Preschool Programs

The FUHSD Adult School offers several programs to parents and families with young children, including Bright Beginnings Preschool, GymKids and parent education classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Bright Beginnings Preschool is located behind the FUHSD District office located at 591 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale 94087. Our office is in Room 4. Please note that we have not moved to the new Vallco Campus.

What do you teach?

Bright Beginnings is a parent-participation preschool. Our goal is the development of the whole child: emotional, physical, intellectual and social. This, along with parent education component makes our program a well-rounded experience for parent and child.

Our school is designed for your child to learn through exploration and play. Engaging in activities that interest them allows for children to experience feelings of control, success and competence. Adults are partners in this process providing many opportunities for children to make choices, take initiative and lead activities.

Bright Beginnings teachers are experienced in developing curriculum for both the adults and children in our programs. Through the combination of classroom participation, observation, and parent discussion, adults will develop the skills needed to be effective parents.

Can I visit your school?

Yes, you can visit and learn about our programs. Tours are held each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Morning tours are 9:30 to 10 a.m. Afternoon tours are 12:30 to 1 p.m. Please call the office at 408-522-2707 to schedule a tour.

Why do you have field trips?

Field trips are an important part of our program. They help both children and adults learn more about community resources. Children learn by doing and field trips add an important dimension to their learning. Most classes will have at least one field trip per quarter. Examples of typical field trips include trips to local farms, the library, nature hikes and science museum visits.

What do you do in the gym?

All children learn through movement. Exploration of the gym equipment promotes balance, spatial awareness, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, agility, strength and flexibility.

In Gymkids, children are free to choose and explore. They are encouraged to be creative and spontaneous within the boundaries of safety. There is no competition at Gymkids. We recognize that each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace. The teachers plan equipment arrangement, activities, music and songs each week. Explanations and guidance are provided both individually and as a group. Parents learn how to guide and encourage their child's physical development while allowing their child to move independently with self-awareness and safety.

How do I register for GymKids or specialty classes?

The easiest way to register is to use our online registration system. Click on the program area, GymKids, or Specialty, then select the class you wish to register for.  You can also register by phone (408) 522-2707 or in person. Office Hours are listed on the main preschool page. When you attend your first class, you will complete an emergency/liability form. No other paperwork is needed for GymKids or Specialty classes.

How do I register for Level 5 through Level 10 Preschool classes?

Preschool registration is done in the office, Room 4.  Students need to submit the completed registration forms (See Preschool Registration page for forms and details), provide a copy of the child's Immunization record and Registered Adult TB Test results* and pay the registration and class fees. If you are unable to come to the school to register, you may submit the required forms and documents by email and then phone to register. No registration is final without all forms being completed and on file.

*A student who wishes to register and has not received their TB test results but has had their TB test, may submit a copy of the TB Test receipt to register. The TB test results must then be submitted within one week or the registration will be cancelled and no refund will be given.

What documents do I need to provide to register for Preschool?

You will need to complete an Emergency form, a Liability form and an Immunization form which are available on our website under Preschool Registration. In addition, each adult in the Preschool Level 5 through Level 10 program must provide a copy of their child's official Immunization Record and a valid (less than 4 years old) TB test for the registered adult*. These documents are due when you register.

*Please note, TB tests are not required for the child only for the adult who is helping in the classroom.

What documents do I need to provide to register for GymKids and/or Specialty classes?

When you attend your first class, your teacher will provide an emergency/liability form for you to complete. No other paperwork is needed for GymKids or Specialty classes. If you have registered online, you have completed this form.

Does my child need to speak English?

No, children do not need to be fluent in English to attend our programs. Children in Levels 7-10 should be able to communicate basic needs such as "bathroom" in English. English knowledge is helpful, but preschool activities are demonstrated and communicated non-verbally as well as verbally.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

No, your child does not need to be potty-trained to attend. All children who are not potty-trained should come in diapers or pull-ups as needed and bring a change of clothing in case of an accident.

Can I change classes?

Yes, you may transfer on a space available basis by requesting a transfer form the Parent Education office.

I don't have a baby sitter. Can I bring my other child to class?

No additional children may attend Preschool, GymKids or Specialty classes. This ensures that we provide the most enriching experience for the enrolled children.   Babies 6 months and younger may attend with the enrolled adult. We offer a one day a week Family Preschool class where parents can bring older and younger children. This class meets on Monday afternoons from 12 to 2 p.m. in Room 4B.

Do you have any classes for children only?

No, because all of our programs receive partial funding from the State of California for the Adult Education portion of the class, the parent is the enrolled student and must attend. In our multi-day preschool classes, the parent participates on one of the school days while the child attends all sessions for which they are enrolled.

When should my child start school?

For social development, all children should attend some preschool before entering Kindergarten. Our classes are unique in that the parent and child are both students. This is a fun bonding experience as well as a learning experience for both parent and child. It is not necessary to do full day or full week classes in order to be properly prepared for Kindergarten. Our philosophy encourages you to try different activities with your child. Many of these activities are free and offered through your community center and library. Preschool is just one portion of an enriched early childhood experience. 
 

What if I can't come to school today, can I send my husband?

Yes, if you are unable to attend class on your workday you may send a substitute. However, this should only be done in case of illness or emergency. In order to ensure class and program continuity only one adult is registered and may attend class. If you are unable to attend, and another adult will be bringing your child on a permanent basis, they must register with the office (no charge) and submit a valid TB test.

What is expected of the parents when they attend class with their children?

All parents are expected to participate actively with all children and adults in their class. They are expected to follow school and classroom rules. Their main duty is to supervise children for safety. Parents do wear and follow work cards in the classroom to ensure that all areas are supervised and so children can participate in many different learning experiences. You will find more detailed information about participation requirements in the Parent Handbook which can be found on the Preschool Registration webpage.

Location & Hours

591 West Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday: Closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

CLOSED: All Saturdays, Sundays and evenings