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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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Read Across America Month: BBI’s Stop, Drop, and Read Initiative

Every day during the month of March we will be celebrating Read Across America. We are encouraging our community supporters to stop by Bright Beginnings, drop down into a comfy chair and read a favorite story to the children. The BBI Stop, Drop and Read program is an easy way to participate during a month that is very important to us. Not available for afternoon reading? Donate your favorite children’s book to the classrooms. Help us reach our goal of reading 1,000 books in March! Learn more about Read Across America


Bright Beginnings Honored as the “Give Back Recipient” by the Credit Union National Association

CUNA’s 2017 Governmental Affairs Conference selected Bright Beginnings as their charity of choice this year. During the national conference, 5,000 attendees donated urgently needed items such as diapers and baby wipes in addition to over $16,000 in monetary donations. Thank you to Matt Helms and Tom Kane for selecting BBI as a charity that aligns with the mission of making on impact and giving back. Read more.

Bright Beginnings Executive Director and BBI parent attended performance oversight hearing with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

On March 1st, Executive Director Dr. Marla M. Dean attended the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Human Resources to discuss Bright Beginnings’ partnership with Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and Collaborative Solutions for Communities. Bright Beginnings has greatly benefitted from its partnership with CFSA and Collaborative Solutions for Communities, which has helped our organization, pursue our mission and vision and is in line with our guiding principles.
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Telling Our Story

Employee Spotlight


This month’s Employee Spotlight highlights Room 2 teacher, Natalie Wilson. Colleagues nominated Ms. Natalie for her excellent communication, especially the way she greets everyone with a smile. They also recognize the way she acts with integrity and professionalism. Ms. Natalie has been with BBI since August 2016.

Another Bright Beginning

Ms. C


Ms. C recently got a job at Walmart after overcoming a few barriers to employment. After spending some time with her baby, Ms. C was ready to get back to work. A parent who has worked with the PRC since 2015 she was familiar with our services and made an appointment to work on her resume and practice interview questions. After updating her resume and working on her interview style Ms. C started applying. Read more

Parent Testimony

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