Bright Beginnings

Early Childhood Center


AM Session: 8:00am - 11:10am

PM Session: 12:05pm - 3:15pm

Full Day: 8:00am - 3:15pm

Sunnyside Full Day: 7:50am - 3:05pm

Day Care: 7:00am - 5:00pm


April 14-18-No School

April 19-Policy Council

April 21-Sunnyside Exploration Place

April 26-Parent Meeting

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

We are down to less than two months of school! It is incredible how fast our year is going by.

We are hosting a very special event on April 21st. Exploration Place is our best STEM event of the year and we are excited to offer the program to our BBEC students and families. Please make a point of attending this event.

As we get closer to the end of the year--our focus turns to making sure that our outgoing four year olds are prepared and excited to transition to Kindergarten. Please make sure to follow the enrollment process closely if your child is going into Kindergarten next year. Also, the last weeks of school are incredibly important for student academic growth. Please do your best to get children to school so that they can make the most of this time with their teachers and peers.

With better weather and the end-of-the-year push, please remain safe and alert while in the BBEC parking lot. Please keep your speed to a minimum and double-check before you enter and exit parking stalls.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve your students! Have a safe and happy April.

Arthur Barker


Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center/Sunnyside Pre-K

Safety and Resource Fair


Tuesday, April 26th, 5-6pm

511 Sunnyside Avenue

Dodge City, KS

Get ready for Kindergarten and have some fun with literacy activities!


If you know someone who has a child under 5, please pass our information along. To apply, call Janeth at 620-371-1264 or the office at 620-371-1220 to schedule an appointment.

Policy Council

The March Policy Council Meeting took place on March 22nd, 2022. The Policy Council members voted to approve the following:

  • Early Head Start Home Visitors Grant
  • Early Head Start Childcare Grant
  • Suspension/Expulsion Form

The next meeting will be April 19th, 2022 at 11:30 am. If you are interested in participating in Policy Council, contact your classroom teacher or family advocate for more information. Please click here to read more about Policy Council.

A Note From Miss Melyssa


Parent Connection Groups have begun! Thank you for your input to get these started!

I will be sharing videos straight from Conscious Discipline Facebook Page weekly. Check out these great tools to share with your child. Also feel free to follow the Conscious Discipline Page on Facebook:

I kept the following info from last month listed here..

Join me for many great ideas for your child's Social Emotional Learning. Please click on the Parent Sign in to let us know how you are learning with your child. Google Site HERE This Site will continue to be updated as the Parent Connection Groups get going. Please sign in as a way to show your participation and for any follow up needed.

You will find videos of read-a-louds, fun ways to teach rhyming and connecting and so much more! Thank you being a part of our Bright Beginnings Family. Teachers continue these lessons in the classroom as well.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you wish to visit about to best support your child.

Sending you Well Wishes during this Winter season~ Miss Melyssa

Connections with your child and your family can be fun! They are so important every day

Some of the activities on your School/ Home Activity Calendars share ways to DO things together.

Another fun idea this Spring is an outdoor Scavenger Hunt. While there are many ideas online, get out some books about spring, a piece of paper and crayons/markers. Talk about the things you and your child may see during this time of year. Such as, sunshine, trees budding with blooms, new flowers, birds, kids riding bikes, etc. Make a list of 10 things. Add drawings created by anyone in your family. Then off you go! Take a picture or video as you find the item or action and check off your paper list. When families do things together and enjoy the outdoors it build connections as well as helping all feeling better. Feel free to share these pictures and stories on our Facebook page.


The Dodge City Public School District wants to communicate with you! This year we have implemented a new system that allows us to send you messages via text or the Talking Points App on your cell phone. You can receive messages from the school such as newsletters and school cancelations.

If your phone number is correct in the school database, you should have already received messages from Bright Beginnings. Please make sure your number is updated in our system by checking with the office staff.

You can receive the messages via text or you can download the app from iTunes or Google Play. If you need help receiving these messages, you can speak to your classroom teacher or the office staff to get you started.

Click here for more information.

Bright Beginnings Child Care

Spending time outside is important for children. The benefits include strengthening motor skills, physical activity, developing creativity, and vitamin D for stronger bones.

We have opened additional Early Head Start Spots along with Private Pay Spots. These include spaces for Children 3-5. If you are interested, please call Janeth at 620-371-1264 to schedule an appointment..

Early Head Start Home Visitation

The April Playgroup will be on April 12th and we will be introducing our children to gardening. The playgroup will take place in the Infant/Toddler Services building. Ask your Home Visitor for more information.