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About Bright Beginnings

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.

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Bright Beginnings, Inc. will be closed Friday, January 20th for Inauguration Day.

Fundraising Night - January 24
4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Help support
Bright Beginnings

at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at 3100 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Bring this flyer when you dine with us and we'll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. Please hand in a hard copy or show an
electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order.

Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event. It's a great way to combine great taste and great fun - for a great cause.

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Bright Beginnings is not only dedicated to providing educational and comprehensive services for homeless children in DC, we also strive to support the professional development of our parents. Through our Parent Resource Center, parents have enrolled in school, obtained employment and made strides toward self-sufficiency. Bright Beginnings is excited to partner with LIFT-DC, a national nonprofit that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty, serving parents and caregivers of young children through their coaching program. LIFT will work directly with individual BBI parents in one-on-one coaching sessions. Through this partnership, we are confident that parents of young children in the District will be further prepared to cultivate a better future for their families.

Dr. Marla Dean Is Bright Beginnings’ next Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Marla Dean as Bright Beginnings’ next Executive Director.

Dr. Dean, who earned her EdD from the University of Pennsylvania, has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher, principal, mentor, and leader who emphasizes whole child development, data-driven methodology, and community engagement. She began her career as a public school teacher in her native Detroit.

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Telling Our Story

Employee Spotlight

The Bright Beginnings team, would like give a resounding shout out to Classroom 7 teacher Ms. Debra barber and Ms. LaChe’ Washington for maintaining EXCELLENT attendance since the start of the school year. Their year to date, Room 7’s attendance is at a whopping 92%! This means their children have attended school 92% of the time since school started in August. Room 7 Teachers Ms. Debra and Ms. LaChe’ have an awesome relationship with their parents and that they have effective team teaching strategies. We are so proud of their efforts.

Another Bright Beginning

Ms. C

Ms. C recently got a job at Walmart after overcoming a few barriers to employment. After spending some time with her baby, Ms. C was ready to get back to work. A parent who has worked with the PRC since 2015 she was familiar with our services and made an appointment to work on her resume and practice interview questions. After updating her resume and working on her interview style Ms. C started applying. Read more

Parent Testimony

Read a first hand account from a BBI parent enrolled in our Home-Based Care Program.