THE OWNERS & MANAGERS
Mandy & Nate Petersen are no strangers to child care centers. They developed their passion for early education development while working at the University of South Dakota Vucurevich Children's Center in Vermillion, SD.
After completing her MBA from USD, Mandy pursued her passion for helping others by planning fundraising events for the The National MS Society and later on for the Sanford Children's Hospital. Following graduation (also from the U) and employment as a Director of Finance, Nate later decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit by developing and launching a Sioux Falls community driven business.
Mandy and Nate decided to combine their prior experience working for a child care center, their professional careers, and their passion to provide children the same structure and environment they have desired for their own children, Rheanna and Finnian (ages 9 & 7) by creating Bright Eyes Daycare.
Mandy and Nate pride themselves on being present at the daycare consistently every day to ensure their high standards of quality and their vision are always being met. Because of their passion for quality they had vowed 2 years before opening that they would never exceed one location. "Quality before quantity!" ◘
Unfortunately all age groups require getting on our waiting list until something opens up. Should a spot become available in the future we will always check our waiting list first. If you are pregnant/expecting and want to enroll or get your child on our waiting list, then please call to see when our next tour begins.
We take pride in creating a safe and secure environment for our children, therefore we do not accept unscheduled visits from non-enrolled families, so please call first. We have family tours once every month for those interested in joining or learning more about our center. ◘
Bright Eyes Daycare is located near 77th & Minnesota Ave, in the private Garden Village Association development and is just a few blocks east of Journey Elementary.
Bright Eyes Daycare has been providing the Sioux Falls area with exceptional quality child care and year-round early education (preschool & pre-K) since September, 2013. There is OVER 6,400 square feet of learning! In addition to spacious rooms for infants, mobiles and toddlers, Bright Eyes has a very large and open space for our preschool and pre-k programs. All ages have access to our art and music/movement rooms. We believe it is important for children to be able to run and play, which is why Bright Eyes offers many opportunities for outside play in our large playground.
As a bonus, our property belongs to a private neighborhood association with access to our own nature path that we frequently take advantage of when the kids want to venture beyond the fence. Ducks, geese, frogs, fish, and even the occasional preying mantis are seen on our many walking adventures :)
Your child's early development years are vital to instilling a positive perspective towards learning. At Bright Eyes, our educational program is top notch. We believe in giving outstanding, personal attention to children while keeping parents informed of their child's daily activities and developmental progress. Our teachers create a positive and fun learning environment that builds confidence and an individualized sense of self. ◘
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It should go without saying that providing top-notch care and education for your child is our goal. However, the safety of your child is, above all, our first priority!
We believe in keeping things simple in order to minimize human error. Therefore, our center’s child drop-off and pick-up plan allows for only 1 point of entry and exit.
Upon reaching our outside main doors, you will first be greeted by a proximity card scanner in order to gain access to our reception/greeting room. And don’t forget to smile for the video camera! This is where Nate & Mandy will greet and wave good-bye to you and your child every day. Once you scan your card and say "hi", now you need to scan your card yet again but this time you also need to scan your finger on the biometric scanner in order to enter the classrooms/play area.
OVER 10 security cameras capture video and store footage for employee training purposes and/or if a parent has a concern that video might help alleviate.
So as you can see, we’ve taken the subject of security very seriously. Why? Because your children are your world and when they are part of the Bright Eyes family, they become our world, too. ◘
PRE-K PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Shelly Logue graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Special Education. In the past, she has directed two childcare centers prior to her current employment with the Sioux Falls School District, where she has spent the last 11 years as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. "I love watching young children grow and learn through hands-on activities that lead them to explore, create, imagine and problem solve in all areas of their individual development." Outside of Bright Eyes, Shelly loves to read, spend time with friends and family, which includes her husband Dan and two boys, Nick (12) and Chris (10). ◘
All of our teachers are qualified and passionate about providing a fun and safe learning environment for all of our Bright Eyes' kids! We have an open door policy and our staff encourages parents to ask questions at any time. ◘