Explore. Learn. Grow.

Bright Start Early Childhood Center offers a safe environment where we believe in nurturing the whole child – socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. We offer a developmentally appropriate childcare center where your child can be introduced to an academic setting in a fun, inclusive, and supportive way in hopes of fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Since Bright Start first opened in 2000, our mission has been to provide a safe, engaging space, full of enriching developmental opportunities. We encourage our students to fully immerse themselves in each of our activities, so they may thrive and grow, while building a strong foundation for their future transition into a traditional school setting.

Bright Start is a non-sectarian learning center that is located on Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church grounds. We are open Monday through Friday year-round. As a non-profit center, we offer a multitude of different scheduling options to best fit your child’s and family’s needs. Bright Start also accepts and offers tuition assistance to families that are income eligible, as well as on-going enrollment throughout the year, when capacity allows.

About Us

Meet Our Staff!

Sam Benner
Sam BennerDirector
Kenna Collins
Kenna CollinsTeacher
Brianna Arnold
Brianna ArnoldTeacher
Savanah Salinas
Savanah SalinasTeacher
Maddy Ryder
Maddy RyderTeacher

Our Programs

We provide a preschool module during the morning hours with daily activities including creative art, music, dramatic play, beginning math and science concepts, block building, play in the sand and water, early learning concepts and skills with lots of fun and laughter. Ours is a very open-ended curriculum which allows teachers to expand upon themes and activities depending on the children and their level of skill and development.  Large muscle and outdoor play is included each day. We provide rest time and snacks.

Children join the group where they fit best and where they can be successful in the activities planned.  During the school year we plan for a theme each week with corresponding activities.  Many of the themes follow the normal progression of seasons and holidays.  We can adjust and alter themes based on the children’s interest and needs.  We also try to individualize whenever possible.


Younger Group

  • Ages 1 ½ to 3 ½

  • Monday – Friday


Older Group

  • Ages 4 to pre-K

  • Monday – Friday


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Hours of Operation
7am to 5pm

84 Main Street
Topsham, ME  04086
(within the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church)

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