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Bright Horizons Daycare in Chicago
Bright Horizons in Chicago offers year-round programming and several convenient locations throughout the Chicago metro area, including the City of Chicago and Evanston, and suburban towns like Northbrook, Deerfield, Lake Zurich, Skokie, Northfield, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Itasca, Mount Prospect, Deer Park, Rosemont, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, and Oak Brook.
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Health, Safety, and Wellness at Our Chicago Centers
Parents nationwide trust Bright Horizons to care for their children. Expert-informed policies; health, safety, and wellness built right into our curriculum; and safe spaces designed for learning and exploration — you’ll find it all in our centers.
Staff dedicated to ensuring that we set the highest standards in all areas
Strict handwashing and sanitary policies to prevent the spread of illnesses
Secured entrances to all centers and supervision policies to keep children safe
Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, toys, and laundered items
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With convenient Chicago area locations, we're never far from your home or workplace.
What Questions Should I Ask a Daycare Provider?
What ages does Bright Horizons in Chicago serve in its daycare program?
Most of our Chicago child care centers serve children ages six weeks to six years. Bright Horizons is more than daycare. We have programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants, toddler, preschool and pre-K.
I've looked at other daycares in Chicagoland with long waitlists. What if I want to enroll at a Chicago Bright Horizons center but space is not available?
What is the background check process for daycare staff at Bright Horizons Chicago child care centers?
Bright Horizons conducts comprehensive background checks on all prospective employees and frequent visitors. In Chicago, the state of IL Department of Youth and Families requires background checks for employees of a daycare or licensed child care facility.
Bright Horizons background checks consist 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.
Is it safe to send my child to a Chicago daycare or preschool?
Bright Horizons is trusted by parents in Chicago, including many doctors and nurses, to care for their children. We’ve partnered with pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Kristin Moffitt of Boston Children’s Hospital to implement enhanced safety protocols for all areas including daily health screening, distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. Our goal is to ensure that all of our health and safety practices in every center are in line with recommendations provided by the CDC and requirements of state and local municipalities. Our Chicago centers have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core.
Do Bright Horizons daycare centers follow state/local requirements for masking and vaccinations?
Where there are additional state or local requirements, for example around vaccination/masking, Bright Horizons also complies with applicable legal requirements in each jurisdiction in which we operate.
Are daycare staff at Bright Horizons in Chicago trained in CPR and First Aid?
All Bright Horizons Chicago staff are trained regularly in CPR /First Aid and Universal Precautions. You can feel confident that your child is safe and receiving the best care possible while in our care. Families of children in our care use the to get photos, real-time updates on care, learning, and milestones, and stay up to date on important notifications.
All Bright Horizons Chicago staff receive ongoing training, including CPR/First Aid and Universal Precautions. You can feel confident that your child is healthy, safe, and thriving while in our care. Bright Horizons families use the MyBrightDay mobile app daily to get photos, real-time updates on care, learning, and milestones, and to stay up-to-date on important notifications.
Is Bright Horizons a Chicago-area daycare?
Bright Horizons has a number of Chicago-area locations. Search by zip to find the one closest to you.
At Bright Horizons we make sure you can enjoy the convenience of daycare combined with a quality early education experience. We focus our daily experiences on comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character. Here's how we do it:
Preparing Children for Success in Life by:
- Approaching life as an invitation to learn
- Becoming a confident and competent lifelong learner
- Becoming a confident and competent user of technology
- Developing emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills
Preparation for Academic Excellence by:
- Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
- Achieving excellence in language and literacy
- Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
- Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
- Happy days
- Wonderful relationships
- A World of experience
How much does daycare in Chicago cost?
Daycare tuition depends on your child’s age, as well as your choice in center location. To get a customized tuition quote for Bright Horizons in Chicago, we will set up a Zoom meeting with you to discuss your family’s needs and calculate what tuition would look like for you.
Does Bright Horizons in Chicago have baby daycare?
Yes. Most of our locations offer infant care programs for children starting at six-weeks old. We're happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for expectant parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare, even for our youngest learners. Bright Horizons in Chicago is a great place for babies.
Does Bright Horizons in Chicago have a toddler daycare?
Yes. Most of our locations offer toddler programs for children to start to explore independence, language development, and social skills. We're happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare. Find out what toddlers learn in our Chicago child care programs.
Does Bright Horizons in Chicago have a daycare preschool program?
Yes. Most of our locations offer preschool and pre-K programs for children that prepare them for school success. We’re happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare and what school readiness at Bright Horizons in Chicago looks like.
How are working parents supported by Bright Horizons in Chicago?
Bright Horizons in Chicago supports the whole family because we know that success at work and success at home go hand-in-hand. We designed our centers, programs, and schedules to keep the needs of both children and parents in mind.
Is Bright Horizons hiring daycare teachers in Chicago?
Yes. Please visit our careers site to view all active Bright Horizons job openings in your area. Our careers site allows you to search for all open positions (part-time, full-time, and temporary) in our centers, including positions at client center that only enroll families who work for specific employers.
Is Bright Horizons a good place to work in Chicago?
Yes, but don’t just take our word for it! We’ve been named 20 times as one of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For, and are honored to be the only child care company to ever make the list.
How can I find child care when a Chicago daycare center is closed?
Having a sitter or two familiar with your family can be extremely helpful when you need back-up care. With the Sittercity app, you can search for local babysitters and nannies, or post a job detailing your needs, and have interested child care providers reach out to you directly. The Sittercity app has built-in screening tools that give you control to hire with ease and confidence, which include secure messaging, interview booking, professional references, and background checks.
What is the difference between daycare and in-home child care in Chicago?
With a babysitter or nanny in your home, your child gets personalized, one-on-one attention in an environment controlled by you. Your child care will match the exact schedule you need, all in the convenience of your home. If desired, you can also get house management help from your in-home provider. A daycare facility tends to be a more cost-effective option in an environment designed for learning and whole child development, with age-appropriate curriculum and structured socialization. In the end, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to child care—pick the environment that’s best for you.
Does Bright Horizons have summer care in Chicago?
Does Bright Horizons in Chicago allow children with special needs to enroll in daycare?
Yes. Bright Horizons in Chicago accommodates a wide range of special and individualized needs in our group programs. We offer inclusive programs that focus on each child’s strengths and support a collaborative team approach with the teacher, director, specialists, and families. The team will work closely together to maximize your child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and minimize any barriers or safety issues that a group program may present.