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Bright Horizons at NY Presbyterian Hospital

435 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 746-6543


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are in-between free play w/structure + teacher-led instruction. There is time during the day to be both self-directed child choice time as well as teacher directed activities including structured group time. Teachers create the curriculum by observing children, planning according to interests and individual needs. We ensure children are ready for Kindergarten by being cognizant of developmental milestones and ensuring each child reach their utmost potential.

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
  • Stamps, pads, tape, scissors, magazines, newspapers, chalk/board, books, writing journals, markers, crayons, pencils.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulative materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • color paddles, sensory table, funnels, measuring cups, touch+feel boards, magnifying glass, insects, tornado tubes, sensory bottles
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Weekly Music Enrichment Program
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Documentation displays regarding activity
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 We have a structured meeting or group time where children participate in varied activities including (but not limited to) songs, rhymes, fingerplays, calendar, language, topics of interest.

From the Director:

7:30 -9:00 Arrivals and child choice activities... -snack -clean up -small group -choice time/creative art expressions 11:00-11:30 outdoor play -story time hand washing 11:45- 12:15 lunch -hand washing -nap time -wake-up -snack time 3:20-4:00 choice time/ creative art expressions -story time -outdoor play -hand washing 5:40-6:00 Farewells, and Quiet Activities

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

Bright Horizons educational program, THE WORLD AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, empowers children to become confident, successful, lifelong learners.We help children approach school and academics with skills, confidence, and the drive for excellence.The World at Their Fingertips include six components:Language works, Science Rocks, Math Counts, Projections, Our World and Art Smart.

LANGUAGE WORKS is a comprehensive approach that engages children in a continuum of language experiences that challenge their skills and knowledge.In the Language Works approach, teachers are trained to be alert for opportunities to extend the child's ideas and interests into opportunities to read, write, speak or listen

SCIENCE ROCKS makes science come alive by taking advantage of a child's experience with science in daily life: the physics of falling blocks, the chemistry of mixing paint or frost on windows, or the biology of growing plants.

THE MATH COUNTS program includes an emphasis of developing a solid foundation in mathematical skills and reasoning. Math Counts is first a sensibility that encourages all the adults in a child's life to look for and create opportunities to help children understand the math inherent in their every day lives.

THE PROJECTIONS program is an adventure in learning fueled by children's interests and enthusiasm for making sense of their experience:an in-depth study of an idea, topic, or phenomenon that a group or an individual child finds interesting.

THE OUR WORLD program chracterizes our commitment to instill in each child a respect for all people as well as the environment we inhabit.

THE ART SMART program recognizes that young children can develop an apreciation of art, music, theatre, and dance. Documentation of learning experiences is a crucial program requirement of THE WORLD AT THEIR FINGERTIPS.Teachers and children document classroom experiences and projects using journals, documentation boards, and other means of display that allows families to be full partners in the educational process.

THE WORLD AT THEIR FINGERTIPS:Education for Bright Horizons'Centers creates developmentally, culturally, and individually appropriate learning environments, in which each child of every age learns what the world is like, how it works, and what he/she is capable of and his/her place in it. The daily schedules, learning centers, and the way learning is incorporated into classroom furnishings and the playground are all carefully planned to allow children to independently explore, discover, and learn in preparation for academic success. Each child here at the Bright Horizons at The NYP Hospital is assigned a teacher as the primary caregiver who assumes special responsability for that child and for the communication with his or her parents/guardians, especially during conferences.

A Typical Day

9:00 a.m.- circle time with daily calendar, songs, stories etc.
9:30 a.m.- learning centers, special projects, snack
10:30 a.m. – outside time, enrichment programs
12:00 p.m. – lunch
1:00 – rest time
3:00 p.m.- special projects, learning centers, snack
4:00 p.m.- outside time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily communications is encouraged. Faculty do many things to keep lines open. We use journals, portfolios and passports to track children's development and include relevant observations, photos, anecdotes, conversations, and samples of their art work. Parents are welcome to participate in a back to school night where they see how the day is structured, ask questions, participate in dev. app. activities, etc. We conduct parent-teacher conf. 2 times a year. We use an on-line system for tracking development which was created by Bright Horizons with Early Learner. At the conf. parents are given activities they can do at home to encourage learning.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

All children transition, react to the school differently, so we are as flexible as possible responding to the needs of individual children and families. Teachers meet with parents prior to school starting and set up a transition schedule as needed.