bright start childcare

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, our center capacity has been reduced. We are not able to serve as many clients and cleaning costs, PPE requirements, and operational costs have increased. On January 1st, 2021 the minimum wage in Illinois will increase again. In order to offset increasing costs, Bright Start will raise rates $5 per day for each age group. Please click the button below for more information. 

A great future begins with a Bright Start!

104 S. 32nd Street, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

We are currently operating with reduced class sizes and limited hours.

New Arrival & Departure Procedures at Bright Start

1. Staff will meet families outside on the sidewalk.
2. Your child’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Children with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be permitted to attend Bright Start until fever free without the use of medication for 48 hours
3. Please call when arriving to pick up your child and they will be brought out to your vehicle.
4. Please allow 10-15 minutes extra time at drop off/pick up, as we all adjust to these new procedures.
5. Hours of operation will be 7AM-4PM.

Bright Start childcare provides outstanding childcare for children 6 weeks through preschool.  We offer a faith-based curriculum, and age-structured rooms that allow teachers to help children learn in a safe, loving environment through discovery and play.  Interested parents are invited to contact 244-2462. 

Bright Start childcare has been rated The Gold Circle of Quality by ExceleRate Illinois.

These programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas:  learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training & education.  Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

A provider’s participation in ExceleRate means they have gone the extra mile to help make sure children are receiving an enhanced learning and day care experience. Quality care can help children succeed in school and in life. It is an accomplishment to be shared with families served and the community.

Rooms are separated by age group: infants, toddlers, two-year-old, and preschool.  Each room has age appropriate learning centers which include toys that facilitate learning through play.


IDHS ‘Project Child’ Childcare Assistance Program

Bright Start has a site-contract with the IL Department of Human Services to determine eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program.  This is a program that provides assistance to working parents.  We can determine your eligibility on-site immediately so your child can start receiving services.

Please visit the Department of Human Services website to check the copay charts to determine what your monthly copay will be. Please call for questions or further assistance.

Enrollment Instructions

1.  Call 618-244-2462 to ask for openings.

2.  Pick up our enrollment packet and tour our facility.

3.  For Project Child clients:

Pick up application from Bright Start or Project Child office: 327 Potomac Blvd. Suite C, Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

There are 3 pages which need to be filled out by the child care center and returned to Project Child.

The parent/guardian is required to submit the Project Child application and other needed documents to the Project Child office.

4.  Bring back completed packet, pay the required fees, and schedule the planned start date.

Private Pay clients are responsible for paying $30 registration fee and first week’s tuition.

Project Child clients are responsible for paying the $30 registration fee and can begin attending once the approval is obtained from Project Child.

ExceleRate Illinois named Bright Start childcare “The Gold Circle of Quality”.
These programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas:  learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training & education.  Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

This is our dream playground! We are working on applying for grants, selling popcorn, and trying to come up with creative fundraising ideas. If you would like to help please let us know!

Call For More Information

618-244-2462

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

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