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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.

"Thank you so much for all that you do for the children, families and staff. Bright Horizons has been a second home for our three daughters, and our family, for nearly 10 years now! The teachers have contributed tremendously to our daughters' growth and development, and the feeling of leaving your children with people they adore is incredibly comforting."

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

Color Cards

You Will Need:

File folders in 6 different colors, clear contact paper, a hole/paper punch (a shape punch, such as a star or heart can be fun), scissors, a metal ring that opens and closes

Directions:

To Prepare Cards:

  • Cover the file folder with contact paper
  • Cut file folder into 1-by-6-inch strips
  • Punch a hole in one end of each strip in the same spot
  • Hold the strips together by inserting the metal ring through holes and fastening together
Show your child one color at a time, say the name of the color, and have him or her find something in the area or think of something that is the same color. Having the card to look at while you say the name of the color is a great help for toddlers who are learning their colors.

Tip:

Use these cards while waiting for trains, planes, and buses, or while waiting for an appointment.


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