bright start childcare

A great future begins with a Bright Start!

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

Hours of service are 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

Bright Start Childcare will be following the most recent CDC guidance for child care centers. 

Due to the Covid resurgence in our community we will resume drop offs and pick ups at the front door.

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.



Spero Bright Start is now using Frog Street Curriculum.

Frog Street is a company built by early childhood educators, they understand that childhood is a period of incubation. With so much to learn and such a short period of opportunity, theyhave made it their mission to help teachers and caregivers make the journey both joyful and purposeful. 

Frog Street Threes provides intentional instruction in key areas of development so children ages 36-48 months can effectively continue on the path to kindergarten readiness.

The Frog Street Toddler program is designed around the latest scientific brain research and is comprised of 52 weeks of easy-to-use activities specifically created for children ages 18-36 months.

What you teach me birth to three will be what matters most to me.
What you teach me three to five will be what makes me grow and thrive.

Dr. Pam Schillere-Frog Street Curriculum Author


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.

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Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”