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From Oakland 1. Take the I-80 W/I-580 W ramp 2. Continue on I-80 W 3. Take exit 1C toward Ninth St/Civic Center 4. Turn left onto 8th St 5. Slight left to stay on 8th St 6. Turn left onto Brannan St 7. Take the 1st right onto 7th St 8. Turn left onto 16th St 9. Turn left onto Owens St until the stop sign. Pass the entrance of the Bakar Community Center parking garage on your right 10. After the stop sign, make an immediate right. We are located on the right and noticeable by a green awning with the name, ?University Childcare@ Mission Bay? printed in white. From Marin, CA 1. Head south on US-101 2. Turn right onto Van Ness Ave 3. Turn left onto 16th St 4. Turn left onto Owens St until the stop sign. Pass the entrance of the Bakar Community Center parking garage on your right 5. After the stop sign, make an immediate right. We are located on the right and noticeable by a green awning with the name, ?University Childcare@ Mission Bay? printed in white.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Ever since the first day I walked into Bright Horizons, I have always felt very comfortable that my son would be well taken care of. I thank you all for your caring hearts, teaching right from wrong, and playing a big part in the development of the amazing boy that my son has become."

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Sound of the Day

You Will Need:

Nothing!

Directions:

Choose a sound that you have heard your child babble frequently. Repeat this sound many times during the day, using it in words, songs, or babbling it yourself. For example, “Ba” is a common early sound – sing “Bah Bah Black Sheep,” play with a ball, sit in a box, drink from a bottle, etc. Stress the sound as you talk about what you are doing during the day.

Tip:

Babies under 6 months respond to a high-pitched voice. By 4 months, they are noticing the individual sounds you make and repeating them often. They are learning how vowel and consonant sounds are used together. For children over 6 months, avoid using “baby talk” but make your voice very rhythmic. After 6 or 7 months, your child may make a game of imitating your sounds of speech.


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