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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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December 1, 2015

This year on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Bright Beginnings is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Read more

Operation Thankful

Many Bright Beginnings parents lack the means to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their children.
We hope you will help us bring comfort and joy to families in need this holiday season by providing:

To support Operation Thankful, contact Volunteer and Communications Specialist, Whitney Faison 202-842-9090 ext. 119.




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

The Lincoln Family

Shauna Lincoln, a single mother of five, came to Bright Beginnings longing for a fresh start, hoping to find a way to a better future for her family. She soon enrolled her two younger children, and settled her oldest three in school. Jamila, a shy, sweet three-year old with an inquisitive nature, had some initial difficulty adjusting to Bright Beginnings, but thanks to nurturing support from her teacher and her mother, the little girl soon began to trust others, feel secure, and make friends. . Read more