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Compare more than just features. Playground makes it easier for educators to serve their families and provides the kind of human support you need to grow your center's community.

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YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY

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

A more human alternative to HiMama

Playground might not be as big as HiMama but that doesn’t stop us from providing exceptional service. Actually, it’s the opposite. Since HiMama 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 vs. HiMama at a glance

Overpriced and overcomplicated features make HiMama much more expensive than Playground, both timewise and financially

Playground

HiMama

Free trial

90 days

14 days

Announcements

Chat messaging

Online bill pay

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Wellness questions

Student feeds

Monthly billing

Not available for all plans

Dynamic reports

Yes, choose any date range

Capped at 1 week or 1 month

Pay for what you use

Carpools

Real-time activities reporting

Carline queue

Staff hour tracking

Immediate reports

Extracurricular programs

Document handling

Free migration

Playground

HiMama

90 days

14 days

Free trial

Announcements

Chat messaging

Online bill pay

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Wellness questions

Student feeds

Not available for all plans

Monthly billing

Yes, choose any date range

Capped at 1 week or 1 month

Dynamic reports

Pay for what you use

Carpools

Real-time activities reporting

Carline queue

Staff hour tracking

Immediate reports

Extracurricular programs

Document handling

Free migration

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 To report any incorrect or outdated information, please get in touch with us.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

Ease of Use

Unlimited, separate accounts for your teachers. A simple and intuitive user interface. Easy data migration from spreadsheets and existing solutions. Streamlined, automatic workflows, from adding new families, to sending invoices, to tracking staff hours.

“The Playground app has made our arrival and dismissal times feel seamless! The parents love the ease with which they are able to quickly sign their children in and out without the time it used to take to locate the correct classroom list the child was on.”

ALISHA SELA

Kadima Day School

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.

Only pay for what you use

Playground only charges you for active students. HiMama bills you for the number of classes you have, even if you see a decrease in enrollment. You shouldn’t have to pay the same amount when you have fewer students coming in.

Ease of Use

If you’ve got a technical issue, chances are you’re going to have to figure it out yourself with HiMama. But when a parent is trying to sign their student out, the last thing you want is to be let down by the technology you’re using. At Playground, we know all too well there’s nothing predictable about childcare, and we understand you need to be able to count on your tech support around the clock. That’s why we provide support 7 days a week across each and every plan, even our free trial. Every parent, teacher, and administrator has access to direct messaging with our team both in the mobile app and on our website.

“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 Preschool

Designed to be instinctive

Our entire solution was designed to be as intuitive as possible, because we know how important time management is when it comes to childcare. Your job is to provide childcare, not to learn all the ins and outs of a complex piece of software. Playground's job is to help you provide that care more effectively. It’s as simple as that.

Switch effortlessly, with help from our onboarding team

Switching from HiMama 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 HiMama, it’s just a whole lot easier to use. See for yourself today.

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