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We are excited to spend the summer with your kids exploring the world of culinary arts and baking! The following information is designed to help you understand Kids' College's commitment to the safety and wellbeing of your children while providing the maximum amount of learning and fun!

Important Information

Liability Waiver:

We ask that you sign an electronic liability waiver before your child can participate in Kids' College.

Name Tag:

We will provide your child with a name tag that he or she will need to wear every day at Kids' College. Students will receive name tags on the first day of class.


If your enrollment includes a t-shirt and a child is enrolled in more than one Kids' College session, they will only receive one t-shirt. You are welcome to purchase additional Kids' College t-shirts. You may pick up t-shirts on the first day of class at Brightwater.

We encourage all students to wear their t-shirt on the last day of classes (Fridays) in each session.

Dashboard Tag:

We will also provide you with an NWACC-assigned dashboard tag for your vehicle. Those who are picking up/dropping off children MUST have a visible NWACC-assigned dashboard tag for each child. You may pick up dashboard tags on the first day of class.

Students are asked to dress in casual play clothes, with care given to appropriate clothing for special classes. Closed toe shoes are generally recommended but required for all Brightwater classes. Open toed shoes or flip flops may not be worn in any lab spaces. Students are also required to wear masks per NWACC’s Infectious Disease Policy. 

Students should feel welcome to be comfortable at Kids' College but shall not practice a mode of dress, style of hair or standard of personal grooming which will present a health or safety hazard or cause disruption or disturbance to the educational process.
The following dress code is prescribed for all Kids' College students and is in line with the Bentonville Public School dress code:

Students are required to wear a mask.

Students will not be permitted to wear:

  •        Tube tops, spaghetti strap tops (strap must be minimum of 2 inches wide), cut-off T-shirts, midriff shirts/blouses, or netted shirts.

  •        Shirts, hats, buttons, etc. displaying obscene or inappropriate printing; or advertising of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products, either explicit or implied.

  •        Offensive clothing and offensive writings and drawings on the body and clothing.

  •        Rips, tears, or holes in clothing must be below the student's fingertips when arms are fully extended toward the knees and shoulders are relaxed.

  •        Short shorts or dresses/skirts, including splits, must extend below the student's fingertips with shoulders relaxed.

  •        Clothing which shows underwear or lack thereof when doing normal activities.

  •        Rolling or wheeled shoes.

Since the purpose of Kids' College is to provide an enrichment program, proper standards of conduct are necessary to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Kids' College students.

  •        Behavior that might interfere with the educational process is unacceptable.

  •        Students will be respectful of students, staff, and faculty.

  •        Students will be careful with college equipment, property, and the property of other students.

  •        Safety of students is our first responsibility. Non-volunteer students MAY NOT GO ANYWHERE on campus without being accompanied by a Kids' College staff member.

  •        Parents will be contacted if their child is involved in any unacceptable situations during the day. If you have been contacted due to unacceptable behavior, you may be asked to pick up your child.

  •        Staff members have the right, at any time, to exclude any child from activities due to failure or inability to follow, as directed, any and all rules and/or policies for participants.


Disciplinary Procedures:

  •        1st occurrence: Instructor issues verbal warning.

  •        2nd occurrence: Instructor contacts Program Director.

  •        3rd occurrence: Program Director asks parent to pick up child for remainder of day.

  •        4th occurrence: Student is expelled from all Kids' College programs for remainder of summer. No refunds will be issued.


Students risk immediate expulsion from the program if:

  •        The student is caught stealing another person's property,

  •        The student issues or performs threats of bodily injury,

  •        The student engages another student/instructor in physical contact of any kind.

  •        The student has repeated behavioral issues, per disciplinary procedures above.

Drop-off will be at the front doors of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, 801 SE 8th Street #71, Bentonville, AR  72712. 

Students will be checked in by a Kids' College staff member. If a child’s classroom is located in an adjacent building, they will be walked by an authorized Kids' College staff member.

Students will be picked up at the picnic tables on the east side of the building.

All sessions begin and end promptly at the designated time, so please have your child dropped off and picked up on time. You may drop your child off behind Brightwater between 7:50 am and 8:30 am. You may pick your child up in the same location between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Please DO NOT drop off your child earlier than 7:50 am or pick-up later than 5:05 pm to ensure Kids' College staff members are present to supervise your child.  


Children who are picked up later than 5:15 pm will not be allowed to continue to attend and no partial refunds will be granted.


If your child will be late or absent, please call 479-631-8600.

If you are late after 8:45 am, please walk your child to the front entrance of Brightwater to be checked in Monday-Friday. 


Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided during Kids' College sessions. Email to notify staff if your child has food allergies. 

Parents' Day will not happen this year due to COVID-19.

Entering the building:
Parents will not need to enter Brightwater unless dropping off a child late. In that case, a Brightwater staff member will let you in at the front entrance.
While you wait:
There is a sign on the door with a link and a QR code. On your mobile device, type the link or scan the QR code to access and complete the required contact tracing form. Stay 6 feet apart from others. As you enter:
You must be wearing a mask to enter the building. Brightwater staff will take your child's temperature before entering the building. Any student with a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above will not be allowed to enter the building.
Students will be escorted to assigned stations in their classrooms.