Bright Beginnings

Commercial Program
Number Sense, Counting & Cardinality, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics & Decoding
Tier I
Target Student

preschool children


Bright Beginnings is an early childhood curriculum, based in part on the High/Scope® and The Creative Curriculum® models, with additional emphasis on building early language and literacy skills. The curriculum consists of nine thematic units designed to enhance cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Each unit includes concept maps, literacy lessons, center activities, and home activities. Parent involvement is also a key component of the program.


Bright Beginnings consists of nine curriculum units: language and literacy, mathematics, social and personal development, healthful living, scientific thinking, social studies, creative arts, physical development, and technology.

Active exploration and interaction with other children, adults, and materials are key components of the Bright Beginnings curriculum. As children participate in the curricular activities, there are materials for teachers to monitor students and assess their progress. The Bright Beginnings curriculum also includes a Family–School Connection link designed to engage parents.


Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) Consortium. (2008). Bright Beginnings and Creative Curriculum: Vanderbilt University. In Effects of preschool curriculum programs on school readiness (pp. 41–54). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

Research Summary

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Information on this entry was adapted from US Department of Education. (2013). Bright Beginnings. WWC Intervention Report. Retrieved from

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