Free childcare management software for Iowa providers + up to $1,000!

Early Childhood Iowa is partnering with Playground to provide all Iowa childcare programs with:

Early Childhood Iowa is partnering with Playground to provide all Iowa childcare programs with:

  • Free childcare management software for at least 12 months

  • Up to $1,000 in technology grants

  • Free financial coaching through the Child Care Collaborative of Iowa

44,000+ providers, teachers, and families

44,000+ providers, teachers, and families

44,000+ providers, teachers, and families

No credit card required

No credit card required

No credit card required

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Playground is the only app directors need to run a childcare center or in-home daycare

Playground is childcare management software that manages billing, attendance, registration, communication, paperwork, reporting and more for Iowa childcare programs.

Join 44,000+ owners, directors, teachers, and families already on Playground

Join 44,000+ owners, directors, teachers, and families already on Playground

Why do people choose Playground over Brightwheel?

Among other things, directors feel less constrained on Playground's childcare management system while still providing families with an incredible experience.


We asked our users and these are some of the most popular reasons Iowa directors chose Playground instead of Brightwheel.

Temple Isaiah Preschool

"Playground helped us put together a plan so that our parents and teachers felt prepared when we started."

Tamar Andrews

Calvary Chapel Christian Preschool

"Playground is the most customer-friendly system we've used. It’s like an extension of our program."

Denisse Cardenas

Goldberg Montessori

"The immunizations tracker eliminates all pencil and paper for us. I get back 10 hours every month — this is a game-changer!"

Robyn Burck

Temple Isaiah Preschool

"Playground helped us put together a plan so that our parents and teachers felt prepared when we started."

Tamar Andrews

Calvary Chapel Christian Preschool

"Playground is the most customer-friendly system we've used. It’s like an extension of our program."

Denisse Cardeneas

Goldberg Montessori

"The immunizations tracker eliminates all pencil and paper for us. I get back 10 hours every month — this is a game-changer!"

Robyn Burck

Painless onboarding

We'll help you get started in under 15 minutes

We'll help you get started in under 15 minutes

We'll help you get started in under 15 minutes

1:1 help

Personal specialist you can call or email

1:1 help

Personal specialist you can call or email

Live human support

30 second average chat response time

Live human support

30 second average chat response time

Free data migration

We'll transfer your old childcare management app

Free data migration

Data transfer from your old system

Free data migration

We'll transfer your data from your old system

Free training

Family and staff training webinars

Free training

Virtual family and staff training webinars

Help Center

Virtual family and staff training webinars

Help Center

250+ guides, best practices, and videos

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Frequently asked questions

What is this Early Childhood Iowa program?

What is this Early Childhood Iowa program?

What is this Early Childhood Iowa program?

What are the qualifications for the Early Childhood Iowa program?

What are the qualifications for the Early Childhood Iowa program?

What are the qualifications for the Early Childhood Iowa program?

Is this Early Childhood Iowa program really free?

Is this Early Childhood Iowa program really free?

Is this Early Childhood Iowa program really free?

What if I don’t have time to learn how to use Playground?

What if I don’t have time to learn how to use Playground?

What if I don’t have time to learn how to use Playground?

What if I need help with the program?

What if I need help with the program?

What if I need help with the program?

I’m worried that the technology will be too complex for my program.

I’m worried that the technology will be too complex for my program.

I’m worried that the technology will be too complex for my program.

How does Playground grow enrollment at my center?

How does Playground grow enrollment at my center?

How does Playground grow enrollment at my center?

The best way for Iowa providers to run their child care centers and in-home daycares

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