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Bright Horizons at 75 Rockefeller Center

75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019

(212) 757-2301


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At the core of Bright Horizons curriculum are well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought is emphasized throughout all the centers. Changes to the learning environment, activities, and projects reflect emerging interests and individual goals. Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • stationary, stamps, writing tools
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • multicultural music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Some Bright Horizons centers offer foreign language.

From the Director:

The Bright Horizons School curriculum empowers children to become confident, successful, lifelong learners by creating developmentally appropriate environments in which each child learns what the world is like, how it works and what he or she is capable of achieving. Schools offer either The World at Their Fingertips Approach or the Montessori method. Both approaches feature: High expectations for every child Prime times: the importance of adult-child interactions Planned child choice learning environments Emergent curriculum Developmentally appropriate instruction Learning made visible through documentation and display Full parent partnerships 21st century technology

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Bright Horizons Family Solutions recognizes the unique strengths of each child and uses those strengths to help the child meet high expectations. We are committed to helping children develop the information-gathering and problem-solving tools to succeed in school. Children will learn to use their minds, books, computers, scientific instruments, and the people in their lives to seize the opportunities that life presents. Through observation and interaction, teachers look at each child individually and work closely with his parents to make appropriate developmental decisions. Teachers will also work with parents to locate outside resources if necessary and work with those resources to ensure the child is getting everything he needs to be a successful learner.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children begin to learn at a very early age - from the moment they are born. And once they start, there's no stopping that curiosity. How each child learns is surprisingly different. These two critical issues - early learning and individual learning styles are the cornerstones of our curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips, and programs at Bright Horizons.

A Typical Day

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices using Family Choice Boards, participate in small groups and projects, join in circle-times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their learning experiences. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the Creative Curriculum for Preschool and knowledge of the children and families as a framework, teachers use their talent and expertise to design, adapt, and invent learning centers that best serve the children in the room.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide parent workshops through out the year, as well as teacher-parent conferences quarterly. The parents can also track their child's development on our website as well.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on