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Exit American Parkway from Hwy 151. Take American Parkway to American Family Dr, will pass Erin's SnugIrish Pub on right (will see a double decker bus in their parking lot). Turn right onto American Family Dr, center is on corner to the left. Children's Dental Hospital on opposite corner.

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Welcome to Bright Horizons at the American Center

Exceptional environment for children to learn, discover and grow!

Located in the American Center Business Park between Madison and Sun Prairie, Bright Horizons recognizes how important beginnings are in each child's early education and development - and to each family.

At our 5 Star-rated YoungStar and City of Madison Accredited child care and preschool, we provide a safe, nurturing and engaging Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten-Prep programs.  

We are also a host site for the Sun Prairie Public School 4K Program.  Bright Horizons is a place where your child will learn and develop to their full potential in a caring, enriched environment.  We invite you to visit us to experience the difference of a Bright Horizons' program!

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"My baby girl Fiona was enrolled about 3 months ago, she was very emotional the first month especially at drop-off. Ms. Tanya was very patient and showed a lot of caring and support to help her with this transition. We appreciate her efforts!"

Our Center Programs & Services

Here are a few of our best features.

Full- and part-time early education and preschool, Drop-in / emergency-care, School holiday - vacation care, Inclement weather care, Summer camp

Upcoming Events

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  • Jul 25

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open House9

    Attend an Open House event and see what defines Bright Horizons as an innovator of high-quality early childhood education. Walk-in’s are welcome.

  • Aug 1

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mr. Steve's Music and Magic Show

    As part of our "Let's Pretend" week, Mr. Steve will be visiting the center to perform his entertaining music and magic tricks!

  • Aug 3

    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Farm to Table Family Picnic

    You are invited to attend a summer picnic complete with lunch prepared from the center’s gardens and our CSA share with Luna Circle Organic Farm. Enjoy cooking projects with your child and live music from children’s entertainer, Dave Landau. This event is free and open to the community. We will offer center tours, program & registration information as well. 

  • Aug 16

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Aloha Dancers

    The Aloha Dancers from Hawaii will be visiting the American Center as part of our "Going Places" week.  The will give an entertaining performance and then teach the children some dance moves native to their culture!

  • Sep 1

    10:14 AM - 11:14 AM Madison Police Department Horses Visit

    The Madison Police Department will arrive on horse as part of our "Dare to Care" week.  The children will be able to interact and ask questions to the police officers, as well as say "hi" to the horses!

Featured Parent Webinar

Parent Teacher Partnerships: The Keys to Successful Collaboration

Creating optimal parent teacher partnerships takes skill and know-how. Watch this video to help determine your goals, your responsibilities, and the line between advocating and over-involvement.

Bright Horizons Parent Community

Helping dad when mom goes back to workThe Bright Horizons Parent Community is a great place for parents and educators to share ideas, get perspectives and ask questions. Looking for info on potty training your toddler or how to get your preschooler started with chores? This is the place for you.

Bright Spaces Help Children in Crisis

Bright Horizons Foundation for ChildrenBright Spaces - special places for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters and other agencies - help children experiencing trauma. Bright Horizons teachers and employees help create Bright Spaces, support them through volunteering, and make a difference across hundreds of communities and serve thousands of children each year. To learn more, including how you could be involved, visit Making Connections Through Bright Spaces, a digital magazine celebrating the impact our programs make in people's lives.


Healthy snacks and lunch using whole grains and fresh fruits & vegetables provided daily

Get involved in our Enrichment Activities

Because knowledge is more than just the ABC's.

As natural extensions of our core daily curriculum, enrichments make use of special materials, unique spaces within the center, special times or expert staff to enhance your child's learning experiences (included in your monthly tuition.)

  • Movement Matters and Yoga in our Movement Matters Zone
  • ArtSmart Classes in our Art Studio
  • Science Lab with STEM focus
  • Farm to Table Cooking Club 
  • Farm to Table GardenWorks club, including outdoor gardens and indoor tower gardens 
  • Spanish
  • Natural Outdoor Learning Spaces
  • Infant Sign Language
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Everyday Math
  • Wiggleworks
  • SmartBoard and iStartSmart classroom computers

Elective Enrichment Programs brought to you by Bright Horizons: (additional cost) 

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See what we've been up to!

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    Summer Kick-Off Picnic! 6/22/2016
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    Farm to Cafeteria Event 6/2/2016
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