Welcome to University of Maryland Child Development Center

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Meet the Center Director

Christina Cross

M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: +1 240-770-3537

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Meet Our Director

Christina Cross is the Director of The University of Maryland Child Development Center, managed by Bright Horizons. Christina has over thirty years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field and has been with Bright Horizons for over ten years. 

At the center, Christina runs the day-to-day center operations and programs. Click here to learn more about Christina and download her full bio.  

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Health & Safety at Bright Horizons

At Bright Horizons, the safety of children, families, and staff has always been our top priority. Our industry-leading protocols are based on expert guidance, designed to support your child’s health, while ensuring in a positive environment where kids can be kids.

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Our Early Education Programs Offer More Than Daycare

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Infants

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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Toddler/Twos

An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Preschool

Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond

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Meet Our Teaching Team

Ian R.

I love teaching because: Toddlers are amazing, honest, driven, little fascinating people. Good company!

Teaching since: 1993

Imelda M.

I love teaching because: I enjoy interacting with children and feel they can learn a lot from me.

Teaching since: 2009

Ashley B.

I love teaching because: I love to see children's reaction to the new experiences that I can provide.

Teaching since: 2007

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The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Rocks

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

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Our NAEYC Accreditation

Bright Horizons is committed to 100% NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation for all of our eligible child care centers and preschools.

Why NAEYC? Based on a multi-step process of continuous evaluation and improvement, NAEYC accreditation is the most comprehensive in the field, ensuring that our programs are informed by research and demonstrate high-quality standards.

NAEYC accreditation is our commitment to families. It is one way we provide the very best care and education for young children. Bright Horizons goes beyond what a traditional daycare would offer in order to establish a strong foundation for success in school and life.

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Upcoming Events for Families

Virtual Open House

March 10 | 12-1pm

Learn about our industry-leading health & safety protocols and curriculum.