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Have you ever wondered where children living in shelters go during the day? Where do they learn? Where do they play? Where do they go to feel safe? Bright Beginnings understands the special needs of young children and families living in homeless environments. Our safe, nurturing, developmentally-appropriate childcare for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers helps them reach important childhood milestones, while we help their parents to end their homelessness.
Bright Beginnings, Inc. Will Use $11,000,000 Head Start Grant to Strengthen the Lives of Homeless Children and Families
Bright Beginnings, is thrilled to announce that it has just received a $11,000,000 Head Start Birth-to-Five pilot grant which will be executed over the next 5 years, from HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start.
“The pilot aims to give communities greater flexibility in designing Head Start and Early Head Start programs to better serve the needs of young children and community from birth until they enter pre-K or kindergarten. Bright Beginnings was selected among 15 organizations within five communities. The five communities were specifically chosen to represent a wide variety of geographic and demographic challenges and opportunities."
-Kenneth Wolfe, Administration for Children and Families
Family Fun and Fitness Day: Celebrating the end of an amazing year!
Friday, August 8
On Friday, August 8, BBI will celebrate the end of a fantastic school year with Family Fun and Fitness Day. Parents and children will have a chance to relax, laugh, play games, and enjoy one another in a fun and entertaining environment. Adding to the festivities will be activity stations, food, music and a chance to meet new friends. It is by far one of the most exciting days of the year.
There are many ways for our community partners can help make Family Fun & Fitness Day a success. Sponsors will be acknowledged in our next newsletter—and receive the smiles of delighted children as well. Click here to learn how you or your organization can help homeless children and their families have a truly wonderful Family Fun and Fitness Day.
Wishing You a Happy and Safe Summer
On Friday, February 5th Bright Beginnings' very own Head Start Social Worker, Tamara Perez was honored by The Washington Wizards for her dedication to helping the children and families of DC. Throughout the month of February, the Wizards and Amtrak are proud to honor the great and countless contributions of African-Americans making a positive difference in their communities.
Another Bright Beginning
BBI Parent Ms. H (left) with BBI Head Start Social worker, Tamara Perez.
Ms. H mother of daughters (Kimberly and Kayla), enrolled Kayla in Bright Beginnings in September 2013. Kayla was shy and reluctant to participate in classroom activities, but her teachers and BBI’s High Scope curriculum have helped her learn to express herself and to feel comfortable socializing with the other children. Reading is now one of Kayla’s favorite activities, and Ms. H is thrilled with the many positive changes she sees in Kayla.