Bright Horizons Daycare in New York City

Early Education & Preschool That's More Than Daycare

When selecting a daycare program, working parents don't need to choose between convenience and quality. Bright Horizons in NYC prioritizes school readiness while also offering flexible schedules all year round.

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Bright Horizons New York City is more than daycare

A Proven Approach for School Readiness

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.

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.

Explore Daycare in the New York Metro Area

We have a number of convenient locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, including the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Midtown, West Village, East Village, Downtown, Long Island City, Williamsburg, DUMBO, and more!

With convenient New York City area locations, we're never far from your home or workplace.

Our Other Programs

Early Education Programs

Providing experiences that capture the joys of childhood and pave the way for success in school and life.

Preschools in NYC

Preparing children for school through academic and social learning.

Summer Programs in NYC

Action-packed days, engaging projects, fun and educational activities, and more at Bright Horizons Preschools & Daycares.

What Questions Should I Ask a Daycare Provider?

What ages does an NYC daycare from Bright Horizons allow?


Most of our NYC child care centers serve children ages six weeks to six years. Bright Horizons is more than daycare. We have programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants, toddler, preschool and pre-K.

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I've looked at other daycares in the New York Metro Area with long waitlists. What if I want to enroll at a NYC Bright Horizons center but space is not available?


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.

What is the background check process for daycare staff at NYC child care centers?


Bright Horizons conducts comprehensive background checks on all prospective employees and frequent visitors. In New York City, the state of NY Department of Youth and Families requires background checks for employees of a daycare or licensed child care facility.

Bright Horizons background checks consist of a county criminal record check for the past seven years performed in all counties that a person has lived, worked or attended school. In addition to the county criminal search, a sex offender search, OFAC search, and a social security verification trace are also conducted.

Are daycare staff at Bright Horizons in NYC trained in CPR and First Aid?


All Bright Horizons New York City 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.

Does Bright Horizons provide daycare in the New York Metro Area?


Bright Horizons has daycare centers in all New York City boroughs. Search by zip to find the one closest to you.

At Bright Horizons we make sure you can enjoy the convenience of daycare combined with a quality early education experience. We focus our daily experiences on comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character.

Our dedicated teachers guide children to success by teaching them how to:

  1. Approach life as an invitation to learn
  2. Become a confident and competent lifelong learner
  3. Become a confident and competent user of technology
  4. Develop emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills

At our centers, we achieve school readiness by helping children:

  1. Develop the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
  2. Achieve excellence in language and literacy
  3. Develop an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
  4. Achieve excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
We help cultivate a rich and rewarding childhood by focusing on:
  1. Happy days
  2. Wonderful relationships
  3. A World of experience

How much does a Bright Horizons daycare in NYC cost?

Daycare tuition depends on your child’s age, as well as your choice in center location. To get a customized tuition quote for Bright Horizons in NYC, find your preferred center with our locator tool, and set up an appointment. During this conversation, the Center Director will discuss your family’s needs and calculate what tuition would look like for you.

Does Bright Horizons in New York City have baby daycare?


Yes. Most of our locations offer infant care programs for children starting at six-weeks old. We're happy to schedule a visit for expectant parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare, even for our youngest learners. Bright Horizons in NYC is a great place for babies.

Does Bright Horizons in New York City have a toddler daycare?


Yes. Most of our locations offer toddler programs for children to start to explore independence, language development, and social skills. We're happy to schedule a visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare. Find out what toddlers learn in our NYC child care programs by speaking to a center director about our curriculum.

Does Bright Horizons in New York City have a daycare preschool program?


Yes. Most of our locations offer preschool and pre-K programs for children that prepare them for school success. We’re happy to schedule a visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare and what school readiness at Bright Horizons in NYC looks like.

How are working parents supported by Bright Horizons in New York City?


Bright Horizons in New York City supports the whole family because we know that success at work and success at home go hand-in-hand. We designed our centers, programs, and schedules to keep the needs of both children and parents in mind. 

How can I find child care when a New York City daycare center is closed?


Having a sitter or two familiar with your family can be extremely helpful when you need back-up care. With Sittercity, you can search for local babysitters and nannies, or post a job detailing your needs, and have interested child care providers reach out to you directly. Sittercity has built-in screening tools that give you control to hire with ease and confidence, which include secure messaging, interview booking, professional references, and background checks.

What is the difference between daycare and in-home child care in New York City?


With a babysitter or nanny in your home, your child gets personalized, one-on-one attention in an environment controlled by you. Your child care will match the exact schedule you need, all in the convenience of your home. If desired, you can also get house management help from your in-home provider. A daycare facility tends to be a more cost-effective option in an environment designed for learning and whole child development, with age-appropriate curriculum and structured socialization. In the end, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to child care—pick the environment that’s best for you.

Does Bright Horizons have summer care in New York City?

We have a partnership with Steve and Kate's camp locations as well as our Summer Explorations programs for children ages 3-5 and 6-12. 

Does Bright Horizons in New York City provide daycare for children with special needs?


Yes. Bright Horizons in New York City accommodates a wide range of special and individualized needs in our group programs. We offer inclusive programs that focus on each child’s strengths and support a collaborative team approach with the teacher, director, specialists, and families. The team will work closely together to maximize your child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and minimize any barriers or safety issues that a group program may present.

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