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Early Childhood

Capturing the imagination of young children is at the heart of our preschool and kindergarten programs. With a focus on early literacy, math skills and social development, students are immersed in a predictable, developmentally appropriate learning environment. Practicing independence, working with friends, and becoming a part of a learning community complement the endless opportunities for academic growth.

Our Early Childhood Center includes junior pre-kindergarten (age 3), pre-kindergarten (age 4) and kindergarten (age 5). 

PK students playing in the classroom

Grade and Schedules

Ecoliteracy teacher Lynn Shelton explains pollinators to kindergarten students

Eco-literacy Initiative

Junior PK, PK, and Kindergarten students embark on a day of eco-literacy learning outside one day each week. Students bring boots and rain jackets to school in case it rains on their outdoor day.  All learning and exploration lessons take place outside within our early childhood gardens, outdoor classrooms, and hiking trails. The goals of this program are to increase fine and gross motor skills, develop and increase social emotional learning skills, communication skills, and problem solving and critical thinking skills, while giving children the opportunity to be curious and drive their own inquiry for learning within nature. Outdoor learning leads to greater resilience because students are encouraged to take appropriate risks, be challenged, ask questions and ponder. Developing a love and respect for nature and how we interact with the environment is key to the mission of Bright, where students learn to become “wise and compassionate citizens of the world.”

Early Childhood Science 
In addition to one day of full eco-literacy learning outside the classroom, JPK-K students will also take part in environmental science lessons twice a week led by our eco-literacy specialist and master gardener. This additional special area class will build a strong science foundation leading up to our 1-5 science program. 

After School

Our after school program, called Bright Afternoons, allows parents the flexibility of keeping their child at school longer during the day. We offer after school classes for preschool ages that last until 3 p.m., and Bright Afternoons is open until 6 p.m. every day. To learn more, visit our Bright Afternoons page.

Summer Program

We offer Bright Days, a summer program for early learners, starting in June and running through the first week of August. Bright Days is available to preschool age children to rising third graders in the community. To learn more, visit our Bright Days page.

A kindergartener works in his classroom