“Bright Beginnings gives me peace of mind. It allows me to do a lot of things that need to be done in my life. Without it, I don't know where I would be.”
-- Bright Beginnings parent
Families with young children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population in Washington, DC. Bright Beginnings is a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 162 children every day whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Our educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families.
Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homeless environments by:
Bright Beginnings will build upon a vibrant, existing, sustainable and comprehensive model for delivering educational, therapeutic and social services for infants, toddlers, preschool children and parents, which helps transition families out of homelessness. Our leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.
Bright Beginnings, Inc. was established in 1990 by the Junior League of Washington, which identified a critical need for quality childcare among homeless families in Washington, DC. Since then, Bright Beginnings has met the needs of nearly 2,500 homeless children by providing families with developmental childcare and on-site therapeutic and family support services.
In 2005, Bright Beginnings launched its Early Learning Evening Care Program that is open to all working families in need of safe, reliable evening care.
In 2014, Bright Beginnings launched a Home-Based Program which sends home visitors to shelters and transitional housing. Home-based care offers the same high quality early education and parenting support as in the center-based program and increases the number of children served from 89 to 162. The home visiting program at Bright Beginnings is the only home-based program in the country that solely focuses on serving homeless families.
Bright Beginnings, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.