Bright Start Early Childhood Center

Welcome to Bright Start at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, a State of Maine licensed child care provider.

Our Mission is to provide nurturing child care and a developmentally appropriate early educational environment where children ages 2 ½ through 5 may come to play and learn in a safe, inclusive and non-competitive setting.

Bright Start is a non-sectarian, non-profit child care center which operates under the auspices of the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church with a separate Board of Directors and budget. It has been located in the church since 2000 with a special wing built in 2003 to accommodate the child care.

The mission of Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church is to be in partnership with God to transform ourselves, our communities, and our world. Bright Start is a major mission of the church. Because the church believes in making early childhood care and enrichment an affordable option for all families in the community, the church provides the facilities at no charge to enable us to offer tuition reductions to families who are income eligible. Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church invites our families to participate in any of their programs and activities and to avail themselves of pastoral services if desired.

We use The Creative Curriculum, a research based program, to help us organize our curriculum.   We also follow the State of Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines to further define our program.

Our Vision is to provide a child care program which offers safety and fun in a stimulating environment.  The emphasis is on setting up the environment with interest areas and the vital role of the teacher in connecting content, teaching and learning for preschool children.

Bright Start’s Director is Eileen Twiddy.
She can be reached at (207) 725-7621 or

The Bright Start Family Handbook can be found here.