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Overview

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Brightwheel is both a mobile app (Android + iOS) and cloud-based software solution built for childcare, daycare, and preschool...

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Illumine is an innovative childcare software for your superstar centres. It provides seamless digital management of your...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$

15

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from

No info

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

1,899

719

84

8

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

4.4

5

4

3

2

1

44

27

6

3

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

Pros

I love this Software because its a very big help when it come of organizing you children daily needed routine. This will help you organize thing to do and manage your daily time scheduling.
Brightwheel is by far the best child care management platform I have experienced from a users stand point it is visually friendly, easy to navigate the app, and has all the functions a parent wants.
I also liked that there are early learning guidelines for our state on observations, that’s one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in an application like this.

Pros

Illumine was easy to use and very convenient. I love that I can communicate with the school efficiently and effectively.
Overall is is great , good initiative to consolidate all of the schol information at one place. In short this is like an ERP system for schools.
Also a lot of followups on emails, SMS are saved by using this product. The experience has been great and their support team at times has gone out of their way to help.

Cons

Unfortunately, there are some issues with the Payments section. The link "Print Invoice" does not work for me, so a daycare had to send me the invoice via email.
The only thing that bothered me was the billing. But they've already updated me on this point.
After a family emergency, I had to pick up my 5-year-old grandson from school.

Cons

It can possibly do something more on the live interaction feature adding; at the moment as I know it’s all about posting content but no live interactions are there.
Need Internet connectivity which may be difficult when Internet is not available.
Doesn't show the history of comments on assignments; should enable feature to have 1:1 chat with teachers to clarify doubts.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 months ago

Key features

  • Total features70
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Authentication
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customer Accounts
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Storage Management
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Image Library
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Incident Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Lead Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Location
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Planning Tools
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • School District
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Social Promotion
  • Special Education
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Transportation Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • User Profiles
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration
  • Total features75
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Authentication
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customer Accounts
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Storage Management
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Image Library
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Incident Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Lead Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Location
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Planning Tools
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • School District
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Social Promotion
  • Special Education
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Transportation Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • User Profiles
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration

Integrations

  • Total integrationsN/A
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations4
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom