The Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center operates integrated preschool classrooms, under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department and OCFS, for both typically developing children and students with disabilities between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5.

The Bright Beginnings program promotes social interaction, pre-kindergarten readiness skills and age appropriate self-help abilities. All of this is accomplished in a nurturing environment and in partnership with the child’s family.

We also offer Universal Pre-k for 3 and 4 year-olds through the Watertown School District.
Jefferson County

Early Intervention Program

The Early intervention program, which falls under the auspices of the Department of Health, is designed to empower parents to seek services for their young child who may be experiencing a delay in one or more developmental domains (Cognitive, Communication, Physical, Social-Emotional, and Adaptive Behavior).

The Early Intervention program serves eligible children from birth through three years of age in natural environments. Evaluations are performed at a variety of times and locations to fit the needs of the parents.

Jefferson County

Day Care

The Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center is licensed under the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to provide quality childcare for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years of age. We offer full and half day slots as well as 2, 3 & 5 day options.

Bright Beginnings promotes social skills, developmentally appropriate activities and practices age appropriate self-help abilities. All of this is accomplished in a nurturing environment and in partnership with the child’s family.

Jefferson County

Virtual Scarecrow Scuttle

October 28, 2021
12:00 AM
Watertown NY

The 2021 Scarecrow Scuttle is shifting to a virtual format again this year, in consideration of safety and well-being of our runners, families, and people we support who look forward to participating in this event each year.

Again this year, participants can walk or run a 5K any day, any time, any location from now until October 31. The cost is $20 per person and includes a short sleeve race tee, and an entry to win other great prizes such as extra race gear or free registration for next year’s event. Additional shirts can be purchased for $15 each, or raise at least $50 in pledges for a race hoodie! Online registration is available here Please be sure to upload any pictures to our Facebook event page!


North Country Initiative utilized $175,000 in remaining funding from the NY State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program to strategically invest in “Promising Practices” that continue the impactful projects implemented as part of the program before it ended in March 2020. Five projects were selected for funding and The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence was one of them! The project being funded is called, “Strengthening Access to Physical & Behavioral Healthcare for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) through Remote Technology”. The program will use remote technology for nurses to provide more frequent physical and behavioral health services to people with IDD in supportive housing. This technology greatly reduces nurses’ travel time across Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, thereby maximizing their services for these individuals in both quantity and frequency.


A new long-term co-op internship program being piloted at SUNY Potsdam is covering the cost of in-state tuition. It’s also giving focused students a suite of skills, college credits and job experiences in human services work that go well beyond what they would take away from an average internship.   The Arc Co-Op Internship Program places students for three years with The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence, where they work with people with disabilities for a minimum of eight hours and up to 29 hours a week in residential, day habilitation and vocational services. A partnership of the SUNY Potsdam Lougheed Center for Applied Learning and The Arc, the initiative advances the College’s already significant commitment to applied learning and educational experiences tailored to the individual.