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  • Bright Beginnings Classes are full for the 2019-2020 school year.  To be added to the waitlist, please email Jane at janeh@mystma.org


    8 pack Crayola washable markers
    1 set of Crayola watercolors
    3 LARGE glue sticks
    1 box kleenex
    Regular-sized backpack
    Change of clothes in plastic bag in case of accidents
    *Classroom teachers may have wish lists posted in rooms.


  •  Our primary goal is to provide a positive learning experience for your child in an environment that inspires exploration, experimentation, and discovery. We believe a good self-image is vital to our child's development, growth, and independence. We will encourage your child to acquire self-help skills, make choices, and interact in a positive manner with his/her peers as well as be prepared for kindergarten in the STMA School District.

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multi colored school readiness logo


  • Three-Year-Old Classes: 
    Familiarization 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:
    Cooperative group interactions, turn-taking, independence and socialization skills.
    Literacy preparation including letter/sound recognition, reading, listening, and questioning.
    Pre-math skills of sorting, patterning, counting, and quantifying objects.
    Fine motor practice including name writing and scissor skills.
    A solid foundation of skills to prepare children for kindergarten.

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  • Questions and more information:

    John McDonald, Bright Beginnings Principal




    Registration, payments, and scholarships:

    Jane Helgestad, Early Childhood Coordinator



Preschool Requirements

  • Children must be 3 or 4 years old on/before Sept. 1.
    There will be no exceptions to this date.

    Five-year-olds are welcome if not yet enrolled in Kindergarten.

    All children must be completely toilet trained and have independent bathroom skills.

Welcome to Bright Beginnings Preschool

  • Bright Beginnings Preschool has served the STMA area for 30 years. 

    • Our program provides 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 Bright Beginnings 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.