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Does the center offer backup care?

The center offers limited back up care (10 days) on the days a family's regular child care is unavailable. It will be provided on a daily space available basis, for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children. Our center is often very full so we encourage families to reach out to the Child Development Council. This organization specializes in child care referrals and resources in the Ithaca area. Please call the center for new instructions on how to register your child for back up care.

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.

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.

Why is Cornell using a for-profit child care provider?

Bright Horizons is an organization with a core mission of helping children and families. For those parents seeking additional resources beyond those that can be provided through Bright Horizons, the center will have resource listings of educational specialists, medical consultants, nutritionists, speech therapists, and other community professionals who are available to work with children, families, and staff.

What is the waitlist process?

Families are welcome to contact the Center periodically by phone or email to inquire about their child’s placement on the waiting list.  Although it is our policy not to provide detailed information about waiting list placement, we are happy to share general updates to help you determine the likelihood of availability, as well as whether/when to seek alternative child care options to serve your immediate or longer term needs.


Who is able to use the child care center?

The Cornell Child Care Center serves the children of parents and legal guardians who are current Cornell benefits eligible faculty, academic and nonacademic staff, and students.
Due to compliance regulations with the funding used to operate the center, the following statuses do not qualify a family for center enrollment:
·         Alumni
·         Community members
·         Visiting scholars/lecturers
·         Postdoc Fellows
·         Cornell affiliates that do not have university benefits (e.g. Boyce Thompson employees)
If you are unsure of your benefits eligibility status, contact your local Human Resources representative. 

What is the tuition cost for the center? Is there a sliding fee scale?

Tuition rates vary by center, schedule and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact the center directly. There is not a sliding fee scale, but the university's Child Care Grant Subsidy programs assists faculty, staff and students with covering the cost of the tuition based upon their family's income. 

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 happens when a child is away for an extended period of

If a family is away for an extended period of time and would like to be guaranteed a slot when returning, they will be required to pay for the slot. Families will also have the option of providing 30 day notice prior to leaving and paying $25 to be placed on the wait list for future enrollment.

Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?

All Bright Horizons staff are trained regularly in CPR and 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 happens if I need to terminate my affiliation with the

A 30 day notice is required for your termination of affiliation with the center.

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.

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.

Is there a sibling discount?

Yes, if a family has two children at the CCCC, each child receives a 10% discount. If a family has three children at the CCCC, each child receives a 15% discount.

What is the enrollment process?

Families are first required to submit a Pre-Enrollment Registration & Waitlist policy Form. Please see the link 'For Our Parents' on the homepage where you will be then directed to our documents page!

How many children can center accommodate?

 

The center has a capacity for 172 children at one time: approximately 40 infants, 60 toddlers, and 72 pre-school age children.

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

Our goal is to accommodate families as soon as space allows.  Since the center is often very full we encourage all our waitlist families to reach out to the Child Development Council by clicking here.  This organization specializes in child care referrals and resources in the Ithaca area.

What are the hours of operation? Is the center be open when the university is closed?

7 am - 6 pm. The center is closed when the university is closed and for two scheduled staff development days

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 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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