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What age children do you serve?

Children 6 weeks to twelve years of age.

How can I obtain information about tuition?

Tuition varies by program level, schedule, and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact us via e-mail at tampapalms@brighthorizons.com or by phone at 813-615-1918.

Where can I find all the enrollment forms needed to complete my file?

For Florida-specific enrollment forms, please go to https://enroll.brighthorizons.com/Default.aspx?state=FL and complete the applicable forms and print them out, or send them to us at tampapalms@brighthorizons.com.

For children 6 weeks to 5 years old, we require immunization and physical exam records as well, which can be faxed to 813-975-2900.

What is your typical School Age program schedule?

We will pick up your child from school at 1:30pm on Mondays, or 2:30pm Tuesday - Friday. Our bus is equipped with lap-and-shoulder seatbelts, fire extinguisher, and emergency bag. Upon arrival, a center-provided snack is offered- please note, our facility is pork and nut free. After snack, homework help is given, from spelling quizzes to science fair research. Once homework is done, it's play time! Our School Age classroom has foosball and air hockey tables, a Wii console and computer access, as well as Lego and K'Nex sets, puzzles, arts and crafts, and construction and Dramatic Play areas. School Agers also have access to our playgrounds, gym, and STEM Lab for further enjoyment.

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 call or visit your child anytime.

What kinds of programs do you offer for children?

 We offer a wide range of programs for children ages 6 weeks through grade 5, which are academic, social, and motor based. Children can attend full or part-time.  Our curriculum, the World at Their Fingertips, instills a love of learning and provides the basis of later school success.  Some of our favorite enrichment program offerings are lessons in soccer, the dramatic arts, and swimming. Lessons are available to all community children, whether or not they are enrolled in our early childhood programs.

Do you offer holiday programs for school age children?

Yes! Our School Age program is open to all children in grades K - 5 on days that school is not in session. Children will enjoy an active day including time in the gym, on the playground, in the STEM Lab and pool, as well as the School Age classroom.

Are meals provided at the center?

Yes! We offer breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack catered from GA Foods. All meals are USDA regulated, pork free, and nut free for the students' health and safety.

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. Afterwards, you will be connected to all Bright Horizons facilities in the Tampa Bay area, as well as our recruiter who schedules interview appointments.

Do you offer after school programs?

Yes! We offer after school care, holiday care and summer camp for school age children.  Our after school program serves children attending Clark Elementary, Tampa Palms Elementary, and Chiles Elementary schools. Bus transportation with seat belts is provided. Children enjoy all of our facilities including the gym, STEM Lab, playgrounds, classrooms, and pool!

What are your teacher's qualifications?

All of our teachers have a minimum certification of CDA (Child Development Associate), ECE (Early Childhood Education) degree, or related Baccalaurate Degree. Associate Teachers possess either coursework or training and experience working with young children. In addition, all of our teachers undergo 45 hours of training mandated by the State of Florida, 40 hours of Bright Horizons Foundations for Success Training and annual in-service training hours.

Can I do something special in my child's classroom for their birthday?

Absolutely! Due to allergy risks, we recommend buying mini-cupcakes that were produced on nut-free machinery. Homemade treats must come in with an ingredient list to ensure student health and safety.

Are you a nut-free facility?

Yes, all Bright Horizons centers are nut-free. Our catered breakfast, lunch and snack are nut and pork-free.

What is APPLE accreditation?

The Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE) is a national early learning program accreditation. With over 1,000 accredited programs, APPLE is one of the largest accrediting agency for early learning centers. In Florida, APPLE is accepted as one of Florida’s Gold Seal Quality programs. Studies show the positive effects of high-quality early learning centers on the physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional outcomes of young children. The APPLE program will raise our center to a level of quality that will enable us to better serve the children and their families.

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

For more information about this relationship, click here.

Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?

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

Is there a playground on site?

Our center has four playgrounds!  One playground is dedicated to our youngest children, infants through two year olds.  Another is dedicated to children ages three and above.  We also have a basketball court and a sand and water playground.  All of these playgrounds were designed with safety in mind and feature solid soft surfacing and state of the art play equipment.

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 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 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.

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

Do you offer both full and part-time enrollment?

Yes, many of our children attend part-time.  You can choose from three schedules; 9a - 1p, 9a - 3p, or 7a - 6p.  Our two day schedule is Tuesday/Thursday and our three day schedule is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. 

Do you have space available in your program?

In many instances, yes, and in some instances our programs may have a short wait list. As with any quality program, our services are in demand.  The best recommendation is to tour our facility and let us help present you with enrollment options that best meet your needs.

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 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.

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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