About Us

Our Mission

To provide all families with an environment full of wonderful beginnings for your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Our Staff

Our ability to deliver excellent care for the children entrusted to us is thanks to our team of passionate teachers and assistants.

Our staff is certified in first aid, CPR, communicable disease, and child abuse prevention, and keep up-to-date on trends and best practices through continuing education.

Get to know Ann’s Bright Beginnings team below!

Ann Miller

Administrator/Owner/Lead Teacher

“I love going to work every day! I love building trust and confidence in a child. It is a wonderful feeling!”

More About Ann

Ann is a Paulding native and has two children and six grandchildren. Early Childhood Education has been a primary focus of her life since 1990.

When she’s not poring over lesson plans, she can be found reading, camping, motorcycling (riding on the back!), and spending time with her beloved family.

Donita Brandenburg

Lead Teacher

“Ever since my first babysitting job at 13, I knew I was meant to work with children. They enrich my life so much.”

More About Donita

Donita is from Antwerp and has been happily married since 1986. She and her husband have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

She’s been caring for children since 1986 – beginning with her own in-home daycare.

When she’s not camping or crafting, she’ll be hard to find because she LOVES going on spontaneous day trips with her family.

Deanna Wann

Assistant Teacher

“It’s a lot of fun learning about each child’s unique personality, and watching them grow and learn.”

More About Deanna

Deanna lives between Antwerp and Paulding and has been married for over 25 years. They have one (nearly) grown daughter.

She’s held many roles as a volunteer with the Antwerp school since 2002. When she’s not volunteering, she can be found enjoying a good romance novel.

Abbey Colley

Assistant Teacher

“All of my jobs have been in the service of others. I just really enjoy caring for people.”

More About Abbey

Abbey lives in Paulding and is married with two young children.

When she’s not enjoying activities like walking, swimming, or biking, she can be found traveling, or playing family game nights.

JoAnne Arnold

Assistant Teacher

“I love teaching and being with young children – helping them to grow into their own unique personalities.”

More About JoAnne

JoAnne lives in Paulding and has been married for 42 years.  She and her husband have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

After receiving her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development, Mrs. Arnold then started teaching and caring for children through private Christian schools and in her own home—now spanning a career of over 30 years.

When she is not teaching or spending time with family you can find JoAnne quilting, reading, taking walks with her husband or off traveling.

Cheri Collins

Substitute Teacher

“I just love kids – they’re trusting, anxious to learn, and just plain FUN! I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

More About Cheri

Cheri lives in Defiance, and she and her husband have one daughter, and three grandchildren.

“Mrs. Collins” has been at Ann’s Bright Beginnings since 2009, but has been teaching since 1989 when she founded St. John’s Christian Preschool in Archbold, Ohio.

When she’s not working in her flowerbeds, she can be found watching Defiance High School sports, such as girls softball or volleyball, and boys basketball.

We’d love to meet you, give you a tour, and learn about your families’ individual needs.

F.A.Qs

What are your rates?
Will I be charged if my child is absent?

Yes, Pre-School/Pre-K tuition is due monthly regardless of absence for any reason.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

Do you offer a multiple child discount?

No, not at this time.

Do I have to pay for Preschool and Daycare?

No, Pre-School fees are included in our daycare rates.

Do you accept credit cards?

No, sorry, we only accept cash, money orders, or checks at this time.

Do you provide meals/snacks?

No, children must bring a packed lunch (plus breakfast, if applicable) including ice pack.

Children attending daycare are also asked to provide and share nutritious snacks and milk with the group periodically throughout the year.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

Can someone other than me pick-up my child?

Yes! If you wish for your child to be released to a person other than yourself, you must notify a staff member.

Please note: we will only release children to persons on the release form included in the admission packet.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

What if I’m late picking up my child?

If circumstances beyond your control are realized, delaying pick-up, a phone call is requested.

A late charge of $2.00 for every five minutes will be charged for any Pre-School/Pre-K child not picked up promptly at dismissal time.

Any child not picked up by 6:00 P.M. will be charged $1.00 per minute. There will be a $10.00 minimum charge. This policy is strictly enforced.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

Do you provide transportation for children to/from school?

Our Staff walks children to school in the morning and back to the Center at 3:00 P.M. (rain or shine).

Is preschool delayed/cancelled for inclement weather?

Yes, however daycare is still open!

We follow the Paulding Exempted Village Schools (PEVS) calendar, except as noted in monthly newsletters.

In the event of a 2-Hour Delay, Pre-School/Pre-K will be 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

In the event of a 3-Hour Delay, Pre-School/Pre-K will be 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

Are you closed on holidays?

Pre-School and Daycare is closed on:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, and other holidays are assessed according to census.

What if my child becomes sick during Preschool/Pre-K day?

If a child is not feeling well and/or is feverish, we will have the child rest away from the other children and telephone parents to take the child home.

Please see our Parent Handbook for more details.

Have more questions?

If you’d like to have a more lengthy conversation,
please schedule an appointment with Ann Miller, Administrator,
Monday – Friday, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

What Parents are Saying

Choosing a school and/or childcare can be such a daunting decision. I am so thankful to Ann and all of her staff for being exactly what my child has needed to kick start her school years. The staff is great with communication, organization, and add photos to Facebook daily of what the kids are up to! So much fun! We are so blessed to have Ann’s Bright Beginnings – I would recommend them to anyone!

– Amber Gochenour

Their preschool program is full of daily activities to keep children engaged and on the road to success, both socially and academically. Before my daughter was quite shy in social situations, and now she is so outgoing! I love seeing how happy she is to see her friends and teachers. We highly recommend Ann's Bright Beginnings to anyone seeking quality daycare or preschool!

– Kim Gamble

My son went to Ann’s from age three to nine and became the straight-A student he is today during that time. He learned so much while attending Ann's as well as from their participation in community activities. Without a doubt, I tell anyone looking for daycare or preschool about Ann’s! They were not only teachers; they became part of our family.

– Ashly Athy

We looked at many daycare options and were so grateful to find Ann’s Bright Beginnings. Ann and her team give children the respect and compassion they deserve. We appreciate their focus on parent communication, and the individual needs of each child in their care. They are what childcare should be, in my humble opinion. Thanks, Ann's Bright Beginnings!

– Gretchen Clark

Not only are the staff extraordinary educators, but they truly care and love every child as if they were family. In 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer - scary words for an adult, much less a 3 and 5 year old. When Ann’s staff learned of my diagnosis, they provided extra support to the boys and ensured they had an outlet to express their feelings. They were… are our village. During kindergarten testing, I was told they could tell my boys went to Ann’s because those students are always well beyond prepared for kindergarten. To this day when we drive past Ann’s Bright Beginnings, my boys reminisce of the village that sparked their love of learning.

– Amber Lucas

Contact Us

We'd love to meet you, give you a tour, and learn about your families' individual needs.

Location & Hours

211 Emerald Rd.

Paulding, Ohio 45879

M - F:  6am - 6pm