Learn About Bright Horizons Pre-K Programs

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How to Find the Right Pre-K Program

Early Education and Preschool

When it comes to pre-Kindergarten, you want your child to have the freedom to enjoy the last year before school begins while building the skills for navigating the steps ahead.

At Bright Horizons, we offer pre-K programs that are carefully designed to allow children to flourish in this age of exciting growth, while preparing them academically, socially, and physically for the first year of kindergarten. Search by Zip to find a Bright Horizons Pre-K program near you!

FAQ: What do kids learn in pre-k programs?

What is pre-K?

Pre-k is short for pre-kindergarten, and helps prepare children for kindergarten. The program may also be referred to as Kindergarten Prep. While pre-k is similar to preschool, it offers a more in-depth approach to learning and school readiness. Children in pre-k programs are typically 4 - 5 years old. 

How can I find pre-k programs near me?


Most Bright Horizons centers have preschool daycare for children up to 6 years old. Learn about tuition, openings or schedule a meeting to visit our:

Or, Search by Zip to find a Bright Horizons child care center in your local city.

What pre-k programs does Bright Horizons offer?


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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
Not sure which program is right for you? No problem! Once you find a center near you, we can help you find the right program based on your child's age and how soon you'd like to begin care.

What do children learn in preschool and pre-k?

Early education in preschool and pre-k is centered around the essentials of learning through play. While the specific curriculum can differ, most preschool and pre-k programs will focus on how kids make friends, how children build identity, and how to get ready for kindergarten

Should every child attend a pre-K program before starting kindergarten?

By law, pre-K is not a requirement in any state in the U.S. In some states, kindergarten isn’t even required as long as you can self-school your child based on the same education guidelines that kindergarten, preschool, and pre-k programs follow. However, this can be difficult for working parents — especially those who are also first-time parents — so finding a pre-k program with an excellent reputation for early education can be beneficial for both you and your child.

Does Bright Horizons have a pre-K daycare waiting list?

Depending on where you live, and schedule you need for care, you may see pre-K 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 kindergarten prep programs?

Different programs have different ideas about how a child should grow. A parent should familiarize themselves with the early childhood learning philosophies a pre-k 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.

How can I compare pre-k program costs?


Preschool pre-k costs will depend upon on your child’s age when they begin a program 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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Meet Our Inspired Pre-K Teachers

Our Teachers Make Bright Horizons More than Daycare

Ask any Bright Horizons parent and they’ll tell you that our teachers are the heart of our preschool programs. We seek out individuals with a passion for education and the talent to support the natural curiosity and interests of each child.

To support our pre-K teachers in their careers, we provide award-winning training and full tuition to continue their education and earn early childhood college degrees. Our teacher education programs are a hallmark of our centers, and just one more way we work to ensure the very best for children in our centers – and teachers in our field.

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More about Pre-K and Preschool Programs at Bright Horizons

At Bright Horizons child care centers, our research-based programs are designed to meet your child’s unique needs while preparing them for elementary school. Grounded in an emergent, inquiry-based curriculum, our pre-K programs empower children to think critically, explore new ideas, and build on STEM, language, art, and social skills.

Highlights of our pre-K programs include:

  • A focus on pre-academic skills in reading, math, and science to prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond
  • Activities that support teamwork and help to build a positive self-image
  • Creative, hands-on and project-based learning
  • Multiple and diverse learning activities to ensure that children thrive in all areas of development
  • Teachers who recognize and support each child’s unique way of learning and encourage them to reach developmental and academic milestones
  • Safety, security, and cleanliness standards that meet or exceed all state, local and national guidelines

Bright Horizons offers baby daycare, toddler preschool,  preschool and pre-k programs for seamless transition through all the stages of early education.

The Bright Horizons difference

From our infant care and toddler care to our pre-K and kindergarten offerings, our programs feature:

  • Locations and hours designed for working families
  • Thoughtfully created environments that promote safe exploration
  • Proven curriculum based on the latest research in early education
  • Teachers who are supported to stay current on the most effective education techniques
  • Centers that let children feel safe and loved from the moment they arrive to the moment they are back in their parents’ arms
  • Well-balanced programs that prepare children for success in school and life by focusing on social, emotional and physical well-being
  • Family resources that support parents as well as children

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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.