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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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Tuesday, June 28

Families with young children are now the largest segment of Washington, DC’s homeless population. Every day Bright Beginnings serves 162 children whose families live in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Many of these families spend years in the shelter system where they struggle to create a comfortable, homey environment for their children. Won’t you help us reward our families for using Bright Beginnings’ resources to move toward a stable future? Please donate new, unused items such as colorful bath towels, toasters, or lamps. These simple objects can transform shelter space as parents navigate the multiple obstacles and challenges they face.

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Washington Wizards’ John Wall receives NBA Community Assist Award at Bright Beginnings, Inc.

On Thursday, June 2, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was honored with the 2015-16 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award, for his exhaustive philanthropic work over the past calendar year.

Wall received the award at Bright Beginnings Inc., surrounded by Monumental Sports Entertainment CEO, Ted Leonsis, community members and Bright Beginnings staff and families. This past fall, Wall donated $400,000 to BBI, dedicated to the construction of the second BBI child development center in Ward 8.

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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.