Welcome to Bright Horizons at River East

Meet the Center Director

Monte Nix-Hodges

M-F: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Enrollment Info: 877-624-4532
Phone: 312-527-3573


Our Educational Programs

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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond


Meet Our Teaching Team

Melissa J.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I wanted to see and discover how children's minds worked at an early age.

Teaching since: 1995

Jacqueline W.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: It is my passion to get children inspired by the work that I am doing with them.

Teaching since: 1995

Meredith A.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: They are always full of surprises! It gives me great pride to educate children, and I love seeing their creativity and imaginations grow!

Teaching since: 2008

Autricca P.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I love teaching children about different things, and seeing their growth and development

Teaching since: 2005

Shamekia O.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: They teach me! Children inspire me to do the best I can, which allows for a wonderful learning experience for each child.

Teaching since: 2000

Salina B.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: Children are always ready to learn something new and exciting! I allow a child's natural curiosity to direct their learning.

Teaching since: 2009

Elexis S.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I learn many different things from children and I would like to be an influence to the foundation of learning.

Teaching since: 2012

Tamika P.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I've learned that people will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made the feel." Maya Angelou

Teaching since: 2007

Christina J.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love teaching it's nothing like seeing that lightbulb of enlightenment go off inside of a child's brain

Teaching since: 2009

Caroline B.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching children grow and learn seeing them do something you taught them how to do is fascinating.

Teaching since: 2016

Brittany W.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: It excites me since I can learn from them about myself. Each day teaching inspires me to continue this journey here with Bright Horizons.

Teaching since: 2010

Nelly A.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: because it excites me to teach children and I learn about myself from them. Each day teaching inspires me to continue this journey in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Teaching since: 2017


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 Rocks

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.

“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. ”


Christine H. -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.”


Ashley G. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Thank you for being so good to Audrey and for indulging her love of all things kitty!”



“We would like to thank Ms Meredith for taking care of our daughter. Meredith always shares highlights of the day, discusses questions/concerns, and she is warm, kind, and full of positive energy. We feel very lucky and grateful to have our daughter in Ms Meredith's class. THANK YOU!!!”



“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.”


Jessica F. -Bright Horizons Parent


Upcoming Events for Families

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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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