Lake Bluff Bright Beginnings

lb bright beginnings teachersWelcome to Lake Bluff Bright Beginnings information page! 

After reviewing this page, if you have any questions, please contact the Recreation & Community Services Department at 414.963.6913 x 4. Click here to view a video highlighting the District's Bright Beginnings program.


Claire Bohn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her areas of concentration were Early Education and Special Education. Her license allows her to teach students from birth to eight years old. She received a dual license in both specialties. Claire’s focus in teaching is balancing the student’s emotional, physical, and cognitive development by creating an open, nurturing environment where all students feel comfortable to grow and be themselves.

Claire has lived in the Milwaukee area all of her life, she currently lives in Menomonee Falls with her family and her cat, Mitzey.


Molly graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in biology and UW Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She worked for several years as a hospice nurse and then decided to take time off to raise her two children. Molly has always enjoyed working with children and loves working in the classroom. Both of her children have gone through the Bright Beginnings program. Outside of the classroom Molly enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family.

Classrooms for '20-'21 School Year

The Shorewood School Board has voted to hold virtual classes through the first quarter of the school year, September 8 - November 6.  The hope is to bring students back for face to face instruction in a hybrid model (part face to face in the classroom and part virtual) for the second quarter.  With this in mind, our Bright Beginnings staff will be working with the Kindergarten teachers to explore developing a learning model that can serve our youngest learners.  Our hope would be to eventually bring the Bright Beginnings students back to the classroom sometime between the 2nd quarter and the first of the year.  This will be based on the recommendation of the Shorewood School District. 


Location: Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd, Early Education Building, NE Corner
Teachers: Claire Bohn & Molly Handelsman
Classroom size:  14 students
Your child must be at least 3 years old by October 31, 2020. If your child will be turning 4 years old before September 1, 2020, they are eligible for Junior Kindergarten.

Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Date: September 2, 2020 - June 4, 2021
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 
Tuition: $1,800 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Course #: 5290.3


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Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Date: September 1, 2020 - June 3, 2021
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 am
Tuition: $1,400 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Course #: 5290.4


2020 - 2021 Tuition Payments: A $200 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration to reserve a spot for your child. Receive a $100 discount if tuition is paid in full at registration, otherwise a payment plan is available. All balances must be paid in full by August 1, 2020. Online registration is available, online fee will reflect the $100 discount (payment plans cannot be established online). No refunds or credit will be given for this program. For more information, please call 414-963-6913 x 4.