Bright Beginnings

Early Childhood Center


AM Session: 8:00am - 11:10am

PM Session: 12:05pm - 3:15pm

Full Day: 8:00am - 3:15pm

Day Care: 7:00am - 5:00pm

September Event Calendar

September 15 - PT Conferences 3:30-6:60

September 16 - PT Conferences 8:00-7:00

September 17 - NO SCHOOL

September 19 - Parent Meeting

September 20 - Picture Day

September 21- Policy Council 11:30-12:30

September 25- Read & Rise Literacy Event 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

September 29 - Late Start

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:

We feel so blessed to be serving your students at Bright Beginnings this year. We are off to a great start and are fortunate that we have a great team of teachers and staff working for us. I hope you got to know your child's teacher just a little better through P/T Conferences. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them if you have questions or concerns.

At the beginning of our year, many of our students have problems separating from their moms and dads. Please be patient and brave as they adjust. The longer you linger at the door, the harder the transition can be for them. Have a clear goodbye ritual and show them you will absolutely be returning. Check them into the classroom and then exit the building. Very often, they only struggle for a few minutes after you leave and then adjust easily to the classroom environment. Trust your child's teachers and this will improve very quickly.

Please don't forget to like our BBEC Facebook page. This is a rich source for great information. Also, we will be using Talking Points as our school communicator this year. Please ask your teacher or the staff in the Office for more information about this great resource.

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

Arthur Barker


Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center/Sunnyside Pre-K

Apply Today!

Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center has an opening for pre-school and child care paraprofessionals. We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference in children's lives.

Contact Valerie Gastelum at 620-371-1220 or

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.

September Parent Meeting

Sunday, Sep. 19th, 3-7pm

Downtown Dodge City, KS

Join us at the International Festival in Downtown Dodge City. Look for the Literacy Bus and board it for a fun activity. Receive a book! There will be live entertainment and lots of fun booths! We look forward to seeing you!

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.

Policy Council

Parents are their child's first teacher. You know what is best for your child. For this reason, Head Start created the Policy Council as a leadership role for parents! Through the Policy Council, parents have a voice in decisions about how the program spends money, what children do in their classrooms, and how the program works with community partners.

All Bright Beginnings parents are welcome to be a part of the Policy Council. Ask your teacher or advocate if you are interested in participating. Our first meeting will be September 21st at 11:30 am in the Policy Council room (basement of building A).

Please click here to read more about Policy Council.

Education: Read and Rise Literacy Event: Saturday, Sept. 25th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Please join us in our Fall School Readiness Event. Read and Rise will unite us as a community to increase your child's early literacy development. You are your child's first teacher and strongest advocate, with that, you might have questions about how to help your child develop or improve their literacy skills. Our teaching staff will be hosting four Parent Workshops at the Bright Beginnings Campus, entry is through the main entry/exit. Let's work together to whittle away the number of students below proficient reading level by the time YOUR child arrives at Fourth Grade, please view the Kids Count Data Center link of 4th Graders Below Proficiency level in the United States. "It's only too late if you don't start now." Barbara Sher

A Note From Miss Melyssa

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

Your child has been learning about safety rules, how to be in their school family, what it means to be a friend, how to learn while playing, and the routines & schedules of their day. I would like to share some of things with you in our Bright Beginnings Social Emotional Google Site.

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.


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.

We are so excited to have children back in the building!