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


February 9-Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 10-No School

February 10-Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 11-No School

February 15-Policy Council

February 21-No School

February 23-90 Minute Late Start

February 24-Parent Meeting

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

It's been an interesting start to February! With weather and illness we have missed a lot of school. Hopefully, that will start to improve as we are doing so much in class each day.

Believe it or not, we celebrate the 100th day of school this week. It is exciting to see the growth of our students at this point in the year.

Next week, we have Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child's teacher and to learn what they need to work on to prepare for Kindergarten. We also begin to consider next year as we head into February. If your child is moving on to Kindergarten next year, please consider attending the Kinder Visits that each Elementary School offers in March. Also, the district is asking each family to complete a Family Engagement survey during this time period. It can be accessed at the following link: The window for completing the survey is February 7th through the 18th.

A small note about safety as we get into the heart of Winter: please remember to buckle up your child when you are entering and leaving our Parking Lot. Also, remember to avoid double-parking as this impacts other families and is unsafe.

We very much look forward to seeing most of you next week! Have a safe and healthy February and 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.


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.


Thursday, Feb. 24th, 5-6pm

Administration Building

Come and learn about brain development and how trauma affects the brain.

Policy Council

The January Policy Council Meeting took place on January 18th, 2022. The Policy Council members voted to approve the following:

  • Childcare Classroom Configuration
  • First Read - Head Start Grant

The next meeting will be February 15th, 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


I will be available to visit with you at Parent Teacher Conferences next week. Feel free to stop by my office/room across from the Bright Beginnings Library at the end of the Hallway. Or feel free to contact me if you need more time.

We would love your feedback to create opportunities for parent learning to bring success to your children!. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this to our survey to find ways to begin Parent Connection Groups. If you haven't done so, 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 Winter season~ Miss Melyssa

Connections are KEY!

There are 4 Elements of Connection that build relationships. When we form these relationships, we help foster safety and feeling loved (connections) that lead to using the problem solving skills and learning. When I had the opportunity to travel to Florida to learn even more about Conscious Discipline, we practiced this a lot! I wanted to share this with you and give you the opportunity to do the same with your families.

Eye Contact, Touch, Presence, and Playfulness.

Use handshakes, games, I love you Connections, and more to strengthen these relationships and connections.

See the attached flyer to give you more details.

Well Wishes!

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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.