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What are the goals of Bright Horizons Educational Programs?

Bright Horizons’ approach to early care and education supports all areas of children’s development, with a heightened emphasis on individualizing their care and learning in the context of their unique families and cultures. Planned, developmentally appropriate learning environments and “school” content elements will be incorporated to emphasize the acquisition of skills across all age groups.

Bright Horizons’ goals include:

  • Comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social, self, and character
  • Preparation for success in life
  • Approaching life as an invitation to learn
  • Becoming a confident lifelong learner
  • Learning skills necessary for school success
  • Developing a strong, healthy body and understanding of wellness
  • Becoming a competent user of technology
  • Developing emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills
  • Preparation for academic excellence
  • Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
  • Achieving excellence in language and literacy
  • Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
  • Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding

How can I be assured my child will be ready for school?

Bright Horizons regularly conducts systematic studies to assess children’s preparedness for entering elementary school as perceived by the children’s parents and elementary school teachers. Through child-directed (emergent) and teacher-guided choices, the emphasis is on reading, writing, math, science, art, social skills, and creative movement. The program helps children approach school and academics with skills, confidence, and the drive for excellence. Key findings from the recent study include:

Perspectives on Bright Horizons’ Preparation of Children for School

Evaluated Factors

Teachers

Parents

Bright Horizons graduates met or exceeded their expectations for school readiness.

93%

97%

Bright Horizons graduates enter elementary school with a strong enthusiasm for learning.

90%

99%

Bright Horizons graduates were well prepared with the reading and math skills needed for academic success.

90%

90%

Enrichments provided at our center:

  • Music lessons with Golden Acorn Music, LLC
  • KidiYoga lessons with Ms. Parul 
  • Fitness lessons with Lionheart Fitness
  • Art and Science Lab
  • Outdoor Classroom focus

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:

Center Based Resources:

How is breastfeeding managed at the center?

A meaningful benefit of having child care near or at the workplace is the opportunity for a new mother to breast-feed throughout the day. If you are a nursing mother, we are happy to have you visit your infant at any time

Is food included in the tuition?

Two nutritious snacks per day are included in the tuition. Families can bring in a nut-free lunch, or opt to order from My Green Lunch, our catering service. For more information on My Green Lunch, feel free to contact our center. 

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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