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The Chicago East Loop Back-up Center is conveniently located on "The Magnificent Mile" in Downtown Chicago. We share a building with Argosy University, the Fox television network, and CVS Pharmacy. We are in the heart of the Michigan Avenue shopping district. Millennium Park is just a block away and The Art Institute of Chicago is also within walking distance

Bright Horizons Chicago East Loop (225 N. Michigan Ave- Lake St.)

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Our Curriculum

Creates developmentally appropriate education environments that ensure your child’s day in back-up care is a rich and meaningful experience.

  • Our Infant Program

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    Infant Back-Up Care

    An exceptional place for your baby

    The World for infants provides a safe, healthy and welcoming environment abundant with opportunities to actively explore and enjoy; to see, hear, feel, touch, and move. We provide infants a healthy environment filled with responsive interactions, nurturing care, and language to challenge and stimulate your child's development. Through day sheets, daily communications, and our open door policy, your infant and family will develop a secure and trusting relationship on every day you need back-up care.

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  • Our Toddler Program

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    Toddler Back-Up Care

    A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

    The World for toddlers reflects the continually changing nature of the growing, active independent child. Our hands-on toddler program is made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for active exploration of the environment, physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that encourages optimal development each day your child is in back-up care.

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  • Our Preschool Program

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    Preschool Back-Up Care

    Engaging children intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially

    The World of preschool focuses on the children's newly emerging skills and advanced use of language, math and scientific thought. The daily curriculum offers a rich variety of projects and activities that appeal to expanding interests and provide ample challenges and opportunities.

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  • Our School-Age Program

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    School Age Back-Up Care

    Guiding children to experience their world and pursue their interests

    The World of school age children recognizes the growing physical, intellectual, and social competence of older children. Our center provides ample opportunity for group and self-directed projects, games and activities.

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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for taking care of our baby boy. Bright Horizons welcomed him into their classroom with open arms, and ever since, he has flourished mentally and physically. He always smiles when he sees you at drop off and we can tell he is happy. It brings so much peace of mind knowing our son loves going to school."

World at their Fingertips

The story behind Bright Horizons emergent curriculum

What happens when a toddler tells his teacher he loves cheetahs? Or a pre-kindergarten student asks what dinosaurs eat? At Bright Horizons®, those questions spark learning opportunities and lessons in math, reading, science, art…and more. Watch the video to see teachers and parents talk about this very unique approach toward curriculum, and how a child's very own interests become the launch pad for curiosity... and a lifetime love of learning.

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Learning at Home

Rain Gauge

You Will Need:

Empty bucket and a ruler

Directions:

Have your child tape the ruler to the inside of the bucket and put the bucket outside during a rainstorm. When the storm is over, work together to measure the amount of rain you collected. Check the bucket each day and have your child chart the amount of rain you get in a month. Ask him questions like, “How much rain do you think we will get in this storm?”; “What do the clouds look like? What color are they? How big are they?”; “Can you see the rain coming from a distance?”; “How hard is the wind blowing?

Tip:

Secure the bucket with bricks or rocks so that the heavy rain or wind doesn’t make it spill.


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Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Language Works creates a language-rich environment in which love of language, books, and reading is cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Math Counts Math Counts gives children mathematical experiences with one-on-one correspondence, counting, sorting, patterning, and problem solving.
  • Science Rocks Science Rocks stimulates a child’s sense of wonder by encouraging children to question, experiment, observe, record, describe, and form conclusions.
  • ArtSmart ArtSmart helps children develop an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater, and dance, encouraging them to uncover their talents and express themselves artistically.
  • Our World Our World acknowledges and values the rich cultural heritage of families and provides a wide range of experiences for children to learn respect for our world, its diverse people, and the environment.
  • Well Aware Well Aware fosters positive attitudes toward healthy living, physical activity, and nutrition through appropriate experiences that incorporate healthful habits into daily routines.

Get involved in our Highlighted Activities

Because knowledge is more than just the ABC's.

Our World at their Fingertips curriculum elements such as Language Works, Math Counts, and Science Rocks are a part of your child's daily experience at our center.  

March Events:

Spring Into Learning!

March 9th-13th
Join us at Bright Horizons East Loop as we explore, observe, and discover the spring season!
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Adventure Days for Kids!
March 23rd-27th & April 6th-17th
Join us to explore our upcoming summer programing for our preschool and school-age classrooms!
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