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- How do I find the center?
- Does your center offer a Summer Camp Program and for what ages?
- How do I get more information about your camp program?
- What does it mean that this child care is endorsed by the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program?
- Is the Skokie preschool a nut-safe environment?
- Does this school offer a preschool program?
- Does this child care center accept infants?
- What is Bright Horizons' process on checking the background of their employees?
- Does Bright Horizons perform background checks on its employees?
- Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?
- What is The World At Their Fingertips?
- Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
- I'm interested in applying for a job at this center. Is there someone I can contact?
- Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?
- 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?
- What is NAEYC accreditation?
- What is the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?
- What if I’d like to enroll but the center doesn’t have space available?
How do I find the center?
To find our Skokie preschool, take exit I-94 at Old Orchard Rd. Old Orchard to left onto Woods Dr. just opposite Lifetime Fitness and just past National Louis University. Golf Rd. to left onto Woods Dr. Pass Hollocaust Museum and Optima condominiums on right.
Does your center offer a Summer Camp Program and for what ages?
Yes, we do! Our camp is available for ages 3-6 years.
How do I get more information about your camp program?
Our tentative summer camp calendars with activities and events as well as the enrollment forms are now available in the Parent Resource tab! Please contact us for any further information (847-583-1052).
What does it mean that this child care is endorsed by the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program?
Due to the environmental health best practices that we follow in our classrooms, EHCC has given our center their stamp of approval. Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure that our center benefits the well-being of young children by complying with environmental health guidelines put in place by the EHCC. By following these guidelines, our preschool eliminates or reduces environmental health hazards and ensures the safest possible space for your child to grow and thrive!
Some of the many EHCC safety guidelines that we follow include:
- Using fragrance-free household chemicals such as cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products
- Avoiding lead by using only cold water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula
- Using only non-toxic art supplies approved by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) labeled with the AP (Approved Product) seal
- Avoiding soft pliable plastic products and plastic toys made out of PVC and instead only using products labeled PVC-free or phthalate-free
Learn more at cehn.org/ehcc.
Is the Skokie preschool a nut-safe environment?
We have declared Bright Horizons at Skokie a nut-safe zone. We will do everything in our ability to keep nut products out of the center. We will not order any foods that contain or are prepared with any nut products, nor will we knowingly serve any such products to a child or adult who has a known allergy.
We are asking that all families do everything possible to ensure that any foods brought in for birthdays or special events (including items that are for the staff or adults) do not contain any nut related products. Please make sure that you read all labels before purchasing items to bring into the center. Lastly, many cakes made in specialty or bakery shops contain nut residue from products made throughout the day – we encourage store brought products with ingredients carefully labeled.
Does this school offer a preschool program?
Yes, we offer one of Skokie's top preschool and pre-kindergarten programs.
Preschool is a big year. We’ve designed our program to give you complete confidence in every aspect of your child’s experience; from health and safety; to ready-for-school curriculum; to the full support of experienced teachers. Just as important, our program is based on what research says best prepares children for kindergarten…and all the big steps ahead. Click here to learn more about our preschool program.
Does this child care center accept infants?
Yes, this Skokie child care center offers infant care for children 6 weeks to 1 year old.
Infant care has to do more than look right — it has to feel right. You want to know your child is safe and well cared for. Our infant program is designed to offer a secure place with knowledgeable teachers who honor your family’s routine, and who know every day that they’re not caring for any child, but the most important child — yours. Click here to learn more about our infant program.
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.
Does Bright Horizons perform background checks on its employees?
The safety of the children in our care is our highest concern. Bright Horizons maintains stringent hiring practices and conducts criminal background checks on all teachers and caregivers in our centers. This check includes a criminal record search and a cross-reference check to determine prior convictions or other records of criminal activity that would call into question an employee’s’ suitability to care for children. Additional elements of our required background checks include verification through the Office of Foreign Asset Control and Sexual Offender Database Search. The frequency for updating criminal background checks for employees depends on state or other center-specific requirements.
Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?
Yes, you are welcome to visit your child at the center whenever you’d like! Whether your child is an infant new to group care or a thriving preschooler, anxious to show off their latest project, Bright Horizons has an open door policy for parents. We encourage you to stop by and get involved in your child’s day.
What is The World At Their Fingertips?
Our research-based World at Their Fingertips® curriculum meets children where they are developmentally, with Signature Practices that build confidence and excitement about learning at every age and stage. In every classroom, our goal is to help children do more than learn; it’s to cultivate the joy of learning. And our emergent approach — teaching skills by leveraging a child’s own interests — enables teachers to tailor activities and projects for the specific talents and needs of each child in the class. Learn more about our specialized programs for babies, toddlers and preschool children, and how we prepare children for school and life beyond.
Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
All Bright Horizons center staff are trained in CPR and first aid. Once an employee is hired, they are required to fulfill 16 hours of training through our new employee orientation. This training takes place over a two-day period, where the employee spends time observing each age group in the center. Teachers must successfully complete first aid and CPR training, in addition to local licensing and/or Department of Health requirements (e.g., food handler safety card.)
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” 18 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 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?
Read more information about this relationship.
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.