What are the directions to the center?
What age children will the center provide care?
From Points South:
Travel on I – 75 North. Exit #261, and take highway 280 South. Continue until you see the exit for Hwy. 41/Dobbins/Marietta. Turn RIGHT onto Hwy. 41 N. Go through the first red light (Barclay Circle). Turn LEFT onto Life’s Way (just past Marietta Toyota). Continue to the top of the hill and turn RIGHT. Our center is located to the LEFT of the parking deck at the bottom of the hill.
From Points North:
Travel on I-75 South. Exit #267 at the 120 S Loop/120 W Southern PolyTech. Turn RIGHT at the exit ramp onto S. Marietta Pwy. Travel in the LEFT lane. Continue until you come to the intersection of Cobb Pwy. (HW 41). Turn LEFT onto Cobb Pwy. (HW 41). Pass McDonalds on the left. Turn LEFT onto Life’s Way (between two Toyota dealerships). Continue to the top of the hill and turn RIGHT. Our center is located to the LEFT of the parking deck at the bottom of the hill.
Ages 6 weeks to 5 years in our full-time program
What are your hours of operation?
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can refer to our Center Calendar to see which holidays we will be closed. The center will operate twelve months per year.
Is there a registration fee for enrollment?
Yes. The registration fee is $100.00 per child. This fee should accompany your enrollment or pre-enrollment packages.
What time do you have to pick up your child(ren) without penalty of increased rate?
The Center closes at 7:00 p.m. It is stressful for a child to be left at the Center after closing, so we encourage parents to pick up at their scheduled time of departure. A Late Pick-up fee will be charged for each child remaining in the center after the Center closes. The Late Pick-up rate is $1 per minute after the center closes.
Who is eligible to use the center?
Any child who is a legal dependent of a Life University student, faculty, and staff or of a member of the community may enroll in Bright LIFE, A Kid’s Campus. Grandchildren of Life University may enroll, if the grandparent has legal custody of the child. Life University students and full-time employees will be given priority for enrollment in Bright LIFE.
What are the educational goals of Bright Horizons?
Will siblings have a priority on the waiting list?
Comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character. Preparation for Success in Life
Preparation for Academic Excellence
- Approaching life as an invitation to learn
- Becoming a confident and competent lifelong learner
- Becoming a confident and competent user of technology
- Developing emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills
A Rich and Rewarding Childhood
- Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
- Achieving excellence in language and literacy
- Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
- Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
- Happy days
- Wonderful relationships
- A World of experience
Yes, siblings receive priority. Our intent is to serve the family as a unit.
Will there be a discount for other children in the family?
Sibling discounts are available for families that have 3 children enrolled full time at the center.
How can I obtain information about tuition?
When is tuition due?
Tuition varies by center, schedule and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact the center directly.
Tuition is due on the 25th of the month paying on a monthly basis. Payment may be made by check, money order or cash. Tuition and other charges are payable in accordance with the Rate Sheet with no deductions for absences or holidays. Non-payment through the end of the month or by the first of the month will be construed as grounds for disenrollment
What type of security will be provided?
There is a security access system at all doors. All areas surrounding the childcare property are fenced. The center is also monitored by the LIFE University police department.
What is Bright Horizons' process on checking the background of their employees?
How are the staff selected?
Bright Horizons conducts a comprehensive background check on all prospective employees and frequent visitors. The background check consists of a county criminal record check for the past seven years performed in all counties that a person has lived, worked or attended school. In addition to the county criminal search , a sex offender search, OFAC search and a social security verification trace are also conducted. For all location employees, program licensing background checks required by the state are also performed.
Bright LIFE, A Kid’s Campus is assigned a Bright Horizons recruiter to help with locating, screening and hiring staff. We conduct required criminal background checks, as well as a comprehensive screening and interview process. Employees are hired according to their ability to meet the educational and experience requirements for the position. We will take into account how the candidate’s philosophy of early childhood education complies with that of Bright Horizons and Life University.
What role do parents play in the childcare center?
Parents are a vital part of our program. Your involvement, support and satisfaction are keys to our success! We encourage regular visits, as well as participation in special events & activities, field trips and sharing your talents. We also have a Parent Partnership Committee active in the center. This committee works directly with the center management to plan center events, address concerns, and assist in creating a wonderful environment for our families and staff in the center. There are many opportunities for parents to participate in Parent Partnership meetings, attend workshops and center events. Regular communication is also essential through face-to-face conversation, phone calls and written notes. Bright Horizons conducts annual parent satisfaction surveys to help us constantly improve our work with your family.
Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?
Are parents allowed to volunteer in the center?
Yes, Bright Horizons has an open door policy. You are encouraged to visit your child anytime.
Volunteer participation in the program is a special treat for children and staff. Most parents have special talents or have had interesting experiences, which can enrich our program. You are invited to share this with the children at a convenient time for the class. We recommend anything from reading a book to helping serve lunch as a model of appropriate behavior and civil duties.
Can you give us examples of some logical and natural consequences for a young child?
Does Bright Horizons have a written policy on use of time-out?
- Have age appropriate expectations of the child, (toddlers can't wait)
- Do not be judgmental, (focus on the behavior itself, not the child or family)
- Be consistent in limit setting and consequences, (follow-through on limit every time)
- Not make threats, ( don't threaten to call mom)
- Make realistic consequences and follow-through on them, (consequences should be age appropriate for the child to understand and should not belittle or humiliate the child)
We do not use time out as a discipline strategy. Some children may need to be removed from the group if they are endangering others or themselves. This is done with the teacher to help calm them down, talk things over or redirect the behavior, not by themselves such as traditional methods of sitting in timeout alone. Children can be redirected however to another area or activity.
Is there a playground on-site?
Bright LIFE has many elements connected to the natural environment. We have an Infant Toddler playground and a transition/preschool playground. These playgrounds will be reflective of nature and incorporate many natural elements. The center has a LEED certification, similar to the Life’s Village Retreat, which is a unique classification for centers reflecting our commitment to fostering a passion, connection and commitment to the natural environment.
Are meals provided at the center?
Organic milk and nutritious snacks will be provided by Bright LIFE. Because of the varying nutritional practices among students and faculty, parents provide their own lunch. We make every effort to offer 100% whole grain, natural, and organic snacks. Gluten free options are also available many times each week. Our menu rotates on a 3 week cycle.
Is part time care available?
No. We only offer full-time enrollment. However, if a family chooses to attend every day or three days out of the week, the tuition rate will remain the same.
What days will the Center be closed during the year?
What is The World At Their Fingertips?
The center will close anytime Life University closes due to inclement weather
- New Year's Day
- Martin L. King's Birthday
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
Is there a structured curriculum for each age group? If so, where can I receive more information?
Bright Horizons curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips, is our unique curriculum designed to engage children in active learning that prepares them for school while helping them achieve their individual potential and fostering a spirit of community. It includes curriculum elements such as Language Works, Math Counts, Science Rocks, ArtSmart, Our World and Well Aware that cross all age groups. For more on information on our curriculum, click here.
Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
Yes, Bright Horizons has developed the “World at Their Fingertips” Program for Learning. This will be discussed in detail when you tour the center and at Parent Information Sessions prior to center opening, and in parent meetings after enrollment. For more information, you may visit our web site at www.brighthorizons.com
What is your sick policy?
All Bright Horizons staff are trained regularly in CPR, even if not required by the state. First Aid is taught as required by state licensing agency/regulations so that you can feel confident that your child is safe and receiving the best care possible at our center.
Parents will receive a Bright Horizons illness policy upon enrollment. We understand and respect the philosophy and ideals of LIFE University yet we also must follow state licensing regulations.
What is your medication policy?
Bright LIFE will not be administering medications. If your child needs medication, parents are expected to visit the center to administer them.
I'm interested in applying for a job at this center. Is there someone I can contact?
Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?
I'm not quite ready to enroll in the center but I am interested in continuing to hear about what is happening at the center. How can I get information more regularly?
What is NAEYC accreditation?
We encourage any family interested in center information, regular updates and invitations to the many events we are planning, to contact us.
What is the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed standards to define and recognize quality child care programs. In order to be accredited, a child care program must meet a variety of strict criteria, including having a well-trained faculty, good staff-child ratios and group sizes, and a comprehensive curriculum, as well as meet stringent health and safety standards. The program must also provide meaningful opportunities for family involvement.
What if I’d like to enroll but the center doesn’t have space available?
For more information about this relationship, click here.
We suggest you register with Bright Horizons. You can select up to 3 locations to be registered at, including the center you are most interested in. By registering, you are confirming your strong interest in all 3 centers. We will add you to our wait list and you will be offered a space as soon as one becomes available. While waiting for a space to become available at your first choice location, many families will choose to enroll at their 2nd or 3rd choice temporarily until space becomes available at the center they are most interested in. In many centers, a child currently enrolled at a Bright Horizons location has priority over the general community so enrolling at another location will not only solve your care needs but will also give you additional priority in getting into your 1st preference. Our goal is to accommodate families as soon as space allows. During the entire process, we will keep in touch with you regarding your status.