Our program is designed to promote the development of the whole child, in a child-centered environment. This involves presenting children with quality materials appropriate for their level of development in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, encourages creativity and allows them to build on concepts. Further, in their roles as observer, stage manager and mediator, our teachers work to promote resilience and mastery in play. Within the context of a specific relationship, our teachers are extremely thoughtful about how, what and when they speak and act, so that their support of the child is useful.
The heart and soul of Bright Days is the commitment of our teachers to the establishment of quality, caring relationships with the children in their care. That is how they are able to foster resilient minds and promote healthy development of the child.
Class Schedules and Information
Our school year program runs from September to May and summer school program is offered in June and July.
Classes: Our school year program as well as our summer school program offers three classes: 2’s Class, Multi-age Class, and Year before Kindergarten Class.
Teacher to Student Ratio: Our classes have a maximum teacher to student ratio of 7:1, with smaller ratios for the younger classes. Class sizes vary depending on the overall enrollment in the program. The target class size for the 2’s class is 12, the multi-age class is 18 and the Year before Kindergarten class is 21.
Hours: During the school year program, the 2’s and Multi-age classes begin their day at 9am and the Year before Kindergarten class at 8:45am. During summer school program, all classes begin at 9am. Dismissal is noon in both the school year and summer school programs.
Days: All classes are offered Monday through Friday, with an enrollment schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, or all five days.
Extended Day: Extended day (Lunch Bunch) is available Monday through Friday from noon to 1pm or noon to 1:30pm. Students enrolled in Lunch Bunch bring a packed lunch to school.
Enrollment: Enrollment for the school year program begins in January and for the summer school program in February. Enrollment priority is given to families currently enrolled in the program. Children can enroll mid-way into both our programs, if space is available.
Children must be 2 year of age to participate in our 2’s Class. The 2’s class is designed to provide a comfortable, safe and engaging environment for our young students as they transition from home to their school setting. The classroom environment is large, bright and open to a spacious outdoor patio for extended exploration and activities.
Children must be 3 years of age in September to participate in the Multi-age class. The Multi-age curriculum is planned with open-ended activities that focus on the process of learning through creative experiences. Children are provided with a variety and choice of activities to foster their initiative, curiosity and interests. The daily choices available to the multi-age students include cooking, art experiences, construction, drawing, reading, pretend play and sensory activities. Activities are designed for both small and large group interactions. Music and movement and storytelling activities are included in the daily routine. Our spacious outdoor environment provides opportunities for activities including gardening, painting, construction, drawing, climbing, sand activities, riding vehicles and sensory experiences.
Year before Kindergarten (YBK) Class
Children must be 4 years of age in September to participate in the Year before Kindergarten class. The YBK curriculum is designed to engage our students in a variety of activities to foster their creativity while gaining competency in all areas of development. Daily choices available in the classroom include math, science, art, reading, writing, construction and sensory activities. Activities are designed for both small and large group interactions. Storytelling and writing activities are included in the daily routine. Our spacious outdoor environment provides opportunities for activities including gardening, painting, construction, drawing, climbing, sand activities, riding vehicles and sensory experiences.
Lunch Bunch is available for all children enrolled in our program. All students enrolled in Lunch Bunch are required to bring a packed lunch to school. Upon school dismissal at noon, children enrolled in Lunch Bunch will gather to sit and eat their lunch. After lunch the children are free to go outside to play until it is time for pick-up at 1pm or 1:30pm.
Our Summer School program is designed to be an extension of our school year program. It is open to students who have attended or are enrolled in the school year program. The program is provided during three weeks in June and five weeks in July. Flexible enrollment options allow a student to enroll for one or more of the eight weeks offered. Our summer school program curriculum extends from the school year planning, with additional water activities in the warmer weather.
Additional Questions should be directed to Mary Smith.