Bright Horizons Washington DC child care locations

Bright Horizons in Washington, DC

Early Education & Preschool That's More Than Daycare

Bright Horizons in Washington, DC offers quality, year-round programming and a number of convenient child care locations throughout DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Bethesda, Falls Church, McLean, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring. Explore our childcare centers in the capital neighborhoods including Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Federal Triangle, and East End.

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Enhanced COVID-19 Health & Safety at Our Washington, DC Centers

Health and safety is our number one priority, and we have implemented a number of enhanced protocols, including reduced class sizes at our center.

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, toys, and laundered items

Strict drop-off and pick-up procedures to minimize contact

Face masks/coverings required for all staff, regardless of vaccination status

Teachers trained in all protocols

Daily health screening and temperature check for adults and children

Explore Child Care in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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 Washington, DC area locations, we're never far from your home or workplace.

What Questions Should I Ask a Child Care Provider?

What ages does Bright Horizons in Washington, DC serve in its child care program?

Most of our Washington, DC 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 infantstoddlerpreschool and pre-K.

I've looked at other child care solutions in Washington, DC with long waitlists. What if I want to enroll at a Washington, DC 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 all staff at Bright Horizons Washington, DC child care centers?

Bright Horizons conducts comprehensive background checks on all prospective employees and frequent visitors. In Washington, DC, the state of MD 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.

Is it safe to send my child to a Washington, DC child care or preschool?

Bright Horizons is trusted by parents in Washington, DC, 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. Our Washington, DC centers have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core.

Do Bright Horizons daycare centers follow state/local requirements for masking and vaccinations?

Where there are additional state or local requirements, for example around vaccination/masking, Bright Horizons also complies with applicable legal requirements in each jurisdiction in which we operate.

Are child care staff at Bright Horizons in Washington, DC trained in CPR and First Aid?

All Bright Horizons Washington, DC staff are trained regularly in CPR /First Aid and Universal Precautions. You can feel confident that your child is safe and receiving the best care possible while in our care.  Families of children in our care use the to get photos, real-time updates on care, learning, and milestones, and stay up to date on important notifications.

All Bright Horizons Washington, DC 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.

What do children learn at Bright Horizons child care in Washington, DC?

Child care at Bright Horizons is focused on making our daily experiences focused on comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character. Here's how we do it:

Preparing Children for Success in Life by:

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

Preparation for Academic Excellence by:

  1. Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
  2. Achieving excellence in language and literacy
  3. Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
  4. Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
Providing a Rich and Rewarding Childhood by focusing on:
  1. Happy days
  2. Wonderful relationships
  3. A World of experience

How much does child care in Washington, DC cost?

Child care tuition in Washington, DC is dependent upon your child’s age, developmental level, and the location of the school you have chosen. To get a customized tuition quote for Bright Horizons in Washington, DC, please set up a Zoom meeting with us. Our center staff can talk through your family's needs to help calculate what tuition would look like for you.

Does Bright Horizons in Washington, DC have infant care?

Yes. Most of our locations offer infant care programs for children starting at 6-weeks old. We're happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for expectant parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons in Washington, DC is a great place for babies.

Does Bright Horizons in Washington, DC have a toddler program?

Yes. Most of our locations offer toddler programs for children to start to explore independence, language and social skills. We're happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for parents who would like to find out what toddlers learn in our Washington, DC child care programs.

How do I find a nanny in Washington, DC?

With the Sittercity app, you can search locally for a full or part-time nanny or post a job detailing your needs and have interested child care professionals reach out directly to you. Sittercity has built-in screening tools to give you the control to hire with ease and confidence. This includes secure messaging, interview booking, professional references, and running background checks.

Does Bright Horizons in Washington, DC have a preschool program?

Yes. Most of our locations offer preschool and kindergarten preparation programs for children to start working on getting ready for school. We're happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for parents who would like to learn about what school readiness at Bright Horizons in Washington, DC looks like.

Is Bright Horizons hiring child care teachers in Washington, DC?


Yes. Please visit our careers site to view all active Bright Horizons job openings in your area. Our careers site allows you to search for all open positions (part-time, full-time, and temporary) in our centers, including positions at client center that only enroll families who work for specific employers.

Is Bright Horizons a good place to work in Washington, DC?

Yes, but don’t just take our word for it! We’ve been named 20 times as one of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For, and are honored to be the only child care company to ever make the list.

How are working parents supported by child care at Bright Horizons in Washington, DC?

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

Does Bright Horizons have summer care in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC allow children with special needs to enroll in child care?

Yes! Bright Horizons in Washington, DC can successfully accommodate a wide range of special needs and individual differences in our group programs.  We believe in inclusive programs to focus on each child’s strengths. We support a collaborative team approach – the teacher, director, specialists, and parents. The team will work closely together to try to maximize each child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and to attempt to eliminate any barriers or safety issues which a group program may present.

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