Our Professional Educators
When it comes to our teachers, our standards are as high as yours. At Bright Start Academy, your children are educated and cared for by trained and dedicated early childhood professionals. Our teachers are carefully selected to ensure that we are following National Accreditation, Missouri State, and local licensing requirements. Bright Start Academy only employs qualified caregivers who have successfully passed employment history and a criminal background check. Upon hire, our teachers undergo a new hire process that includes Staff Orientation and classroom training with skilled teachers.
Bright Start Academy believes that children benefit when early childhood professionals have specialized training and education. At Bright Start Academy, we have made a commitment to support our teachers through ongoing training, staff development, and continuing education. We not only require our teachers to follow guidelines from Missouri State licensing, but also rigorous National Accreditation standards and strict Bright Start Academy policies.
We require staff members to be First Aid and CPR certified and take part in regular training and professional developmental programs. This ensures that our staff remain current in the best early childhood practices. We provide our own trainings to elaborate on our company’s high standards, policies, and procedures. We offer opportunities for outside sources for ongoing training and encourage our teachers to study the latest research. As a Nationally Accredited program, our staff is required to earn double the number of training hours per year over what is required by the State of Missouri. Staff meetings are held to discuss and exchange ideas, and provide opportunities for in-service training related to child care/child development issues.
Bright Start Academy is unique in that we require Lead Teachers to have at least 12 college credit hours of Early Childhood Education or a related field. We have Nationally Accredited Lead Teachers in each age group and always encourage our teachers to pursue higher education in Early Childhood Education through a tuition reimbursement and bonus program.