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Bright Horizons Family Ctr (Braker)

2411 W. Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 833-7090


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We have a balance of both free choice, structured -teacher directed and child directed activities.

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
  • Diff size of writing utensils, crayons, playdough, Program Handwriting with w/out tears
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulative toys to sort (ie. counting bears),
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Picture schedule - pictures go along with time and what they are doign
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD Player and cassesste player chdl can use
Visual arts more

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

From the Director:

Good blance between teacher and child-directed activies. We utilize an 'Emergent Curriculm.' An Emergent curriculm focuses on topics that children are currently showing interest in. Children direct which topics are introduced into the curriculm. For example, if many children are getting new siblings, the topic introduced may be about babies (e.g. learing how to play with babies, read to babies, feed babies, etc.) This way, topics appeal to what chldren are passionate about at that moment. In the end they are retaining much more.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We use a mulit-age appraoch in all classrooms Preschool classrooms have a mix of 3 1/2 to 5 year olds instead of just one age group per classroom. We hire teachers who can teach and are comfortable teaching different levels at one time. This is a mentor approach for older children to mentor younger children. Children learn better from peers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are pleased that our commitment to providing innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best has received some prestigious recognition. Bright Horizons has consistently been the only child care organization named to the '100 Best Companies to Work for in America' list by Fortune magazine. In addition, more than half of the organizations on The Working Mother '100 Best Companies' list are Bright Horizons clients.

A Typical Day

Morning - Child signs into classroom (child signs in) and picks a job for a day, free choice play in morning, family style breakfast, morning circle time, moring projects, outside play, afternoon cirlce time, lunch (family style), nap and story, snack, cirlce time, then free choice projects

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have Parent/Teacher conferences twice a year. Teacher discusses the child's goals reached in the past 6 months and sets goals for next 6 months. We have a Curriculm night which parents attend to see milestons child has reached. The parents see art projects, pictures of children doing activities, writing samples, etc. Director sends emails to parents to nofify them of events or other annoucements.

We talk about the chld's mielstones and goals reached but do not make recommendations for Kindergarten. Our school as a Kindergarten Readiness Program in the summer to get children ready for kindergarten. In includes things such as (reducing nap time) teaching children social graces (ask to go to bathroom), carrying trays with food, etc.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Extra activities on hand to divert children.