Bright Beginnings is a Family Affair
Bright Beginnings is the fulfillment of a dream. Shirley Herndon, the director and co-owner, retired from the Wake County Public School System following a rewarding 32 year career as a teacher and assistant principal. During her tenure, Shirley came to realize that her most confident and successful students shared one thing in common – early in their lives they were lovingly taught, encouraged, and often challenged by a variety of new exposures and learnings.
Her experiences became her motivation for creating a haven where preschool children could “jumpstart” a new lifetime of learning before stepping into the new world of elementary education. Along with her co-owner husband, also an educator with 38 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, she opened her labor of love, Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, in May of 2000.
A mother and grandmother, Shirley’s philosophy is founded on one simple premise, that all children have strengths. The goal of Bright Beginnings is to help children begin to discover their strengths and interests through a variety of playful, social, and instructional interactions.
A grandmother’s loving touch combined with an educator’s thirst for teaching . . . a combination that makes Bright Beginnings the place “Where love and learning go hand in hand.”