Learn About Bright Horizons as a Child Care Provider

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Choosing the Right Child Care Provider

Early Education & Preschool That's More Than Daycare

Choosing a child care provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child. You want to be sure that when you drop your child off in the morning, they will be safe, loved and supported by skilled teachers throughout the day who can nurture their curiosity and help them learn everything they need to be ready for school. At Bright Horizons, we recognize that the first five years of life only come around once. We promise to provide educational instructions and joyful experiences that help your child and your family make the most of them.

FAQs: What parents ask about child care providers

Is Bright Horizons a child care provider?


Yes, 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 infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten prep.

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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 used 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 providers 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 a child care provider near me?


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

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


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 family will learn, grow, and thrive in an environment designed to capture the joys of childhood while providing individualized learning.

If you are comparing different child care providers, here are some important criteria to look for:

  • A child care provider that incorporates early education at every step.
  • Well-trained teachers who are praised in parent testimonials.
  • Health and safety standards that meet or surpass the local and national guidelines.
  • A curriculum that includes a wide range of subjects and thoughtfully designed activities.
  • Opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s day.

How do I know whether a child care provider is safe?


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.

How can I find out about a child care provider's licensing?

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 Bright Horizons child care providers trained in CPR and First Aid?


All Bright Horizons child care providers 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.

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Parent Perspectives

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More about Bright Horizons Child Care

Children begin to learn by sounding out words and coloring with crayons. Before you know it, they’re writing stories and solving math problems. In between are all the building blocks of early education – the foundation that establishes a lifelong love of learning. Our carefully crafted programs are there for every step, custom-designed to encourage curious, happy and confident children at every age and stage.

Our programs include:

  • Infant care programs that provide a warm, welcoming environment where your baby can grow.
  • Toddler programs that empower children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners.
  • Preschool programs that prepare children for school through academic and social learning.
  • Pre-K programs that advance skills in core academic areas to get children ready for school.
  • Kindergarten programs that develop strong literacy and math skills.

What makes Bright Horizons a premiere child care provider?

Our early education and preschool classrooms are designed to capture the joys of childhood, nurture growth and development, and pave the way for your child’s success in school and life.

Integrating child care and early education. With Bright Horizons, you don’t have to choose between a child care provider and early education. Our programs combine the quality child care your family needs with the enriching learning experiences that will help your child to flourish.

Programs for working families
. As a leading child care provider, we know that success at work and home go hand in hand. That’s why we provide convenient schedules and carefully planned hours to match your family’s routine. To support your child’s education at our centers, we offer learning-at-home activities to be shared around kitchen tables, as well as parent partnership groups for support and a community that connects families to teachers.

Stay connected.
Our My Bright Day™ mobile app, available in most of our centers, provides real-time updates through photos and messages about exciting milestones and important notifications.

Nutrition and wellness. Our programs are designed to start children on the path to healthy choices for life, with patrician and wellness built right into our curriculum. Our approaches to food and movement align with our commitment to Partnership for A Healthier America.

Health and safety. Our health and safety standards are the highest in the industry, meeting or exceeding all local and state guidelines.

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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Get Started Today

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