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Ditch feature limits and paywalls with this Brightwheel alternative

Playground is an intuitive, cost-effective platform. It’s easy to set up, easier to use, and it doesn’t limit any of the core features you’ll make daily use of.

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Thousands of educators all around the country rely on Playground to elevate their childcare

A more human alternative to Brightwheel

Playground might not be as big as Brightwheel but that doesn’t stop us from providing exceptional service. Actually, it’s the opposite. Since Brightwheel is bigger—though we are working to change that—we choose to be more human, by making every interaction with us special.

We’re committed to giving you a more human approach to dealing with software, getting support from our team, and serving your families. If using center management software sometimes seems daunting and you feel you need a hand along the way, make sure you pick the company that’s going to be supporting you through good times and bad. And that’s always going to be approachable.

Playground and Brightwheel, side-by-side

Locked features and hidden costs are recurring themes when you compare Brightwheel to Playground

Playground

Brightwheel

Free trial

90 days

14 days

Setup fee

$0

$349

Online bill pay

Student feeds

Wellness questions

Unlimited students

Only available on highest plan

Daily attendance report

Only available on highest plan

Parent and staff messaging

Only available on highest plan

Announcements

Only available on highest plan

Digital signatures

Only available on highest plan

Dedicated support team

Only available on highest plan

Contactless signing

Only available on highest plan

Staff management

Only available on highest plan

Self-check-in

Only available on highest plan

Unlimited staff

Only available on highest plan

Staff hour tracking

Only available on highest plan

Custom invoice discounts

Only available on highest plan

One time charges

Only available on highest plan

Health screening

Only available on highest plan

Photo and video sharing

Video only available on highest plan

Carpools

Extracurricular programs

Document handling

Annual billing

Carline queue

COVID-19 test result sharing

Playground

Brightwheel

90 days

14 days

Free trial

$0

$349

Setup fee

Online bill pay

Student feeds

Wellness questions

Only available on highest plan

Unlimited students

Only available on highest plan

Daily attendance report

Only available on highest plan

Parent and staff messaging

Only available on highest plan

Announcements

Only available on highest plan

Digital signatures

Only available on highest plan

Dedicated support team

Only available on highest plan

Contactless signing

Only available on highest plan

Staff management

Only available on highest plan

Self-check-in

Only available on highest plan

Unlimited staff

Only available on highest plan

Staff hour tracking

Only available on highest plan

Custom invoice discounts

Only available on highest plan

One time charges

Only available on highest plan

Health screening

Video only available on highest plan

Photo and video sharing

Carpools

Extracurricular programs

Document handling

Annual billing

Carline queue

COVID-19 test result sharing

Disclaimer:

All information, prices, and data were last verified on 29 April 2021. To report any incorrect or outdated information, please get in touch with us. For more information on Playground features and costs, check out our pricing page. To compare Playgorund to other platforms, visit our Comparison Hub.

When you call, we pick up

“Whenever I have a question, whether it be big or small, I love the fact that I can call a number and reach a real person quickly.”

TAMAR ANDREWS

Temple Isaiah Preschool

Cost Effective

Brightwheel’s free plan looks great until you realize that many of the most important features come with built-in limits you’ll need to upgrade to fully unlock. The last thing you want when you’re managing your center is to be slapped with another payment every time you try to improve a new process. Playground offers a free trial so you can make an informed decision for yourself, and once you’ve signed up you get exactly what you paid for — without any hidden costs.

Competitive Pricing

No matter how big your center is, at the end of the day it’s all about your bottom-line profits. Why should your center management solution eat into your margin when you can get the same features for a lower price? In the highly competitive childcare management industry, Playground is regularly among the frontrunners when it comes to value for money. We believe in enabling your center, which means giving you all the tools you need at a price that makes sense.

Feature limits: A thing of the past with Playground

With Brightwheel, there are in-built feature restrictions for even the most basic tools, meaning if you want to even message parents or use contactless signing you’ll need to upgrade to a higher-tier plan. With Playground, however, you’ll have completely unrestricted access to digital & contactless check-in, parent & staff messaging, and dedicated support — across every single plan.

Industry leading support

In the world of childcare, there are always things that can go wrong, which is why it’s vital that you can count on a support team to help you out, whenever and however you need them. At Playground, we understand that. It’s why our support is available at any time, on any day, across every single plan we offer. The second you have trouble with something, our experienced and friendly team will be there to lend a hand. Choose the platform that cares about you.

“The customer service team is extremely responsive and eager to please and we have watched as they updated and upgraded their app all year.”

BRIGETTE BENCHIMOL

Creative Mind Preschool

Simplicity

Signing in students is a matter of a couple taps. Setup is a walk in the park, and if you have any issues you’ll have access to 24/7 support, no matter which plan you’re on. Simplicity is the name of the game for Playground, because your job is to provide childcare, not to figure out how to use complex software, and our job is to help you provide that childcare as effectively as possible.

Switch effortlessly, with help from our onboarding team

Switching from Brightwheel or a different center management software? Our friendly specialists will migrate your account, onboard your team, and walk you through the most important features you need.

“The onboarding process was smooth and easy - they helped us put together a plan so that our parents and teachers felt prepared when we started to use Playground.”

BRIGETTE BENCHIMOL

Creative Mind Preschool

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Time is money. Why not save on both?

Playground provides the same tools as Brightwheel, it’s just a whole lot easier to use. See for yourself today.

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