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Manage your center with this accessible Sandbox alternative

Good management software doesn't put the office first—it puts people first. Playground is designed to make sense to all of our users, whether administrators, teachers, or parents, and our team provides the human support you need to grow your center's community.

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

The intuitive alternative to Sandbox

A dashboard that's easy on the eyes isn't always easy to learn. Playground offers straightforward and cost-effective features-old without the steep software learning curve of Sandbox. 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 seems daunting, make sure you pick the company that puts people at the center of everything, from app design to customer support. Our team will support you through good times and bad, and always with a human touch—making every interaction with us special.

Playground vs. Sandbox at a glance

Overcomplicated features are recurring themes when you compare Sandbox to Playground

Playground

Sandbox

Free trial

90 days

30 days

Free data migration

Sign-up fees

Dedicated support team

9am-5pm ET on Monday - Friday

Daily attendance report

Only available on highest plan

Health screening

Manually create daily logs

Student feeds

Parent and staff messaging

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Digital forms

Unlimited staff

Self-check-in

Online bill pay

Pay for what you use

Extracurricular programs

Carpools

COVID-19 test result sharing

Staff hour tracking

Carline queue

Playground

Sandbox

90 days

30 days

Free trial

Sign-up fees

Free data migration

9am-5pm ET on Monday - Friday

Dedicated support team

Only available on highest plan

Daily attendance report

Manually create daily logs

Health screening

Student feeds

Parent and staff messaging

Photo and video sharing

Contactless signing

Digital forms

Unlimited staff

Self-check-in

Online bill pay

Pay for what you use

Extracurricular programs

Carpools

COVID-19 test result sharing

Staff hour tracking

Carline queue

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 To report any incorrect or outdated information, please get in touch with us.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

Designed to be instinctive

When it comes to childcare, we know how important time management is. That's why we designed our solution to be as intuitive as possible. Your job is to provide childcare, not learn the ins and outs of a complex software. No more hours spent reading online manuals and then teaching your staff and parents how to use each feature—our solutions explain themselves, and a member of our customer support team is always a simple message away.

Ease of use

At Playground, we know all too well that there's nothing predictable or 9-to-5 about childcare. 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.

"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

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. Sandbox bills you for the student roster range your center falls into. You shouldn't have to pay the same amount as a center larger than yours, or if your enrollment fluctuates week to week or month to month.

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.

Switch effortlessly, with help from our onboarding team

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

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