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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.
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:
- Canned goods (corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, yams, gravy)
- Boxed nonperishables (mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese)
- Additional Items needed: Gift cards from Giant, Harris Teeter or Safeway to be used for the purchasing of turkeys.
- On Wednesday, November 26th, staff will distribute canned goods or gift cards to every BBI family.
Bright Beginnings Honored with District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Achievement Night of the Stars Award
Throughout our 24 year history, Bright Beginnings’ mission has always centered around the educational and emotional development of DC’s most vulnerable children. The uniqueness of Bright Beginnings is evident in many ways; from our home visiting pilot, to parent engagement and certainly our education component. We strive to provide the best resources for children every day of the year. Bright Beginnings is honored to have received the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Achievement Night of the Stars Award on Tuesday, October, 21st. This award recognizes programs that exceeded the District’s ranking on their cumulative scores for CLASS, Pre-K, ITERS or FICERS. The BBI’s Education Team, comprised of Education Manager, Yasmin Shaffi and Master Teacher, Carolyn Watson-Pruitt accepted this prestigious accolade on behalf of Bright Beginnings, Inc.
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
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