Preschool in Pittsburgh, PA 15222
415 Smithfield St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Brightside Academy provides child care and early education that prepares children to be life-long learners. We provide early education, before, and after, school, and summer camp programs.
Our program combines state-of-the-art facilities, a nationally recognized curriculum and learning quality credentials that work together to help each child achieve kindergarten readiness. We employ professional teachers with degrees in early childhood education and provide our staff with ongoing professional development opportunities so each one can continually improve their skills and techniques to help children learn better.
We provide support to families through the development of a strong partnership, a sense of community and mutual respect. We believe the best way to ensure a child’s future is by encouraging parents’ active participation. As a Brightside Academy parent you will receive a daily report to monitor your child’s advancement. The report includes information on the child’s routine and care as well as developmental and academic experiences.
Our program includes a comprehensive menu that meets the nutrition standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We partner with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to improve the diets of our children and to develop healthy eating habits by providing nutritious meals and nutrition education activities.
We accept subsidized payments through a variety of programs.
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Our Brightside Academy “Steps to Success” curriculum is developed in the science of child brain development. It is an integrated program of three nationally recognized learning curricula that prepares children to be ready for their academic lives by providing the cognitive, social and emotional baselines needed for learning.
Key components of “Steps to Success” include:
State-of-the-art child development and learning program, Monthly learning modules, Weekly lesson plans, Parent “Home Connections” program to complement home support, Child progress reports
Our program is based on the understanding that infants need dependable caregivers that will provide praise, attention, concern and care on a consistent basis. Infants are provided with opportunities to explore in a safe environment with caregivers that respond to the child’s emotional and intellectual needs.
Our toddler program offers a wide variety of interesting play experiences geared toward each child’s developmental level. Opportunities are provided for multi-sensory experiences aimed at delighting and inspiring curiosity. Independence is strongly encouraged at this stage in our program.
Brightside Academy follows the Core Knowledge Preschool framework for children three- to five-years-old. With a strong focus on challenging but appropriate content, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is unique among early childhood programs; it outlines a comprehensive and coherent progression of knowledge and skills in all developmental areas.
Our preschool program children take part in developmentally appropriate individual and group activities, which includes motor skill development, dramatic and creative free play, math and language development, computer technology, art, music, literature and science. A concentrated focus is placed on communication skills and problem solving techniques.
Our school-age program is designed for children ages six- to 12-years-old. The children take part in individual and group activities including drama, motor skills, literature, math, computers and crafts. Homework assistance is provided. School-agers are encouraged to communicate and cooperate as individuals and as a group