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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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DoMore24 A Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who supported us on June 6th for the DoMore24 day of giving. Your generosity resulted in our raising $1,758 in two days for our child and family development services and raised our profile throughout the Washington region.

2013 Parent Auction
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bright Beginnings’ Parent Auction is our way of rewarding our most active and involved parents. Homeless parents will be able to “shop” for household, bathroom and kitchen supplies in a store created just for them

Please help us reward their hard work by donating only new and unused items from
our wish list.

Champions for Children awards ceremony

On April 15th, Bright Beginnings honored its 2013 Champions for Children award winners on Capitol Hill. Recipients were honored for their comittment to the health and welfare of children and families.

A special thank you to this year's award winners:

Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-33)
Congressman André Carson (IN-7)
Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-6)
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5)
Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (LA-2)

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Telling Our Story

Another Bright Beginning

Loretta's Story

My name is Loretta and my 3 year old and 4 year old have been here at Bright Beginnings for 3 years and benefitted from many of the services. My kids and I are better off because there’s a school like Bright Beginnings.

There’s the education program for my children, the therapeutic program that helps the kids deal with being homeless, and the socialworkers that have helped me get on sound footing too. I get upset really easily and they helped me address that.

Bright Beginnings is a great place for children and for me too. The comprehensive services really make a difference. I lived in a homeless shelter before I moved into transitional housing (where I am now) and a place like Bright Beginnings is really important for both parents and kids. My kids have a safe place to learn and everyone on staff is here to help them. I have learned a lot from the parenting classes and volunteering in my children’s classrooms. There is a lot I can learn about raising my children from the teachers and socialworkers. My children feel at home here and I do too.

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