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From I-80 take exit 242 and turn south onto 1st Avenue. Continue on 1st Avenue for 1 mile to the intersection of 1st Avenue and Hwy 6 / 2nd Street. There will be a Hardees and a Walgreens on your right. Turn left and continue about a half mile to the 4th traffic light. You will pass Every Bloomin' Thing on the left and the VA Hospital on the right. Turn right onto Newton Road at the 4th traffic light. We are the second building on the right as you reach the top of the hill. There is a large, colorful sign that reads "UIHC Child Care and Early Education Center" in front of our entrance. Parking is available in the adjacent ramp.

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  • About the Curriculum

    Our unique approach to education.

    Bright Horizons’ The World at Their Fingertips

    Children learn in a variety of ways and at their own pace. Our carefully planned curriculum is designed to inspire your child at every age and stage. Built around extensive research, 21st-century technology, and developmentally appropriate instruction, our curriculum introduces concepts of math, science, language, culture, environment, art and health.

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    Inspired by knowledgeable child development professionals who understand the balance between nurturing developing minds and caring for tender spirits, children grow from curious infants into explorative preschoolers. Our teachers are all experienced and highly trained, meeting rigid certification requirements. They keep up with the latest techniques in early childhood curriculum and continually develop new skills to guide children on a path to lifelong learning.

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