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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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Bright Beginnings' Ward 8 Child Development Center Groundbreaking

On March 15th, Bright Beginnings broke ground on its second early childhood development center. The Board of Directors, BBI staff and families, capital campaign donors and local community members attended a lovely ceremony at the Fourth Street SE location in Ward 8.

Esteemed guests enjoyed a donor awards presentation and were graced with remarks from BBI Executive Director Dr. Betty Jo Gaines, Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May, and Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden.

Scheduled to open in 2017, Bright Beginnings’ new development center will serve an additional 100 children and their families.

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Bright Beginnings' Annual 5K
April 30, 2016, 8 A.M.
West Potomac Park

Race raises funds that help provide educational, therapeutic, health, and family services free of charge to homeless infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families in Washington, DC. All proceeds directly support our outstanding programs that prepare children for kindergarten and help their parents get back on their feet. Put on your running shoes, grab your friends, and register today.

Not a runner? Walkers and virtual runners welcome. Bring the whole family! Put your tots in a stroller and join the stroller brigade.

The Bright Beginnings 5K is fun! It’s healthy! It’s all for a great cause! Remember, the action takes place April 30, 2016, 8 a.m., West Potomac Park!

Put your feet in motion and help our city’s homeless children!

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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.