Registration for 2019 is open January 7th.

Bright Beginnings Enrichment Preschool

For more information contact us at 703.957.3094

We provide your child with a nurturing environment to learn and grow.

Our approach to learning is an intentional emphasis on the child's social, emotional, and academic readiness for transitioning into kindergarten.

For more information contact us at 703.957.3094

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About Us

Amy Russell,
Bright Beginnings Director

In the fall of 2007, Bright Beginnings Enrichment Preschool opened it's doors in South Riding, Virginia, with eighteen students. Our approach to learning is an intentional emphasis on the child's social, emotional, and academic readiness for transitioning into kindergarten. We strongly believe that preschool-aged children learn and grow most through play, which is why we strive to create an environment of fun and hands-on learning.

Since opening our doors, two clear distinctions are part of what make Bright Beginnings unique. First, we structure small class sizes where children have daily one-on-one time with the teacher.

We prioritize the individual needs of a child, and one-on-one time is crucial in every child's learning and development. We have seen firsthand, in some preschool settings, children feeling lost in larger classes. Second, a component of our curriculum is faith-based, where twice a month we learn a virtue from a story in the Bible, we use music to express our thanks for our blessings, and we discuss putting the needs of one another ahead of our own.

To set up an appointment and a tour of Bright Beginnings, simply call or email and someone will contact you within 24 hours. We look forward to the privilege of serving you.

Our Schedule

Bright Beginnings offers two class options.

Our AM class is a combined three-year-old and four-year-old class, which offers great benefit to both age groups. We have seen the younger children grow and learn by the example set by the older children, while it has also given the older children an opportunity to become young leaders and helpers in the classroom.

The morning class runs Monday-Friday from 9:00-12:00 with the option of a Tuesday/Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule.

Our PM Kindergarten Enrichment class is designed for older four-year-olds and five-year-olds. This class offers a variety of learning opportunities to prepare your child for kindergarten. Many families have also used this class to help reinforce what their child is currently learning in kindergarten.

The PM class runs from 12:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. This class is a 5-day option only.

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Amy Russell

I was born and raised in Winchester, Va. It was there that I got my first job in a daycare teaching 2 year olds. My love for preschoolers has grown into a deep passion to see them grow, learn and have fun being kids. I have been a preschool teacher now for over 25 years. I opened Bright Beginnings in the fall of 2007, not only to fulfill a need in our community, but to also to pursue my dream of owning my own school.

I have been married to Brad for 22 years and have 2 daughters who are now 18 and 15. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, helping others, decorating my house, gardening and watching movies.

Karen O'Connor

I am Karen O'Connor, the Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning assistant. I grew up in Virginia and received a BBA in Marketing from James Madison University. After working for a year or so, I quickly realized that the business world was not for me. I pursued my love for children and went back to JMU to get my teaching certificate. I taught Kindergarten for 2 years in California, but chose to be a stay-at-home mom once my children were born. I have been working at Bright Beginnings for 7 years and regularly tell people that I truly have the best job EVER! Preschoolers are amazing little people and it is such a privilege to nurture them and help them grow. I live in South Riding with my husband, Pat, my 3 high school aged children (Sean, Ryan and Rebecca) and my faithful golden retriever, Chloe. I love spending time with my family and friends, walking my pup, watching my 3 kids perform in Freedom High School's marching band, coffee and yummy food!

Christina Bartz

I was born in the Pacific Northwest but grew up in Virginia – I have my heart on both coasts. I earned my degree in Music Therapy at Ohio University (Go Bobcats!) and began working with clients of all ages in the mental health and school settings. I also taught as a Music Together teacher for parents and their children ages 0-5. I am thrilled to be entering my fourth year at Bright Beginnings. I love watching the children grow in mind, body, and spirit while in school.

I live in South Riding with my family – my husband, 2 kids, and 2 hermit crabs. In my free time you can find me running, walking, listening to music, reading, laughing with friends, and dreaming of my next visit to the beach.

I look forward to seeing my Bright Beginning friends! Let's have fun learning together.

Bonnie Long

I was born in Houston, TX to an Army officer and spent my childhood moving around the country as my father served. I spend 3 years studying at VA Tech and in 1992, I completed my BS in Child Development from the University of Kentucky. I worked as a Treatment Manager at a residential facility for teenagers in crisis. For 16 years my full time job was educating my three children (Wesley, Mary Kate, and John) at home. My passion for education grew through these years watching my children learn and grow from play dough letters to Chemistry experiments in the kitchen! I also tutored within the homeschool community for 10 of those years. My children are now adults one graduated from GMU this year and the other two are currently in college (CNU class of 2019 and JMU class of 2021). I currently live in South Riding with the love of my life Brad to whom I have been married for 27 years! In my free time I love spending time with family and freinds, traveling, reading, cooking, and skiing.

Kim Facey

Hello, my name is Kim Facey and I am the Tues/Thurs. morning assistant teacher. I grew up in Maryland, but crossed the border to earn my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from JMU and later my M.Ed. from UVA. I taught in Maryland, Virginia and even overseas in Cairo, Egypt (my favorite!) before settling down to get married & raise my two sons. I absolutely love watching the preschoolers grow & develop throughout the year. Their curiosity, enthusiasm, and honesty always make me smile! I enjoy spending time with friends & family, volunteering, reading, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

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Our Approach

Believing that preschool-aged children learn and develop the most through play, our desire is to see them grow in these three areas:

Socially by playing with their classmates and learning how to interact in a classroom setting.

Academically by providing them with age-appropriate activities that teach them letters, numbers, colors, shapes, writing, fine-motor skills, and gross-motor skills.

Emotionally by learning to be in a safe environment away from mom or dad.

PARENT/TEACHER RELATIONSHIP: Open and honest communication will be the fundamental foundation for our parent/teacher relationship. We desire to build trust in you as we, together, enrich and develop your child. Your concerns are our concerns.

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At what age can a child be enrolled at Bright Beginnings?
They must be 3 years of age and potty-trained.

What is the average class size?
At Bright Beginnings, we feel that a smaller class size is very important to the growth and development of the child. We only allow 12 students per day for the AM class and 9 students for the PM class.

Is Bright Beginnings an allergy-friendly school?
Yes. We are very understanding of children's dietary needs. We are also a peanut-free facility.

What kind of family-friendly events do you offer?
Bright Beginnings knows that family is very important in a young child's life. We have many opportunities throughout the school year that allow for family involvement. A few examples of this are as follows: Holiday class parties, which the parents are welcome to attend, 2 field trips a year, a Christmas pageant, Dad's night, and Mother's Day Tea. We also enjoy having and encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom.

What is the typical school calendar?
Bright Beginnings starts it's school year in mid- September and goes to the end of May. We plan our holidays and snow days around the Loudoun County school calendar.

Is Bright Beginnings a licensed facility?
Yes, Bright Beginnings is licensed through the state of Virginia and through Loudoun County.

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