Welcome to Bright Horizons at UM Canterbury Preschool

Meet the Center Director

Elva Maldonado
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Our Educational Programs

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Infants

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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Toddler/Twos

An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Preschool

Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Meet Our Teaching Team

Dolores R.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I like to be apart of the learning process. I love when children are able to repeat back to me the things I have been teaching. It shows me that I really am helping them grow and develop.

Teaching since: 1983

Lawanda S.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I believe that the early years are the most important and formative years. I feel privileged to be apart of this crucial period in their lives.

Teaching since: 1983

Enia F.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: being around children makes me happy. I feel as though I have a connection with children which makes my job easier and more enjoyable.

Teaching since: 2010

Annie G.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy seeing the kids develop and grow. It always puts a smile on my face seeing the children I had as little babies running around the other classes.

Teaching since: 1973

Bari L.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: it makes me happy to watch them grow and develop in different areas of their lives. It puts a smile on my face seeing children succeed in the tasks they are trying to accomplish.

Teaching since: 1991

Guiucel G.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I feel it is the most influential time for development. The small things we teach kids, such as colors or numbers, are really the building blocks for the rest of the things they will learn.

Teaching since: 1993

Claudia M.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I like discovering each child's unique abilities and helping them to develop these traits. Each child is different and I feel it is important to make sure those things that make them special shine.

Teaching since: 2014

Betty V.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I like helping children grow into outstanding adults. I love teaching good manners and politeness, things that will continue to help the children thrive as they grow older.

Teaching since: 1993

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The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Language Works

Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Works

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“Bright Horizons has created a wonderful environment for our children to grow and thrive. I am grateful knowing that my son is developing in a safe, healthy, and happy place surrounded by an outstanding staff. Your positive attitude and ability to connect with the kids makes every day better.”

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Allison Q. -Bright Horizons Parent

“It brings so much peace of mind knowing our daughter loves going to school. Bright Horizons welcomed her into their Toddler classroom with open arms, and ever since, she has flourished mentally and physically.”

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Ashley G. -Bright Horizons Parent

“My appreciation for the teachers at Bright Horizons goes beyond the words that I can express. They extend themselves daily to our children's learning. Both of my sons were more than prepared to move forward in Kindergarten, thanks to Bright Horizons.”

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Jessica F. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Thank you so much for taking care of our baby girl. She always smiles when she sees you at drop off and we can tell she is happy. We appreciate that more than we can put into words. ”

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Christine H. -Bright Horizons Parent

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

Early Education Awards & Partnerships

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