Child Care at Bright Horizons

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Child Care That Provides a Great Start for Your Child

Early Education & Preschool That's More Than Daycare

When it comes to child care, you want to know your children are safe, loved, and supported by skilled teachers who can nurture their curiosity and help them learn everything they need to know to be ready for school. That’s what the teachers at Bright Horizons child care centers accomplish every single day. For more than 30 years, families have trusted Bright Horizons to provide innovative child care and early education that captures the joys of childhood while nurturing each child’s growth and development, paving the way for success in school and life.

I’m not worried about her now, and I’ve never been worried about her. That center has become family to us. You never think someone is going to care as much about your child as you do. But I really think these teachers do. Their hearts are gold.

Our Infant Program:


Our safe and caring program for infants features a welcoming environment carefully designed to support your baby’s developmental milestones. Highlights include:

  • An assigned primary caregiver for one-to-one moments of caring, play, and communication
  • Personalized care plans that support daily schedules, follow nutritional guidelines, and incorporate any other unique needs
  • Sensory-rich spaces for your baby to explore
  • Daily reading, exposure to the arts, and time outdoors, weather permitting
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Our daughter can't wait to come to the center. It makes our day to see her happy. Thank you for all your efforts during this time. We feel comfortable that she is in such good hands.
Fran and Ron

Our Toddler Program:


Our program provides engaging, safe spaces for the giant developmental leaps of the toddler years. Highlights include:

  • A learning environment that fosters self-help skills and individual development
  • Support for your child’s newfound language skills, independence, and social interaction
  • Learning centers that encourage exploration in language and reading, math, art, dramatic play, science, outdoor learning, and development of fine motor skills
  •  A focus on individual growth and on making choices
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I wanted to express what a great job you all have been doing. Every staff member has been simultaneously friendly and welcoming while adhering seamlessly to all of the safety guidelines.
Molly and Patrick

Our Preschool Program:


Preschoolers at Bright Horizons gain the advantage of:

  • An approach to learning that adapts to each child’s strengths and interests
  • Independent, preschool teacher-directed, and small-group activities that encourage your child to investigate, discover and explore
  • Preschool curriculum that supports creative expression, literacy, music, and more
  • STEM learning that fosters future-forward skills
  • Opportunities for problem-solving and decision-making that help to build competence
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We received pictures and videos throughout the day which we LOVED! It truly means a lot to see how they are readjusting to a class setting and helps support our decision to send them back.

Preparing for Kindergarten:


In your child’s last year before kindergarten, our pre-K program provides:

  • Support for core pre-academic areas including literacy, mathematical reasoning, and scientific investigation
  • Creative, hands-on, and project-based learning
  • Multiple activities that ensure children are thriving and developing in all areas of learning
  • A focus on teamwork and building a positive self-image
  • Support from teachers who encourage your child to create, grown and learn
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The Bright Horizons® Difference

We offer a unique early education experience built on 30 years of expertise, and on what working families have told us they want and need for their children...and for themselves. Child care and early education isn’t just what we do – it’s who we are. 
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Inspired Teachers

     Dedicated early childhood professionals fully engaged in teaching careers, who benefit from our award-winning training and ongoing support. 

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Support for the Whole Family

     Thoughtfully and carefully designed centers, programs, and schedules – all created with the needs of both children and parents in mind. 

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Proven Approach to Early Education

Research-informed care designed by caring, nurturing educators to inspire our youngest learners to become joyful, confident learners for life.


What You Need to Know About Child Care

What is child care with Bright Horizons?


Bright Horizons is a leading provider of child care and early education for families and employers. There are more than 1,000 Bright Horizons centers worldwide. Child care with Bright Horizons incorporates a proven approach to early education, with a research-informed curriculum designed to inspire children not just to learn, but to think, wonder, and question on their own. Bright Horizons child care includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten.

Or, Search by Zip to find a Bright Horizons child care center in your local city.

How does a parent compare child care programs?

It can be hard to choose the right child care. We work with a lot of families who have not had a baby in child care before. Advice from other parents, web searches through search engines, or online web portals from state or local governments can provide lists of daycares to consider. For a parent whose company provides on-site child care, back-up care or summer camp as a benefit, the human resources department will be able to provide information. If your company provides a daycare benefit through Bright Horizons, please log into your account to access your benefits. If your company does not provide this benefit, search by zip to find a Bright Horizons center near you.

How can I find child care near me?


Learn about child care tuition, openings or schedule a meeting to visit our:

Or, Search by Zip to find a Bright Horizons child care center in your local city.

As a parent, can I visit my child at Bright Horizons at a time?

Due to COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols at child care centers, any adult coming to the center must have an appointment.

What should parents look for to find the right child care provider?


With a new baby, there are few decisions that feel larger than choosing the right child care solution. You want to make sure you understand what quality early education looks like. You want a place where you know your child will be in the hands of early education teachers who will nurture your child’s early childhood development, supporting today’s leaps and tomorrow’s milestones. Our teachers know about how a brain of a develops and what babies think.

At Bright Horizons, we offer early education and child care that’s much more than a daycare center – it’s a place where your infant will learn, grow, and thrive in an environment designed to capture the joys of childhood while providing individualized learning.

Can a parent drop into a child care classroom without an appointment?

No. Parents should schedule an appointment if they want to visit a daycare . No parent would want any adult to be able to enter the facility without warning, and thus child care facilities should require an appointment. At Bright Horizons, we offer Zoom and in-person visits so we can understand what your family needs for child care, including when you would start your first day of child care, what your schedule would be and about when you expect your baby to be born. We also want to allow ample time for you to ask questions about our early education and preschool programs.

Does Bright Horizons have a daycare waiting list? What do I do if I want to enroll in a program and space is not available when my family's maternity and paternity leave are over?

Depending on where you live, and schedule you need for care, you may see child care waitlists. You can select and register with up to three Bright Horizons child care locations, including the center in which you are most interested. By registering, you are confirming interest in all three centers. Once registered, we will add you to our waitlist and offer you a space as soon as one becomes available. Our goal is to accommodate families as soon as space allows, and so during the entire process, we will keep in touch with you regarding your status. While waiting for a space to become available at the first-choice location, many families enroll at their second or third choices temporarily until space becomes available at their first-choice centers. Enrolling at another location will not only solve your immediate child care needs, but will provide you priority access to your first preference.

Is it safe to send my baby to child care?


Ask each child care provider you're considering to take the time to explain all health and safety policies to you. Consider asking:

1. How will you contact me if my baby gets sick at child care?

2. Can a mildly ill child (stuffy nose, cough) still come to child care?

3. How do you decide if a child needs emergency medical care?

4. Are daycare staff trained in first aid and CPR?

5. How do you approach wellness, exercise, healthy eating and self-care for children?

Bright Horizons is trusted by parents 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. All Bright Horizons centers have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core.

What about licensing inspections?

A parent may review the licensing data for any given facility through an online web portal. Any recent violations should be reviewed by the parent, as the violations often include valuable information about the facility.

Are there specific philosophies in child care?

Different daycare programs have different ideas about how a baby should grow. A parent should familiarize themselves with the early childhood learning philosophies a daycare uses before entrusting a child to that facility. Learn more about what makes the Bright Horizons curriculum different in its approach to support early learning and the support Bright Horizons provides to working parents and daycare teachers.

Are lower child to teacher ratios always better?


The ideal child to caregiver ratio changes as children grow. An baby needs a lot of attention to thrive, whereas a preschooler needs more freedom to explore. Child-to-teacher ratios may differ from state-to-state. 

Are Bright Horizons child care staff trained in CPR and First Aid?


All Bright Horizons child care center 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.

How can I compare child care costs?


Child care costs will depend upon on your baby’s age when they begin care as well as the center location where you'd like to attend. To get a customized tuition quote for Bright Horizons, we will set up a Zoom or in-person meeting with you to discuss your family’s needs and calculate what tuition would look like for you.


Child Care Checklist

Comparing different care options? Print out our checklist to make it easy to make comparisons and choose the best care for your family.

How is Child Care at Bright Horizons Different?

When you choose child care and early education from Bright Horizons, you will be impressed with our:

  • Proven curriculum that incorporates all the latest research on successful early education.
  • Well-balanced programs that focus on your child’s social, emotional, and physical well-being to prepare for success in school and life.
  • Thoughtfully created environments where your child will feel safe and loved from the moment they walk through our doors to the moment you arrive to take them home.
  • Supportive teachers who receive the training they need to stay up to date on the most effective educational techniques and to grow professionally.
  • Convenient locations and hours that fit your schedule at work and at home. Search by Zip to find a Bright Horizons near you.

Early Education and Preschool Teachers: Our teachers make child care all about education

Teachers at Bright Horizons are the center of everything we do. They’re the people with the skills, the passion, and the dedication to infuse child care with high-quality early education. That’s why we have set the standard for providing professional development to ensure they have the support they need to nurture your child’s curiosity, learning, and development. We provide our teachers with award-winning training as well as learning opportunities to advance their careers and skills through training, certificates, and college degrees. The result is teachers that you can feel great about, and people you can trust completely to love, protect, and support your child through the developmental milestones of their early years. Learn more about how to become a Bright Horizons teacher. 

Baby Daycare, Toddler Daycare, Preschool Daycare and Pre-K 

Bright Horizons offers much more than a daycare. Since 1986, Bright Horizons has been providing high-quality programs that enable working parents to know they’re making the right choice in selecting a child care provider While we offer more than 1,000 child care centers worldwide today, our focus remains squarely on the individual child and working families, providing carefully crafted education programs designed to encourage curious, happy, and confident children at every age and stage. 

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Bright Horizons offers more than a traditional daycare. It helps parents looking for education-based Boston daycare, NYC daycare, Chicago daycare, Washington, DC daycare, Los Angeles daycare, San Francisco daycare, Seattle daycare and local daycares in other cities. It also provides back-up daycare and elder care, employer-sponsored child care, employer tuition assistance, workforce education, and student loan repayment programs. Bright Horizons Global Headquarters is located in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.