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The Gaviidae center is located in downtown Minneapolis in the Gaviidae Commons on the corner of 6th St and Nicollet Mall. Once inside Gaviidae you will find a hallway just to the right of Bruegger's Bagels. We are the first door on the right (Suite 135). You can park in the Gaviidae parking ramp. The entrance is on 6th St., just past the skyway and Bruegger's Bagels, on the right. There are two reserved spots for Bright Horizons along the right wall by the elevators. If those are full we can validate 30 minutes of parking in the lot.

Bright Horizons Minneapolis at Gaviidae

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Our Preschool Program

Engaging children intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially

Our preschool classrooms focus on children’s newly emerging skills and advanced use of language, math, and scientific thought. Multi-disciplinary learning centers encourage individual skills and emerging interests in academics and creative expression.

Our curriculum stimulates each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature to prepare children for lifelong learning.

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 Talking, questioning, beginning to write and identify letters and numbers.
  • Math Counts Counting, sequencing, developing 1-to-1 correspondence.
  • Science Rocks Examining, comparing, planting, and caring for gardens.
  • ArtSmart Drawing, brush painting, exploring music, dance, and dramatic arts.
  • Our World Appreciating diversity, becoming environmentally conscious.
  • Well Aware Taking part in exercise and yoga, preparing and eating healthy foods.

Teacher Spotlight

Just a few of our gold stars of the day.


Name: Maribel

I Teach: Preschool

Teaching Since: 2007

I love teaching children because: The children lighten up my day with their smiles! They’re at an age where they start to understand things, and teaching is very rewarding :)

Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Eric Carle

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Learning at Home

Painting the House

You Will Need:

Old paint brush, bucket of water

Directions:

Ask your child to use the paint brush and water to “paint” the house, fence, or sidewalk. The water may change the color of the surface they’re painting, which will give them results.

Tip:

This is a great activity for a hot day – as the water dries, you and your child can watch the “paint” evaporate. Talk with your child as you paint – say things like, “Where did the paint go?”; “Try it in the shade and see if it disappears as quickly.” ; “What is different about the shady area?”; “Feel the brick, is it hot or cold?”


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