Bright Beginnings serves a burgeoning need in Washington, D.C., where the rate of homelessness among families with young children is one of the highest in the country. Washington, D.C. is also one of the most expensive cities in which to raise a child. In Ward 8, the area with the highest rate of homelessness and poverty in the District (and where Bright Beginnings is located), the median income is only $31,139 and parents can often not afford early education opportunities for their children.
Bright Beginnings provides free, developmentally-appropriate early childhood education and wrap-around social services to families in Washington, D.C. with young children and without homes. Our services include: center-based education programming from 7:30am-11:30pm every weekday, a home visiting program, a workforce development program, health and wellness services, therapeutic services, parent support groups, WIC club, a growing fatherhood initiative, transportation assistance, and much more.
Over the next decade, Bright Beginnings expects to serve 1,500 children under the age of six in Washington, D.C., ensuring that each child will enter kindergarten ready to learn and each family will live in a safe, stable, and self-sufficient environment. Bright Beginnings will also continue to advocate for the families we serve and encourage city officials to look at the larger need for a comprehensive approach to childcare and its connection to housing, homelessness, education, and employment.
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