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Breeze is a cloud-based church management software designed to assist small & mid-sized churches in managing events, donations,...

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

  • 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
$

50

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

15

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

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

380

48

3

0

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

1,903

719

84

8

7

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

Pros

I love the customer support that responds within minutes if not immediately. I love the photo integration, quick searches, filters and tags available, and I LOVE the cost.

MM

Micah M.

Perhaps one of the main reasons I DO love it is that it is one of the only businesses out there staying true to its promises, even as it grows. I trust them and I trust their product.

MD

Meghan D.

Our whole team is so very grateful for Breeze. Their customer support is FAST and HELPFUL (and very friendly).

HP

Harley P.

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.

LV

Leandro V.

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.

BP

Brittany P.

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.

CW

Cierra W.

Cons

I can not think of anything that we dislike about the software.

SG

Stacie G.

I still have trouble navigating the system as they have their own language around organization tools.

JK

Jon K.

We have yet to cancel it because we still need its check-in system for Children’s Ministry.

DE

Daniel E.

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.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

The only thing that bothered me was the billing. But they've already updated me on this point.

EE

Engoudou Edzimbi B.

After a family emergency, I had to pick up my 5-year-old grandson from school.

HR

Holly R.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review12 days ago

Key features

  • Total features38
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Child Check-in
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Demographic Data
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Storage
  • Donation Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Incident Management
  • Independent/Private
  • K-12
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Communication
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Location
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Planning Tools
  • Pledge Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Small Group Management
  • Special Education
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • User Profiles
  • Video Support
  • Volunteer Management
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration
  • Total features70
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Child Check-in
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Demographic Data
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Storage
  • Donation Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Incident Management
  • Independent/Private
  • K-12
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Communication
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Location
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Planning Tools
  • Pledge Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Small Group Management
  • Special Education
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • User Profiles
  • Video Support
  • Volunteer Management
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration

Integrations

  • Total integrations11
  • Authorize.net
  • Church Community Builder
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Total integrationsN/A
  • Authorize.net
  • Church Community Builder
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Really cool app

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This app is very easy to use and has some great features. Parents love the kudos that can be sent out for their children when they are doing well.

Cons

When is tarted using it it was kind of confusing, but once you use it for a while it's a breeze.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

Super easy to use

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

The app is very easy to figure out. We’ve had no trouble at all unlike our last

Cons

Nothing. Our last program was confusing, we had issues with things not saving. Brightwheel has been a breeze for my teachers and parents.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

Love It!

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It makes communicating daily schedule with parents a breeze!

Cons

You can only link one center to each email/app so when I work for multiple I can’t commhnicate with easy.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

Great Software Big Difference

Reviewed 3 years ago

Brightwheel has made billing a breeze for me, as well as communication between parents.

Pros

The ease of getting started and the amount of support offered

Cons

Haven’t been using it long enough to find something I don’t like yet.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Tamika thoughts on BW

Reviewed 3 years ago

Every ECE program should invest in BW. Way more effective, faster way of communicating, which makes problem solving a breeze.

Pros

I've been in ECE for over a decade and we would write daily reports for our students. BW allows all of the indiviuals that's aprt of a childs growth & development to effectively and quickly communicate the needs or special instructions of a child. this software gets a 10 in my book. From a teacher and adminstrtor in ECE.

Cons

Honestly I can't find a con to having the software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Easy to use with lots of great functionality

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have a few clients using Brightwheel that we onboarded to their platform. So far they like everything about it and it's affordable to boot.

Pros

Setup process was a breeze. It's very affordable for the feature-set it provides. Great documentation and helpdesk.

Cons

A little hard to figure out some of the advanced features like time-tracking and attendance. Some customers reported issues using certain browsers.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent ease of use & communication with parents & caregivers!!

Reviewed 5 years ago

I cannot explain the weight lifted off my shoulders due to this app. My families love it, I love it & staff loves it!! I can't wait for more & more updates & user-friendly abilities across the stat to inline with all State licensing paperwork & expectations!! I can't wait for the paid version to launch!!

Pros

The open communication with parents & myself.

Cons

Not 100% up to date on all state licensing expectations. Such as fire drills. tornado drills, training hours would be a great added feature to keep a log of also. As well as YTD for hours & payments/ family and spending which would make finalizing taxes. a breeze.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightwheel is amazing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I love how user friendly it is to use! It has been such a breeze for all of my staff to learn.

Cons

I am interested in getting more features such as messaging from director to the teachers/classrooms as soon as they log in.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Use Brightwheel

Reviewed 3 years ago

Knowing the number of students in real time without having to text or visit another classroom to know the count. It makes signing students in an out a breeze.

Pros

It is user friendly. It allow you to use pictures to easily identify students. Fixing errors with check in or check out times is a breeze.

Cons

I struggled a little with finding the staff options in order to switch from one teacher to another.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Teacher Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

Brightwheel is so easy to use. Being a higher up employee I am always asked to train new staff and because the apps ease of use training is a breeze!

Pros

As a teacher and parent this app is all about staying on track! I breastfeed and I always great notes for my doctors appointments!!

Cons

I wish I could view when a message has been read by a parent.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Why I recommend Brightwheel

Reviewed 3 years ago

We have truly loved using Brightwheel. It has made such a difference in being able to communicate with the parents, allowing us to see overviews of the children's day and the patterns that they follow. It has saved us a lot of paper for signing the kids in and out as well!

Pros

How easy it makes tracking everything throughout the day. It is such a breeze logging all of the children's activities and communicating with the parents!

Cons

That only one bank account can be added to receive money through billing.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

Do yourself a favor and discover brightwheel today!

Reviewed 3 years ago

brightwheel has revolutionized the way we do business in child care! Parent communication and messaging, observations and documentation, tuition collection and billing, attendance for both staff and children is a breeze with brightwheel.

Pros

We use most of the features of the brightwheel platform. It is very user friendly and intuitive. brightwheel can be accessed from smartphones and desktop making it a very efficient tool in childcare. Brightwheel allows parents to become an integral part of every facet of the classroom through classroom messaging, photos and student updates throughout the day.

Cons

Waiting to see what will be added next...

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brightwheel

Amazing app for any child care provider!

Reviewed 5 years ago

This app has made running my child care a breeze! Parents love to see what their kids do during the day and love how involved it makes them! It's so easy to use too!

Pros

Easy to use!!!

Cons

There isn't anything I don't like

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

My Lifesaver!

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall the hours the brightwheel saves me at tax time and the headaches of having to hand write invoices or hand track hours makes this software worth every single penny.

Pros

I love the ease of use and how all of the information can be compiled into different reports. It’s a life saver at tax time and the accounting side of things is a breeze.

Cons

The only downfall to software is the inability to send a family one single invoice for multiple children.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great for Communicating

Reviewed 2 years ago

It accomplishes many things on one device. The parents appreciate all of the feedback and it's easy to do without much interruption to the flow of class.

Pros

This a great tool for communicating with parents. They love all the photos and I love how easily I can send things to the whole class or individually. Attendance and room changes are a breeze.

Cons

Sometimes I feel like there are 3 different ways to accomplish the same thing and it can get confusing.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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brightwheel

Momentum success

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

The Brightwheel app equips educators with more simplified tools for documenting children’s learning and makes it a breeze to communicate with even the most tricky of parents and families who may not be available via phone call and prefer to use the Brightwheel app.

Cons

My only one recommendation is that there be an option for educators to only access brightwheel while working.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A great investment for your school

Reviewed 3 years ago

Brightwheel has been a marvelous addition to our center, and our parents are extremely happy with the ease of use and having an accessible means of communicating with their child's teacher.

Pros

Brightwheel makes communicating with parents a breeze and helps parents keep up to date with what's happening during their child's day. It's also a wonderful way of keeping track of classroom ratios and ensuring that our teachers have the support they need to provide quality care to their students.

Cons

I wish there was also a messaging system for teachers to communicate amongst themselves. There is so much teamwork involved in successfully running a child development center, and allowing teachers to have a messaging system to talk amongst each other would greatly aid their ability to coordinate with other classrooms.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Easy Time Saver

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, I am extremely happy using Brightwheel and I know the parents enjoy the ease of using this software as our communication platform.

Pros

I am a teacher at a preschool and Brightwheel is a lifesaver! It makes keeping parents updated a breeze. It is very user friendly and the parents love it too. It allows me the extra time to engage with the kids. Brightwheel makes it easy to communicate with parents. I love using Brightwheel!

Cons

I wish there was a better in depth tutorial for this software. I watched the one on youtube and it was just the basics. I would like to know if there is a way to see all the incident reports for one child.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightwheel: simple and easy

Reviewed 2 years ago

My pros above should explain most of this. Brightwheel is great: simple!

Pros

Brightwheel is simple and to the point : let’s us spend less time on our phone and more time concentrating on the kiddos. We recently switched back to it from LifeCubby; LC was too crowded and complicated. It required training that most staff didn’t have the time for. Brightwheel let’s us compile all info in one place and makes checking in a breeze!

Cons

It doesn’t allow you to post something to multiple classes. I have a combined age classroom sometimes and it would be nice to post a pic of all kids from classes at once instead of doing it separately for each.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Very satisfied

Reviewed 3 years ago

Very Happy consumer

Pros

I started with 2 apps to compare as I am a daycare provider and wanted to give parents easier access to information, pictures, and security (personal data), Brighwheel was so much user friendly. My parents love this app. So much easier then paper update forms. Easier to share important information from throughout the day as it happens. Also makes sharing pictures and fun times a breeze. Love this app. I have not tired the payment/invoice section yet, but have heard good things, and debating trying it

Cons

Only thing I have not liked has been to record a video it will often freeze on me.. but close the app and reopen fixes it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightwheel in Preschool

Reviewed 3 years ago

Before, we used Facebook to upload pictures which a lot of parents did not like. Brightwheel keeps everything private. I also love that I can contact all the parents through the app. I used to have to use a separate database to do this. Also, payment and setting it up is a breeze! As the director we have cut down on late payments tremendously. As a parent, I love the reminders and ease of it! My teachers were a little trepedicuous to begin, thinking it was something extra they had to do. After a couple of weeks, everyone started using it with ease and it just became apart of the daily routine. I would recommend this to any preschool!

Pros

I love how everything is at your finger tips! I don’t have to go to my computer to write an email or upload photos. I can do it in one place.

Cons

I don’t like how you have to have different email addresses to login to different work sites or parent/teacher accounts. I have 3 different accounts.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Make the transition to paperless!

Reviewed 3 years ago

We do not otherwise incorporate tech into our business, we use Quickbooks and simple excels, Brighthweel has not had a crazy learning curve and its just a great product.

Pros

We use Brightwheel chiefly for its billing functionality and to meet State licensing requirements regarding records of attendance, ratios, sign in and out, etc. These are records you have to keep for years and the stacks of Bankers boxes were towering! Now we can upon request create and print any report, for instance our licensor could request sign in and out records from a certain classroom on a certain...

Cons

Here is the thing--Brightwheel is constantly developing. So if you were to have a con you can feel assured your feedback will be heard. We have been with them nearing 3 years and have watched so many features get added on and updates made. They take customer feedback seriously and want to understand the industry's needs--we have had conference calls with developers and participated in a lot of dialogue about what we need and what works well.