Bright Start Early Learning Center is available to the children of our students while the parents attend classes at the Adult Education Center. (August through May only, not available in summer)
Children must be enrolled prior to attending, and hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The cost is $2.00 per family, per day. Children aged 18 months to 12 years are eligible to attend.
All child care teachers receive Child Care Orientation Training and are required to participate in 15 hours of Early Childhood Education each year. Two of our teachers hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials which require 120 hours of training in the Early Childhood field. Bright Start ELC is licensed by the state of Arkansas and also holds a Quality Accreditation from the state of Arkansas.
Our center uses a thematic approach to learning, with a new theme being introduced every one to two weeks. Each unit incorporates the Arkansas Early Childhood Frameworks to ensure that benchmarks are met and our children are ready to enter kindergarten.
We also sponsor a comprehensive family literacy program in which the parents and children meet together weekly with a teacher to explore books and activities related to the unit of study so that learning can continue at home. Large group meetings are held each month.
We encourage our adult students to utilize the childcare center and allow the staff to assist them in preparing their children to successfully meet the future.