Bright Beginnings is still enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year! Learn more about our programs, the enrollment process, and our extended care and enrichment options.

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.

Enrollment Information

Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given as follows:

  1. Active CLUMC Members
  2. Returning students
  3. Siblings of current students
  4. Children currently enrolled in CLUMC Play Day
  5. 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.

Bright Beginnings Contact Info

Bright Beginnings Early School
(239) 433-2232 P
(239) 433-5996 F

Director: Laura Petel
Assistant Director: Mary Lawrence
Administrative Staff: Shannon Greco



2016-2017 Parent Handbook

(please print the last page, sign, and return to your child’s teacher)


2016-2017 Enrollment
(please complete all)

2016 -2017 Enrollment Applications:

If you are submitting your paperwork in person, you may have the “Emergency Treatment Form” notarized in our office. Fill out the top section, but do not sign it. Please have your driver’s license with you as well.

2016-2017 Tuition

Two year olds:

  • 2 days per week  $370/month or $3330/year ($3163.50 if paid before 9/1/16)
  • 3 days per week  $440 month or $3960/year ($3762 if paid before 9/1/16)

Three year olds:

  • 2 days per week: $330/month or $2970/year ($2821.50 if paid before 9/1/16)
  • 3 days per week: $410/month or $3690/year ($3505.50 if paid before 9/1/16)
  • 5 days per week: $465/month or $4185/year ($3975.75 if paid before 9/1/16)

VPK: $200/month ($1800/year)

Stepping Stones: $485/month

All programs except VPK require a $185 non-refundable registration fee upon enrollment. Stepping Stones requires a $100 non-refundable deposit that will be applied towards the first month’s tuition. All monthly tuition payments are due between the 1st-15th day of each month; a late fee is added to each child’s account not paid by the 15th day of each month. We do not issue a monthly reminder invoice.



Two year olds:
Angel Hatter and Sue Ellsworth
Kelly Hayman and Josie Allouche

Three year olds

Eliza Appell and Shanna Duffy

Stacey Meagher and Shanna Duffy

Three year olds (M-F):
Janel Monahan and Shannon Simmons

VPK (Four year olds):
Pam Maier and Wendy Perera
Kate Melton and Leslie Junghans
Kim Henry and Debbie Short

Stepping Stones (Five year olds):
Molly Gill/Jennifer Potter and Tiffany Myers

Administrative team:
Laura Petel, Mary Lawrence and Shannon Greco

Bright Beginnings Calendar

See what’s coming up. You can add these events to your electronic calendar too!


Bright Beginnings Summer Camp

Bright Beginnings offers Christian-based camps for ages 3 through entering 6th grade. In 2017 we will offer six weeks of camp – June 5th through July 14th. If you want to be notified when online registration begins, like and follow the Cypress Lake United Methodist Facebook page.