Youth Development

Infant to Preschool Age Childcare

Bright Beginnings Childcare Center

We are a not-for-profit corporation designed to meet your child’s needs during his or her first social experience away from home. Our early childhood program provides a warm, safe, and supportive learning environment for infants, toddlers, preschool, and pre-kindergarten children year round.

In addition, we offer a Summer School Age Program for children 5-10 years old. Bright Beginnings is a participant of Quality Stars NY rating system.

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Early Childhood Education

We use a Creative Curriculum framework, Ages and Stages and Core Body of Knowledge to facilitate learning and child development. Our center offers a caring and nurturing environment that will challenge your child’s imagination and creativity. Our curriculum includes:

• Music
• Art
• Dramatic Play
• Science
• Math
• Cooking
• Manipulatives
• Fine and Gross Motor Skills
• Field Trips


You will find 6 spacious rooms that meet each age group’s developmental needs. Four of the classrooms have age appropriate bathrooms, and each room is divided into interest areas that promote imagination learning and creativity.

Gross Motor Skills Room

In addition to 6 spacious classrooms, the four spacious and enclosed playgrounds the center has a “Big Room” for play, gym class and gross motor skills activities. This room is particularly useful during the extreme cold winter days. Children enjoy listen and move activities, dancing, riding bikes, and playing with small and large balls.


The center also offers 4 separate, age appropriate and fenced in playgrounds, each with toys, age appropriate equipment for climbing, running, riding bikes, and creative play.

Our Staff

To be in compliance with the Office of Children and Family Services. All staff must have a state clearance, finger print check and reference checks in order to be a child care provider, in addition to completing 30 training hours pertaining to the principles of childhood development, nutrition and health, safety training, and child abuse and prevention. They are CPR and First Aid certified, as well.

Our staff prepares developmentally appropriate activities, both teacher and child directed, as part of the program’s daily schedule and curriculum.

Swim Lessons

Pre-school children ages 3-5 years enjoy a bus ride with their teachers to the Y once a week for swimming lessons. The YMCA bus has integrated car seats that meet the safety needs for transporting children. Our goal is to help your child become comfortable in the water and encourage them to become independent enough to try some swimming skills. Swim lessons are taught by the Y certified Aquatic Staff. An observation area is located up on the first floor for parents who wish to observe their son or daughter. School Age Children during the Summer months have swim twice a week.


Bright Beginnings is committed to serve healthy food and beverages in a pleasant, enjoyable environment in a pleasant, enjoyable, environment while we provide opportunities for children to be active daily. Our center participates in the Child and Adult Food program, provided through the New York State Health Department. The kitchen management staff prepare and serve three nutritious meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and a p.m. snack). All meals are included in the tuition. We follow a four week menu cycle in compliance with the NY state regulatory guidelines and our center has been recognized by the state for offering kids a varied menu with frequent servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, even during the winter months.


Tuition is due weekly, no later than Friday, regardless of whether or not the child attends. Payments can be made with a check, credit card, or cash. Automatic payments can also be established. We offer a 10% discount for the oldest child. Please contact the Bright Beginnings Center directly for pricing information or further questions.

Hours of Operation

The center is open Monday through Friday all year long from 6:45am until 5:30pm. We are closed for major holidays including Good Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and President’s Day for Professional Staff Development.

Got Questions? Call 562-1174!

Bright Beginnings Children’s Center Building
62 Northern Ave | Plattsburgh, NY | 12903

Director – Jacqueline Prather
Assistant Director – Vickie Erb
QSNY Improvement Specialist – Sarah Gould Houde

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