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Bright Beginnings Preschool

About Bright Beginnings

  • We provide a high-quality staff, content-rich curriculum, and specialized learning across all developmental areas.
  • Lead teachers in each of our classrooms maintain an Early Childhood MN teaching license and regularly participates in continuing education classes. 
  • Our classroom size does not exceed 20 students and a paraprofessional is also within the classroom at all times.
  • Bright Beginnings is a Parent Aware 4 star rated program. Our program is committed to using best practices in assessment, individualized instruction, and family connections. 
  • We are a school readiness program that prepares children for success in kindergarten.
  • Our staff provides a caring and creative environment where kids can learn and grow at their own pace.  
  • Large motor time is encouraged daily within the gymnasium or outdoor playground.
  • Beside utilizing our imaginative and resourceful staff, Creative Curriculum, Letter of the week and Handwriting without Tears are the curriculums of choice.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year to update and communicate children’s progress. 
  • Routine drills are conducted throughout the year, including fire, tornado, and lock-down procedures.

At Bright Beginnings Preschool,

It is our mission to create a safe, play-based environment of developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all students. 

We believe that parental partnerships are essential for kindergarten readiness and in fostering a life-long love of learning.

Contact Jane Helgestad at janeh@mystma.org for more information on class availability.

24-25 Preschool Flyer

Contact Us

Questions and more information
John McDonald, Bright Beginnings Principal
johnm@mystma.org
763-497-2688

Registration, payments, and scholarships:
Jane Helgestad, Early Childhood Coordinator
janeh@mystma.org
763-497-6512

Bright Beginnings Curriculum Guide

Bright Beginnings Parent Handbook

What do we do in
preschool?

Three-Year-Old Classes

  • Become familiar with school routines including separation, transitions, and turn-taking
  • Develop social/emotional skills with peer interaction, adult guidance, and independence
  • Foster a love of learning through play-based learning activities and beginning concepts

Four/Five Year Old Classes

  • Cooperate in group interactions, turn-taking, independence and socialization skills
  • Practice literacy preparation including letter/sound recognition, reading, listening, and questioning
  • Learn pre-math skills of sorting, patterning, counting, and quantifying objects
  • Develop fine motor practice including name writing and scissor skills
  • Establish a solid foundation of skills to prepare children for kindergarten

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Guide

The first step in applying for assistance is to complete the Free/reduced lunch application found here.  It can be turned into your teacher, the main office or the district office.  If you have older children in the district, their form will be accepted.  If not, please use the linked application above.

We also have limited Pathways II Scholarships.  Click the link for more information and to apply. Applications are submitted to Jane.

If you already hold a Pathways I Scholarship, please let Jane know.

Please contact Jane Helgestad at janeh@mystma.org for submissions and questions.

Bright Beginning is a 4-star rated program!