Web & Mobile Development, QA

Building an Early Education Platform for Brightwheel

The Client

Brightwheel is the leading platform for early education that combines SaaS, Payments, and a consumer-like daily experience. 

With Brightwheel, teachers save valuable time through easy tools for assessment, communication, and photo sharing; administrators can manage their business with enrollment, reporting, and online bill pay; parents get a beautiful, real-time view of their child’s day that helps them participate in the learning and continue it at home. 

The Challenge

Brightwheel turned to Rootstrap as it was looking to scale its engineering operations. The client was looking for experienced engineers with Ruby BE, React FE, and Python skills to incorporate into its tech stack capabilities. For this project, speed of work and delivery was paramount. 

Brightwheel needed Rootstrap’s expertise in developing important new web and mobile functionalities, such as a reporting tool and menu planning features. The client also needed to enlist Rootstrap’s QA services for high-level testing. 

The Solution

Rootstrap enlisted three senior React JS developers to work on the platform's frontend and a senior software engineer and QA specialist to incorporate quality assurance into the client's process. 

Our React developers worked with WordPress and WooCommerce integrations to develop web and mobile functions that included Billing & Payments, Communication, Center Management, Lesson Plans, Attendance, and Daily Activity Reports. 

On the QA side, the team performed functional tests, generated test cases, and utilized test case management tools for traceability of work and to capture metrics that reflect the quality of the released features.

Key Technologies Used

Web Development - React JS

Backend  Development - Ruby on Rails, Python

Project Management - JIRA & Confluence

Quality Assurance (QA) - Xray

The Result

#1 Childcare Software

Brightwheel is ranked as the leading childcare center software based on external reviews and the fastest-growing and top-reviewed product in early education - a $100B US market.

Easy to Use & Saves Time

With Brightwheel’s all-in-one app, simplified admin tasks can save up to 20 hours per month. 90% of preschools report that more families pay on time, while 95% of administrators & staff report improved communication with families. 

Recognition & Investment

Brightwheel was recognized on the #SMBTech50 list and received notable investment from Addition, Bessemer, Emerson Collective, GGV Capital, Lowercase Capital, and Mark Cuban. 

“We’re happy with the quality of the service Rootstrap provides. Contractor resources are high quality and have good technology and communication skills. Rootstrap moves fast to bring us candidates, and regrettable attrition has been low. Rootstrap management has been a pleasure to work with, and they are fast and thorough in their follow-up.”


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