Bright Beginnings is a nationally-accredited child development and family support center for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families in Washington, DC. We prepare homeless children for kindergarten and help their parents get back on their feet. This year, Bright Beginnings is holding a series of community events as a part of the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Help the Homeless Program. Bright Beginnings is a proud beneficiary of Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless program, one of the largest fund-raising collaborations focused on homelessness.
Our official Bright Beginnings Dream Booster Mini-Walk on November 3, 2012 is a unique opportunity to bring the issue of homelessness, and homeless children, into the spotlight. Individuals, families, companies, religious organizations and community groups can help our community’s most vulnerable families by designating Bright Beginnings as your beneficiary and registering to walk for Bright Beginnings or participating as a virtual walker. Our official walk is scheduled at Bright Beginnings on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9 a.m. at 128 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Register today and help us raise $30,000 to meet the needs of homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families, or contact Joan Woods at Bright Beginnings at 202.842.9090 or jwoods@BrightBeginningsInc.org to learn more.
Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 by the Junior League of Washington to address homeless families’ critical need for high-quality developmental childcare. Our nationally-accredited child and family development center in Washington, DC offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and a safe, nurturing environment that helps homeless families focus on securing permanent housing and getting the education or job training they need to stabilize their families. During the last 20 years, Bright Beginnings has met the needs of nearly 2,300 homeless children and their parents.
Bright Beginnings serves 150 children annually whose families are living in homeless shelters or transitional housing in Washington, DC. Through educational, therapeutic, health, and family support services, children prepare for kindergarten while their parents create more stable home environments by pursuing job training and education.
High-quality developmental childcare is a high-impact intervention for young homeless children and their families that strengthens cognitive and language development; increases school readiness and subsequent academic success; builds self-esteem and achievement motivation; and improves health, social-emotional development and behavior. Homeless parents who have access to high-quality child care are more likely to find jobs, stay employed and offer stability to their children.
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