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What will the hours of operation be?

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will remain open year-round; closing only on Holidays to be determined prior to October 1, 2022. After the center opens and reaches significant capacity, we will consider extending hours if there is significant demand and staffing coverage.  

Who is eligible to enroll in the center?

SMUD Eligibility:  
Regular full- and part-time employees (parents and/or legal guardians only) are eligible for enrollment.  Limited term, casual, seasonal and contractors are not eligible.

UC Davis Health Eligibility: 
Any personnel or student with an active student or employee UCD ID including students, residents, fellows, post-docs, faculty and other academic personnel.

Sac State Eligibility: 
Tier 1: Full-time Sacramento State and auxiliary employees (parents or legal guardians only)
Tier 2: Part-time Sacramento State employees (temporary and student employees are not eligible)
Tier 3: Sac State students taking at least six units per semester and unable to enroll their child in the ASI Children’s Center

 

What security measures will be in place?

Staff and families will be provided a badge or fob to enter the building.  Prior to the center opening we will provide our detailed security and evacuation plan.

When is the center scheduled to open?

The center is scheduled to open October 3, 2022 contingent upon construction timelines and receipt of an operating license from the state licensor.

Will there be parking at the CDC?

Yes, there are dedicated off-street parking spaces off Sandlin Way Folsom Blvd Alley, directly outside the CDC entrance where families can easily park and drop-off their child(ren).

Where will the center be located?

The center will be located at 6011 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819

What ages will the center serve?

The center has capacity for 214 children and will serve children ages 6 weeks through 6 years.

What is the capacity and teacher-to-child ratio per age group?

Age Group Teacher-to-Child Ratio

Class Size

Number of Classes

Infants

1:4

8

3

Toddlers

1:4

12

3

Twos

1:7

14/18

2@14 & 1@18

Preschool

1:10

20

3

K-Prep

1:12

24

2

 

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 care- giving 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 and ratios are subject to change based on the development and implementation of new state guidelines and enhanced center protocols. 

 

Is part-time childcare available at the center?

Part-time care is available 3 full Days / Week (M, W, F) or 2 Days / Week (TU, TH)

What is the process to withdraw a child from the center?

Families will be required to provide notice of intent to withdraw 30 days in advance of the last day of attendance.

How will enrollment spaces be allocated?

Families who register by July 22, 2022, will receive priority enrollment. Enrollment will be offered to families in the order that their registration is received on a first-come, first-served basis or via an enrollment drawing/lottery. 

How do I enroll my child?

Bright Path plans to open registration on July 11, 2022.  If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren), you will need to submit all family information and pay the $100 registration fee (before July 24th) per family through the Bright Horizons Family Information Center.  Demand will be assessed the week of July 25, 2022, and families will be contacted by a Bright Horizons representative to discuss enrollment or waitlist status.  

Please follow this link to begin the registration / enrollment process:  https://familyinfocenter.brighthorizons.com/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

 

How soon can I enroll my child if on the waitlist?

The length of time will vary depending on the size of the waitlist and the ages of the children. Bright Horizons will send periodic communications to keep you informed of your status on the waitlist and will do everything they can to ensure you are offered a space as soon as it becomes available. Families may decline an offer and maintain their current position on the waitlist once. After the second decline, their name will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.

Are enrollment spaces divided equally between the 3 client partners?

After current Lighthouse families secure enrollment, the center will begin to offer spaces in age group equally on a rotation basis.

What are the tuition rates and how were they determined?

The monthly New Family tuition rates listed below were established in collaboration with SMUD, UC Davis Health, and Sac State in order to offer below market tuition for the first fifteen months of operation (October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023). Each year, Bright Horizons will conduct an extensive market study to determine the appropriate annual tuition rates.

Age Group Monthly Rates

Infants

$1582

Toddlers

$1582

Twos

$1415

Preschool

$1312

K-Prep

$1260

 

 

What other fees are required?

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

  • Registration Fee: Any interested family enrolling after July 24, 2022 will have a registration fee of $100 per family due at the time of registration. After the initial enrollment period ends, families will be contacted by a Bright Horizons representative to discuss enrollment or wait list status. 
  • Enrollment Deposit: An enrollment deposit equal to $100 will be due when the enrollment 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.
  • Annual Re-Registration Fee: A $100 fee per child will be required each subsequent year to cover annual administrative and licensing fees.

Are meals and snacks included in the tuition rate?

Healthy morning and afternoon snack (including drink) will be provided each day and are included in the tuition.  Families are asked to provide a packed lunch each day for their child(ren).  Once the center is open, we will survey families to determine if there is enough interest in offering lunch as an additional cost to participating families.

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

The center will not offer vacation credits.

Is there a sibling discount?

No sibling discount is offered at this time.

When is tuition billed and collected?

Tuition will be billed and collected on the 25th of each month for the upcoming month’s tuition through the Family Information Center.

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

Bright Horizons will reserve a space for up to one month. This will occur once the space is offered and one month’s tuition has been paid. If your child does not enroll within one month, the space will be offered to another family on the waitlist.

Are diapers and wipes provided by the center?

No, families need to provide all personal care items for their child(ren).

Will the center accept 3rd party / Agency payments?

Yes

What enhanced COVID-19 health and safety protocols are implemented at the center?

Bright Horizons’ goal is to ensure that all health and safety practices 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. Bright Horizons partnered with pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Kristin Moffitt of Boston Children’s Hospital to implement enhanced safety protocols including reduced class sizes, restrictions as to who comes in and out of the center, daily health screening and temperature check upon arrival for adults and children, masks for teachers, staff, and all other adults in the center, as well as strict guidelines on distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. The team is committed to these protocols every day.  Bright Horizons continues to consult with experts and monitor updated guidance to ensure protocols evolve with new learning around COVID-19, so that children, families, and teachers are protected.

For additional information outlining Bright Horizons protocols and safety measures, please visit brighthorizons.com/health-safety.

Can you provide more background on Bright Horizons?

Bright Horizons core business is employer-sponsored care. They were founded more than 30 years ago and now partner with more than 1,000 employers across the U.S., as well as in Europe, Canada, and India. Their client list includes more than three-fourths of the companies on Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best” list. In addition, their client list includes more than half of those named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” It should be noted that Bright Horizons has also been named to the FORTUNE list 19 times. Bright Horizons is an organization recognized for ethics, collaboration, community service, and excellence in the child care industry. They have extensive experience with opening new centers from the ground up and creating wonderful places for childhood.

What is NAEYC accreditation?

Bright Horizons will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) recommendations for staff-to-student ratios at the facility and also plans to pursue NAEYC accreditation for the center. NAEYC has developed standards to define and recognize high 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, low 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.

 

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

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

What curriculum will be used at the center?

Bright Horizons’ successful core curriculum World at Their Fingertips and Discovery Driven Learning, will be used at the center. To learn more about the Bright Horizons curriculum, please visit brighthorizons.com/early-education-preschool/proven-approach.

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

Bright Horizons works to recruit and hire the highest quality teachers and staff, while striving to meet the diverse aspects of the communities where we serve clients and families. Their staff are nurturers as well as educators who encourage learning through exploration and partnership with parents. Staff are 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.

Is there a website available to learn more about Bright Horizons and the center?

Bright Horizons has established a specific center website, which offers updated communications and an overview of the curriculum and parent resources. www.brighthorizons.com.

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. See www.brighthorizons.com/resources for more details on these tools.

Bright Path to Learning CDC Contact Information:

Center Phone:  916-274-4487 (temporary number)
Center Email:   brightpath@brighthorizons.com
Center URL:      brighthorizons.com/brightpath