Playground vs Procare

Procare is a legacy preschool management system from the early 1990s.

Playground is a modern childcare platform that can grow with your business.

Playground
4.7
Procare

4.6

Data as of 4/22/22
Playground
4.7
Procare

4.6

Data as of 4/22/22

Why do people choose Playground over Procare?

Procare

Procare has been around since the 90's and as a result their system feels clunky and outdated. Training to use Procare's system is arduous and can take days or weeks.

Playground

Playground continues innovating and adding new features on a weekly basis. It is everything a modern CRM system should be; a combination of a beautiful, simple family experience with a powerful, customized administrative back end. Best of all, starting takes minutes.

Registration

1.

Procare doesn't support tuition deposits or application fees. Playground lets you customize tuition deposits, application fees, and enrollment fees.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Procare is rigid and unflexible. Playground lets you upload and digitize the same paper documents you use so getting started takes just a couple minutes.

3.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Procare doesn’t have autofill.

Registration

1.

Procare doesn't support tuition deposits or application fees. Playground lets you customize tuition deposits, application fees, and enrollment fees.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Procare is rigid and unflexible. Playground lets you upload and digitize the same paper documents you use so getting started takes just a couple minutes.

3.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Procare doesn’t have autofill.

Registration

1.

Procare doesn't support tuition deposits or application fees. Playground lets you customize tuition deposits, application fees, and enrollment fees.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Procare is rigid and unflexible. Playground lets you upload and digitize the same paper documents you use so getting started takes just a couple minutes.

3.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Procare doesn’t have autofill.

Attendance

1.

To collect wet signatures in Procare, you have to purchase a separate signature pad device. Procare doesn’t collect wet signatures in-app. Playground gives centers the option for families to submit their signature on the mobile device of their choice.

2.

Playground’s quick sign lets multiple kids get checked in or out at the same time.

3.

Procare’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency. Playground lets you set the exact columns on the reports generated.

Attendance

1.

To collect wet signatures in Procare, you have to purchase a separate signature pad device. Procare doesn’t collect wet signatures in-app. Playground gives centers the option for families to submit their signature on the mobile device of their choice.

2.

Playground’s quick sign lets multiple kids get checked in or out at the same time.

3.

Procare’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency. Playground lets you set the exact columns on the reports generated.

Attendance

1.

To collect wet signatures in Procare, you have to purchase a separate signature pad device. Procare doesn’t collect wet signatures in-app. Playground gives centers the option for families to submit their signature on the mobile device of their choice.

2.

Playground’s quick sign lets multiple kids get checked in or out at the same time.

3.

Procare’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency. Playground lets you set the exact columns on the reports generated.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can be customized with certain participants or group names.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages or moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

4.

Playground gives administrators the option to turn on post approval settings where teacher posts must be approved before being published.

5.

Playground lets you schedule times for posts to be shared with families automatically.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can be customized with certain participants or group names.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages or moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can be customized with certain participants or group names.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages or moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground lets you run robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground lets you run robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground lets you run robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

Switch off Procare in under 15 minutes

Your center management system shouldn't feel clunky. Try Playground to see what a modern childcare app should feel like.