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


November 1 - No School

November 16 - Policy Council

November 18 - Fatherhood Parent Meeting

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

We had a "boo-tiful" October at Bright Beginnings. Thank you to all of the staff, students, and parents that showed up to our Fall Literacy event. It was super fun and educational. Also, a special thanks to Melyssa White for coordinating our Kindness and Calm week. It was creative and entertaining. Our teachers and staff have been working hard in and out of the classroom and our students have already shown enormous growth.

We know in the fall and winter, our students may be impacted by illness. With COVID 19 still a community concern, we understand if parents are sensitive to potential illnesses. However, we also want to encourage families to get their students to school whenever possible. When students skills are growing so quickly, every absence is a setback. Also, we are committed to getting students outside as long as weather conditions permit. Please keep that in mind and insure your child is dressed to go out.

Please remember that in our limited parking area, all drivers need to take precautions for safety. Please keep your speed low and give the right of way to pedestrians. All children need to hold their parents hand as they arrive and enter the building. Plan for arrival and dismissal to take more time when weather is bad. Do not leave children in vehicles unattended. Be aware that we are a smoke-free environment and--a little human kindness always goes a long way.

Lastly, another special thanks to Sheila Bertelsen and Coach O'Neill for bringing the DCHS Football players to Bright Beginnings and Sunnyside for Free Choice with the Football Players. The young men were awesome with our kids and all of our classrooms were super excited!

Thank you for choosing to send your child to BBEC. We're STILL going to have a great year.

Arthur Barker


Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center/Sunnyside Pre-K

Free Choice with Football Players

The Dodge City High School Red Demon Football Team won the day at Bright Beginnings and Sunnyside Preschool by volunteering in our classrooms. Over fifty football players entered into each classroom and engaged children in learning through play during free choice. So many smiles and a lot of conversation was had by all.

Many thanks to Coach O’Neil who agreed to this new event and was witness to the display of great character and leadership of his young men.

We still have spots for qualifying children!

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.

2021-2022 Preschool (Ages 3-5) Fall ASQ Screening Results:

Fall Literacy Event Fun

Bright Beginnings and Sunnyside PreK Parent-Teacher Conference Rate was 98%.

An important part of understanding the needs of your child comes from parents and teachers meeting together and identifying concerns and celebrating the successes of your child. Thank you to all who participated.

Next month we will ask you to assist us in forming Home and School Goals as a part of our partnership in your child's education. Please think about what goals you'd like to form and complete at home and school. We will visit progress on these Home and School Goals at the next Parent-Teacher Conference on February 9th and 10th, 2022.


Thursday, Nov. 18th, 5-6pm

511 Sunnyside Avenue

Dodge City, KS

This fatherhood parent meeting will have lots of fun activities! You can bring your dad, your uncle, your big brother or any male role model in your life. Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. Come and enjoy time together!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Policy Council

Our October Policy Council meeting took place on the 19th. Our members learned about our program design for next year, they received information from the Office of Head Start about Wellness and Program Expectations for the year. They gave permission to apply for the upcoming PAT grant.

Policy Council members are important to our program. They help guide us as we prepare the best program for our students. If you are interested in participating in Policy Council, please contact your teacher, advocate, or ask for Bianca.

Please click here to read more about Policy Council.

A Note From Miss Melyssa

Greetings! We have been learning about being in our Bright Beginnings School Family.

Your Child has been learning about Keeping Calm and being Kind. We had a lot of fun during our Kindness Week.

Click HERE to join in! Please click on the Parent Sign in to let us know how you are learning with your child.

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.

Look below to Meet our Feeling Buddies. Miss Melyssa has been visiting your child's classroom families and introducing them. Their teachers will continue these lessons in the classroom as well. Check out the details with the pictures and one the Google Site HERE .

Kindness Week: Keep Calm

Our Bright Beginnings Team Members who are Speech/Language Pathologists Share this important Information.

Screen Time for children greatly impacts how they learn. Look at these helpful resources. Think of different ways to offer screens to children and when other activities can added to your child's day.
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Health is the foundation of school readiness. To help children thrive, Head Start staff ensure that children are up to date on immunizations and their state’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) schedule, learn healthy habits, and can access the care they need. Head Start programs also promote the physical and social and emotional well-being of families and staff.

This month we focus on dental health. Baby teeth are important for many reasons such as chewing foods, speaking clearly, staying healthy, and maintaining self-confidence. For more information about dental health, please click here .

Bright Beginnings Child Care

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 Kathy at 620-371-1258.

Early Head Start Home Visitation

Early Head Start Home Visitors have begun to visit families in their homes. We are taking applications for this family centered program. Please call Janeth at 620-371-1264 to schedule an appointment.


Our operation plan provides an overview of safety protocols for students, families, and staff during the school year. Our classrooms will be open for in-person (face-to-face) instruction. If you have any concerns, please contact the District Office at 620-371-1000. Thank you for choosing Dodge City Public Schools.

Masks will be optional for all students and staff. Sanitizing stations will be available in high traffic areas.

Please click here for any updated information.