For Head Start programs that need easy-to-use, modern tools.

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

An alternative to ChildPlus with tools for the modern Head Start and Early Head Start program

Playground understands that Head Starts are data-driven and that centers need to collect a wide variety of data accurately and with as little interruption to their day as possible. Additionally, we've designed Playground to be able to take your data and easily make use of it for reporting, compliance, trend analysis, and more with just a few clicks.

But the modern Head Start is also about building deep relationships with their community and families. This is why Playground makes it easy to share every student's milestones and daily progress through announcements, private chats, activity tracking, and sharing of pictures and videos. We offer a complete solution in an app that can be customized to suit your specific needs, just like we did for Southern Oregon Head Start which transformed their attendance and check-in processes with our tools and saved thousands of dollars in staff hours by doing so.

Playground vs. ChildPlus - a snapshot

Enjoy a modern, easy-to-adopt interface without sacrificing functionality or features with Playground's platform and app.

Playground

ChildPlus

Free trial

30 days

30 days

Free data migration

Daily attendance report

Check

Dedicated support team

Any time, weekdays and weekends

Weekdays 8:30-6:30 ET

Parent app

Attendance only

Student feeds

Parent and staff messaging

In-app chat (individual or group)

SMS texting only

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Pay for what you use

Extracurricular programs

Carpools

Risky wellness check flagging

COVID-19 test result sharing

Carline queue

30-second response time

Immunization tracking

Track staff:child ratios

Multi-location oversight features

Online document completion

Mobile app

Same app for all users

Limited to attendance tracking

Online enrollment

Customizable online application forms

Free report customization

Additional languages supported

Convert PDF to fillable online form

Modules

Features are included w/no additional cost

Attendance, Health, Education at additional cost

Onboarding/Implementation

Ongoing at no cost

Implementation course available online for first 60 days

Playground

ChildPlus

30 days

30 days

Free trial

Free data migration

Check

Daily attendance report

Any time, weekdays and weekends

Weekdays 8:30-6:30 ET

Dedicated support team

Attendance only

Parent app

Student feeds

In-app chat (individual or group)

SMS texting only

Parent and staff messaging

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Pay for what you use

Extracurricular programs

Carpools

Risky wellness check flagging

COVID-19 test result sharing

Carline queue

30-second response time

Immunization tracking

Track staff:child ratios

Multi-location oversight features

Online document completion

Same app for all users

Limited to attendance tracking

Mobile app

Online enrollment

Customizable online application forms

Free report customization

Additional languages supported

Convert PDF to fillable online form

Features are included w/no additional cost

Attendance, Health, Education at additional cost

Modules

Ongoing at no cost

Implementation course available online for first 60 days

Onboarding/Implementation

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. 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

Track the right data

When it comes to Head Start programs, we know how everything starts with data and your ability to log it easily and accurately. Playground collects the data you need and if there is more data to be logged or additional reports, we'll add those capabilities to the software at no additional cost. Getting your processes to be streamlined and efficient opens the doors to spending more time with your kids and a better learning environment.

Ease of use

At Playground, we know all too well that there's nothing predictable or 9-to-5 about running a center. You need to be able to count on your tech support around the clock, and that's why we provide 24/7 support across all our plans—even our free 90-day trial. Every parent, teacher, and administrator has access to direct messaging with our team, both in the mobile app and on our website. Our average response time is less than 30 seconds...can your provider say the same?

"No matter what the issue is, I can count on the team to resolve it in a timely manner. They are always willing to go above and beyond to address my concerns."

ENJOLIE GRAY

Westside Neighborhood School

For you, your teachers, and your parents

At Playground, we understand that the well-being of your center depends on the well-being of your entire community: administrators, teachers, students, and parents. That's why our solutions are designed with equal consideration of management, care, and accessibility. We're happy to provide support directly to your families so you can focus on managing the center.

Switch effortlessly, with help from our onboarding team

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

“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

Need help moving your data to Playground?

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Time is money. Why not save on both?

Playground is built for modern Head Starts with the flexibility to adapt to any changes. Can ChildPlus say the same?. See for yourself today.

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