[heading]by AMY LEHRER| photos by Michael Bielecki[/heading]

Because the experiences within the first five years of children’s lives establish the neural connections that provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behavior, and emotional health, it is critical to enroll them in a quality preschool.  The educated, compassionate staff of The Academy at Bright Horizons has found that the children who enter their program as two-year-olds have the strongest foundation of academics and socialization, which helps them succeed in school and in life.  The two to six-year-olds enrolled in this prestigious, private preschool located in Encinitas are assigned a primary teacher, one of the thirteen classrooms, and a playground.  The well seasoned staff, having served between eight and twenty-three years, recognizes that children develop at different rates and tailors the curriculum accordingly.

Bright Horizons Early Education and PreschoolThe Academy, formerly known as The Gifted Preschool, was acquired by Bright Horizons—a leader in early education and preschool programs—in 2010.  While maintaining The Gifted Preschool’s reputation for school readiness, The Academy made significant environmental and curriculum improvements.   Jennifer Peterson, Director, explained, “We use the World at their Fingertips curriculum as well as enrichments that complement California state standards and the guidelines established by The National Association for the Education of Young Children.”  The Handwriting Without Tears writing program and the Imagine It reading programs bolster the language arts curriculum while The Everyday Mathematics program helps children become lifelong mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.  In the Fibonacci Science Exploratorium, children explore X-rays and fossils as well as lead exciting experiments.  The kindness curriculum allows children to practice kindness, conflict resolution, and respect for their environment and the diverse individuals of this world.  The art program, which contains a dedicated art studio and teacher, helps students develop an appreciation for art, music, theatre, and dance.  And to instill healthy habits, children participate in weekly cooking projects that focus on healthy, pure foods and a daily physical education program that includes yoga.Bright_Horizons_20

Because the passionate staff balances academics and developmentally appropriate practices, graduates of The Academy at Bright Horizons excel in local private and public schools.  Regularly receiving feedback from The Rhoades School, Diegueno Country School, Santa Fe Christian, La Jolla Country Day, and many others enables The Academy to continually improve.  Peterson asserted, “[These top schools] currently claim our children are not only well prepared but perform above the average children entering their programs.”

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Learn about the Academy at Bright Horizon’s amazing staff, dynamic programs, and parent resources on the web at www.brighthorizons.com/theacademy or stop in and see it all in person.

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Name of Business: The Academy at Bright Horizons: A Private Preschool

Director: Jennifer Peterson

Years in Early Education: 15 Years  

Year of Establishment: 1980, Formerly The Gifted Preschool

Address: 2232 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Website: www.brighthorizons.com/theacademy

Email contact: theacademy@brighthorizons.com

Phone:  760-436-9666

Description: Childhood is the beginning of a life adventure—an early exploration into one’s world and self.  Our goal at Bright Horizons Encinitas is to provide a safe, clean, encouraging environment for the child to explore the world around him/her.  Our teachers are professional and qualified in the field of early childhood development.  Their primary role is to help each child playfully interact with the learning environment and with other children.  Children learn that a healthy self-concept includes being a valued member of their group.