September 2023 Product Spotlight

Connect families with parent directories, have more flexibility with autopay, and view brightwheel in Spanish!

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Written by Anya Carion
Updated over a week ago

Hi there,

Fall is almost here, we’re in the thick of seasonal change, and many programs are welcoming families back. All of this transition reveals the perfect opportunity to foster connection. Below, you’ll find top tips and tools to build community between the students, staff, and families at your center.

Use brightwheel’s parent directory to easily connect your families.

Make it even easier for parents to get in touch! You can now toggle on parent directories in your school settings. Parents will be able to view this directory of other brightwheel parents in the program in their account on the web and mobile app. Find more information here.

Parents can also choose to opt out of sharing their information if desired. Find more information here.

You and your staff can now view the brightwheel app in Spanish!

Earlier this summer, brightwheel released a translated mobile and web app experience for Spanish-speaking families. We’re thrilled to share that you and your staff can now view the brightwheel web and mobile app in Spanish as well.

Whether you have a bilingual program or are looking to build a more inclusive program for Spanish-speaking staff members, this can help foster community at your program. Learn more here.

Get paid on time, every time with payer-level autopay. You can customize auto-pay settings for specific families, allowing for more flexibility and control over your finances.

This means you can have:

  • Autopay turned on for your school but off for certain families or payers for extra grace.

  • Autopay turned off for your school but on for certain families that need a little more structure in their payment plans.

You can learn more about turning autopay on or off for individual families here.

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