Bright Beginnings offers quality early childhood care and education for children ages six weeks to five years of age. The professional staff involves the Director and experienced teachers who establish a classroom environment and curriculum to foster each individual child’s emotional, physical, intellectual and social development. The physical arrangement, daily schedule and routines are designed to suit individual and group needs. Bright Beginnings staff implements of developmentally appropriate practices for young children.
Our philosophy encompasses ideas and teaching methods derived from Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum is closely aligned to the Connecticut State Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks.
At Bright Beginnings we pride ourselves on being “intentional teachers”. Intentional teachers observe the children to assess their educational needs and set appropriate individual and group goals for the children. Learning goals (Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework) for your child include all aspects of growth and are grouped into four domains: Personal and Social, Physical, Cognitive and Creative Development. As teachers, we select several performance standards to work on each week. This process of planning and observing and continuously repeating the cycle ensures that not only are your child’s developmental needs being met, but they are continuously challenged to their fullest potential. The Connecticut Curriculum Framework provides guidance to teachers on key elements that frame a comprehensive curriculum. Emphasis is placed on teachers and children engaging in active exploration, oral language, higher order thinking and integration of basic skills. These elements promote the development of language competence, learning through active engagement, encouraging children to use complex thinking and teaching children through rich conversational exchanges that take place during play.
Ongoing professional development is the foundation for improving quality for the services to children and families. Reflective practice is very much a part of the philosophy of Bright Beginnings program. Through weekly team meetings and monthly staff meetings teachers have the opportunity to discuss individual and whole group progress and assessment. We strategize and coordinate appropriate teaching methods, plan developmentally appropriate and authentic curriculum experiences, share materials and strategies learned through participation in professional development and continue a dialogue on how to keep improving on practice in the classroom. Through reflective practice we are able to continuously improve quality in the classroom.
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