Five Little Monkeys

Lake in the Hills, Illinois

Program type

In-home child care

Quick stats

1 teacher, 5-8 students

Functionality used

Check-in and out with parent codes, photo sharing, medication log, messaging with parents, and billing.

Life before brightwheel

I started using brightwheel for invoicing parents in August 2016. I eased parents into electronic sign in and overall communication in early 2017.

Life since brightwheel

Before brightwheel I had to print check-in/out logs and then also track attendance and payment in an Excel spreadsheet. I had to print medication logs as well. I had so many outlets to communication with parents – phone, text, email.


"Now I can quickly create a report showing when children were here and what parents paid me! Parents can be at the doctor’s office and pull medication history right up on their phone through the app. Communication mainly goes through brightwheel now. It’s so nice to have it in one place! Parents love being able to have quick access to any photos and tidbits about our day here! Brightwheel has made life easier and more streamlined for all of us. I’m taking more pictures of the kids now also, and parents love that! My ink and paper bills went down, my time to focus on the children went up!"