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The Academy: a Bright Horizons Preschool

At the Academy (formerly CHALK Preschools), your child will be cared for in a nurturing environment by experienced, dedicated teachers. Under this new brand, we’re combining our outstanding reputation with the expertise of Bright Horizons® in an effort to continue to provide the highest-quality early childhood education.

Our Academy Locations


2232 Encinitas Boulevard
Encinitas, CA

Manhattan Beach

1114 22nd Street
Manhattan Beach, CA


700 Green Street
Pasadena, CA


2201 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA


2028 S. Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

A Preschool Program You Can Feel Great About

We know preschoolers are ready to take chances and experiment with new things. With our teachers’ support, these inquisitive young minds will tackle new challenges and advance the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond — and fully experience the joys of childhood.

Professional Staff

Each classroom is led by two teachers with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) in child development or a related field. They have the training and experience needed to guide and nurture each child through every age and stage

Proven Curriculum

Our carefully crafted, age-appropriate programs encourage happy and confident children, and our weekly lesson plans target academic skills in a fun and creative way. During daily Center Time, children are introduced to literacy, math or science, art, and fine motor skills through hands-on educational activities

A Spotlight on Wellness

We’ve been trained by My Gym professionals to implement their acclaimed child fitness curriculum in all classrooms. In addition to physical fitness, the program also focuses on nutrition and hygiene, as well as the development of healthy lifestyle habits

A Welcoming Community

Strong parent-teacher partnerships make each center its own neighborhood, where educators and families work together to set each child up for future success

Reliable Care That Fits Your Routine

At the Academy, we serve children ages 2-6 and offer three different schedules — two-, three-, or five-days per week — to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Peace of Mind

Your child will be in good hands. Our safety, security, and cleanliness standards meet or exceed all state, local, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines.

We invite you to experience early learning in action.

Visit an Academy preschool in your neighborhood and discover how families and teachers work together to meet children’s unique needs and help them reach their full potential.

Find an Academy Preschool

Ready to find an Academy location or other Bright Horizons preschool near you?