Currently enrolled families may participate in our Bright Beginnings Facebook group to receive the most up-to-date information on upcoming events, enrollment, and more. Parents and staff regularly share photos, so we maintain a “closed” group for privacy reasons.
We also maintain a Facebook group for Bright Beginnings alumni and friends.
More About Us
A weekday ministry of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, Bright Beginnings Early School is committed to the developmental needs of the young child and encourages growth in all areas: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual — in a continuous interrelated process. As a Christian preschool, we want the children to experience what it means to be the child of a loving and dependable God. Since play is the “work” of children and the foundation of a good preschool, we recognize its value for young children.
Bright Beginnings Early School is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families (License #C2OLE7499). The school is inspected regularly by this organization. You may be assured that all of the facilities meet and, in most cases exceed, all licensing requirements.
Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given as follows:
- Active CLUMC Members
- Returning students
- Siblings of current students
- Children currently enrolled in CLUMC Play Day
- Waiting List
2 year olds
We take 12 children in our two day class which meets Monday and Tuesday and 24 spots in two separate three day classes which meet Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
3 year olds
We take 16 children in our two day class which meets Monday and Tuesday, 16 children in the three day class which meets Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 16 children in the five day class, which means every weekday. These are the classes that fill up most quickly, so we conduct an in-person registration for all families that are not active church members. Every currently enrolled two year old is guaranteed a spot in our three year old program. The only difference is that you can choose how many days you want, which requires us to have a first come first serve line to register.
VPK (4 year olds)
We take 18 children in each of the three VPK classes. First, return your Bright Beginnings forms to the front office to secure your child’s enrollment.
You must also register with the Early Learning Coalition online or in person. If you choose to enroll on-line, you will need an active email address so they can email your certificate/voucher for VPK 2016-2017. Complete the online application at http://elcofswfl.org/parents-vpk-enrollment.php; you will then have to upload your child’s original birth certificate, passport, or immunization record, and your proof of Florida residency (electric bill, driver license, lease, etc.)
To register in person, the Early Learning Coalition office is at 2675 Winkler Avenue, Suite 300 Fort Myers, FL Phone: (239) 935-6100 Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
After you receive your child’s voucher, please sign and return it to the Bright Beginnings office along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate/passport and your proof of Florida residency.
Stepping Stones (5 year olds)
We can take up to 15 children in the Stepping Stones class. Space is extremely limited in this popular program.
Please note that there is a LIMITED amount of financial aid offered. This is based on need (full disclosure of financial info is required) and must be applied for yearly. The deadline for financial aid packets to be returned is April 15, 2016. Please see the office staff for more information concerning financial aid.