Smartcare vs Brightwheel

A Software Comparision

See how Smartcare’s child care software performs against Brightwheel

We are on a mission to be the best technology partner for childcare centers.  We admire what you do – caring for and educating children, dealing with parents, and doing it all with a smile even on the toughest of days!  Our goal is to bring technology to help where it can.  We want to make day-to-day administrative tasks easy for directors, create a delightful experience for your digitally native parents, and streamline record keeping for teachers.

When considering which child care management software is right for you, there’s a number of aspects to consider: Ease of use, implementation, training, software features, integrations, and price.

This page can help you get a sense for how Smartcare compares to Brightwheel Child Care Software.

Smartcare Overview


Smartcare was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. We serve about 2,000 child care centers in all 50 states. Smartcare typically works best in centers with more than 60 children and in chains of two or more centers.  Our highlight features include:


  • Grow enrollment with lead management and online registration.
  • Stay safe and secure with touchless, digital check in/out and door lock integration.
  • Automate repetitive tasks with automatic billing, mobile and online parent payments, and easy reporting.
  • Communicate with families in the app, email and text messages.
  • Educate in addition to care with activity tracking, lesson plans and assessments.

    Brightwheel Overview


    Brigthwheel started as a simple, free solution for at-home daycare providers.  Overtime, Brightwheel has added new features to address the needs of facility-based childcare providers and has experimented with different pricing models.  Their solution is user friendly, especially for teachers, and easy to implement.

    Software Comparision


    Software-as-a-Service (access anywhere)
    Mobile applications
    Automatic tuition billing
    Electronic parent payments
    Agency billing
    Email and SMS
    Multi-location management
    Employee hour tracking
    Door lock integration
    Quickbooks integration
    Online lead capture
    Online enrollment
    Meal tracking
    Activity tracking
    Lesson plans
    Training and implementation
    Customer support
    Price$99 per location per month.
    $198 one-time setup fee.
    $0.04 per text message.
    $0.40 per ACH transaction.
    2.85% of credit card transactions.
    Monthly fee based on school size plus Credit Card and ACH fees.

    Choosing a Child Care Management Software



    Choosing the right child care software platform is a big decision. We understand that you’ll want to explore your options, weigh differences, and choose the platform that best meets your needs.

    To help explore all that Smartcare can do for your center, you can book a live software demo webinar with a member of the Smartcare team.

    Schedule a live demo today and see how easy it is to manage attendance, communicate with parents, share photos and videos, automate billing, and more, all from one app!

    Set up a time for a free demo to learn more. See what Smartcare can do for you.

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