Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons at Evanston
1629 Orrington Avenue

Evanston, IL  60201

Northwestern University families receive special benefits through an agreement between Northwestern University and Bright Horizons:

  • Priority enrollment/wait list status is available for faculty, staff and students.
  • A 10% discount off of community rates and $50 off the registration fee.
    • The benefits are offered to the child’s parents/primary legal guardians and are not transferable to other family members.

Bright Horizons Downtown
Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center
441 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

For more information about Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center

NAEYC Accreditation - Bright Horizons at Evanston

In April 2018, Bright Horizons at Evanston achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

Center Programs - Bright Horizons at Evanston

An “open door” policy welcomes parents of enrolled children to drop in at any time. The center has been custom designed to fully meet the child care and educational needs of young children and to maximize learning, ensure safety, and support teacher supervision. The infant room is especially designed for very young children to explore their world in a stimulating, healthy, and safe way with quiet spaces for nurturing. Teachers in the infant and toddler programs provide a caring and supportive environment that gently encourages increasing mobility and exploration. The preschool program provides the same nurturing and support, as well as an exciting environment where children can begin to discover the world around them through language, math, science, art, movement, and music. See the Center Fact Sheet for more information.


  • Serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age
  • Media Center, Art Studio, Movement Matters Zone
  • Infant/Toddler Playground on Ground Floor & Rooftop Playground for Older Children
  • Designated Pick-up and Drop-off Spaces
  • Educational Resources and Parenting Seminars

Meet the Leadership Team pdf (pdf) at Bright Horizons Evanston!


  • Complete and return the Designation Form pdf (pdf) to be considered for NU priority enrollment and 10% discount.
  • Registration and paperwork must be returned directly to the center along with applicable fees.
  • Contact Bright Horizons at or call 847-491-9032.

Fee Assistance

Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center

Through an agreement with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University will now offer childcare fee assistance for its faculty, staff and graduate students who have children enrolled at the Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center.

Enrollment & Fee Assistance

The Northwestern University Office of Work/Life & Family Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular school or child care center and encourages all parents to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering to care for their child.