Tonya Stump is the founder and CEO of Bright Star Academy Schools. Located in Cedar Park, Texas, Bright Star offers “exceptional early childhood education” for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age kids. The school is also committed to helping children value the environment, respect natural resources, and “grow up green.”
Stump has been providing the highest quality of care and learning for youngsters for more than a decade. As a working mother of four, she realized how difficult and important it was to find exceptional child care for her kids. So in 1995, she set out to develop the perfect center for her son and daughters. Her child care center became a success, growing to multiple locations in central Ohio and earning an outstanding reputation for high-quality education and care.
For her next adventure, Stump was prompted by her son to think about what had changed since she first entered the child care industry. She noticed that today’s parents are more environmentally conscious, so she founded Bright Star Academy Schools to support the cause of living green.
Bright Star’s eco-friendly 17,000-square-foot facility provides a safe, sustainable, and healthy learning environment where each child’s individuality is supported. Through a combination of physical, emotional, creative, social, cognitive, and communicative hands-on activities, the development of the whole child is nurtured.
The Bright Star building, which is protected by a state-of-the-art security system, is designed to be energy efficient. Cutting-edge architecture allows natural light to enter and flow throughout. Child-safe green cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs, low-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, recycling bins in every classroom, recycled plastic playground equipment, and a recycling compost and organic garden are just some of the facility’s eco-friendly features.
With Bright Star Academy Schools, Stump aims to make it easier for parents to entrust their child to someone else’s care.