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Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool

by Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool
Help 350 Children Without Homes Access Preschool

Dear Friend,

I would like to personally thank you for your generous donation to Bright Beginnings. As you know, Bright Beginnings is dedicated to serving young children and families experiencing homelessness. It is because of generous donors like you that our work is possible, and we are so incredibly grateful.

Since the beginning of our GlobalGiving campaign in November 2018, we have provided more than 200 children with health and wellness screenings, development screenings, and robust early childhood education and wrap-around services. At our two centers, we offer full-day, year-round early childhood education programming to 150 children, which prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to learn and on par with their higher-resourced peers. Through our home-based program, we reach 50 more children by meeting them in whatever environment they call home and providing early learning activities and resources.

Bright Beginnings’ multi-disciplinary support teams—which include a Teacher/Home Visitor, Family Advocate, Therapeutic Specialist (as needed), and Workforce Development Specialist—continue to engage all children and parents to ensure that they have the support required to deal with the trauma and stress they have experienced due to their homeless status. By intervening early and often, Bright Beginnings ensures that staff are able to respond to developmental delays quickly and effectively, and that all children with developmental concerns progress toward reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones.

In recent months, we have expanded the impact of our Fatherhood Initiative. Bright Beginnings launched its new Fatherhood Initiative in October 2018. This initiative began with only 15 fathers and has now grown into a weekly program that engages 65 Bright Beginnings dads. This program offers fathers information and tools related to parenting young children, and follows the Effective Black Parenting Curriculum. Fathers are supported by Bright Beginnings’ multi-disciplinary support teams and report that their increased time at Bright Beginnings has enhanced their personal and parental development.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our accomplishments as the project continues. For weekly updates, subscribe to our newsletter by visiting www.bbidc.org. Thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Dr. Marla Dean

Executive Director

Dear Friend,

I would like to personally thank you for your generous donation to Bright Beginnings. As you know, Bright Beginnings is a child and family learning center that is dedicated to serving families with young children and without homes. Since the beginning of our GlobalGiving campaign in November 2018, we have already served more than 200 children (and their parents) with early childhood education and wrap-around support that will allow them to learn and thrive. Thank you for helping to make that possible!

We have been very busy these past few months, but one of our most exciting updates is that we officially rolled our LENA language tracker project! Bright Beginnings is collaborating with Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) and the University of Chicago to address the language acquisition disparity that exists between low-income children and their higher-resourced peers. Bright Beginnings utilizes LENA data collection devices to track how many words children are exposed to, and to analyze language usage and vocal interactions between children and their parents and teachers. The results inform how parents, caregivers, and teachers personalize interventions for students and families in order to make sure each child is receiving targeted support. Our first LENA Grow day was held on Thursday, November 29th. Since then, we have held six LENA Grow sessions with a total of 24 pre-k children and three sessions with our home-based families.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our accomplishments as the project continues. For weekly updates, subscribe to our newsletter by visiting www.bbidc.org. Thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Michela Roberts

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Organization Information

Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @BrightBeginDC
Project Leader:
Michela Roberts
Washington, DC United States
$3,615 raised of $6,000 goal
 
44 donations
$2,385 to go
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$10
USD
will buy two books for Bright Beginnings' reading library-one that allows children whose families may not be able to afford books to take home, and keep, books that they love.
$20
USD
will buy arts and crafts supplies used during educational activities that help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers build fine motor skills and learn to express themselves creatively.
$40
USD
will help support a family facing an immediate emergency, such as not having enough food to feed their children or not having shelter during an extreme weather event.
$75
USD
will provide a comprehensive health and wellness screening for a child. The information collected through these assessments is used to ensure that each child's health and wellness needs are being met.
$100
USD
will help fund one hour of therapy for a child with developmental delays, allowing them to work one-on-one with a therapist to build language, speech, motor development, and self-regulation skills.
$500
USD
will help fund two socialization experiences for children in our Home-Based Program, allowing them to play with other children their age, participate in activities, and receive additional resources.
$1,000
USD
will provide an educational field trip in Washington, D.C. for preschool children without homes. Each field trip includes a meal and/or snack, transportation, and both parent and staff chaperones.
$5,000
USD
will provide a year of trauma therapy for one preschool-aged child, allowing us to promote their social/emotional health, support them in developing a positive self-concept, and teach coping skills.
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