September 16, 2016 | By Valerie Blackstock
A post on the MyChild support website on Tuesday, September 13 announces that MyChild Daily Reports has merged with brightwheel
MyChild provides online portfolios, daily sheets and email reports for parents in child care or head start programs. They are based out of Chicago, Illinois and recently participated in the 2016 Google Demo Day where startups pitch their business to venture capitalists and other leaders in technology in California.
Unfortunately, MyChild and brightwheel appear to be discontinuing any access to the MyChild Daily Report app, posting this message to the MyChild website on Tuesday (content modified for brevity):
“MyChild will no longer be available after September 30, 2016. Your MyChild information will be available for download until September 30, 2016.”
“Return leased tablets to MyChild Inc. immediately. All tablets must be received by MyChild Inc. by September 30, 2016 or risk being charged future rent and or a recovery fee.”
“We apologize for this. Brightwheel is offering a free period through November 1, 2016 to help alleviate some of the inconvenience.”
Any company that’s helping to connect parents with their children is providing a valuable service and we’re sad to see MyChild go. This is especially true because the MyChild founder was clearly very passionate about the project, as well as being a spokesperson for the Chicago startup community. Here is a quote from the founder taken from the MyChild website about their recent opportunity to present at 2016 Google Demo Day:
“MyChild is committed to improving early childhood education and parental engagement through technology,” said Hugo Augusto, founder and CEO of MyChild. “We are excited to have the opportunity to pitch our business at this year’s Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, and we look forward to highlighting 1871 and Chicago’s innovative startup ecosystem as we showcase our platform.”
With MyChild shutting down access to their app, there are some preschools seeking out an alternative to keep parents informed on their child’s day.
HiMama to the Rescue!
A number of child care and early learning programs using MyChild Daily Reports have reached out to us to transition their teachers and families onto HiMama. As HiMama offers many of the same features and benefits as MyChild, including a strong focus on children’s learning and development, the transition has been really smooth for these programs. If you were previously on MyChild and would like to continue keeping your parents informed with updates about their children’s activities and learning and development, get in touch with us and someone from the HiMama team will be happy to give you a tour.
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