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How Parents Compare Child Care Centers

Choosing a child care provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child and family. You want an environment where your child will be safe, loved and supported by skilled providers, where curiosity can be nourished, and where your child can develop the skills and learning necessary for the next big steps in life.To learn more about why Bright Horizons is more than just daycare, search by zip to schedule a Zoom meeting at a center near you!

Health & Safety at Child Care

Plan to ask all child care providers you consider about health and safety. Bright Horizons has implemented a number of enhanced protocols, including reduced class sizes at our centers.

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, toys, and laundered items

Strict drop-off and pick-up procedures to minimize contact

Secured entrances to all centers and supervision policies to keep children safe

Teachers trained in all protocols

Daily health screening and temperature check for adults and children

Does Child Care Help Children Succeed in Kindergarten?

What parents and teachers have to say about Bright Horizons child care graduates


of parents report their child entered elementary school prepared and ready to meet the demands of their new school.

Skills for the Modern World

Our integrated and emergent curriculum gives young children the ability to expand beyond strong foundations in reading, writing, and math to understand not just what to learn, but how to learn.


of Bright Horizons’ parents and teachers agree Bright Horizons’ graduates entered elementary school with a strong enthusiasm for learning.

Developing a Growth Mindset

Bright Horizons teachers encourage children to ask questions, fostering more than just an interest in facts -- but a thirst to understand how things work.


of parents said their child entered school with the ability to approach a challenge in an innovative or creative way.

Developing Executive Function

In our classrooms, education is more than facts and figures, but inspires children to innovate, problem solve, and apply information in creative and resourceful manners.


of teachers agree that the Bright Horizons’ graduates in their classrooms were well prepared with the literacy and math skills they needed for academic success.

Prepared for 21st Century Skills

Our graduates leave our centers confident students who are ready to manage the academic, social, and behavioral expectations of the first year of elementary school and beyond.


of teachers said that Bright Horizons graduates were ready to accept new responsibilities and greater independence.

Social-Emotional Learning

Curriculum elements such as Caring Matters and Toward a Better World support important social skills, helping children to express themselves, resolve conflict, and work cooperatively with classmates and teachers.


What You Need to Know About Child Care Centers

What is child care with Bright Horizons?


Bright Horizons is a leading provider of child care centers 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. Most Bright Horizons child care centers serve children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. 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.

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 start child care right now?


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.

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 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 much is Bright Horizons child care tuition?


Child care costs will depend upon on your child's age at their first day of care as well as the center location where you'd like to attend. Our rates are thoughtfully set to minimize the impact on families while maintaining our high standards of care. 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.

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More about child care centers

As you’re comparing local daycares, nursery schools, and preschools, it’s important to look for providers that offer:

  • A joyful place for celebrating childhood.
  • A program that offers early education with a research-based curriculum.
  • Locations and hours that meet your family’s scheduling needs.
  • Well-balanced programs that nurture the whole child – social, emotional and physical.
  • Environments where children feel safe and loved.
  • Spaces where children can safely explore, interact, discover, and learn.

Bright Horizons child care centers

For more than 30 years, Bright Horizons child care centers have been providing quality care and early education that nurtures each child’s growth and development. Our goal is to provide an environment that captures the joys of childhood while paving the way for your child’s future success in school and life.

Our programs include:

  • Infant care that offers a warm environment where your baby can flourish.
  • Toddler care where children are empowered to be confident, successful, lifelong learners.
  • Preschool programs that prepare your child for school through social and academic learning.
  • Pre-K programs that ensure academic readiness by emphasizing skills in core areas.
  • Kindergarten programs with age-specific curriculum and skill-building activities.

The teachers who will nurture your child

At Bright Horizons child care centers, your child’s day begins and ends in the care of teachers who have a remarkable enthusiasm for helping children to learn and flourish. Our educators pay close attention to what makes each child tick and work to support their innate interests in every possible way. We’re passionate about giving Bright Horizons teachers the opportunities they need to succeed professionally. We provide our own award-winning training, as well as support continuing education to ensure our they keep current on the most effective early education teaching methods.
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.