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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 Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential.

Come see all the fun and exciting things happening at East Loop:

Toddler Classroom Activity Calendars:
March
April

What to bring:

Extra clothes– one or two sets.

Un-Opened sealed from the store milk/formula and/or Food.

Diapers and wipes/diaper cream/ointment if you want us to use it for your child.
 
We must make the bottles/sippy cups on site.

Snack:
We provide a morning and afternoon snack.  We also provide organic whole milk.

Lunch Options:

Optional lunch is available for $5 per child/visit.

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Lunch & Snack Menu:
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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for all that you do for the children, families and staff. Bright Horizons has been a second home for our three daughters, and our family, for nearly 10 years now! The teachers have contributed tremendously to our daughters' growth and development, and the feeling of leaving your children with people they adore is incredibly comforting."

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Snowman Making

You Will Need:

Snow, sticks, items to make a face (eyes, nose, mouth), hat, and gloves

Directions:

Before heading outside, make sure you and your child are dressed appropriately for the weather (jacket, boots, hat, gloves, etc.). Work with your child to make a snowman. Say things like, “Where do you think all this snow came from?”; “What does our snowman need?”; “Is it a boy or a girl?”; “What can we use to make his eyes?”; “Does he need a hat?”;  “Do we need a different hat for a boy?”; “Do we have enough snow to make a snowman as tall as you…or as tall as me? Let’s see!”; “Do we want to name him?”

Tip:

Talk about how cold you are. Check your child’s fingers frequently to be sure they are not too cold. Let your child make as many choices as possible in designing the snowman.


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