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Bright Start Care, Inc.

6405 SW 209th Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97007

(503) 649-4305


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

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
  • Folder games incouraging writing, pocket charts, word walls, letter tiles, collage letter materials, hundreds of books, library trips with the children for each theme and so much more!!!!
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives like counting bears and scales, folder games, board games matching each theme, days of school in circle time, counting by 10's song recited daily, and more.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Student clocks and timers that they can set, focus on date, day of the week, month, season, time of day and rountines
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Magnifying glasses, binoculars, microscopes, bug habitats, science experiments, scientific process introduction, learning how to document results
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music is integrated daily, summer curriculum includes music class and exploration of all instrument types.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Permanent centers for painting, writing, drawing and creating, supplies are at child's level and available to them anytime.
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • 3/4 of an acre with LOTS of room for group games like soccer, kickball and volleyball
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our curriculum focuses on balance - where one subject might be teacher led on Monday, it is incorporated into a free play center the next day to allow children to explore and tinker with the concepts they incountered. We believe that children need STRUCTURE, GUIDANCE and FREE CHOICE to be able to round out the concepts they are practicing in class.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

This is a tough question because we don't have enough room to go into our complete observation and assessment procedures. Please visit our website or talk with the Director for more information on this topic.

The idea is that we observe and evaluate children when they first come into the program to get a baseline on the skill sets that they already have mastered or need help with. With this evaluation in hand, our teachers develop an individual education plan for each child that they review with parents. If a child is behind in meeting developmentally appropriate markers, it doesn’t mean that there are problems. All children develop at different rates. We monitor the areas and set realistic goals for the child throughout the year without frustrating or embarrassing the child. It is very important to us that every child feel confident in their learning abilities and feel that the teacher is 100% behind them succeeding.

We re-evaluate the children quarterly, at minimum. However, if problems arise, we will observe and discuss new goals with the parents monthly.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool program is founded on the belief that learning at its best is collaborative, interactive and experiential. Children learn through play by exploring, creating and inquiry.

Our teachers strive to create a developmentally appropriate environment that fosters and extends children’s understanding of conceptual knowledge and develops both physical and social skills, key to the age and stage of each child.
We explicitly design daily curriculum to nurture each child’s emotional , physical, and mental growth with much focus on individual interests. Students in our program participate in thematic field trips, literature exploration, music and movement.

A Typical Day

Our fall pre-school program offers your child a wonderful array of activities to physically engage cognitive and foster development.

- Integrated curriculum (themes)
- Inquiry experiences across subjects (theory building)
- Zoophonics approach to the introduction of letter sounds.
- Music, dancing, creative movement to support development
- Interactive literature experiences
- Creative dramatics
- Crafts and projects encouraging fine motor skills and individual creative expression
- Indoor and outdoor activities
- Learning centers
- Water, sand and sensory activities
- Large yard with play structures, bikes, and other role playing equipment
- Computers with lots of educational software for every age group attending.
- Environment to support literacy skill development
- Daily sing-along songs and circle activities.
- Focus on Individual development and progress
- Field trips to the local library, the zoo, the children’s museum and more!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent - Teacher communication is vital to a strong, well rounded program. Our early preschool teacher complete daily records for parents about their child's day, potty times, nap length and overall mood. She also does quarterly parent-teacher meetings to keep the line of communication open and ofter to give the children an opportunity to brag about their successes in class. Teachers often give out the cell phone numbers for parents to contact them if they have immediate concerns about their child.

We offer monthly newsletter that pertain to address common questions parents have about parenting as well as resources for parents to look into.

We send home weekly theme notes that discuss recipes parents can do at home, the exact items we are covering that week in class, book lists, and fun notes about our upcoming week.

Our event calendar and closures are posted at the front door.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

I wrote an article not too long ago about separation anxiety and how recommend handling it. Though the case study is in an extreme situation of anxiety, it still makes some wonderful points. Contact me, at if you would like to get a copy.

Our policy is that separation anxiety is real - for parents and children. We treat the children with respect and understanding. We help parents to prepare for the "goodbye" and we distract the children as quickly as possible. There is more to it, of course, so contact us for the full article. You will be glad you did.