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The Bright Beginnings Pre-School of the Dille Parish UCC

We are small but mighty in the Lord!

Contact Us

Program Director:

Mrs. Elizabeth Lockwood

Assistant Teacher:

Mrs. Amanda Eastman

Chairman of the Bright Beginnings Advisory Board: Mrs. Katelyn Young

Bright Beginnings 1097 Creamery Rd Le Raysville PA 18829

Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4-year-old class
Tuesday and Thursday: 3-year-old class

Time: 9:00am – 11:30am

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.
Proverbs 22:6

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

Laura Alderson
Julie Cooper
Jefferson Crabtree
Carlyn Edsell
Luke Jones
Brittany Matoushek
Lilly Merritt
Madalynn Milnes
Chelsie Souto
Jessica Uhouse
Zane Vaskas
Chris Whitehead

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!”

Our Philosophy

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Lockwood

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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!

Mrs. Amanda Eastman

ASSISTANT TEACHER

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!

Mrs. Katelyn Young

CHAIRMAN OF BRIGHT BEGINNINGS ADVISORY BOARD

Katelyn Young is the Chairman of the Bright Beginning Advisory Board of the Dille Parish UCC. Katelyn is a member of the Dille Parish UCC. She resides in Le Raysville with her husband Davis and two children Isaiah and Eli. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and being a mom of two tractor/farm loving boys.

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…

CIRCLE TIME
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES
ART ACTIVITIES
DRAMATIC PLAY

MUSIC ACTIVITIES
STORY TIME
SCIENCE CENTER
COMPUTER CENTER
CHAPEL

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

Eligibility Requirements

Children must be a certain age before September 1st
(age 3 or age 4 depending on which class they will be entering)

Tuition Scholarships

Apply for Tuition Scholarships
Where to find us

Chapel

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