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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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Parent Auction
June 8th

The Parent Auction is the second biggest event at Bright Beginnings. It is our way of rewarding our most active and involved families. Homeless parents will be able to “shop” for household, bathroom and kitchen supplies in a store created just for them. Help us reward their hard work by donating only new and unused items from our wish list online. The stability of the home is essential to the success of our children and parents. Visit our Amazon wish list for gift ideas and easy purchasing options.

Bright Beginnings Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8-12

At Bright Beginnings we are grateful for our 30 wonderful, committed teachers and home visitors. BBI educators work diligently and endlessly to nurture and support the development of our children who are experiencing the trauma and impact of homelessness. Next month, May 8-12, we will celebrate teachers and home visitors during Teacher Appreciation Week. Started by the National PTA, this year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver”. Teachers deliver so much to students, by inspiring and motivating children and encouraging parents to engage in their children’s learning. Early childhood educators are an essential role in learning because they support the building blocks for student success in Kindergarten and beyond. Follow our social media channels for updates on BBI’s Teacher Appreciation Celebration, including teacher spotlights, special events and surprises.

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.

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.