Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Child Care Center

Children playing

The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Child Care Center is a warm, supportive environment for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Our services are available to benefits-eligible employees of DHMC.

The Child Care Center offers a wide range of activities that provide social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Children play in small groups with a low staff-to-child ratio.

We are 100 percent peanut- and nut-free, including products that may have been processed with nuts. We provide drinks and snacks; you provide your child’s lunch.

For questions regarding tuition, please contact the Child Care Center at dhmc@brighthorizons.com.

See the Bright Horizons Family Guide (PDF) to learn more about Bright Horizons early education and preschool programs.

Registration information

Child reading

There is usually a waiting list for entry to the program, so early registration is recommended.

Please call the DHMC Child Care Center for information about enrolling your child.

Contact information

Phone: 603-650-9700
Fax: 603-643-5439
Email: dhmc@brighthorizons.com

We are open Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. We do not close or delay opening due to inclement weather.

We are located on the campus of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Please call us at 603-650-9700 for directions.

Children playing at the Child Care Center

We are closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


  • Alysse Coffey, Director
  • Jaime Bradford, Assistant Director

Licensed and accredited

The DHMC Child Care Center is a licensed, accredited child care program for benefit-eligible employees of DHMC. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The center is licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Child Care Licensing (BCCL) for 99 children ages 6 weeks to 10 years and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. Additional information is available about NAEYC accreditation and about New Hampshire state licensing.

Mission statement

Our mission is to create a loving and nurturing environment respectful of all children and their families, where children can master the developmental tasks of early childhood at their own pace and in their own unique way.

Program philosophy

DHMC Child Care Center is committed to providing a warm, supportive and stimulating environment, focusing on the individual needs of each child and their family. We strive to create a hands-on environment enriched with materials that support a play-based curriculum. Children learn and develop through observation and interaction with people and the environment. The stability and quality of early attachments are key factors in brain development; our center is an environment set up for minimal child transition with multi-age, primary caregiver groupings. The indoor and outdoor environments provide opportunities for children to experience a wide range of activities that promote social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.

Program goals

  • Provide a curriculum that is appropriate for the development of young children
  • Provide a high quality early childhood staff
  • Provide services that meet the needs of the employees of the medical center
  • Provide a continuity of care model that supports secure attachments between caregiver and child