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Where is your center located?

Bright Horizons at the Esplanade is located in Downers Grove's Esplanade Business Park off of Butterfield Road, close to I-355 and I-88.  We are next to Midwestern University's Downers Grove campus. We are close to a variety of shopping centers and are 2.5 miles west of Yorktown Mall.

Is there a playground on-site?

Bright Horizons at the Esplanade has a separate playground for each age group.  The playgrounds were created and are used as an extension of the classroom.  Additionally, each classroom has private access to the playground through the classroom.  On our preschool playground, we have a garden that blooms from spring through fall!  All of our age groups participate in planting a variety of flowers and vegetables which are incorporated into our Garden Works curriculum. 

Are meals provided at the center?

Yes!  Bright Horizons at the Esplanade has an in house chef that cooks fresh meals daily. We serve breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.  We are a peanut free center and can accommodate any food allergies or preferences.  Bright Horizons at the Esplanade also uses all fresh fruit and vegetables which are served on a daily basis along with Whole Wheat products!

Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?

All Bright Horizons at the Esplanade staff are certified regularly in CPR and First Aid, even though it is not required by the state of Illinois. 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 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.

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 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.

I'm interested in applying for a job at this center. Is there someone I can contact?

Absolutely! Named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 20 times, we are proud of the environment we create for our educators. We are always looking for great teachers, and offer competitive benefits and innovative programs. like our Horizons Teacher Degree program. For job listings and to complete the application process, please visit the Bright Horizons jobs and careers page at