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From Highway 30 take the University Blvd exit north. Continuing north, you will travel past Mortensen Pkwy, Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium on your left. Take a right onto SE 16th Street. Travel past the baseball diamonds on your left and turn right into Entrance B of the Veterinary Medicine campus. The ISU Child Care Center @ Vet Med will be on your left.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you please give me directions to the center?
We are located in the College of Veterinary Medicine Complex. Take University Blvd. to South 16th Street, turn onto South 16th Street. Take the first right, this is Christensen Drive. We are the first building you see on your left. Visitor parking is available in front of the building.
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 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 happens if my child becomes sick?
Bright Horizons Family Solutions understands that it is difficult for a parent/guardian to leave or miss work; therefore it is suggested that alternative arrangements be made for occasions when children must remain at home or be picked up due to illness. Please refer to the Document section under Parent Resources for our Child Illness Policy.


At Iowa State we have a great resource for families called The Comfort Zone. The Comfort Zone provides care for children who are excluded from regular child care due to a current illness. The Comfort Zone serves ISU students, faculty, staff and the Story County community. For more information you may contact them at 515-294-3333.
Is there a playground on-site?
Our center includes three specially designed outdoor play areas. We have one playground for the infants, one for the toddlers and preschoolers, and one for the pre-kindergarten and school-age children. These areas give the children a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and explore another learning environment. The play spaces include areas for sensory, water, sand, art, large motor, and dramatic play.
Are meals provided at the center?
The center provides morning and afternoon snacks with 100% fruit juice, and a nutritious lunch with milk for all children. Breakfast is available for children who arrive before 8:00 a.m.
Is part-time care available?
We offer part-time care in our preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms. Families can choose 2 days per week or 3 days per week. We will try and match you with another family that would like the opposite schedule.
We do not offer part-time care in our infant and toddler programs.
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.

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 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.