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Directions to Bright Horizons at University Village 2688 NE University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 From Highway 520 take the Montlake Blvd. NE exit going north toward the University of Washington. Montlake Blvd. NE splits and curves right to become NE 45th St. and also stays straight to become 25th Ave. NE. You will see the University Village Shopping Center to the northeast of that intersection. Enter the mall off of either street and find the Bartell Drug Store. The center is located to the left of that drug store. From I-5 take the NE 45th St. exit going east towards the University of Washington. After passing the University you will travel down a long hill and see the University Village Shopping Center ahead. Turn left onto NE 45th St. at the bottom of the hill and make a left into the shopping mall at the QFC sign. Find the Bartell Drug Store. The center is located to the left of that drug store.

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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.

"Hi Monica, Alexander is growing so happily under your care! We are so glad that he is experiencing so much love and guidance in classroom A! He speaks about you all the time. We feel so lucky to have you in his life. Thank you for all your work! We greatly appreciate it!! Tabatha, Kip and Alexander"

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

Puppetry with Twos and Preschoolers

You Will Need:

Purchased or homemade puppets

Directions:

Talk and play with your child using the puppets. Make up skits, ask open-ended questions like, "Why do you think that happened?...How do you think she's feeling?...Why do you think she's sad?" Consider having a special puppet that you bring out at particular times like clean-up time or bedtime to assist with the routine. "Look, Fluffy is helping clean-up. Can you help Fluffy?"

Tip:

Puppets may be able to help a child begin to talk about feelings such as shyness, anger, joy, fear, etc. For example, you could have the puppet talk to your child saying something like, "Sometimes when I am sad, I feel like talking to someone. Do you want to talk to me?" However, don't use the puppet as a substitute for real interaction with your child, just as an opener to get talking started.

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