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We call it Early Childhood Education, because even infants are learning! 




Positive Bright Start

A Trauma-Informed, Positive Behavior Support Early Childhood Education

Our Edgewood Classrooms are located at

1600 Haskell Ave, Units 159 and 160


Our Administrative Office is located at

1900 Delaware St

Phone:  785-842-9679

Fax: 785-842-1412

Our classrooms

At our Edgewood facility, we have toddler, and preschool classrooms, serving children aged 2.5 years to school age.



We operate year round, Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm.  At this time, we offer full time slots only. 



A one time deposit of $100 is due in order to secure a child’s enrollment slot.  The deposit can be applied to the child’s last month’s tuition. 

Tuition is a fixed monthly rate, as follows:

  • $730 toddler room, ages 2.5 to 4

  • $730 prek room, ages 3.5 to 5 


We accept DCF assistance and other third party payments with approval.  Some additional assistance may be available through our Positive Bright Start child care tuition scholarship program, subject to availability of funds.



Positive Bright Start School is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, twelve months a year.  Our classrooms are closed on major holidays and over winter and spring break.  Please refer to the parent handbook for a list of dates we are closed for the current year.

Meet Our Teachers

View our teacher photos and profiles here.

Tour Our Classrooms

Take a virtual tour of our classroom spaces here.  If you'd like to visit in person, call our School Administrator at 785-842-9679 to schedule a tour.  

What is Positive Behavior Support?

Objectively, Positive Behavior Support is a classroom problem-solving approach, based on humanistic values and research that uses assessment data to make decisions, preventative strategies to reduce incidence of challenging behavior, and instructional strategies to teach children replacement skills for problem behavior. It can be used to address problem behaviors that may range from commonplace inappropriate behaviors to aggression, tantrums, and property destruction, to withdrawing or repetitive behaviors.  In a PBS environment, children who have individualized needs are often able to reach developmental milestones ahead of schedule, while providing children who are typically developing the self-confidence they need to be successful in public school and beyond.  For more information on the Pyramid Model and Positive Behavior Support visit the Pyramid Model website, or the TACSEI website.

Our Philosophy

We strive to create an environment where children feel valued, accepted and respected. Our goal is to cultivate respect, safety, responsibility, and the social and academic skills necessary to engage each student’s fullest potential.


Positive Bright Start operates under the belief that all children have special needs and special strengths. In the appropriate learning environment all children can learn from their peers as well as their teachers.  All children can benefit from trauma informed care.


Goals for students:

Develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively;

Develop language skills;

Develop problem solving skills;

Learn to be a member of the preschool community.

Goals for families: 

Families will feel welcome in the classroom.

Families will partner with preschool to help their children develop readiness skills.

Families will advocate for their children.

Want to see what a day looks like in our classrooms?  View a photo gallery here.

 To schedule a tour, call our office and ask for Margaret at 785-842-9679, or email her at


Download our Positive Bright Start Application 


Download our Positive Bright Start Brochure

*Please call our office if you'd like to pick up printed versions of any of our materials.*

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