A great future begins with a Bright Start!

104 S. 32nd Street, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Hours of service are 6:30 AM-4:30 PM

Bright Start will follow the most recent CDC guidelines for child care centers. 

Bright Start Early Learning Center provides outstanding childcare for children 6 weeks through preschool.  We offer a faith-based environment and age-structured rooms that allow teachers to help children learn in a safe, loving environment through discovery and play.  Interested parents are invited to contact 244-2462.



Spero Bright Start is now using Frog Street Curriculum.

Frog Street Threes curriculum provides intentional instruction in key areas of development so children ages 36-48 months can effectively continue on the path to kindergarten readiness.

What you teach me birth to three will be what matters most to me.
What you teach me three to five will be what makes me grow and thrive.

Dr. Pam Schillere-Frog Street Curriculum Author


Bright Start Early Learning Center received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.


IDHS ‘Project Child’ Childcare Assistance Program

Bright Start has a site contract with the IL Department of Human Services to determine eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program.  This is a program that provides assistance to working parents.  We can determine your eligibility on-site immediately so your child can start receiving services.

Please visit the Department of Human Services website to check the copay charts to determine what your monthly copay will be. Please call for questions or further assistance.

Enrollment Instructions

1.  Call 618-244-2462 to ask for openings.

2.  Pick up our enrollment packet and tour our facility.

3.  For Project Child clients:

Pick up an application from Bright Start or Project Child office: 327 Potomac Blvd. Suite C, Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

There are 3 pages that need to be filled out by the child care center and returned to Project Child.

The parent/guardian is required to submit the Project Child application and other needed documents to the Project Child office.

4.  Bring back the completed packet, pay the required fees, and schedule the planned start date.

Private Pay clients are responsible for paying the $30 registration fee and first week’s tuition.

Project Child clients are responsible for paying the $30 registration fee and can begin attending once the approval is obtained from Project Child.

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Spero Privacy Policy

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Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”      


2023 Richview Road | Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 | 618.242.1070 |