Bright Beginnings

The Arc - Jefferson

Half Day - Early Release of Students for Staff Development

Friday October 30th will be a half day of school. School will release and all children must be picked up by 11:15 AM. There will be no aftercare on this day.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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The 2020-2021 School Year is off to a great start! We are so excited to see all of the children back in our classrooms learning, playing, and having a great time! If you have any questions or concerns about this school year please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers


Twenty million dollars is allocated to support child care scholarships for children of essential workers. Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered for families of essential workers whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level - or $78,600 for a family of four - and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide.

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Temporary Relocation due to Gaffney Dr. Building Renovations

Our Preschool Program has temporarily moved to 733 S. Massey St. Watertown, NY 13601

Our primary services building on Gaffney Drive is now undergoing renovations for a state-of-the-art expansion to ensure the growing number of people with disabilities can reach their fullest potential.

This Expansion Will Help Us to Assist Children in Learning and Growth

  • Expand and upgrade classrooms, play areas and physical therapy spaces to serve more children in a positive and engaging environment.
  • Build two sensory stimulation Snoezelen rooms with modern technology to help children with Autism.
  • Provide dedicated speech therapy rooms with a quiet, distraction free environment
  • Create a separate nursing exam area for more privacy

Doesn't that sound AMAZING! We hope to reenter our new and improved facility next fall!


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Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center Reopening Plan

The goal of the plan is to guide the delivery of high-quality educational services as safely as possible whether that service delivery is in-person, through a remote learning platform or a blended combination of remote and in-person services.

Parent handbook/Policies and Procedures



The Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center is licensed under the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to provide quality childcare for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years of age. We offer full and half day care slots as well as 2, 3 & 5 day options. The Bright Beginnings program promotes social interaction, developmentally appropriate activities and practices and age appropriate self-help abilities. All of this is accomplished in a nurturing environment and in partnership with the child’s family.


The Early intervention program, which falls under the auspices of the Department of Health, is designed to empower parents to seek services for their young child who may be experiencing a delay in one or more developmental domains (Cognitive, Communication, Physical, Social-Emotional, and Adaptive Behavior). The Early Intervention program serves eligible children from birth through three years of age in natural environments. Evaluations are performed at a variety of times and locations to fit the needs of the parents.


The Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center operates integrated preschool classrooms, under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department, for both typically developing children and students with disabilities between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5. The Bright Beginnings program promotes social interaction, pre-kindergarten readiness skills and age appropriate self-help abilities. All of this is accomplished in a nurturing environment and in partnership with the child’s family. Also, we are offering Universal Pre-k for 3 year olds and 4 year olds through the Watertown School District.


Meet our Administrative Staff