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Improve family engagement with real-time messaging in the brightwheel childcare communication app.

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How brightwheel streamlines communication

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Real-time messaging

Communicate instantly with families and staff. Send messages directly from the app or web platform.

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Easier staff communication

Enable staff to message families quickly and easily. Offer real-time support to your staff and respond to questions instantly.

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SMS alerts and newsletters

Send SMS alerts, reminders, or newsletters. Communicate with an individual family, a whole classroom, or the entire program.

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Centralized communication

Simplify family communication. Make it easy for families to get in touch with you and access messages in one place.

An icon image of conversations that represents the messaging feature of brightwheel.

Real-time messaging

Communicate instantly with families and staff. Send messages directly from the app or web platform.

An icon image of classroom that represents the communication feature of brightwheel.

Easier staff communication

Enable staff to message families quickly and easily. Offer real-time support to your staff and respond to questions instantly.

An icon image of heart that represents the communication feature of brightwheel.

SMS alerts and newsletters

Send SMS alerts, reminders, or newsletters. Communicate with an individual family, a whole classroom, or the entire program.

An icon image of light bulb that represents efficiency driving tools in brightwheel.

Centralized communication

Simplify family communication. Make it easy for families to get in touch with you and access messages in one place.

Build quality connections with families and staff

Early education resources

Promote family engagement at your center

Build strong relationships with families in your program:

  • Send effective updates about everything from student activities to changing tuition rates
  • Write newsletters that help families feel connected to your center
  • Turn difficult conversations with parents into positive ones
  • Use brightwheel to manage family relationships with confidence and ease

Brightwheel has more ways to support your childcare program

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Billing & payments

Send automated invoices, accept online payments, and get paid on time. 90% of preschools report that more families pay on time with brightwheel.

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Center management

Simplify administrative tasks with brightwheel’s all-in-one app & save up to 20 hours per month. Stay compliant with digital check-ins, health checks, and room ratio tracking.

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Experience Curriculum

Upgrade to get Experience Curriculum: A complete, easy-to-implement curriculum system with digital lessons in brightwheel and hands-on learning materials mailed to you.

Frequently asked questions

Brightwheel enables preschools and childcare centers to keep a continuous line of communication open among administrators, staff, and families. Real-time messaging, centralized communications, and easy-to-use tools enable staff to keep families informed and share children’s progress. It allows for both group and individual messaging, making it an effective and scalable solution for any size of organization.

At brightwheel, we prioritize the highest levels of security for all our accounts. We proudly lead the early education industry by utilizing two-factor authentication for additional protection and privacy. To learn more about brightwheel’s security practices, visit brightwheel’s Security FAQs here.

Brightwheel offers families the flexibility to customize their account settings, allowing them to choose which notifications to receive. These notifications include messages, photo/video updates, check-in/check-out alerts, learning milestones, nap times, and more. It is strongly advised to keep message notifications enabled in order to foster effective communication among families, staff, and administrators.

Yes. As a guardian or staff member, you can now select between English and Spanish for your brightwheel experience. Guardians can choose their language on both the web and mobile app, while staff can do so on the mobile app. Simply update your language preference in your Profile.

If the locale of the device you’re using is set to Spanish, this will automatically be detected and displayed in your account on the web and app.

Brightwheel serves as an easy tool for staff to securely communicate with families and share children’s progress. It also fosters a sense of community by enabling staff to message each other individually or as a team. Two out of three staff members say they would rather work at a center that uses brightwheel than one that doesn’t.

Yes, the brightwheel communication app is available for both Android and iOS devices. It can be downloaded from the App Store for iOs users or from the Google Play Store for Android users. The app is designed to provide a seamless experience on both platforms, and syncs in real-time with the desktop app so you never miss an update.

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