Ava and Nancy decided in the spring of 2008 to strike out on their own and create their very own preschool.  Being late in the game, they worked long days developing their school.  As they opened their doors for the very first time, they felt confident in the service they are providing the towns' children.  In order to keep their business relevant, Ava and Nancy decided to move the school to Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament in Roseland, NJ.  The move allowed Bright Start to increase their program offerings.

Their mission is to provide age-appropriate learning for children from infancy to six years in a safe, happy, and nurturing environment.  They will help each child develop a positive self-concept, and become self-directing.  The total child will be educated through physical, social, creative, emotional and cognitive development, hands on experiences, and active learning.  Their commitment is always the happiness and well being of each child.

Our Teaching Staff

In the Twos' Class...

Miss Laura has twenty plus years of experience working with this age group, cultivating a two-year-old program full of music, dance, and art.  Additionally, she taught CCD courses for twelve years.  She is a long-time resident of West Caldwell with her husband and two grown children.

In the Threes' Class...

Miss Nancy, our school's Director, has thirty years of experience, developing a three year old program that adequately prepares her students for the Pre-K classroom.  She went to college in Texas and is certified in Elementary Education.  She is a long-time resident of Caldwell.

Miss Lonnie also has thirty years of experience working with three year old children.  She is a long-time resident of Caldwell.

In the Pre-Kindergarten Class...

Miss Ava is Bright Start’s head teacher.  She researched and prepared the Pre-K curriculum.  She has a BA from Kean University and is a certified preschool teacher.  She started as a substitute teacher for the Caldwell-West Caldwell district before moving to a local preschool in 2002.  She is a life-long resident of Caldwell.

Miss Ashleigh is a teacher’s assistant in the Pre-K classroom.  She has a degree from Caldwell University and has been baby-sitting in the surrounding community for many years.  She also is a counselor at the Caldwell-West Caldwell Tot Lot program.

In the Kindergarten Class...

Miss Megan is a certified teacher, graduating from Caldwell College.  She prepared and researched the entire Kindergarten curriculum.  She has worked over fifteen years with children as a coach, swim instructor, and a teacher.  She worked as both a special education aide and substitute teacher in the Roseland and Caldwell school districts. 

The entire staff are residents of the West Essex area.  With firm roots in the community, we are working hard to establish a program that will help area students become the best they can be!


We are located at 28 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey 07068 in the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament church.