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What other fees are required?

In addition to the tuition, you will be required to pay the following:

  • Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee of $150 per child will be due at the time of registration.

  • Annual Re-Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee of $100 per child.

  • Enrollment Deposit:

    • There is a non-refundable enrollment deposit for each registered child, equal to one month's tuition.

      • For initial enrollments offered and accepted, families will pay 50% of the deposit at the time the offer is accepted, and 50% by July 1.

      • For enrollment beginning July1, the full enrollment deposit will be due when the offer is accepted.

    • The enrollment deposit will be applied to the first month of tuition. If a family chooses not to enroll their child after accepting the enrollment offer, the enrollment deposit will be forfeited.

  • Late payment fee: A late payment fee of $5.00 per day will be charged if tuition payments are paid late.  Tuition payments are due on the 25th of the month, payable in advance.

  • Late pick-up fee: A late fee of $1 per child will be assessed for each 1 minute beyond the center’s closing time.

  • Non-sufficient fund fee: A $25.00 fee will be charged for a payment made with insufficient funds. If this occurs more than once, Bright Horizons may require payment by another method for enrollment to continue, such as, cashier’s check.

What are the hours of operation?

The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will remain open year-round; closing only on the following days:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • First two days of Spring Break (March 15 & 16, 2021) 

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Day After Thanksgiving

  • Christmas Day

When is the center expected to open?

Due to the impact of Covid-19 we are targeting Fall 2020 for our opening, though we will be prepared to open sooner if the licensing process proceeds more quickly than we currently anticipate. There are many influences that will continue to shape our decisions, including state-issued stay-at-home orders, public health guidance and other government restrictions for businesses, including our own. Our goal is to open as soon as we are issued a license and feel it is safe and appropriate for our teachers and the children in our care. We will do so with as much notice as possible to allow families to adjust their caregiving plans. 

What is the capacity and ratio per age group?

The capacity per age group and teacher-to-child ratios are summarized below:

Age Group

Staff/Child Ratios

Group Sizes

Age Group Capacity

Infant

1:3

6

18

Toddler

1:3

6

18

Twos

1:6

12

24

Preschool/K-Prep

1:10

20

60

Total

120

 

The ratios at the center are designed to support one-on-one interactions between the teachers and children, an in-depth understanding by the teachers of the individual needs of each child, and the formulation of consistent caregiving routines based on the teachers’ knowledge of the individual children. These teacher-to-child ratios also support enhanced development, particularly language development.

**Due to COVID-19, the capacity, ratios and group sizes are subject to change based on the development and implementation of new state guidelines and enhanced center protocols.

What resources does Bright Horizons offer to families?

Bright Horizons offers many resources to support families’ efforts to nurture children’s development, be actively involved in their education, and balance work/life demands.  Bright Horizons Resources can be found at www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources.

What are the qualities and qualifications of the teaching and care staff?

Bright Horizons works to recruit and hire the highest quality teachers.  Staff members are nurturing educators who encourage learning through exploration and partnership with parents. They’re trained to deliver the highest standard of care.  All candidates undergo a thorough screening, including a Bright Horizons, enhanced background check, and state-required background checks. All teachers must meet state educational licensing and additional center requirements.

 

Can you provide more background on Bright Horizons?

Bright Horizons was founded more than 30 years ago and partners with more than 1000 employers across the U.S., as well as in Europe, Canada, and India. Their client list includes half of those named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies” and more than three-fourths of the companies on Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best” list. Bright Horizons operates centers in communities, as well as onsite at major employers.

Will you be conducting health screening for those who are entering the center?

Yes, once the center opens, all employees, parents and children will have to pass a daily health screening. The health screening includes a temperature check and a series of COVID-19 related questions that pertain to the individual and their households.

Can I pay to reserve a space at the center without attending?

Bright Horizons will hold your space for up to 90 days as long as tuition is paid during that period.  After 90 days, you must enroll your child, or space will be offered to another family on the wait pool.

What enhanced safety measures has Bright Horizons implemented?

Bright Horizons is trusted by parents around the country – including many doctors and nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19 -- to care for their children. We’ve partnered with pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Kristin Moffitt of Boston Children’s Hospital to implement enhanced safety protocols for all areas including daily health screening, distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. Our goal is to ensure that all of our health and safety practices in every center are in line with recommendations provided by the CDC and requirements of state and local municipalities, and have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core. For more detailed information, visit: https://www.brighthorizons.com/health-safety
 

What is Bright Horizons’ current COVID-19 center policy?

The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:
 
Your household must remain out of the center if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):
(a)  A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or
(b)  Traveled: internationally; or domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.         
 
14 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:
(a)   At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and
(b)   Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
(c)    The household has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.  
 
Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.

Does Bright Horizons perform background checks on its employees?

Bright Horizons conducts a comprehensive background check on all prospective employees and frequent visitors.  The background check consists of a county criminal record check for the past seven years performed in all counties in which that person has lived, worked or attended school.  In addition to the county criminal search, a sex offender search, Office of Foreign Assets Control search, and a social security verification trace are also conducted.  For all Center employees, program licensing background checks required by the state are also performed. 

Is there a sibling discount?

No, the center will not offer a sibling discount. 

Can expecting and adoptive parents enroll in the center?

Yes, expectant or adoptive families can register once they confirm pregnancy or they are engaged in the adoptive process.

Is part-time child care available at the center?

No, the center does not offer part-time enrollment at this time

Where will the center be located?

The center is located at 4601 Calvert Road, College Park, MD 20740.  This is the site of the former College Park Elementary School.

What ages will the center serve?

The center has capacity for 120 children and will serve children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. 

Who is eligible to enroll in the center?

Parents or legal guardians only who are:

  • College Park residents
  • Full-time permanent University of Maryland employees (faculty and staff)
  • Full-time and part-time University of Maryland students
  • Community members (including foster parents, grandparents, domestic partners, part-time or contractual UMD employees, and others)

The University and City of College Park have partnered to create the University of Maryland Child Development Center.  Our partnership calls for the center to enroll at least 14 College Park children whose families are not affiliated with UMD.  Enrollment priority for the remaining spaces is given to full-time UMD employees (faculty/staff) and full-time or part-time UMD students.  Applicants from the wider community will be considered for enrollment as space permits. 

Are online tuition payments accepted?

Yes, Bright Horizons will accept tuition payments through the Bright Horizons Online Payment Solution process. The Online Payment Solution is a secure, online payment system that allows the family’s primary payer to do the following:

  • Sign up for recurring ACH payments to pay your tuition balance

  • Initiate one-time payments

  • Manage family and account information in one place

  • Go paperless and leave the checkbook at home

How are dietary restrictions managed?

We recommend that children with dietary restrictions bring an appropriate snack from home. Any snacks brought into the center must adhere to our Food from Home policy.

Will I receive a tuition credit for time away on vacation?

No, the center will not offer vacation credits. 

How do I enroll my child?

The initial pre-enrollment process will run from March 10 - April 12, 2020.  All completed pre-enrollment registrations received between March 10 and April 12 will be included in a lottery. Pre-enrollment registrations include a pre-enrollment registration form plus a $150 registration fee. Families will be notified during the first week of May. 


After the pre-enrollment process, we will happily accept registrations for all remaining openings. Registration forms and fees received after April 12 will be considered in the order they are received.
 

Will all staff be required to wear face coverings and gloves during the day

All employees will be in face coverings while working. Those conducting health screenings will wear gloves while conducting the screenings. Those undertaking disinfection activities will be wearing gloves while disinfecting. Teachers will wear gloves for activities that they wore gloves for in the past; diaper changing and bathroom help, wiping noses, first aid and cleaning. They also wear gloves for preparing and serving food. They will not be required to wear gloves all day.

How are you ensuring the cleanliness of the center?

Rigorous health and safety practices are a foundation of the way we care for children.
  • Both staff and children will be frequently washing hands throughout the day, including when entering and leaving classrooms.
  •  Food preparation surfaces, eating utensils, tables, highchairs, computer keyboards, mixed use surfaces, changing tables, and potties will all be sanitized after each use by staff wearing gloves.
Floors, diaper pails, countertops, sinks, fountains, door and cabinet handles, and plastic toys will be sanitized daily. Certain high-touch toys will not currently be in use.
  • Sanitizing measures will also be applied to our playground equipment. The center will receive special cleanings as needed.
  •  Parents will not be allowed to enter the classrooms at pick-up and drop-off. A teacher will meet parents at the door to bring the child into and out of the center. Designated staff will wash or disinfect hands after escorting each child, before meeting next child.

Do you recommend any family resources for learning at home?

Bright Horizons has created Bright Horizons® World at Home, a new way to keep children learning and to support families in these times. Designed by our education team to bring some of the very best learning from our centers right into your homes, World at Home features videos and activities for every age group in each of our curriculum areas, as well as short webinars on important topics for parents.

Are staff trained in CPR and First Aid?

All Bright Horizons staff are trained regularly in CPR, even if not required by the state. First Aid is taught as required by state licensing agency/regulations so that you can feel confident that your child is safe and receiving the best care possible at our center.

Is food included in the tuition?

We offer a mid-morning snack and an afternoon snack every day. Families must provide breakfast and lunch for their child and adhere to our Food from Home policy.

What are the tuition rates?

Tuition rates are established in alignment with comparable, high-quality child care centers in the surrounding area. While establishing these rates, Bright Horizons works hard to balance the tuition rates with the need to deliver the highest quality care possible, which is framed by the following factors:

  • Lower classroom ratios and smaller group sizes

  • Professional training, management, and support for teachers

  • Ample equipment and resources for children and families

Contact the center at umd@brighthorizons.com to learn more.

How long can my family stay on the waitpool?

Your family’s status on the wait pool will remain intact until space becomes available and is offered to your family. Families may decline an offer and maintain their current position on the waitpool twice. After the second decline, their name is removed from the future list. Families may register again at any time.

 

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