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Brite Beginnings Early Learning & Development Center

985 Route 146 
Clifton Park, NY 12065

(518) 383-3933


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

Age specific classrooms, play places and personal spaces encourage exploration, problem solving and discovery. We encourage children's self esteem and help develop their love of learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught We do weekly themes and base their projects base on the theme. Example: Australia: Where it is located and children relate some animals such as Kangaroo, Koala Bears. Teacher read books about Australia and kind of animals live there. Then they would do art craft and colors around Australia.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is age appropriate and we follow New York State guide lines to ensure that your child is ready for the next grade level.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our dedicated educators promote self-esteem in our children by providing developmentally appropriate activities that are initiated by the children themselves. We select our teachers carefully and require all staff to further their professional development by attending professional trainings and workshops. Most of our teachers have completed their Bachelors degree and some teachers have completed their Masters in Early Childhood. All our staff goes through state required screening. This includes a criminal check, employment reference check, history check, physical and TB examination. Our staff is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is based on a structured and predictable environment in developing a healthy, physical, emotional and intellectual with a nurturing balance.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide regular communication between educators and parents to keep you informed about your child's daily progress. This is done by a daily sheet, their daily work, and verbal communication.
We also distribute to parents a weekly newspaper that informs them of all the activities in the entire day care.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We allow the parents to come in their child's classroom and observe before they start to see the interaction between the teacher and their new friends.