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How will The Academy prepare my Toddler for preschool?

Toddlers are inquisitive and exploratory by nature, striving for independence and autonomy, while insatiably curious.  The Academy at Bright Horizons celebrates their uniqueness, guiding these newly independent children towards greater self confidence, encouraging today’s developmental capabilities that will lead the way toward achieving tomorrow’s new skills.  Our unique curriculum The World at Their Fingertips is designed to help your Toddler reach their greatest potential.  Each day they will experience:

·         Language and early literacy

·         Early math and science concepts

·         Large and small muscle skills

·         Social and emotional development

“I’m amazed how the toddler curriculum not only helps them develop academically, but also socially and emotionally.” – Bright Horizons parent

What is giftedness?

According to National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), gifted students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields. Gifted and talented students and those with high abilities need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings and enrichment and accelerated programs to enable them to make continuous progress in school.

How can I obtain information about tuition?

Tuition varies by your child's schedule and by their  individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact our school.

Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?

To find other locations, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/locator.

How will my child be prepared for the best schools?

The first five years are critical to a child’s lifelong development.  Early experiences influence brain development, establishing the neural connections that provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behavior, and emotional health – characteristics that often determine how well a child will do in school and in life. 

The Academy believes in providing children a perfect balance of academics while continuing developmentally appropriate practices.  We use our own World at Their Fingertips curriculum as well as complement it with California state standards and the guidelines established by NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Utilizing all of these entities allows us to create a rich, fun and challenging program.   We know that children develop at different rates so we tailor our curriculum for each child.   If we see a child advancing in a specific area of our curriculum, then we will challenge them accordingly.

The Academy at Bright Horizons has established long term relationships with our local private and public schools. Each year, we receive feedback from these top school and they continually exclaim our children are not only well prepared but they are above the average child entering their program. 

How will The Academy challenge a gifted child?

The Academy at Bright Horizons believes in tailoring our curriculum for each child, so when we see a child advancing in a specific area of our curriculum, then we will challenge them accordingly.  We teach our children confidence and foster their differences to achieve success in their early years.

How is your summer program different from a summer camp?

Our summer program sets itself apart from other camps and programs in the area by creating a fun summer experience, while also creating an environment that nurtures the social emotional and academic needs of young children.

For our summer program this year we will be maintaining our teaching techniques and environments for learning, but adding in some fun and special changes in order to enrich our program.

Our summer camps will focus on:
~Children's Concierto- Outstanding performers and teachers providing unique opportunities for learning, improving technical skills, and expanding all around musicality
~Theatre- An introduction to the world of theatre. The children will choose a story, create their own scenery and costumes, and then take the stage!
~Fit Works- With more daylight hours and warm temperatures we will be focusing on living healthy lifestyles, and being active, while increasing strength, coordination, and endurance through fitness.
~Express Yourself- With a focus on dance, we will provide unlimited ways for your child to express their individual personality!

What is the history of The Academy at Bright Horizons?

The school was founded in 1980 and was originally called The Gifted Preschool (GPS).  The school was created for children displaying an eagerness to learn.  In November 2010, Bright Horizons Family Solutions acquired the school and has retained the faculty, high standards and many of the traditions of GPS.  Bright Horizons has invested in The Academy to make significant environmental changes to the classrooms including complete playground renovations.  We have also invested in some new curriculum as mentioned in our highlights.

How do I know when my child is ready for preschool?

Children are naturally inquisitive learners.  They thrive for knowledge and are eager to want to socialize with peers of their own age.  Many children start getting restless at home around the age of two.  They are inquisitive, curious and thirst for knowledge and friends.  We have found with our children that start at two, they have a strong foundation of socialization and academics so by the time they enter preschool, they are ready to go!  They know how to say good-bye to mom and dad in the morning, they have learned basic social skills like waiting your turn and sharing, and their minds are filled with knowledge from our curriculum. 

Are all 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.

Describe your faculty at The Academy.

I truly believe it is our incredible faculty that makes our school so successful. The majority of our teachers have been with us for eight to twenty-three years.  They have seen generations of children grow within the school and families keep coming back because of the quality of our teachers.  Our faculty are highly educated, well-experienced and have a true passion for teaching.  They provide a loving, nurturing and fun classroom for all our children to thrive.  Our teachers stay current and innovative with their classrooms by continuing their education with classes, trainings, and conferences. 

What is the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?

For more information about this relationship, click here.

What makes The Academy so unique?

Our school believes in meeting the needs of our children and building on their individual strengths. Early education is an opportunity to nurture children's curiosity and inquisitiveness, develop problem problem-solvers and decision makers, and prepare children for the academic foundation to achieve success in school and in life.

What is The World At Their Fingertips?

Bright Horizons curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips, is our unique curriculum designed to engage children in active learning that prepares them for school while helping them achieve their individual potential and fostering a spirit of community. It includes curriculum elements such as Language Works, Math Counts, Science Rocks, ArtSmart, Our World and Well Aware that cross all age groups. For more on information on our curriculum, click here.

I'm interested in applying for a job at this center. Is there someone I can contact?

For job listings and to complete the application process, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/careers.

What is Bright Horizons' process on checking the background of their 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 that a person has lived, worked or attended school. In addition to the county criminal search , a sex offender search, OFAC search and a social security verification trace are also conducted. For all location employees, program licensing background checks required by the state are also performed.

Do you offer a kindergarten or bridge program?

Though The Academy does not offer a kindergarten, we do have a bridge program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Whether your child does not make the September 1st birthday cut off or if you feel they need an extra year before entering kindergarten we offer our unique Pre-K Prep/Jr. Kindergarten Program. Please contact the school for further information.

What is Bright Horizons' process on checking the background of their 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 that a person has lived, worked or attended school. In addition to the county criminal search, a sex offender search, OFAC search and a social security verification trace are also conducted. For all location employees, program licensing background checks required by the state are also performed.

Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?

Yes, Bright Horizons has an open door policy. You are encouraged to visit your child anytime.

What is The World At Their Fingertips?

Bright Horizons curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips, is our unique curriculum designed to engage children in active learning that prepares them for school while helping them achieve their individual potential and fostering a spirit of community. It includes curriculum elements such as Language Works, Math Counts, Science Rocks, ArtSmart, Our World and Well Aware that cross all age groups. For more on information on our curriculum, click here.

Are all 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.

I'm interested in applying for a job at this center. Is there someone I can contact?

For job listings and to complete the application process, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/careers.

Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?

To learn about our other locations, please find a child care center near you.

I'm not quite ready to enroll in the center but I am interested in continuing to hear about what is happening at the center. How can I get information more regularly?

We encourage any family interested in center information, regular updates and invitations to the many events we are planning, to contact us.

What is NAEYC accreditation?

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed standards to define and recognize quality child care programs. In order to be accredited, a child care program must meet a variety of strict criteria, including having a well-trained faculty, good staff-child ratios and group sizes, and a comprehensive curriculum, as well as meet stringent health and safety standards. The program must also provide meaningful opportunities for family involvement.

What is the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?

For more information about this relationship, click here.

What if I’d like to enroll but the center doesn’t have space available?

We suggest you register with Bright Horizons. You can select up to three locations to be registered at, including the center you are most interested in. By registering, you are confirming your strong interest in all three centers. We will add you to our wait list and you will be offered a space as soon as one becomes available. While waiting for a space to become available at your first choice location, many families will choose to enroll at their 2nd or 3rd choice temporarily until space becomes available at the center they are most interested in. In many centers, a child currently enrolled at a Bright Horizons location has priority over the general community so enrolling at another location will not only solve your care needs but will also give you additional priority in getting into your 1st preference. Our goal is to accommodate families as soon as space allows. During the entire process, we will keep in touch with you regarding your status.

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