Classes and Programs
In addition to the programs listed below, Bright Beginnings offers “Lunch Bunch” enrichment programs from 12:30 to 2:45 pm. Cypress Lake United Methodist also has programs for children under 2 years of age through our playday program.
Children reaching the age of two by September 1 are eligible for our two-year-old classes. Families may choose either two days (M-Tu) or three days (W-Th-F) per week from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Our two-year-old classes will focus on providing a safe, healthy, secure and welcoming environment away from home. Each class will have a maximum of 12 children, under the care of two teachers.
Our purpose is to create an environment that encourages curiosity and exploration in young children. We will also focus on encouraging early cooperative play, sharing and taking turns, independence (leaving parent comfortably) and respect for authority, property and the rights of others. We will provide opportunities for language development, beginning with math skills, self expression through art, music and movement. We will help and encourage children with their toileting skills as they are ready. Children will begin participating in regular “Chapel time.”
Children reaching the age of three by September 1 and who are toilet trained are eligible for this program. Parents may choose from Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday/Friday or Monday-Friday classes from 8:30 to 12:30. These classes stress socialization and learning through play and a wealth of “hands-on” activities. Time for art, music, outdoor play, story time, creative dramatics, and group activities are part of each day’s activities. The children attend a lively “Chapel time” each week. Each class will have two teachers and may enroll up to 16 children.
Our four-year-old classes are part of the state of Florida’s Voluntary PreK (VPK) program. We prioritize our wait list by those families who want our “extended VPK” program, consisting of more hours than provided by the state funded program alone. There is a fee for this extended program. These classes consist of hands-on, developmentally appropriate learning experiences, emphasizing beginning literacy and math skills, as well as building the self esteem and self confidence needed to move on to the primary grades. Children attend Chapel weekly. Bright Beginnings has three VPK classes limited to 18 students each, with two teachers in each classroom.
Stepping Stones is a one-of-a-kind program designed to address the needs of children who are eligible for kindergarten, but for a variety of reasons, will benefit from the gift of an extra year before taking that step. The Stepping Stones program is the only program in Lee County that works to prepare these students for public or private kindergarten classes, and can enroll up to 15 students. Children entering Stepping Stones must be five by September 1. This class will meet Monday through Friday, 8:30am-1:30pm.
Lunch Bunch is an extended day enrichment program that allows children to participate in a variety of activities such as art, Spanish, yoga, music, and science. Learn more here.