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What are ways you ensure the health and safety of my child?

We understand that the health and safety of your child is of the up-most importance. It's extremely important to us as well, which is why we have stringent guidelines in place to ensure all children are safe and healthy while in our care.

Secure Entrance-With a secured entrance, access to the center is restricted through codes, so you can rest assured that your child is safe.

Daily Cleaning Practices-Our center is cleaned daily by a professional janitorial service and all toys are properly sanitized in accordance with licensing regulations.

What is the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?

For more information about this relationship, click here.

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 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.

Do you serve milk with every meal?

Yes, As part of our healthy meals program, children are served cow's milk daily. Water is served throughout the day. Rest assured you child will receive nutritious meals, snacks, and beverages to help them grow strong.

Do you provide meals and snacks?

Hot healthy meals and nutritional snacks are provided daily free of charge. We have a full service kitchen and staff trained in children's nutrition, USDA guidelines, and proper portions for young children.

In addition, we promote family style dining during meal time as a way to further develop children's self-help skills in preparation for school and their next stages of development.

We also use "Backyard Produce" company for our fruits and vegetables.  This company delivers organic produce that is in season weekly.  

Do you have a playground?

Yes. Nestled in uptown Charlotte, we offer a unique playground experience for children of all ages to play, learn, and explore. Our playground contains climbing structures for twos and preschoolers, as well as push toys for toddlers and infants. Prop boxes for dramatic play, sensory tables, and sand tables are also available for all age groups so that teachers can extend their lessons to the great outdoors.

Located on the 10th level of the garage, and with a spectacular view, our playground offers a unique learning experience for children that include tall buildings, cranes doing construction, airplanes, helicopters, and more. Our teachers use these opportunities to educate children about the world around them.

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

For job listings and to complete the application process, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/careers.

Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?

Yes, Bright Horizons has an open door policy.  You are encouraged to visit your child anytime.

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 age children do you accept?

Our full-time program services children beginning with ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our Back Up program services children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

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.

Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?

To find other locations, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/locator.

How many holidays does your center observe?

Throughout the year, we observe nine different holidays. These holidays include Martin Luther King Day, Presiden's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Christmas Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving Day. During these observations, the center will be closed.

How can I get involved at the center?

We have a parent conference call every month where parents can ask questions, make suggestions, and learn about present and upcoming center events.

Each month the center as a whole or individual classrooms host events where parents can participate. 

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.

When can I visit the facility?

We welcome you to schedule a visit to explore all the center has to offer. Visits are normally conducted on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and at 1:00 p.m. in order to ensure someone is available to show you the facilities and to limit the amount of classroom interruptions for the children. As part of our safety procedures, all non-enrolled families must be escorted by a center staff when on the center premises. If none of these times work for you, please call or email the center to schedule an appointment that is more convenient. To schedule a visit contact us at 704-333-3513 or carillon@brighthorizons.com.

What is the experience and education level of your teachers?

Our teachers are nurturing and passionate child development professionals who love and understand children. We seek out teachers who are passionate about early childhood education and development and help them foster a rewarding career through continuing education. Bright Horizons offers an exclusive University to all teachers providing courses of learning on various topics from Child Development: Curriculum and Caring-Learning Environment to Enrichment: Movement Matters.

What are your hours of operations?

We are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

How can I obtain information about tuition?

Tuition varies by center, schedule and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact the center directly.

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 your policy regarding pictures/videos of my child(ren)?

The decision to allow for a child’s picture to be taken at a Bright Horizons facility is at the discretion of the family. Some families allow pictures to be used strictly within the classroom (i.e. to label cubbies), some allow pictures to be used both internally and externally (i.e. for our center-wide website), and still others do not allow pictures of their children to be taken at any time - no exceptions. In any case, we will respect your rights and your decision. To learn more about our policy, please see our Bright Horizons Photography & Walking Permission Slip.

Can children with special needs enroll in a Bright Horizons center?

Yes! Bright Horizons strives to and has successfully accommodated a wide range of special needs and individual differences in our group programs.  We believe in inclusive programs that attempt to meet the needs of a wide range of children and which focus on each child’s strengths. We support a collaborative team approach – the teacher, director, specialists, and parents. The team will work closely together to try to maximize each child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and to attempt to eliminate any barriers or safety issues which a group program may present.

What are the educational goals of Bright Horizons?

During your search for the perfect child care partner, this is among the most important questions you can ask.  For over 30 years, we’ve been a company that is guided by our HEART Principles and an unerring belief in putting children first. 

At Bright Horizons, we know that childhood is a treasured time. We believe it is our responsibility to provide environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood, nurture each child’s individual growth and development, and pave the way for success in school and life. We promise to:

  • Nurture and care for the whole child
  • Craft and integrated curriculum based on expert research
  • Support and develop each teacher
  • Implement an emergent, inquiry-based approach to learning
  • Cultivate curiosity and creativity through projects, exploration, and play
  • Encourage children to be confident experimenters and problem solvers
  • Build an inclusive and respectful community
  • Create joyful places for childhood

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?

We have many centers across the US, and each center reflects the unique personality of its leadership and community.  To find the best fit for you and your family 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?

Finding the right daycare and early education solution can be a lengthy process. Our best recommendation is to start early!   Even if your preferred Bright Horizons center doesn’t currently have space available, we still recommend registration for your first choice center.  At Bright Horizons, you can register at up to three locations. Once registered, we will add you to our wait list and you will be offered a space as soon as one is available. For many families on a wait list, Bright Horizons offers the ability to enroll a nearby center on a temporary basis, or until your first choice center becomes available.  If you’d like further advice on how to find the best preschool for your family, take a listen to our webinar on finding a quality preschool program.

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