When you’re looking for licensed daycare, you’re likely to find an overwhelming range of options that can make choosing the right daycare difficult. The most important quality in a licensed daycare is finding a place that feels like a good fit for your child, with caregivers that support your child’s growth and development. And because the first few years of life are so formative, it’s helpful to find a licensed daycare with early learning programs that can better prepare your child for success in school and life.
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Bright Horizons is More Than Daycare
What parents and teachers have to say about Bright Horizons graduates
of parents report their child entered elementary school prepared and ready to meet the demands of their new school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Questions Should I Ask About a Licensed Daycare Provider?
Is Bright Horizons a licensed daycare?
Yes. All Bright Horizons daycare centers are licensed by the state in which the center is located. Our safety, security, and cleanliness practices meet all local, state, and national regulations for child care centers.
What ages does Bright Horizons serve in its licensed daycare programs?
How can I find licensed daycare near me?
What daycare programs does Bright Horizons have?
Our early education programs offer more than daycare. Our goal is not just to help children learn, but to cultivate the joy of learning. We are currently enrolling families in our:
- Infant care: Our infant and baby daycare programs provide safe spaces, welcoming environments, and inspired caregivers that support all your baby’s developmental milestones.
- Toddler care: Our toddler preschool programs provide a place to test out and learn new skills, make new friends, and celebrate the joy of wonder and discovery.
- Preschool program: Our preschool classes are designed to prepare children for kindergarten and all the big steps ahead, supporting inquisitive young minds as they tackle new challenges, take chances, and experiment with new things.
- Pre-Kindergarten: Our kindergarten preparation programs support children during a time of enormous and exciting growth, building the academic, social, and physical skills that will get them ready for school.
- Summer camp: Through Summer Explorations at Bright Horizons®, your child will have the opportunity to enjoy everything summer has to offer.
How does a parent start a daycare comparison?
Can a parent visit a daycare without an appointment?
I've compared licensed daycares, but some of my choices have long wait lists. What if I want to enroll at a Bright Horizons center but space is not available?
How can I compare the safety of daycares or preschools?
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 child gets sick at daycare?
2. Can a mildly ill child (stuffy nose, cough) still come to daycare?
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?
Are there specific philosophies in daycare?
How can I compare daycare costs?
Daycare costs will depend upon on your child’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
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The Bright Horizons® Difference
Dedicated early childhood professionals fully engaged in teaching careers, who benefit from our award-winning training and ongoing support.
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.
Proven Approach to Early Education
Research-informed care designed by caring, nuruting educators to inspire our youngest learners to become joyful, confident learners for life.