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


January 5-Students return from Winter Break

January 17-No School

January 18-Policy Council

January 24-28-Virtual Parent Meeting

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

A new start to a New Year! Our next semester will go by faster than the first. This is the time of year when our students really show progress. They understand the concept of school and great gains in learning can take place. Please help this occur by insuring your child has regular attendance. We hope you will be proud of what they accomplish.

As we shared in a letter before Winter Break--our Head Start and Child Care classrooms at both BBEC and Sunnyside were under the mandate from the Office of Head Start requiring that staff and students wear masks. Due to a stay filed against this mandate in a Louisiana Court--we will not require masks until the outcome of the legal challenge is resolved through the courts. We will keep families informed if there are any changes to our policy.

Please remember that BBEC Staff and Office communicate through two digital platforms--our Program Facebook page and through Talking Points. If you don't have Talking Points, consider down-loading the app to receive the most updated announcements from school.

Bright Beginnings grant requires that we receive in-kind support from our community that exceeds 25 % of our total grant. If parents and family members attend our events or complete the monthly calendar activities--we are allowed to claim that as an in-kind donation. Please continue to do these things to help us meet our in-kind responsibility. Also, IT IS FUN!

As always—thank you to all of our families for giving us the gift of your students! We are going to have a great New Year.

Arthur Barker


Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center/Sunnyside Pre-K

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.



Monday, Jan. 24th, 8am to Friday, Jan. 28th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Our Parent Meeting this month will be in conjunction with the Activity Calendar you receive from the teacher. Video or take a picture of your child completing the activity of the day from January 24 through January 28th. You can send us a message via Facebook or email it to Each video enters your family for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Kirby Meat.

Policy Council

The December Policy Council Meeting took place on December 14th, 2021. The Policy Council members voted to approve the following:

  • Vaccination Policy (now postponed)
  • Masking Policy (now Postponed)

The next meeting will be January 18th 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


Be looking for a Talking Point message to seek your input on Parent Connection Groups. We would love your feedback to create opportunities for parent learning to bring success to student learning. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this. Or feel free to click on this link. Parent Connection Groups

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

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 Holiday Season~ Miss Melyssa

Count Your Kid In Clinics will be offered in January. If you have a child not enrolled in Bright Beginnings and you wish to have your child screened. See the information below. Contact the school office for questions.

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Social Media and YouTube Safety

While our goal is to limit screen time, safety is so important when we do offer opportunities for our children online. There is helpful content for children and there is harmful content.

When children are watching ANY content on YouTube, YouTube Kids app is available to download, set up safety controls, and monitor what your children are watching using the approved content only setting. There are shows and content that continue to pop up in connections to child friendly shows that children can click on, or shows and episodes that seem popular that can be harmful to a child. Please consider putting safety features in place whenever possible as one step step towards online safety. Let's work together to do what's best for our Bright Beginnings Family.

"It's our job to keep it safe, it's your job to help us."

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 are making visits to families in their homes. We are also taking applications for this family centered program. Please call Janeth at 620-371-1264 to schedule an appointment.