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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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Coming Soon: Family Fun and Fitness Day Friday, August 5th

Bright Beginnings will celebrate the end of a fantastic school year on Friday, August 5th 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. Volunteers are needed to assist BBI staff with activity booths (face painting, field day games, arts and crafts etc.), participate in activities with the children, and help with set up and clean up. Volunteers will be acknowledged in our next newsletter—and receive the smiles of delighted children as well.

2nd Annual Bright Beginnings Staff Awards Banquet

At Bright Beginnings, we strive to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our team of 50 teachers, social workers, and specialists. On Saturday, June 25th, the Bright Beginnings Employee Relations Committee hosted the 2nd Annual Staff Awards Banquet at Old Engine 12 Restaurant. Staff enjoyed a delicious brunch while the ERC and management team presented every employee with a certificate, acknowledging their contributions and commitment to the mission and vision of Bright Beginnings, Inc. The Dr. Betty Jo Gaines Award, signifying excellence in education and family services, was presented to Linda Harrison, a Head Start teacher who has served Bright Beginnings for almost a decade. Congratulations to the entire Bright Beginnings team!

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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

Parent Testimony

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