BrightStart Children’s Academy has been providing full-service professional early learning and childcare for Greater Vancouver neighbourhoods since 2009. We are a locally made solution to the childcare needs of Lower Mainland families which means we are not associated with any daycare "chains" or franchises.
BrightStart’s core value is to “nurture a child’s growth”. We see growth in children being similar to a tender seedling; both requiring patience and nurturing to grow into their potential.
What does this mean?
To us, a nurturing environment means that hugs and a sense of acceptance and belonging are as much part of our daily routine as our Emergent Curriculum. We believe that children who feel safe and cared for will develop the confidence, maturity and knowledge to meet life’s challenges and opportunities. Within this framework of a "nurturing environment", our teachers all work toward Kindergarten-Readiness .
Evelyn Tsai & Carol Wiens, Co-founders & Directors
Evelyn’s role relates more to the day to day operations, including staffing schedules and coordination of supplies. She has worn many hats within the early childhood field, from classroom teacher to Facility Manager to ECE instructor and college program coordinator. In addition to her ECE license, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. Evelyn has always had a soft heart for children and feels blessed to help families.
Carol’s role relates mostly to administration and marketing. Her experience resides in small business operations, marketing and sales. When her children were younger, Carol provided child care in her home. In addition to a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she is certified as an ECE-Assistant. Carol counts it a privilege to impact families through the care that BrightStart provides.
Facility Managers, Principals & Administration
Mia Saulog, ITE, ECE
Principal/Facility Manager - Westwood Plateau Campus
Mia has been a Facility Manager for us since 2012. As a mother (of 2 school aged children) and classroom educator, Mia resonates with BrightStart's commitment to "nurture a child's growth”. She loves being a part of helping children form strong relationships with their peers and teachers. Mia has her Infant and Toddler Educator license as well as over a decade of experience within the field. Mia’s energy is contagious.
Nikki Rivera, B.A., ECE-A Principal/ Facility Manager – Bainbridge Campus
Nikki has worked in corporate administration, however her interest was sparked in continuing her career with children while working in management at Gymboree. She sees that children aspire to be independent and she is delighted to part of a team that that works to that end. Nikki’s calm demeanour is an asset to parents when problems arise. In addition to her ECE-Assistant license, Nikki has a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Jacqui Hombrebueno, ECE Principal/Facility Manager - Riverwood Gate
Jacqui is one of our original teachers from our 2009 opening. She has worn many hats in her life, including classroom teacher, mother and airline flight attendant. Her first love is the classroom, so most of the time she is in our 3-5 year old classroom as the Lead Teacher. Additionally, she ensures that the campus is running according to licensing regulations. Jacqui is a warm, loving and a very accomplished, licensed Early Childhood Educator (ECE).
Vienna Crowley, B.A, ECE-A Administrative Assistant
Over the years Vienna has contributed to all of our campuses in various capacities (classroom teacher and program support). Her current qualifications of ECE-Assistant and a Bachelor of Arts ( Early Learning) will allow her to now support all of our campuses administratively. She is always ready to find out about your day and has an excellent memory for names.
Eileen Santos, ECE-A Administrative Assistant – Riverwood Gate
Eileen has the perfect background to provide Administration expertise to our Riverwood Gate Campus. She gained great administrative experience while working as a support staff for Simon Fraser University. Eileen is very caring and has a big heart - she opens her home to homestay children ages 11-17.