Philadelphia Baby Care

How to find infant care that's more than daycare

If you have a baby on the way, finding the best baby care in Philadelphia is a big priority. You want a place that feels right, where you know your child will be healthy, safe, and comfortable. And you want a solution that fits easily into your family’s routine. But most importantly, you want a place that will nurture your child’s individual development and pave the way for success in school and life.

Bright Horizons Philadelphia Pennsylvania child care locations

Bright Horizons’ programs are much more than baby daycare. Our early education programs provide enriching learning experiences for children as young as six weeks, along with convenient schedules and support for working families. In each of our Philadelphia baby care centers, you’ll find research-based programs and welcoming environments carefully designed to support all your baby’s exciting developmental milestones.

Bright Horizons baby care in Philadelphia 

Bright Horizons combines high-quality child care and early learning experiences that have a profound impact on children for life. 

In our baby care centers throughout the Philadelphia area, you’ll find classrooms where your child can safely explore, with teachers who support today’s big milestones and tomorrow’s leaps toward the future. Designed by experts and facilitated by educators, our programs help each child discover their individual talents and strengths and become confident learners for life.

What’s different about Bright Horizon baby care? We offer:

  • Discovery-driven learning programs that inspire curiosity, encourage exploration, and prepare children for each new stage of development. 
  • Convenient locations, individualized programs, and flexible schedules that fit your needs.
  • Primary caregivers assigned to each child for one-to-one moments of caring, play, and communication.
  • Sensory-rich spaces designed specifically for babies, with soft places to roll over, pull up, crawl and explore.
  • Practices for safety, security, and cleanliness that meet or exceed local, state, and national guidelines.
  • Teachers and caregivers who are early childhood education professionals.

What to expect from our Philadelphia baby care centers

Each of our early learning centers offers a discovery-driven curriculum with a science-informed framework for excellence in early education. Our programs provide support for whole-child development, promote self-confidence, teach 21st-century skills, and prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.

When you enroll in one of our Philadelphia baby care centers, your child will benefit from six Signature Practices for infants that encourage exploration, foster discovery, and stimulate early learning.

  • Prime times are moments of one-on-one interaction with a primary caregiver that build nurturing relationships and self-confidence through everyday moments of connection.
  • Daily reading exposes babies to age-appropriate books that support vocabulary development, listening skills, and a love of reading.
  • Art activities promote creativity through music, pretend play, and finger painting.
  • Treasure baskets are full of natural and everyday objects that inspire curiosity and encourage exploration. 
  • Outdoor discovery provides times for babies to explore nature, build motor development, and enhance sensory development.
  • Sign language — basic signs like “please” and “more” — helps babies communicate their needs and build language skills. 

The amazing teachers caring for your baby 

When you choose a Bright Horizons Philadelphia baby care center for your infant, you’ll be amazed by the teachers at the heart of our program. These passionate, knowledgeable, highly trained individuals have dedicated their careers to early education. We support them with our own award-winning training and opportunities to advance their careers and skills through training, certificates, and college degrees (for free!).

Our teachers have a remarkable knack for understanding what motivates each child to learn, and they support their interests through exploration and discovery. Our one-of-a-kind child assessment process gives our teachers real-time insight into your child’s development and how they can best nurture and support it.

How to compare Philadelphia baby care centers

Here are some important things to look for as you compare different Philadelphia baby care options.

A convenient location
Some parents prefer a daycare close to work so they can pop in to visit their child on a break. Others like a center close to home, which may be more convenient on days when they travel or work outside the office.

Classroom environments
Baby care centers should be designed for this joyful stage of discovery. Look for furniture that’s sized for the youngest of children, environments that focus on safety, ample space to move and explore, and soft and cozy spaces for quiet time.

Early learning programs
An early learning curriculum should meet the interests and needs of each age group and promote social-emotional development. Programming should be completely personalized to the needs of each baby, and classroom experiences should provoke curiosity and allow open-ended exploration with the guidance of teachers.

Health and safety
Health and safety protocols should include specific policies for how illnesses and injuries are managed, how many teachers work with each group, how children are supervised, how cleanliness is ensured, and how physical facilities are secured.

Responsive, caring teachers
With younger children, the most effective caregivers will be on the floor, engaging each child at that level. Teachers should interact with children in a pleasant tone. Be sure to ask about how teachers are hired and trained, and what the retention rate is.

Parent partnerships
The top-quality baby daycares are inclusive and welcome all families. Centers should proactively engage parents and welcome open, ongoing dialogue and conversation.

Licensing and accreditation
All child care providers must be licensed by the state. Be sure to ask about additional accreditations and certificates demonstrating a center’s commitment to higher quality standards.



Explore Baby Care in the Greater Philadelphia area

Working parents shouldn’t have to choose between child care and early education. Our programs ensure you don’t have to, offering convenience for your workday, and enriching learning experiences for your child.

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


What is the best age to start a baby in daycare?

There is no single best age to start baby care. Whenever you choose to enroll with a Philadelphia baby care provider, your child will reap all the educational, social, and experiential benefits.

How can I find a Philadelphia baby care center?

A web search is the fastest way to identify the baby care centers nearest you. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can review each daycare’s website or materials to better understand their approach to child care. Do they have an educational focus? How do they hire and train teachers? What’s their teacher retention rate? What kind of programs or curricula do they offer? What are their health and safety policies? How do they communicate with parents throughout the day? Be sure to read online reviews of each center and schedule daycare tours where you can observe caregivers interacting with children. You’ll also want to speak with center leadership to get all of your questions answered. Be sure to ask at work about any employer child care benefits you can take advantage of.

When should I start looking for baby care in Philadelphia?

Since the best Philadelphia daycare providers often have waitlists, it’s best to start looking for baby care as soon as you know you’ll need it. It can take weeks or months to thoroughly research your options, narrow down your choices, and tour your top prospects. The sooner you can add your name to the waitlist, the more likely there will be a space for your baby when you’re ready to enroll.

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