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    Author: Heather Dzubin

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.33 Issue 33, The Pulse 2017

    Bright Beginnings Preschool Touches Families

    When I was 4 years old, my parents sent me to The Sunshine Corner, a preschool that met in the basement of our local Evangelical Covenant Church. The memories of my first school experience are all happy ones: singing "The Farmer and the Dell", getting frequent hugs from my teacher, feeling loved and safe. You wouldn't think that a tiny preschool would have such a big impact on my life and future school experiences, but I have never forgotten about my time there or my first teacher, Mrs. Ahern. At Bright Beginnings Preschool, we strive to create this kind of unforgettable learning environment for our 28 students through our philosophy of "Teaching the Whole Child, Touching the Whole Family, Telling the Whole Gospel."

    Did you know that beginning in September on Monday through Thursday mornings; children are being ministered to each day right in our church building? We have one 3-year-old class, taught by Heather Warriner with her assistant, Kristin Martin, and one 4-year-old class, taught by Carol Coleman, and assisted by Ellen Felgate. When giving tours to families, I often say that if you could have "custom-made" teachers that would ensure their child a wonderful preschool experience, our teachers would fit that description. They are all highly qualified, loving individuals who see the "whole child" in every student and strive to show and teach God's love to all of the students and their families. A majority of the families that attend the preschool are not WEFC church attendees, and the staff find themselves making connections daily with these families through this ministry.

    More often than not, almost all of the students in the 3-year-old class transition over to the 4-year-old class. Throughout this two-year loop, both the students and parents get to know each other well and form a school "family." Sometimes I feel like I should make a pot of coffee to have available in the hallway where parents drop their children off because they often stay behind to talk to one another. It makes me so happy to be witnessing these relationships grow throughout the school year! There is a true sense of community, which I know is strengthened by God working in the lives of these children through their daily Bible stories and the "God talk" happening within the classrooms.

    It is a privilege for me to serve as Director of this preschool, and I am so thankful to the Lord for this ministry and the opportunities He has given us to be a presence in our local community. Please continue to pray for Bright Beginnings as we continue to strive to impact lives for Christ. Take a minute to view some of our precious 3-year-old students reciting a memory verse we pray will stay firmly rooted in their hearts as they grow – this is what it’s all about!

     For more information about our preschool, visit Bright Beginnings website.