Electronic Door Locks for Your Childcare Center


Many early education providers use some type of an electronic door lock.

In the past, some of these locks were directly integrated into a legacy software via a connection to a personal computer. While this type of integration may seem useful at the time, many providers complain of issues with the hardware or with the connection to the computer.

Rather than have to use an older locking method and older legacy software, why not upgrade to the latest and greatest? We recommend combining brightwheel with your choice of a state-of-the-art digital door lock that is easy to use, secure, and yet affordable.

What to look for

  • Number of codes: Do you want a single door code shared by all parents, or every parent to have a unique code? Make sure the lock can handle the number of codes you’ll need.
  • Method for setting codes: How are codes added or adjusted? Some locks use apps, while others are set directly on the lock itself. Think about which method you prefer.
  • Type: Most numerical locks are a deadbolt. Perhaps you instead need a lock directly on the door handle itself? 

Suggested models

The following list is a great place to start. Generally, we have seen providers using locks from Schlage, Kwikset, and Yale. It’s always a good idea to read the customer reviews before you buy.

Kwikset Aura Bluetooth Programmable Keypad Door

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

Schlage Plymouth Keypad Entry

Kwikset SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt

Yale Wave Plus Touchscreen Deadbolt

How to install

We recommend you employ a local, trusted locksmith. Don’t know where to find one? Try Yelp.

This would also be a good time to mention that here at brightwheel we have worked tirelessly to build a platform that makes teachers lives easier, streamlining their processes, allowing them more time to engage with kids.

Brightwheel is an affordable, easy-to-use app for preschools, child care, and families. Download it today and get started!


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