right Ideas Preschool is an independent early childhood center serving children six weeks to five years old. We have six classrooms: Infants, Yearlings, Toddler 1, Toddler 2, Preschool and PreK.  Our programs provide a warm, loving environment that inspires independent thinking, creative expression and personal excellence. Our small class size and experienced teachers provide a childhood experience that is challenging yet playful. At Bright Ideas, children believe learning is fun!


Thank you for considering Bright Ideas for your child. I am confident you will find our early childhood program to be a perfect balance between fostering a playful childhood and offering an enriching start to academics.

Bright Ideas is not a large chain or franchise.  The school opened in 1991 motivated by the need to provide a positive early childhood experience.  I joined the staff in 1996 and bought the school with my husband in 2018. At Bright Ideas I keep the class sizes small, student-to-teacher ratio low and the curriculum challenging, creative and unique. The curriculum was written to provide children a blend of academics in a setting which encourages individuality, creativity, success and a love for school.

I am fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced faculty who can implement this approach.

Shannon Kelley 
Director, Bright Ideas Preschool


Located in Middletown, Rhode Island, Bright Ideas Preschool is an independent early childhood center for children ages six weeks to six years old. It is was founded by Maureen (“Meme”) Greichen Kielbasa in 1991 and is now privately owned by Shannon and Keith Kelley since 2018. Shannon has been with the school since 1996 and served as the Assistant Director for many years before becoming the owner. Since being founded, the program and facilities have been continually expanded and improved to better serve the needs of our children.

Bright Ideas carries a rich history in progressive early childhood education. The school enrolls approximately 100 students from Newport County and southern Rhode Island. Over the years we have savored watching many of our children arrive in diapers and leave us to enter kindergarten. It is a bittersweet pleasure.