Registration Questions and Answers
What are the age requirements for Bright Beginnings?
Children enrolling in our program MUST be at least 2 years, 7 months old on the first day of school. Children who do not meet this requirement must wait until they are 2.7 months old to officially attend the program, provided we have spaces available. You may enroll in January, however, your child may not start until the month of eligibility. This is in compliance with the Department of Human Services and Department of Education regulations for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
What days of the week do you offer Bright Beginnings?
Our school year runs 38-weeks from the end of August through June to align with Parkland School District's calendar. All classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 12:00 noon. You may choose either a 2-day option (Tuesday and Thursday) or a 3-day option (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday OR Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)
Can I request a certain teacher or classroom?
We do not encourage special requests – the program is the same regardless of teacher or room. Special requests are considered but not guaranteed.
Can I request for my child to be put in the same class as her friend?
Again, special requests are considered but not guaranteed. A classmate request needs to appear on both children’s forms in order to be considered.
What is the cost for Bright Beginnings?
The tuition is $200 per month for the 2-day class and $225 per month for the 3-day class. Tuition is collected monthly. Tuition is due at the beginning of each month. Credit is not given for days missed due to illness or other absences (i.e., vacation, appointments.) There is a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee in addition to a one-time $75 materials fee which is used towards the purchase of craft materials.
Is there a penalty if I decide not to have my child attend Bright Beginnings after I register him/her?
No there is not a penalty; however, the $75 registration fee is non-refundable.
What form of payment do you accept for the registration fee?
You may pay with cash or check. Checks should be made payable to Asbury UMC. You may also set up an autopay plan through the Church website. Make sure you choose PRESCHOOL AND BRIGHT BEGINNINGS as the designated fund!
When can I register?
Registration opens to current Preschool, Bright Beginnings and alumni families as well as current Church members beginning in January 9, 2023. Registration opens to community families beginning Thursday, January 12, 2023.
How do I register?
Registration forms will be accepted in person or mailed. At this time registration forms cannot be submitted online. Mailed forms should be sent to:
Asbury UMC – Bright Beginnings
1533 Springhouse Road
Allentown, PA 18104
How will I be notified of the status of my registration?
An email will be sent to you confirming your spot in the program. In the case where an email address is not provided a confirmation will be mailed to your home. Please add the Bright Beginnings email address to your address book so that the email does not go to “junk”. email@example.com and BowermasterK@gmail.com.
When will I find out my room/teacher assignment?
You will not find out your room/teacher assignment until August. Waiting until August to make final room assignments ensures the best mix of children in each class.
When will classes start?
Bright Beginnings classes begin the same week as Parkland School District with a Meet and Greet the teachers for parents and children.
What happens next?
You will receive an email in mid-August with your child’s room and teacher assignment. There will also be information about our Meet and Greet the Teachers. The Meet and Greet is an informal time for you and your child to come see the classroom, meet the teachers and get to know some of their classmates prior to the first day of school.
When is my first tuition check due?
Your first tuition check is due in September after school begins.
My child has a well-visit coming up over the summer. Is there a form my pediatrician needs to complete?
Yes there is a Health Form for your pediatrician to complete. Click here to download a copy of the form.
Facility Tours -- offered by appointment only!
Call or email Bright Beginnings Director Karen Bowermaster (610-481-0242 / firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment to tour the facility. For security purposes, tours are not given during school hours. Afternoon appointments are available.