We are small but mighty in the Lord!
Mrs. Elizabeth Lockwood
Mrs. Amanda Eastman
Chairman of the Bright Beginnings Advisory Board: Mrs. Rebecca Hicks
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4-year-old class
Time: 9:00am – 12 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 3-year-old class
Time: 9:00am – 11:30 am
Our classroom is located in the downstairs of the Parish House.
The Bright Beginnings Pre-School of the Dille Parish UCC
The Bright Beginnings Pre-School is a self-supporting, not-for-profit ministry that was created by the Dille Parish United Church of Christ in 1999. As a mission to our community, the Dille Parish UCC and Bright Beginnings provide an affordable, Christian-based program for pre-school aged children to enhance the development of each child’s spiritual, educational, social, and physical growth.
The Bright Beginnings program provides developmentally appropriate early learning opportunities for children 3 to 5 years of age. We provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment where children can enjoy and take part in music, art, story time, snack time, games, chapel time with our pastor, educational activities including a science center and computer station, play time, and many other activities. Our program encourages the development of each child’s large and small motor skills, social skills, organization skills, and self-confidence.
We believe that a preschooler’s most important work is to PLAY! Children grow and learn through play—especially play that allows them to problem solve and engage in fantasy. Play promotes self-esteem, helping children to feel good about themselves and become confident and competent. It also promotes cooperation, helping children learn to work and get along with others.
Bright Beginnings follows the Northeast Bradford School District school calendar from September – May. It is currently a part-time morning program, offering classes either two days a week or three days, depending on the child’s age. Tuition scholarships are available for families in need of assistance. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Bright Beginnings, please contact us for more information.
A Brief History of BRIGHT BEGINNINGS OF THE DILLE PARISH
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
In the late 1990s the Dille Parish UCC decided to build the Parish House. One part of our mission was to provide a preschool for our community.
Rev. Steve Crabtree and Laura Hainley visited several preschools in the area. With the help of so many members of the community and Parish members, we welcomed our first class of children in 1999 and had our first commencement ceremony on May 21, 2000. Our first class of 12 children was led by Laura Hainley and Louise Smith.
Our First Teachers
Our First Class
Since the first class, we have had many teachers and program assistants involved at Bright Beginnings, including Laura Hainley, Louise Smith, Kim Brown, Melinda Keeney, Rebecca Hicks, Justine Keeney, Melanie Baker, Twylia Bullock, and Angie Allabaugh. Our current teachers are Elizabeth Lockwood and Amanda Eastman. Our teachers, program assistants, and the countless helpers and volunteers along the way have helped to support our program over the years and make our Bright Beginnings mission possible.
Over the years the program has continued to expand and grow, but the goal has always remained the same: to provide the children of our community with a strong educational and spiritual foundation for a “bright beginning!”
Bright Beginnings is a self-supporting, not-for-profit ministry of the Dille Parish United Church of Christ. As a mission to our community, the Dille Parish UCC and Bright Beginnings seek to provide an affordable, Christian-based program for pre-school age children that will enhance the development of each child’s educational, social, physical, and spiritual growth.
Bright Beginnings admits students of any background, race, nationality, or ethnic origin.
Meet Our Teachers and Staff
Liz is the new Program Director of the Bright Beginnings Preschool of the Dille Parish UCC as of the 2021 school year! She has spent significant time working closely with young children in this age group and their families.
Liz is the mother of four beautiful children and has lived in the area since 2015 with her husband, who grew up here. She enjoys cooking and shopping, going out to dinner with her husband, and finding fun and creative actives to do with her children!
Amanda Eastman is the Assistant Teacher of the Bright Beginnings Preschool of the Dille Parish UCC. Amanda has spent the past 20 years working with children! This will be her third year working at Bright Beginnings.
Amanda is a wife and a mother to three boys. She likes to spend time with her family and bake. She is looking forward to a great year with Bright Beginnings!
CHAIRMAN OF BRIGHT BEGINNINGS ADVISORY BOARD
Becky Hicks is the Chairman of the Bright Beginnings Advisory Board of the Dille Parish UCC. Becky is a member of the Dille Parish UCC. She resides in LeRaysville with her husband Randy. Becky was the teacher and Director of Bright Beginnings for 11 years. Before she worked at Bright Beginnings she taught preschool in Nichols NY for 17 years, and she worked at the Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center for 4 years. Becky loves our Bright Beginnings preschool and has stayed involved with Bright Beginnings since her retirement in 2020. Becky loves to spend time with her grandchildren, and her new hobby Quilting!
How We Spend Our Day
When you are a preschooler, play is your most important life’s work! Children grow and learn through play, especially play that allows them to problem solve and engage in fantasy. Play promotes self-esteem, helping children to feel good about themselves and become confident and competent. It also promotes cooperation, helping children learn to work and get along with others. Our day includes…
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES
Program Goals For Bright Beginnings
As a mission to our community, The Dille Parish UCC and Bright Beginnings seek:
• To provide a developmentally appropriate, enjoyable, and affordable early learning opportunity for children ages 3-5 years
• To promote kindergarten readiness
• To encourage each child’s large and small motor skills, social skills, organizational skills, and self-confidence
• To provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment in which children may enjoy and take part in music, art, story time, snack time, games, educational activities, and play time
• To encourage family involvement
• To create a LOVE for Jesus, a LOVE for others, and a LOVE for learning!
How To Register Your Child
Children must be a certain age before September 1st
(age 3 or age 4 depending on which class they will be entering)