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Who should I contact if I have questions?

Associates can contact the center via email at NovartisELC@brighthorizons.com or via phone at 973-434-9104.

What if I am expecting a child?

If you are expecting a child, please complete a pre-enrollment registration form

What ages will the Novartis Early Learning Center serve?

The Novartis Early Learning Center has a capacity of 190 children and will serve children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten prep. A school age program, with a capacity for 24 children, will provide families interim care during times when children are out of school.

How can I obtain information about tuition?

Recognizing families’ needs to plan and make decisions as far in advance as possible, the child care center’s tuition rates have been established and are in alignment with comparable, high-quality child care centers in the surrounding area.

While establishing these rates, Bright Horizons has worked hard to balance the tuition rates with the need to deliver the highest quality care possible, which is framed by the following factors:

  • Lower classroom ratios and smaller group sizes
  • Professional training, management, and support for teachers
  • Ample equipment and resources for children and families

The 2016 tuitions for full-time and part-time care include children’s daily morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Please click here to obtain the monthly tuition rates.

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.

What are the center’s hours of operation?

The center operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It remains open year-round, closing for the following 2016 locally observed holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Holiday Shutdown

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

For more information about this relationship, click here.

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 if I’d like to enroll but the center doesn’t have space available?

Novartis Early Learning Center maintains a future list when the school is full and for future care. Families may be on the list for full or part-time care. A first-come, first-served policy for applications arriving on the same date priority is based on a lottery.

Offers will be made following the below priorities based upon date of application and desired start date. Families may decline an offer and maintain their current position on the future list once. After the second decline their name is removed from the future list. Families may register again at any time. When an offer is made for the position in the school, an employee must respond in 5 business days to accept or decline the position.  

Please notify the Center if you are no longer interested in enrollment. This will help us provide the most accurate future list information.

Full- Time and Part-Time Enrollment Priorities

  1. Re-enrollment following temporary withdrawal due to a parent’s company approved leave
  2. Sibling of a currently enrolled child
  3. Currently enrolled child who wants to change either from Full to Part-time enrollment or Part to Full-time enrollment.
  4. Full time gets priority over part time

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.

Will the center be only for associates’ children?

Associates on the payroll of a Novartis Group Company may enroll their legal dependent children in the Novartis Early Learning Center.

Who will be allowed to pick-up and/or drop-off the children?

Enrolled Novartis parents will use their existing badges to enter and exit the Novartis Early Learning Center.  The existing badges will be updated to have access to the main entrance of the center.  Spouses and primary guardians will be issued a special Bright Horizons' badge which will only allow them access to the main entrance of the center.  This badge will allow for access via both entrances to the campus, without the need of stopping at the visitor center.  

One-off pick-ups, i.e. grandparents, will need to be registered as a guest, by the Novartis associate parent, via the Visitor's Reception. They will be required to stop at the Visitor Center prior to entering the campus to receive a visitor’s badge.  The Visitor Reception hours are Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  No parking stickers will be issued to non-Novartis associates and instead they will need to enter at either security gate and show their badge.

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.

Is there a sibling discount?

Yes. The Novartis Early Learning Center offers a 10% discount for siblings enrolled in the center. The tuition for the youngest child will be at the full rate and each subsequent child enrolled will receive the discounted rate.

Is part-time child care available?

Yes. The center offers 5 day, 3 day, and 2 day a week care options to families.

How do I enroll my child(ren) in the center?

The Novartis Early Learning Center is now enrolling and accepting pre-enrollment registration forms

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

For more information about this relationship, click here.

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.

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