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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’ annual 5K 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.

Sponsored by the Junior League of Washington, Bright Beginnings’ annual 5K is its largest fundraiser. Event organizers hope to raise $80,000 this year, which will provide critically-needed financial resources that prepare homeless children for kindergarten and help get their families back on their feet.

The Bright Beginnings’ 5K Race starts at 8 a.m. at Hains Point, West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. Participants can register until Wednesday, April 27 or call 202-796-4863 ext. 1019 for further information.

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.

While registering make sure to setup a fundraiser on Crowdrise so you can get your family and friends to sponsor your race. You will see the link as part of the registration process.

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Bright Beginnings is excited to participate again this year. Follow our social media channels to stay updated on each exciting day that week.

• April 24: Music Monday! Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
• April 25: Tasty-Tuesday-Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
• April 26: Work Together Wednesday-Work together, build together, learn together
• April 27: Artsy Thursday - Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.
• April 28: Family Friday- Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.

2017 Parent Resource Center Graduation Ceremony

On Tuesday, April 4th, our staff and board of directors celebrated the achievements of BBI parents during the 4th Annual Parent Resource Center Graduation Ceremony. Parents received recognition for reaching professional milestones around employment, school completion, and classroom engagement. The key to a stable and thriving family is a confident and successful parent. We are so proud of our parents as they continue to accomplish their goals.

Executive Director Dr. Marla M. Dean discusses the rising cost of childcare and the importance of early childhood organizations like Bright Beginnings, Inc. in an interview with WAMU’s Martin Austermuhle

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Telling Our Story

Employee Spotlight

Ms. Alona joined the BBI family as an assistant teacher in 2010. Colleagues nominated her for “Employee Spotlight” because of way she takes the lead in the classroom. Alona is always friendly and has a great work ethic as well.

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.