“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

At Brite Beginnings Early Learning & Development Center, we have created the High FIVE Curriculum that incorporates pieces of different curriculums and encourages learning through play as well as embraces independence. The High FIVE Curriculum was designed and made exclusively for Brite Beginnings and allows each child to learn and explore different concepts at their own pace.

F – Friendly

The High FIVE Curriculum is set up in a way that is user friendly and made to fit around any child’s needs. Each concept is formed in a way that is both challenging, but at the same time inviting.

I – Individual

The High FIVE Curriculum is based on the individual needs of each child that comes into our care. From the very first day your child starts at Brite Beginnings their progress and growth are tracked through observations, developmental checklists, and work samples. Through this, the staff at Brite Beginnings will be able to see their progress through the years and know exactly how to encourage continued development with your child.

V – Values

The curriculum incorporates everyday values that will teach our children how to succeed in their growing years. The values that will be encouraged in the High FIVE Curriculum are the six pillars of character:

  • Respect – Acceptance, manners, consideration, and kindness;
  • Trustworthiness – Honesty, reliability, courage, and loyalty;
  • Responsibility – Persevere, self-control, accountability, and thoughtfulness;
  • Fairness – Following rules, be open-minded, take ownership, and share;
  • Caring – Compassionate, gratitude, forgiveness, and helpfulness;
  • Citizenship – Cooperation, friendship, involvement, and protecting the environment.

E – Engaging

Each lesson plan and activity that follows the High FIVE Curriculum is engaging to both the mind and body of each child in our care.

At Brite Beginnings Early Learning & Development Center we recognize that children learn the best when they take an active role in the process. Brite Beginnings offers hands-on learning through hands-on fun! Our child-friendly environment combined with an outstanding program creates the ideal early childhood experience.


Tiny Turtles

Infant 1 (6 weeks – 12 months)

Miss Patricia

Hi, I’m Patricia Olsen and I’m 48 years old. I have been married for 26 years to my high school sweetheart. I’m a mom to 4 beautiful children. I live in Latham with our kitten Shadow and our dog Ty.

While my children were growing up I was a stay at home mom. During the years I was a stay at home mom, I took in many children between infancy and 12 years of age.

I recently had a job as an aide working with children with autism for CDB. I loved my job, but am very excited about getting back to working with infants.

I am very excited to be working with you and your child. I hope to learn as much from them, as I hope they will learn from me.

Classroom Philosophy

We seek to form close relationships with the families and children under our care. Each child is a unique individual with a great capacity to learn, we strive to provide an environment where children and families from all cultural background feel welcome and accepted.

Each child will be provided with positive learning experiences, respect, patience, and the utmost care.

If you are wondering what a curriculum for infants looks like, take a look at our plan books! You’ll see that each day includes a variety of hands-on experiences that are specifically designed to support each stage of your child’s growth & development. Simple activities like peek-a-boo, bubbles, and stretch & reach games all promote curiosity and independence, in addition to building fine & gross motor skills.

To document growth & development, we maintain an assessment portfolio for each child. Portfolios use photographs, developmental checklists, and work samples to provide a record of individual progress.

Children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make choices in an environment that is enriching and stimulating. When children are encouraged to interact with their peers and adults in positive ways, they feel safe to explore their surroundings.

As their teacher, I seek to guide children from needing assistance with a task to accomplishing a task independently by providing experiences that are challenging yet attainable for every child.

My goals as a teacher is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves.

Silly Seahorse

Infant 2 (12 months – 18 months)

Miss Shameena

My name is Shameena Aziz; I am 25 years old and live in Schenectady with my family. I love basketball and my favorite team is the Orlando Magic!

I have been a part of the Brite Beginnings team since June 2012. I have been working in childcare for six years and I have my degree in Teaching Education from Schenectady Community College.

Working with children is my true passion. Knowing that I am making a difference in their lives and helping them grow brings me real joy!

Classroom Philosophy

Families enrolled in the infant program can expect a secure, nurturing, and age appropriate environment.

Every aspect of your child’s care is based on your preferences in an effort to make our program your home away from home.

We truly consider caring for your infant to be a privilege and have great respect for the parent partnership.

We understand that early care and education go hand-in-hand, so smiles, songs, and snuggles are considered to be just as important as diaper changes and meal times!

As our infants grow, they are introduced to varied activities and materials that support their physical, social, and cognitive growth.

Each day includes a variety of hands-on experiences that are specifically designed to support each stage of your child’s development.

Each activity promotes curiosity and independence, in addition to building important fine and gross motor skills.

Silly Seahorse Days

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Welcome & Breakfast
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Group Activities, Arts & Crafts, Gross Motor/Outside Play,
Fine Motor/Sensory Play, Music
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lunch & Wellness
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rest Time
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Wake Up & Snack
3 p.m. – 4 p.m Happy Hour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Group Activities, Outside Play, & Farewells

Bubbly Belugas

Toddler 2 (28 months – 36 months)

Miss Kitsa

Hi, I’m Kitsa Manginis, I am 25 years old. I’m currently living in Troy with my daughter Sadie Everly, who attends Brite Beginnings in Miss Patricia’s class! She is my first child and being her mother truly brings me a happiness that is beyond description! I play the violin and I spent time growing up in Greece!

I have my bachelor’s degree in music and government from Skidmore College. Brite Beginnings is my first experience working in a childcare facility, but I spent many years being nanny. I am currently pursuing my CDA and I am so excited to be the Bubbly Belugas lead teacher! Working with children is my true passion and I hope I get the opportunity to become your child’s teacher!

Classroom Philosophy

This program is designed to facilitate your child’s developmental needs. In Toddler 2, we focus on improving life skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

We encourage the development of language, math, and fine & gross motor skills. We provide a stimulating atmosphere for emotional, physical, social, and cognitive growth, while allowing your child’s curiosity to guide their learning.

The Bubbly Beluga program promotes independence through child centered and teacher directed activities throughout the day. Self-help skills such as eating skills, potty training, hand washing, and independently cleaning up are among the skills taught in this room.

Our program introduces students to circle time activities including calendar, weather, counting, story time, and songs. The age appropriate activities in this classroom promote taking turns, cooperating, sharing, and expressing feelings in appropriate ways.

Bubbly Beluga Days

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Welcome & Breakfast
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Arts & Crafts, Group activities, Individualized work,
Gross Motor/Outside Play, Fine Motor/Sensory Play, Music
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CIRCLE TIME
(Story time, ABC’s, Songs, Weather, Body Parts, Animals, etc.)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Wellness
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Rest Time
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wake up & Snack
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Happy Hour
(Table activities, Free play, Language Arts)
 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Group Activities, Outside Play, & Farewells

Shining Starfish

Preschool 1 (3 years – 4 years)

Miss Jess

My name is Jessica Palmieri and I am 25 years old. I have been a part of the Brite Beginnings team since March of 2013. I graduated from The College of Saint Rose with my Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education. I have also minored in biology and I have to say that science is one of my favorite areas of study!

A few fun facts about me are that my birthday actually falls on New Year’s Day, my favorite color is green, just like my classroom, and my all-time favorite food would have to be tacos! (:

Working with children and watching them discover new things truly brings me joy!

Classroom Philosophy

The Shinning Starfish classroom is where exploration becomes formalized. Each child’s unique personality is incorporated into their learning and development.

Our program is designed to encourage your child’s growth socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our students learn to be independent and become confident in their actions.

We strive to help children become lifelong learners!

Preschoolers learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to support their development and growth. Several different learning centers are available all day, encouraging children to be creative and have fun while working in small groups. Learning centers promote cooperation and allow children to make decisions about how they’d like to learn and play.

The Days of the Shinning Starfish

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Happy Hour
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Group Activities
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Art, Academics, Guided Activities, Story Time
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CIRCLE TIME
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lunch & Wellness
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rest Time
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Wake Up & Snack
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Happy Hour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Group Activities, Outside Play, & Farewells

Creative Chameleons

Preschool 2 (4 years – 5 years)

Ms. Kristie

Hi, I’m Kristie DeVoe and I have been a part of the Brite Beginnings team since 2009. However, I have been working in the child care field since 2000. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.

I am a mother of 3, Jeremey, Christopher and Alyssa. Jeremey is in the Marines & currently stationed in North Carolina, Christopher is in college in Nevada, and Alyssa is in high school.

Being a teacher is my true passion. I absolutely love to come up with new & exciting activities for my students to learn from. Knowing that I am making an impact in their lives brings me joy. The bonds that I get the opportunity to make with the children and their families are something I cherish every day.

Classroom Mission Statement

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

– Maria Montessori

Preschool is a time to prepare children socially, emotionally, and academically for Kindergarten. To accomplish this our preschoolers spend their days discussing, socializing, creating, expressing, playing, and learning.

Children are active learners. A primary approach to learning is through purposeful play. Intentional planning promotes rich learning experiences that invite participation, involve multiple contexts, and engage the senses that help children explore their environment.

A Day in the Life of a Creative Chameleon

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Choice Play
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Curriculum Activity
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Gross Motor Activity / Outside Play
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LUNCH, D.E.A.R. Time, Group Story Time
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Rest/Quiet Time
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. SNACK
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Arts & Crafts, Sensory Play, Writing Activity
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Choice Play/Outside Play & Farewells

Dazzling Dolphin

School Age (5 years – 12 years)

Ms. Divya

Hi, my name is Divya Goswami. I have been working with children for almost 10 years now. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Art from North Gujarat University in India! I live her with my husband. Most of my family lives in New Jersey. I spend many weekends traveling to New Jersey to be able to spend time with them because family is very important to me!

In my free time I really enjoy relaxing on the couch with a good book or researching different and exciting projects to do with the children of my class. Working with children really brings me happiness and I’m so glad that I am a part of the Brite Beginnings team and am able to pursue my passion everyday within my classroom.

Classroom Philosophy

Our program is designed as a “wrap around” program, which continues your child’s education and development before and after the school day.

Children participate in activities that engage their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development and correspond to what they are learning in school.

With a balance of fun and education, the Dazzling Dolphins provides a comfortable environment for your child to continue to grow and thrive.

Here at Brite Beginnings we recognize the growing physical, intellectual, and social competence of the increasingly independent school age child. Eager to achieve socially and academically while expanding their knowledge of the world, 5 to 12 year olds seek new challenges, close friendships, and increasing responsibilities.

With lesson plans that correspond with what the children are learning at school, the children have the opportunity to explore reading and writing, creative arts, homework time, drama, computer lab and other enrichment programs.

A Typical Day for a Dazzling Dolphin

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Happy Hour
 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
 Circle Time
 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
 Academic work, Arts & Crafts, Group Activities
 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Outside Play
 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 Academic Work, Arts & Crafts, Group Activities
 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
 D.E.A.R, Fine Motor Activities, Quiet Play
 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Homework Time, Afternoon Circle Time
 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Happy Hour
 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Outside Play & Farewells