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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.

Do the children play outdoors?

We like to use Washington DC as our playground. There are so many grassy areas surrounding our center 1111 Penn. We take the children outside twice a day when the weather is great.

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.

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.

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

For more information about this relationship, click here.

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.

Will siblings have priority if there is a waitlist at the center?

Siblings of children already enrolled in the center will be given priority on the waiting list.

Who is eligible to enroll for full-time care?

Employees of sponsoring client companies and community families are eligible to enroll.

What is the tuition schedule?

Tuition is paid on a monthly basis on the 25th of each month and the first month’s tuition
is due at the time of enrollment and completion of paperwork to be guaranteed a
space.

What is the security at the center?

The center will have access only to parents or individuals authorized by parents who have been given a designated security code to enter the center. All doors entering the facility will be locked and unable to be accessed by others.

What are the qualifications of teachers?

The District of Columbia Licensing Early Childhood Teaching Credentials includes:


  • Early Childhood Teacher:
    Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in child development or early childhood education or in a related field including, but not limited to, education, social work, home economics, psychology which includes at least 15 semester hours in child development and/or ECE
  • Two or more years of college with at least 15 college semester hours of advanced study in child development
  • ECE and 1 year of experience in a child development facility
  • High school diploma or its equivalency and 3 years experience as a teacher or assistant teacher in a child development center, plus 9 college semester hours of coursework in ECE from an accredited college
  • Experience as a teacher or assistant teacher in a licensed child development center provided that he or she has been awarded a child development associate credential.

  • Associate Teacher:
    High school diploma or its equivalency and certificate in child development from an accredited HS or HS diploma or equivalency certificate, or instead of the certificate, 1 year of experience in a child development center.

What is the availability of child care spaces?

The center is sponsored by many client companies. Each company is allowed
a designated number of child care spaces in each age group.

What are the educational goals of Bright Horizons?

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 and competent lifelong learner
  • Becoming a confident and 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



A Rich and Rewarding Childhood

  • Happy days
  • Wonderful relationships
  • A World of experience

What holidays are observed at the center?

The center will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  •  President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  •  Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

The center will be closed on these days.

What age groups does the center serve for Full-Time and Back-up Child care?

The Full-time service program serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The
Back-up Program serves children ages 3 months to 12 years of age.

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.

Are meals provided at the center?

Yes, breakfast, lunch and two nutritious snacks are provided daily by Good Foods
Company.

Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?

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

Is there vacation credit?

No, there is not a discounted tuition rate during the time your child is on vacation.

Is there a sibling discount?

There is no sibling discount.

Is there an inclement weather policy?

The Center has a hotline (202-654-6860) to call in the event of inclement weather. This line contains updated information on the Center's operational status.

Is the center open to the general community?

Yes the center is open to the community; however, enrollment priority is given to the priority clients.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a registration fee of a $100. However, there are employees of sponsoring client companies that receive a discount/waived registration fee.

Is the 1111 Pennsylvania Center accredited?

Yes, our center,1111 Penn is accredited with NAEYC.

How do I find out more information regarding Bright Horizons and the philosophy
of early care and education programs?

General information about Bright Horizons Family Solutions can be found at www.brighthorizons.com.

How many children will the center accommodate?

The capacity of the center is 120 children:


  • 24 Infants
  • 24 Toddlers
  • 52 Preschoolers
  • 20 Back-Up Children (School Age)

How do I find out about the enrollment process?

You can contact Amanda Barnhill, the Business Manager at 202-628-8680 to discuss the enrollment process.

How can I obtain information about tuition?

Tuition varies by center, schedule and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact the center directly.

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 3 locations to be registered at, including the center you are most interested in.  By registering, you are confirming your strong interest in all 3 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.

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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