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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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Spread Holiday Joy for Homeless Children: The 2014 Bright Beginnings Holiday Initiative.

The holiday season can be a challenging time for families. Our mission is to provide a joyful experience for every Bright Beginnings’ child. We provide vital services for 89 children attending Bright Beginnings daily, in addition to 70 families benefiting from our new home based, shelter visitation program. We are proud of our center and proud of the hope we give to families, who came to us with so little, but our work is not easy, we need your support. Help us restore hope, joy and a real chance for a promising future.

There are many ways to give back this December:

We appreciate your commitment to Bright Beginnings. With your support our children reach milestones every day. For more information, contact: Volunteer and Communications Specialist, Whitney Faison or 202-842-9090 ext. 119.

Operation Thankful 2014:

During the holiday season, many BBI parents do not have the means to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their children. This means, uncertainty and hunger during a time that should represent comfort and joy. Every year we work to eliminate the stress of meal planning, by partnering up with the community to provide healthy and accessible dinners. Help us supply families with dinner essentials such as:




Telling Our Story

Employee Spotlight

Pre-K teacher Tara Perry has been educating and empowering Bright Beginnings’ children for 15 years. Her dedication and enthusiasm for the job is essential to the success of this organization. Ms. Perry will represent Bright Beginnings this fall at the National Black Child Development Institute’s (NBCDI) 44th Annual Conference, “Bright Past, Better Future: Remember and Rise Up!” It is through conferences such as the NBCDI that we become an even stronger and better-equipped organization that stands ready and prepared to educate children in these challenging times. Thank you, Tara, for your commitment to Bright Beginnings.

Another Bright Beginning

Ms. H

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. Read more