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


March 10 & 11-No School

March 14-18-No School for Spring Break

March 22-Policy Council

March 23-Sunnyside Exploration Place

March 24-Parent Meeting

March 30-Late Start

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

Well--it's been a cold walk into the building the last few weeks! Thank you for your patience and hard work helping get your students to class in the frigid cold.

As we head into March we hope the weather will begin warming up--but we are absolutely sure that things will be heating up in the BBEC/Sunnyside classrooms. Soon, we will have Spring Break and the School year will be over in a flash.

We hope that families enjoy the chance to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day. Our kids and staff love dressing up for these events. Never lose an opportunity to read your kids!

Please be aware of upcoming enrollment dates if your child is transitioning to Kindergarten next year. We have posted these on our FaceBook page, as well as through classroom announcements.

We know that the last three months of school will bring exciting changes for all of our students. As always, thank you for the privilege of working with your children!

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.


Thursday, March 24th, 5-6pm

Dodge City Civic Center

Safety Fair

Come and learn about all the community resources to keep your family safe.

Policy Council

The February Policy Council Meeting took place on February 15th, 2022. The Policy Council members voted to approve the following:

  • Head Start Grant 2022-2023
  • Allocation Method for 2023
  • Community Assessment
  • 2022-2023 Poverty Guidelines

They also approved permission to apply for the following grants: Kansas Early Head Start Home Visitation, Kansas Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

Preschool Aged At Risk Grant.

The next meeting will be March 22nd, 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


The First Session of Parent Connection Groups will begin late March and continue into April. See the section below for more details and how to register. 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.

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

Parent Connection Group Sessions will begin soon! See how to register below

This 4 session workshop will help us to learn more about key ways to connect with your child, disengage stress towards self regulation (Feeling Buddies), how to set up a Safe Place at home, and more! Go to Conscious Discipline website for more information.

See the attached flyers to give you more details.

The link to register will be live from March 4th -8th.

Well Wishes!

~Miss Melyssa Walker

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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

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.