PSECU Childcare Center

Our curriculum meets children where they are developmentally, with Signature Practices that build confidence and excitement about learning at every age and stage.

Our Infant Program

Babies enjoy classrooms made for exploring with teachers who support both today’s big milestones and tomorrow’s leaps toward the future.

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Language Works

 

Listening and Speaking: tune into voices; show interest in stories; listen and respond

Early Literacy: explore picture books and participate in rhyme games

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: Read to infants daily; use sign language to build early language development

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Science Rocks

 

Exploration and Discovery: dump and pour sand and water; explore natural materials; and experiment with cause-and-effect

Problem Solving: use items in varied ways

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: treasure baskets to entice curiosity

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Art Smart

 

Visual Arts: explore colors, shapes, and textures

Music and Creative Movement: experiment with sounds; move in response to music and rhythm

Dramatic Arts: enjoy storytelling; imitate actions

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily exposure to the arts

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Math Counts

 

Number Sense: explore quantity concepts like “one” or “more” or “less;” spatial relations, e.g., over, under, and through 

Sorting and Patterning: identify differences in texture and size; name objects; repeat actions

Time: anticipate an event

 
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Well Aware

 

Movement: participate in routines and rhythms that promote peaceful experiences; listen to music; move bodies for strong development

Nutrition: taste and enjoy nutritious foods

Health and Safety: participate in personal health care, such as washing hands

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Towards a Better World

 

Character and Citizenship: begin to understand individual needs; purposefully interact with peers

Nature Experiences: explore grass, flowers, and other natural materials

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily outdoor exploration

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Caring Matters

 

Social-Emotional: learn that the world is a safe place and that adults can be trusted to respond quickly and with kindness; develop strong bonds with caregivers; respond to others

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: Prime Times, our approach to building nurturing relationships in everyday moments. 

Toddler at Daycare

Toddlers are curious about everything and becoming increasingly independent. Our teachers embrace that as they support the growth of important skills they need for the future.

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Language Works

 

Listening and Speaking: tune into voices; listen/respond  to simple instructions; communicate desires

Early Literacy: explore picture books; tell simple stories; understand beginning, middle, end

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: foster receptive and expressive language

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Science Rocks

 

Active Exploration: investigate materials experiment with space/ volume; build structures;  use simple tools

Questioning and Problem Solving:  ask, “why, what, how;” identify a problem; explore solutions

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: cause-and-effect exploration

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Art Smart

 

Visual Arts: investigate the world through senses; begin to use art materials; explore textures and colors

Dance and Creative Movement: listen and respond to a variety of music

Performing Arts: use imagination in play; engage in simple role plays

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Math Counts

 

Number Sense: begin to understand one-to-one correspondence, counting

Sorting and Patterning: begin to sort objects and notice patterns; name objects and recognize patterns 

Time: use words to describe past and future events

 
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Well Aware

 

Healthy Living Practices: explore foods; build large motor skills; participate in simple yoga/mindfulness exercises

Nature Experiences: explore natural materials, gardens, plants, and animals

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily sensory experiences and self-help skills

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Towards a Better World

 

Character and Community: begin to make positive contributions; express affection and compassion

Environmental Awareness: begin to care for the classroom or garden

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily outdoor experiences

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Caring Matters

 

Social-Emotional: learn the world is a safe place; see adults model cooperation; begin to develop empathy; build positive relationships

Executive Function: begin to follow simple directions

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: small group approach and maximizing Prime Times

Our Preschool Program

Preschoolers are ready to take chances and experiment with new things. With teachers’ support, these inquisitive young minds will tackle new challenges, and advance the skills they’ll need for kindergarten and beyond.

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Language Works

 

Listening and Speaking: engage in conversation; participate in rhyme games; retell stories

Early Literacy: play letter games; explore picture books; write letters, recipes and stories with a teacher’s help

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily pre-reading and writing

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Science Rocks

 

Exploration: use magnifying glasses/maps/other tools; explore natural objects (pine cones, shells, terrariums)

Problem-Solving: observe/form hypotheses, try solutions,  ask questions

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: weekly STEM activities and outdoor science laboratories

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Art Smart

 

Visual Arts: explore clay, paint, watercolors, crayons, and other art materials to express ideas and creativity; use art as a form of communication

Performing Arts: act out stories, sing songs, use instruments, and experiment with dramatic play, dance and movement

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Math Counts

 

Number Sense:  Sort and count items; explore one-to-one correspondence; estimate

Time and Spatial Relations: measure/weigh objects; explore concepts of volume, time, shape

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: enriched math centers and  estimation or sequencing stations

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Well Aware

 

Healthy Living Practices: participate in movement, mindfulness, and fitness activities

Nutrition and Safety: identify nutritious foods; independently wash hands, put on coats, etc. 

Nature Experiences: observe plants and animals; grow a garden; and explore the natural world

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Towards a Better World

 

Character and Community: contribute to the class; learn about community; participate in service projects

Environmental Awareness: care for center plants or pets; recycle; work together to care for classroom

Diversity Awareness: explore cultures; practice appreciation and acceptance

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Caring Matters

 

Social-Emotional: understand others; ask for help; resolve conflict; identify and express emotions,; build friendships; cooperate and compromise

Executive Function: begin to plan and consider consequences to actions, adjust plans, follow directions

Our Kindergarten Prep Program

With school on the horizon, pre-kindergartners are inspired to think critically, explore new ideas, and build on the STEM, language, art, and social skills they’ll need to succeed.

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Language Works


Listening and Speaking: ask questions; expand vocabulary; and participate in back-and-forth discussions

Early Literacy: listen to/retell stories; write simple charts, letters, and journals 

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: daily pre-reading and writing 

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Science Rocks

 

Exploration: observe, research, chart findings, and use tools and technology

Problem-Solving: conduct long-term projects to test ideas/find solutions ( studying ants, woodworking)

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: science journals and annual science experiences

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Art Smart

 
Visual Arts: communicate ideas visually; explore art books/artists; use a variety of mediums and tools
 
Creative Movement: learn complex dances; understand rhythms/patterns in music
 
Dramatic Arts: compose stories or plays; use imagination in play; assign roles

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Math Counts

 

Number Sense: solve simple number problems; distinguish patterns; count objects; and make sets

Spatial Relations: measure volume and size; build geometric structures; and understand concepts of time

Bright Horizons Signature Practices: rotating math stations and math journals

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Well Aware

 

Healthy Living Practices: yoga, mindfulness, and physical activity

Nutrition and Safety: make healthy food choices; engage in cooking activities; take care of personal needs

Nature Experiences: observe plants and animals; grow a garden; explore the natural world

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Towards a Better World

 

Character and Community: understand home, the classroom, and the larger community; begin to develop positive character traits

Environmental Awareness: care for plants or animals; recycle; clean up after ourselves

Diversity Awareness: understand and appreciate differences; use maps

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Caring Matters

 

Social-Emotional: develop friendships; ask for help; resolve conflict; express compassion and empathy; and identify emotions

Executive Function: take turns; persevere through a task; regulate emotions; and see another’s perspective

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The Teacher's Role

Our teachers are all experienced and dedicated professionals who meet rigid certification requirements. By focusing on children’s unique interests, these talented educators work alongside children to support today’s big milestones and tomorrow’s success.

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Classrooms that Inspire Learning

“Early childhood classrooms are special places; within them discoveries abound, imaginations soar, and anything is possible.”

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Rachel Robertson - VP, Learning & Development at Bright Horizons

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At Bright Horizons we believe that environment is the key to creating a joyful place for childhood; and we put a great deal of thought and care into creating those joyful places. In keeping with Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies, our designs consider not only what children need in a space, but how they will use it. We know our centers will form an integral part of a child’s earliest learning; and with that in mind, we carefully curate high-quality materials for every center to create beautiful environments with rich, open-ended experiences that nurture development and inspire learning.

Our Inspiration

Inspired by the world’s educational leaders to create a great place for learning and for childhood


“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

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MARIA MONTESSORI

“It’s not how smart you are, it’s how you are smart.”

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HOWARD GARDNER

“Our task regarding creativity is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.”

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LORIS MALAGUZZI

“Development is not a race, it's a journey.”

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JIM GREENMAN

“Play is the highest form of research.”

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ALBERT EINSTEIN

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Preparing Children for School

Research shows that today, more than ever, children need a mix of diverse skills. At Bright Horizons, we ensure children gain the social-emotional, critical-thinking, and academic competencies to thrive. Read what parents and teachers have to say about our graduates’ success.

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