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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.

What other parenting and education resources do we offer?

  • Bright Horizons offers many resources to support families’ efforts to nurture children’s development, be actively involved in their education, and balance work/life demands. A number of these resources are listed below and many can be accessed from the Bright Horizons website.


Center-Based and Online Resources:
  • Daily communications (verbal and written)
  • Parenting workshops
  • Special family events - curriculum nights, health and safety fairs, and “Ready for School” occasions
  • Family involvement opportunities
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Documentation boards
  • Collaborative partnerships between families and teachers

Who is Bright Horizons Family Solutions?

Bright Horizons was founded more than 25 years ago and partners with more than 850 employers across the U.S., as well as in Europe, Canada and India, including half of those named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies” and more than three-fourths of the companies on Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best” list. Bright Horizons operates centers in many communities, as well as onsite at major employers.

No two Bright Horizons centers are alike; however, they are all designed and operated to meet the highest quality standards in the field of early childhood. At the heart of any Bright Horizons center are passionate and talented teachers for whom Bright Horizons has the utmost respect and gratitude. Bright Horizons has been recognized for 15 years as “One of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

What is the process for enrolling in our center?

Applicants begin by completing the Pre-Enrollment Registration Form and returning it with a $125 registration fee. The registration fee is non-refundable.

When your registration form and fee are received, you will be contacted regarding the availability of space. Prior to enrollment, the center will schedule a time for you to meet with your child’s primary teachers and to learn more about the Bright Horizons’ program. 

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 ages does the center serve?

The Sharon L. Hostler Child Development Center has a capacity of 152 children and will serve children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. In addition, the center will provide holiday and summer programs for school-aged children ages 5 through 12.

Is part-time care available?

We currently offer part-time care for children that are 16 months and older.

Are meals provided at the center?

We offer a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. All meals are prepared at the center.

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?

No, there is no sibling discount.

If the program is full, how soon can I enroll my child?

If the program of interest is full, the child will be placed in the wait pool. As the children in the wait pool “age up,” they will be moved to the next age group’s wait pool and placed in the pool in accordance with their lottery draw order and the date care is needed. The aging up process will not affect the child’s place in the wait pool (their wait pool date remains the same from age group to age group).

Most often, spaces will become available when children transition from one age group to the next or when families withdraw their children from the center to attend elementary school. However, priority plays a key role in determining which child is offered the next open space; in other words, availability and priority both influence selection criteria:

  • Siblings of children who are already enrolled receive priority over non-enrolled families. When a space becomes available, the offer will go to a family with a sibling first. This policy helps to keep families together and provide convenience to parents who already have children enrolled.
  • The next priority is based on the priority tier established by the UVa Physicians Group.
  • The receipt date of the application in each tier will receive the next priority: the earlier the receipt date, the higher the priority.
  • When a space opens in a particular age group, the age of the child in the wait pool must match the available space.

If I am expecting can I complete a Pre-Enrollment Form?

Yes, registrations for unborn children are accepted with a due date noted and a paid registration fee.

How long do I have to accept or decline an offer?

Offers will be made via e-mail and/or by phone. Parents are then required to accept the space by responding to the e-mail or phone message within 48 hours or 2 business days. If the center doesn’t hear from the family after 48 business hours, two (2) courtesy calls (work and home) will be made to the family to make certain they received the e-mail and subsequent the phone calls. If the center is unable to reach the parent as a result of the phone calls, this will automatically count as a decline.

Parents can decline a space up to two (2) times before being automatically removed from the list. After the second decline, if a parent would like to get back/remain on the wait list for the center, a new registration fee will need to be paid. The registration date will be the new date in which the center receives the registration fee.

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.

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 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, an 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 the relationship between Bright Horizons and The Partnership for a Healthier America?

For more information about this relationship, click here.

Who is eligible to use the center?

The Sharon L. Hostler Child Development Center, managed by Bright Horizons, is open to UVA Physician Group employees, School of Medicine employees, Medical Center employees, and UVA faculty and staff.

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 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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