Easier childcare billing

Use brightwheel’s childcare payment software to simplify billing and get paid on time. 90% of preschools say more families pay on time with brightwheel.

Brightwheel's childcare billing and payments

The #1 early childhood financial management software that enables you to easily send automated invoices, accept online payments, stay on top of your finances, and enable families to securely pay online––all from the same platform you use for communications, admissions, and classroom management.

Streamline your day

  • Reduce paperwork

    Offer paperless invoicing and payments, and send receipts via email

  • Automate billing

    Send recurring or one-time invoices and offer auto-pay to eliminate late payments

  • Integrate systems

    Invoice families with the same tool you use for enrollment, attendance, and communication

  • Offer flexibility

    Accept credit card or bank transfer payments and offer auto-pay

Manage your business

  • Digitize your reporting

    Easily run customizable billing and tax reports

  • Centralize your recordkeeping

    Manage attendance, billing, and payroll in one place

  • Improve security

    Operate under the highest levels of security and compliance

  • Protect your business

    Ensure all your data is fully encrypted and integrated safely with your bank

Get started today

Sign up in minutes

Two steps to sign up and enable direct deposits

Send invoices

Send one time or recurring invoices with a single click

Get paid

See payment status in real time and watch as deposits flow directly into your account

Brightwheel customers on simplifying billing

Plus, many more valuable features including:


Build quality connections with families and staff. 95% of administrators & staff report brightwheel improves communication with families.

Quality connections

Center management

Simplify administrative tasks with brightwheel’s all-in-one app & save up to 20 hours per month.

Easier center management

Lesson plans

Create lesson plans for your preschool or daycare. You and your staff will save more time and stay more organized. And your families will be better connected to their children’s learning.

Easier lesson planning

FAQs: Tips and insights about the billing feature

How do I make a childcare invoice?
Billing administrators can easily issue invoices for recurring charges in billing plans and for one-time charges, including attendance charges and late payment fees. Invoices generated through brightwheel will include the detailed information: Invoice number, program name, address, EIN, invoice date, dates of service, assigned payer name, due date, current amount due, charge type and description, and optional notes for payers. With brightwheel billing, administrators can easily set up and send automated recurring invoices in a weekly, biweekly, bimonthly, or monthly billing cycle.
What online payment methods does brightwheel support?
Families can connect and pay tuition online directly from their brightwheel app using bank account transfers (also known as ACH), credit cards, or debit cards. It is entirely up to your program to decide what payment methods to accept. Most programs on brightwheel today receive payments via bank transfers. If you accept cash or check payments, you can still use brightwheel to log payments. This makes it easy to track all payments in one place and at a glance know what’s outstanding.
How long does it take for my funds to be deposited?
With brightwheel billing, you'll get your money by the next business day! We have the shortest turnaround time in the industry, and don’t charge an additional fee for faster deposits. Online payments submitted by families by 7pm ET (4pm PT) will be deposited the next business day. Business days include Monday - Friday, but not weekends or holidays. Please note some financial institutions, often smaller credit unions, may have longer deposit times that we aren't able to influence.
Does brightwheel integrate or connect with other accounting or bookkeeping software, like QuickBooks?
Brightwheel's latest billing platform is compatible with Quickbooks Online. Using brightwheel reports, administrators can easily download billing transaction data from brightwheel manually and import them into Quickbooks Online — No need to manipulate the data first before importing. While this is not a complete, automated integration, the ability to transfer billing data to Quickbooks enables administrators to complete their accounting processes more efficiently. You can find our Quickbooks Compatibility Guide at https://help.mybrightwheel.com/en/articles/6321247-billing-v3-quickbooks-compatibility-guide.
How does brightwheel help with filing my taxes?
Brightwheel makes filing taxes easier for you and your families! For programs processing more than $600, brightwheel will issue you the IRS form 1099-K come January in time for tax season. This form reports the total gross volume of all online payment transactions made through brightwheel and is designed to meet your state tax requirements. For programs with lower online payment amounts and transactions, brightwheel enables you to easily create, download, and print a student transaction summary report directly from your account that can then be used for filing taxes. For families, brightwheel enables them to easily and directly access their own tuition payment receipts and summary report for tax purposes.

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