Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Jamestown focuses on learning care in children, from infants to 5-year-olds, said Julie Williams, center director.

The center is broken up into infant, toddler, early preschool and prekindergarten rooms based on age. Prekindergarten is more academic-driven than early preschool, Williams said. The classroom is more structured and similar to what the children will experience in kindergarten, so it makes the transition easier, she said.

The center is holding an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, with an appearance from the El Zagal Clowns, Williams said. There will also be a snack and an activity for the kids, she said.

“It will give the community an opportunity to come in, see what we offer and how we operate,” Williams said. “It’s also a good time for parent-staff communication.”

The Learning Center is owned by the Anne Carlsen Center and located in the Legacy Center.

Williams said the teachers promote a lot of learning through play and helping with behaviors through a lot of positive reinforcement.

“Part of working in child care is you never know from day to day what each child will throw at you,” Williams said. “But the kids always bring a smile to your face.”

Deb Greshik, parttime supervisor of Bright Beginnings from the Anne Carlsen Center, said a nice feature of the learning center’s location is having the James River Senior Citizens Center in the same building, which allows for interaction between children and seniors, she said.

The center takes the children to Nickeus Park, the playground at Lincoln Elementary School, Alfred Dickey Library and other field trips, especially during the summer, Williams said.


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