LifeCubby Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

LifeCubby

Child care management & parent engagement platform

4.25/5 (2,325 reviews)

LifeCubby overview

What is LifeCubby?

LifeCubby is a child care management and parent engagement system that offers child care centers a single and centralized platform from which to manage documentation, communication and assessment services. Incorporating parent communications, daily sheets and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) portfolios as well as reports and lesson plans. LifeCubby aims to provide users with a simple and secure child care management solution.

With LifeCubby, teachers can create comprehensive daily sheets and lessons plans alongside Vine Assessments. Users can complete customizable lesson plans and share the information directly with parents. Similarly, users can generate daily sheets to share details and photos of everyday activities with parents. LifeCubby also enables parents to add their own memories, photos and videos to their account, thereby allowing them to help document and contribute to their child’s growth and development portfolio.

Since LifeCubby is available as a native mobile app on iOS and Android, parents have the flexibility to access this documentation on the move. The LifeCubby mobile app also allows teachers and parents to communicate quickly and conveniently via live messaging. Other features which LifeCubby facilitates are digital check-in and check-out, meal tracking and reporting. Moreover, LifeCubby ensures all data and images are secure by utilizing data encryption and performing regular back-ups.
www.lifecubby.me

Pricing

Starting from
$30/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
 
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Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia

Supported languages

English
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LifeCubby user reviews

Value for money
Features
Ease of use
Customer support
  4.4
  4.1
  4.1
  4.4
Jasmine McAllister

User friendly, efficient and immediate communication

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-05-09
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
10/10 software! This platform was great to have as a dance instructor! This minimizes the need for paperwork and gets rid of it completely. I feel like LifeCubby is a great way to have communication with parents without having them in the room with us. I absolutely love the tuition tracking. This platform is every companies dream if they deal with little ones!

Cons
I wish LifeCubby had more reports, and some of the ones that they have really need improvement. I also wished they had for parents when a incident happen is to do finger signing to sign off on the report. The cons for this company are worth it because I believe LifeCubby is worth every cent.

Response from LifeCubby


Thank you for your review of LifeCubby Jasmine! Please call the office or email me with your thoughts on the reports! We value your feedback.
614-423-7815

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Robbin Stevenson

Challenges need addressing

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-09-02
Review Source: Capterra

It was difficult to lear initially and I still feel like we’re trying to figure things out. Overall it’s been worth it to bundle everything through LifeCubby. I just wish it were easier to use from the Admin side.

Pros
All encompassing. Easy to interact with parents. It bundled many of the individual things we were doing and paying for and streamlined them.

Cons
Backend payment features could be streamlined more. You can’t change the tuition posting date. If you set up alerts for a classroom and you are using the app (not a computer) the system gets overloaded and freezes. Many features are inaccessible when using the app. Specifically, teachers can’t do developmental assessments on their tablets, in their classrooms. You can’t update a child’s daily sheet when that child is logged as outside or in another classroom. So if a child eats lunch outside or goes potty during outside time, it cannot be logged until the class returns. This is especially difficult now that most of our childcare is happening outside. I thought I would be able to schedule employees (like post a schedule) with LC but that’s not possible.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Jeni Hoover

Great company to work with.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-11-17
Review Source: Capterra

We have had LifeCubby since 2018 and the staff have always been there to walk beside us if we have any difficulty and help us work through gathering the data we are trying to gather or whatever the need may be.

Pros
What I like the most about LifeCubby is that the staff are always willing to work with you and help you. In a day where almost all customer service is computerized it is great to pick up the phone and talk to someone who will help you in a very timely manner.

Cons
Sometimes there is a lot of clicks to get to your destination; however, every time we call and mention this they are very quick to fix it if it is possible.

Response from LifeCubby


Thank you Jeni for your review of LifeCubby!!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kristy Wells

Teacher and Parent interface - Life Cubby Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-12-07
Review Source: Capterra

I use Life Cubby as a teacher in a toddler classroom, and as a parent of a preschooler. As a teacher, it is cumbersome and frustrating, but as a parent gives me a clear snapshot of my child's day. The frustrating parts as a teacher include the following: when we "take our children to an activity" and track that, it doesn't allow us to track the diaper that happened on our way out the door, or the child who dropped off on the playground . . . when we make a classroom observation and want to add it everyone for evidence and assessment, you literally have to go into each child and repeat the process for that one observation each time . . . when you are lesson planning, you can not easily copy and paste an entire day to the next (we use the same curriculum on Monday as we do on Tuesday with different kids) . . . there is a lack of communication with regard to upgrades and when Life Cubby will be down for service. I have done two years worth of Vines this and last year, and have had to completely re-do them mid -year because of Vine revisions which change the entire criteria and do not populate into the new. This has been a complete waste of time and has been very frustrating . . . there is no button to delete a posting if you make an error, such as posting snack at 9:40 instead of 10:40. Once you do that, your entire tracking for the day is off . . . A few times, I have accidentally marked a student in an observation that wasn't included, and there is no way to untag that person - I have had to add a comment apologizing, which then feeds to everyone tagged in that observation . . . because Life Cubby is used in a busy classroom it makes sense that there should be more built-in safeguards or ways to detract postings if errors are made . . . In three hours, we track 72 entries (attendance and dismissal for 9, diapers for 9, snack for 9, and four activities for 9, so it tends to be slow and freezes, or "processes" often which is completely frustrating when you are trying to get it all in before dismissing the child. As a parent, it is a great product if the teacher is willing to put in the work and deal with all the cumbersome things...I get a clear picture of my child's day, observations from his class with pictures, newsletters, and notes all in one handy place. As a parent, I am grateful for Life Cubby, so as a teacher, I muddle through because I know it makes the parents feel connected. Thank you!

Response from LifeCubby


Thank you Kristy for your review and your feedback. I will pass on the information to our team. Upgrades to the app are coming in early 2017 that will allow more editing on the app.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at the office at 614-423-7815.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Valentina Wysocki-Hall

This App has been a lifesaver during the pandemic!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-08-28
Review Source: Capterra

Bumpy, but worth it. I was apprehensive, but desperate, for an app to communicate with parents and allow them to pay online. As a small school, the fees associated with most payment platforms where far more than we could absorb. LifeCubby has provided an affordable way to meet this need. I must also mention that every single time I had a question, even if it was multiple times a day, the customer service at LifeCubby has been quick, kind, personable, and knowledgeable.

Pros
This app has allowed staff to work from home (namely our tuition assistant). It has also made all of the initial work of entering student information worth it as communication while we were closed has remained consistent and clear. As we learn more about the various features offered, we are excited to start implementing more at our school.

Cons
The first several months of use, we found this program to be very slow and not necessarily intuitive in use. It is also a very manual process up front, particularly as we are constantly adding and removing students at the start of new terms.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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LifeCubby pricing

Starting from
$30/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
 
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LifeCubby pricing is based on the size of the childcare program.

1-15 students: $30/month
16-30 students: $60/month
31-60 students: $100/month
61-100 students: $150/month
101-125 students: $185/month
126-150 students: $215/month
151-200 students: $285/month
201-250 students: $350/month
251-300 students: custom pricing, please call 614-423-7815

LifeCubby features

Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Customizable Branding
Learning Management
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration

API (177 other apps)
Blended Learning (110 other apps)
Content Management (121 other apps)
Course Authoring (142 other apps)
Data Import/Export (118 other apps)
Progress Reports (133 other apps)
Progress Tracking (143 other apps)
Self Service Portal (109 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for LifeCubby

Key features of LifeCubby

  • Check in / check out
  • Medicine administration report
  • Wait list management
  • Security encryption
  • Data Encryption
  • Activity management
  • Meal tracking
  • Assessment management
  • Calendar management
  • Parent portal
  • Communication management
  • Customizable branding
  • Data import
  • Instant messaging
  • Photo albums
  • Planning tools
  • Portfolio management
  • Assessment notes
  • Menu planning
  • Real time data
  • Real time updates
  • Records management
  • Registration management
  • Secure data storage
  • SSL security
  • Daily reports
  • Lesson planning
  • Task scheduling
  • Tracking features
  • Video management
  • Video support
  • Activity dashboard
  • Mailing list management
  • Chat functionality
  • Exposure reporting
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Benefits

LifeCubby is available as a native mobile app on iOS and Android, affording parents the flexibility to access daily sheets and photographs on the move.

Using the LifeCubby mobile app, teachers and parents can communicate in real time via live messaging.

LifeCubby supports integration with ChildCareCRM, FunShine Online, and FrogStreet Curriculum to help users work more efficiently.

LifeCubby communication is SSL-encrypted, ensuring all images and data are stored securely.

LifeCubby includes customizable lesson plan forms, allowing teachers to add, edit and share lesson plans easily with parents.