Today, an estimated 858 families in the District are homeless, including 1,620 children (among the fastest growing groups), about half of whom are under the age of six. Growing up on the move, they often begin school with developmental disadvantages that create life-long learning problems. Bright Beginnings aims to give them a more secure, positive start. For 25 years, it has offered a rigorous pre-kindergarten curriculum (including counseling, speech therapy, and pre-literacy learning), designed for those born into chaotic environments. Serving about 170 children each day, the Early Head Start and Head Start programs establish a solid foundation for reading and writing and ensure early intervention for learning disabilities and health problems (free therapeutic services, and dental, vision, and hearing screenings are all available on site). A strong family services program sees that parents develop the skills to monitor their children's development, meet their basic needs, and tap resources to find employment and a stable home. A bright beginning can lead to a lifetime of success: your support can be the start of something extraordinary.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Bright Beginnings, Inc. serves homeless families from every ward in the city from our office in the Perry School in the Sursam Corda neighborhood near North Capitol Street, New York Avenue and New Jersey Avenue in northwest.

Age Groups Served: Infants; Pre-K

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 95%; Multicultural, 4%; Other, 1%

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 17053

United Way Agency Number: 8379

Awards & Recognition

--5-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (received 2009). Only 8% of early childhood education centers nationally receive this accreditation.
--an approved Head Start and Early Head Start program that has been recognized by the Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood Development as operating a “gold standard of excellence” early childhood development program.
--designated as the District of Columbia’s 2010 representative in the Head Start Centers of Excellence in Early Childhood program, which recognizes high-performing Head Start and Early Head Start programs that exceed program performance standards, implement innovative approaches in early childhood education and deliver positive, measurable outcomes in serving children. (2009)


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Budget (FY2014)

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