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Meet the Center Director

Christina Cross

M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: 240-770-3537

Christina Cross Center Director Bright Horizons University of Maryland Child Development Center

Meet Our Director

Christina Cross is the Director of the soon-to-be-opened University of Maryland Child Development Center, managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Christina has worked with Bright Horizons for ten years, most recently as the Executive Director of Discovery Kids Place in Silver Spring, MD, and as a Bright Horizons Field Director.  She also acts as a mentor for new Bright Horizons center directors.


Christina has more than thirty years of experience in the Early Childhood field, working with children as young as six weeks.  She has operated before and after school care programs, run a Montessori school, operated full-day kindergarten programs, and administered other youth programs, including summer camps for all ages.


During her career, Christina spent four years developing and obtaining grants for after-school programs and camps for at-risk youth, working closely with local police, schools and social service agencies. In addition, she has volunteered with Hospice bereavement support groups for children who have lost a parent. 


Christina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore.  She has attained a Level 6+ teacher credential in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program.


At the University of Maryland Center, Christina will direct Center operations and programs. In addition, she will serve as the Bright Horizons liaison to the Maryland Office of Child Care, the Maryland Excels quality certification program and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


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


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.

“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

“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

“Bright Horizons has created a wonderful environment for our children to grow and thrive. I am grateful knowing that my son is developing in a safe, healthy, and happy place surrounded by an outstanding staff. Your positive attitude and ability to connect with the kids makes every day better.”


Allison Q. -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

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Healthy Snacks for Growing Children

Healthy snacks are a 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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