, but also preparing for the future during the pandemic.

In this webinar, we’ll share our learnings to help you support your families—and protect your business—when the future is uncertain. You’ll learn:

  • What steps to take if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in your center
  • Ideas for managing tuition in case of a closure
  • The information you need in your COVID-19 emergency plan
  • How to build trust with families when you don’t get as much face-to-face time
  • And more!

This webinar is for owners, directors, and administrators of childcare centers and preschools.

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How to Provide a Successful Distance Learning Program (And Why It’s More Important Than Ever)

As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, many childcare centers and preschools are looking to distance learning to offer support and engage families. Whether you’re planning ahead in case of a future closure or simply looking to support families who are not ready to return to in-person classes yet, now is the time to establish your early education virtual learning plan.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What a successful virtual learning program for young children includes (and doesn’t include!)
  • How to engage families to keep the learning going at home
  • Insights from childcare providers who have implemented distance learning
  • How brightwheel can help

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Brightwheel Sneak Peek & Q&A: Discover What’s Coming to brightwheel with CEO Dave

As the world continues to change, brightwheel is committed to helping early childhood educators adapt and continue providing excellent care to their students.

In this webinar, brightwheel CEO, Dave Vasen, will share with you what’s new at brightwheel this back-to-school season.

  • Overview of the lastest brightwheel product updates
  • Sneak peek at upcoming features that will be available to you
  • Live town hall-style Q&A

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How to Improve Communication and Build Trust with Families by Using brightwheel

These days, most childcare providers don’t have as much face-to-face time to communicate with families at the beginning and end of the day as they did before COVID-19. Yet, it’s more important than ever to communicate effectively so you can avoid confusion, build trust, and ensure safety.

That’s why brightwheel includes communication tools that help early educators engage with families during these challenging times.

In this webinar, we’ll show you how brightwheel enables you to:

  • Share updates throughout the day to build trust with concerned parents
  • Use photos and videos to add context to messages and give families peace of mind
  • Quickly alert families in case of emergencies or last-minute updates
  • Keep families informed about any changes to your policies
  • And more!

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Preparing for Future COVID-19 Flare-Ups and Closures

Does your childcare center have a COVID-19 emergency plan? We all hope it will never happen, but it’s smart to be prepared in case of a flare-up. Listen to hear us discuss how your center can prepare to weather the storm while minimizing the risk to your students and staff.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What you need to include in your COVID-19 emergency plan
  • The habits you should build now in order to minimize your center’s risk
  • How brightwheel can help you decrease the spread of germs, communicate with families, and plan for future closures
  • And more!

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Top Tips for Communicating with Families in Uncertain Times

In today’s constantly changing world, it’s never been more important for early education centers to communicate effectively with families! By following a few best practices, you can save valuable time and avoid confusion.

In this webinar, Allison Morton, Owner and Director of Small Wonders School, will share how her school stays on top of keeping families updated.

You’ll learn helpful new ideas for:

  • Quickly and easily keeping families informed as new policies and procedures arise
  • Keeping families updated on how their children are doing at school each day
  • Putting families’ minds at ease about health, safety, and compliance
  • And more!

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How to Keep Your Childcare Center Safe and Successful with brightwheel

As childcare centers and preschools reopen across the country, it’s more important than ever to keep your facility safe and your operations smooth. Brightwheel has introduced several exciting new features designed to help your center stay healthy and thriving during COVID-19.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how brightwheel can help your center:

  • Monitor students’ health conditions throughout the day
  • Minimize spread of germs through touchless check-in and online tuition payments
  • Give families peace of mind through messaging, alerts, and newsletters
  • And more!

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Increasing Your Childcare Center’s Enrollment and Revenue During COVID-19

Many childcare centers and preschools are experiencing lower enrollment numbers as they reopen. You may find that some of your families have lost income due to COVID-19, and others don’t yet feel safe sending their children outside the home. If you need to find ways to fill enrollment gaps and increase your revenue, then this webinar is for you!

In this webinar, you’ll learn new ideas for:

  • Estimating your enrollment and identifying any gaps in cash flow before reopening
  • Recruiting new families to fill vacant spots
  • Working with families who are on the fence about coming back
  • And more!

We’ll also cover how brightwheel can help you manage your enrollment, collect tuition, and communicate with families along the way.

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Live Q&A: Reopening Your Childcare Center or Preschool

We took the time to chat with a panel of childcare providers who have recently reopened their centers. Attendees had the opportunity to hear their centers’ stories and ask questions about their reopening experiences.

Our guest speakers will answered questions about:

  • Implementing social distancing measures with young children
  • Communicating effectively with families as you reopen
  • Managing staffing ratios, cleaning schedules, and daily safety tasks
  • Any surprises or interesting learnings from reopening
  • And more!

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Preparing to Reopen: A Step-by-Step Guide for Childcare Centers and Preschools

Whether you’re planning to reopen your center in a few weeks or a few months, it’s important to have a solid plan for safety, finances, and enrollment. In this webinar, we’ll walk through the steps needed to reopen safely, from deciding when to reopen to welcoming families back through your doors.

We discussed your timeline for:

  • Getting ahead of your local licensing requirements
  • Establishing new health and safety procedures
  • Managing enrollment and calculating tuition revenue
  • Communicating with families
  • And more!

Watch and set your center up for success as you get ready to reopen!

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Top 5 brightwheel Features to Help Your Center Through COVID-19 

With COVID-19 conditions rapidly changing across the country, some childcare centers and preschools are partially open, some are considering reopening soon, and others are supporting families from a distance.

Regardless of your state’s current conditions, brightwheel is here to help you weather the storm and support your families at school or at home. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use the five most helpful brightwheel features during COVID-19.

We covered:

  • How brightwheel’s new touchless sign-in feature helps keep your facility clean and safe
  • How your staff can monitor each child’s health using brightwheel’s new health checks
  • How brightwheel can help you share lessons with parents using our new distance learning tool
  • How to use brightwheel messaging and newsletters to easily communicate with families
  • How you can use brightwheel to adjust your billing plans, manage discounts, and collect tuition payments without handling cash or checks
  • And more!

This webinar is designed for both current brightwheel customers and educators who are considering getting started. Please watch and learn how to support your families through COVID-19 with brightwheel!

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Preparing to reopen: How to keep students and staff safe during COVID-19

This webinar helps to take the guesswork out of reopening your center during the times of COVID-19. This webinar is part two of our series focused on providing you with the resources you need to successfully reopen your center when the time is right.

Listen to the webinar to learn:

  • How you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your center once you re-open
  • The cleaning procedures that will help to keep your students and staff safe
  • Concrete steps to take if a student or staff member develops a fever
  • Where to look to stay up-to-date on how to keep your center safe during COVID-19

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Brightwheel messaging deep dive: How to use brightwheel to quickly and easily communicate with families 

In this webinar, one of our brightwheel experts shares how you can use brightwheel messaging to stay connected with your families. Whether you’ve been using brightwheel for years, or you’re brand new, this webinar will make sure you’re a pro at messaging through brightwheel.

Listen to the webinar to learn:

  • How you can streamline your parent communication by sending in app messages or alerts via SMS text messages to individual parents, an entire room, or your entire center.
  • How parents can interact with your teachers through brightwheel.
  • How you can engage families with photos & information about group activities and events through newsletters opened directly in the brightwheel app.
  • How you can host and share files online with families

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Preparing to re-open: How to run your childcare center during COVID-19

In this webinar, our guest, Rachel Peterson, the executive director at MightyKidz Child Care, shares what MightyKidz has done to remain open and operate safely during the COVID-19 crisis.

Listen to the webinar to learn:

  • What a day in your center might look like once you reopen
  • How to support your staff once you reopen
  • Cleaning routines, policies, and procedures to help with safety and social distancing
  • How to estimate your enrollment once you re-open
  • The cleaning routines that you should consider putting in place
  • And more!

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Managing the financial health of your childcare or preschool business in challenging times 

In this webinar, we did a Q&A session with Brian Duprey, a Certified Child Care Coach and the author of Child Care Millionaire: Secrets to Building a Profitable 7 or 8 Figure Child Care Business.

Listen to this webinar to learn:

  • How to manage your revenue, expenses, and cash balance during times of uncertainty
  • Concrete steps to prepare your business for the next 6-9 months
  • Why your business is unlikely to get “back to normal” after COVID-19
  • How to get the most out of your PPP loan

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How to get the most out of brightwheel during COVID-19

Listen to this webinar to learn:

  • How brightwheel can help you teach from a distance
  • How to use brightwheel messaging and newsletters to easily stay connected to families
  • How online payments through brightwheel reduce the need to exchange checks and cash
  • How you can easily use brightwheel to pause or adjust your billing plans
  • And more!

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How your child care center can support students and families from a distance during COVID-19

Listen to best practices from our community and from our special guest Laurie Miracle, Executive Director for Laurel Heights Weekday School, to learn: 

  • How to stay closely engaged with your families, regardless of whether you are open or closed
  • Strategies for delivering a great “distance learning” experience
  • Ways to approach tuition in times of school closure or low attendance

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