Beginners Preschool

Welcome to Bridge School Beginners!
Addison County’s only preschool program attached to
an independent elementary school!

Our Phone Number: (802) 388-3498

Bridge School Beginners is a high-quality, full-day, year-round preschool program for children ages three to five years. Our preschool program runs from 8am-3:30 pm, and aftercare is available from 3:30-5:00 pm twelve months of the year.

If you are interested in Bridge’s preschool, please contact our Beginners Director, Emily Lambert:  emilylambert@bridgeschoolvermont.org

Enrollment

Please fill out the waitlist form and send in the application below to put your name on the waitlist to be considered for future enrollment. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child as a “Beginner,” either imminently or in the future, please fill out the below Google form and fill out the Preschool Application to put your child’s name on our waiting list and fill out our application. You may also email our Beginners Director, Emily Lambert, emilylambert@bridgeschoolvermont.org to find out about availability.

We also seek to have a balanced classroom, so we may take into consideration ages and genders of children on the waiting list.  

Click here to fill out the waitlist form

Bridge Beginners Preschool Application

We are committed to providing educational opportunities that meet the needs of our local families. If you are interested in Bridge’s preschool, please contact emilylambert@bridgeschoolvermont.org.

Philosophy

Bridge School’s preschool is child-centered and play-based, and follows social constructivist educational theory. Our emphasis is on the natural world, the community around us, and respectful interactions with each other. Students have access to our school facilities, such as our gym, greenhouse, workshop and large, outdoor play space. Preschoolers also have regular, meaningful interactions with Bridge elementary school students, and benefit from our school programming such as plays, musical performances, special events and traditions. Bridge Beginners is rated 4 out of 5 STARS, and is qualified for Universal Pre-K funding.

You may read our family handbook, access our calendar and read our COVID-19 Facilities Plan by clicking the following links:

Beginners Family Handbook 2022-2023

Bridge Beginners Preschool 2021-2022 School Calendar

Bridge Preschool 2022-2023 Calendar

Bridge Beginners Preschool COVID-19 Facility Plan, 8-11-21

 

Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00 am Arrival and Morning Responsibilities 
Children arrive, put their things away and choose from a variety of places to play. This may also include outdoor play. Activities are set out that encourage children to explore different ideas, such as ramps and balls to find out about gravity. 

9:00-9:30 am Snack
Clean up and get ready for snack. During this time, there are lots of conversations about the day, children’s favorite things to do and how to negotiate social interactions. 

9:30-10:00 am Morning Meeting
Morning Meeting is a time to come together as a community, and start our day intentionally together. This is a time to check in on how children’s days are going, and to introduce any activities or ideas for the day. Children may be asked a question to test their understanding of something. For example, if we were working on senses, it might be “What can you tell me about the sense of smell?” Children may then be asked to notice smells throughout the day. 

10:00 am-12:00 pm Explorations and Outside Time
Explorations is a time of small group investigations. Our curriculum philosophy is emergent, so topics are based on children’s interests. During one week, the classroom may be transformed into a model of the universe as students learn about the planets. Another week, the classroom may become a model of forest ecosystem. During this period we will also spend time outside, exploring the natural world, and having a chance to connect with peers.

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30 -1:00 Story Time
Children may choose to either read quietly to themselves or join a group listening while a teacher reads aloud.

1:00-1:45 Beginners Rest Time 
All Beginners rest in the classroom. Children who do not sleep may read quietly on their mats or play with stuffed animals.

2:00-3:15 Afternoon Choice
Afternoon choices are set out by teachers. Choices may be a practical life activity such as practicing pouring, a literacy or math center, or a hands on activity such as clay or painting. Weather permitting, activities may be set up outside. 

3:15-3:30 Afternoon Responsibilities
Clean up room and gather things to go home.

3:30 Dismissal 
Children get picked up or after care begins.

After Care Schedule 

3:30-4:30
Children choose from small group activities and have outside playtime. Children may also choose to have their afternoon snack during this time. 

4:30-5:00
Children help with the end of the day cleaning. This practice shows children the responsibility and ownership of being part of a community and using a communal space.

Weekly Options & Tuition

Weekly Options & Tuition

We offer both a three, four, and five-day program, and an aftercare option until  4:55pm, everyday. The preschool program runs from 8:00am-3:30 pm everyday, all-year. We mostly follow the Bridge School calendar for in-service days and holidays. After care is available from 3:30-5:00 daily. Our goal is to provide a high-quality, fun experience for families that spans 46 weeks per year.

977. 50 a month for 5 days

862.50 a month for 4 days

766.67 a month for 3 days

Aftercare: 306.67 a month for 5 days, 245.34 a month for 4 days, 184 a month for 3 days 

Pre-K Funding: Children who turn 3 by September 1, 2022 are eligible for pre-K funding if they live in a district that has agreed to partner with us. If children qualify for the Universal Pre-K funding, this is deducted from the tuition cost for 35 weeks of the year. For the 2022-2023 school year, this is $104.46 per week. VT Act 166 Information and Public PreK (vtpublicprek.info)

Bridge Beginners also accepts subsidy for those who qualify. For more information on subsidy or to apply, visit the following website:

Child Care Cost, Middlebury, Vermont VT – Mary Johnson Children’s Center (mjccvt.org)

Teachers

Emily Lambert, Beginners’ Director & Teacher

Emily originally used her creativity in the fashion industry after graduating with a B.S from University of Delaware, but quickly found her true calling to use her creativity to become an early childhood educator. Emily has been teaching in various early childhood settings for about ten years. Emily moved to Vermont from her birth state of New York and attended Saint Michael’s Graduate School program for elementary education. Emily has a teaching license in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In New York Emily taught in both kindergarten and preschool classrooms in a private school setting. She has been a teacher at Charlotte Children’s Center and The Children’s School in Vermont.  She began as a substitute teacher at the Bridge School Preschool while her son was a student there. Besides substitute teaching, Emily has spent the past couple of years as a stay at home parent of her three young children, where she basically has been running her own preschool with her inquisitive and active children. Emily lives in Middlebury with these three loving children, her dependable husband, and their loud dog. 

Emily believes that supporting a child’s social and emotional development is the key foundation for lifelong learning and happiness. If a child feels loved, accepted, and capable of facing all that arises in their day with calm and confidence, then they will be able to develop into kind, compassionate, intuitive, creative, and innovative community members. Emily has been exploring mindfulness and meditation as one of the primary tools that can guide children and adults alike on this journey. 

Emily is an avid reader and has always had a passion for literacy starting at a very young age. She incorporates this passion into supporting children’s exploration of literature that will fuel their own early literacy learning. Emily absolutely loves to spend time outdoors in our beloved and beautiful state of Vermont hiking with her family. She feels that being outside and allowing children to explore all the natural world has to offer is the best way to focus on helping the whole child to thrive and grow.

 

Katie Lazarus, Teacher Assistant 

Katie has worked as an educator with children from infants to five years old for three years. Her goals are to support every child in their journey as well as in a community, assist children in their growth as learners and friends, and facilitate a safe and nurturing environment. She believes every child has a unique perspective that free expression as well as teamwork can foster into exciting new skills and talents. 

Katie, a lifelong Vermonter, has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Vermont and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Bennington College. 

Outside of school, Katie reads, writes, paints, and occasionally runs a 5k. She also practices yoga and loves sharing all of her interests with the preschoolers, and getting to know them as well.