Learn About Bright Horizons Preschool Daycare

What to look for in a preschool daycare

The preschool years are a time when your child is ready to take chances, tackle new challenges, and experiment with new things. Finding the right preschool daycare is essential to support their exploration. You want a program that gives you complete confidence in every aspect of your child’s education – from health and safety, to caring teachers, to a proven curriculum that prepares the way for your child’s journey to kindergarten and beyond.

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Bright Horizons is More than Daycare

Early Education and Preschool

Bright Horizons is a premiere child care provider, offering environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood while paving the way for success in school and life. Our approach fosters individualized education and inspires children to be curious and creative learners. In our preschool programs, we offer balanced care to support your child’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Search by Zip to find daycare preschool at a Bright Horizons near you!

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 preschool...and for themselves. Child care and early education isn’t just what we do – it’s who we are. 
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Proven Approach to Preschool

     Research-informed curriculum designed by experienced educators to inspire children not just to learn, but to think, wonder, and question on their own. 

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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. 


What You Need to Know About Preschool Daycare

What is preschool daycare?


Preschool daycare is a child care program with an educational focus on providing children with the skills they’ll need to be ready for school.

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 at all ages. We are currently enrolling in our:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Infant care: Our newborn and baby daycare programs provide safe spaces, welcoming environments, and inspired caregivers that support all your baby’s developmental milestones

How does a parent compare preschool daycare programs?

It can be hard to choose a daycare for your preschooler. 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.

Can a parent drop into a preschool daycare without an appointment?

No. Parents of preschoolers 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 daycare 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, and what your schedule would be. 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?

Depending on where you live, and schedule you need for care, you may see preschool daycare 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.

Are there specific philosophies in daycare?

Different daycare programs have different ideas about how a child 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 at preschool daycare?


The ideal child to caregiver ratio changes as children grow. An infant 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. 

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

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

More about preschool daycare with Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons is a premiere child care provider, offering environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood while paving the way for success in school and life. Our approach fosters individualized education and inspires children to be curious and creative learners. In our preschool programs, we offer balanced care to support your child’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development.

Bright Horizons preschool daycare offers joyful and meaningful learning experiences that prepare children to be ready for school. Our flexible curriculum includes literacy, language, writing, math/manipulatives, creative expression, STEM, social/emotional development, technology, music, dramatic play, and outdoor learning. And our opportunities for problem-solving and decision-making help children to be confident, well-rounded, and ready for the future.

The daycare teachers who nurture your preschooler

The teachers in our nursery schools are people with the passion and talent to inspire your child to find the joy in learning. Our caregivers take an intuitive approach, observing what motivates each child to learn and tailoring class activities to build on those very things. At Bright Horizons, our teachers spend one-on-one time with students so they can build close relationships and become attuned to each preschooler’s needs. Bright Horizons preschool daycare teachers are leading the way in early education. To support them in their careers, we can fund their tuition for advanced college degrees. We also back our teachers with our own nationally recognized training programs for ongoing development.

What’s special about Bright Horizons?

At Bright Horizons early education and daycare centers, you’ll find:

  • Well-rounded programs that help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and academically
  • A ready-for-school curriculum designed by experts in early education
  • Observant teachers who adapt their approach to each child
  • Convenient locations and extended hours to accommodate the schedule of a working family
  • Joyful spaces that encourage safe exploration
  • Resources for parents to bring learning home

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Get Started Today

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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.