Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homelessness.

Families with young children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population in Washington, DC. Bright Beginnings is nationally-accredited early childhood and family learning centers that offer a bright start for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 162 children every day whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Our educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families.

Mission Statement

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homeless environments by:

  • Providing children with a safe, nurturing educational environment;
  • Preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to learn; and
  • Supporting parents to stabilize their home lives and become self-sufficient.

Vision Statement

Bright Beginnings will build upon a vibrant, existing, sustainable and comprehensive model for delivering educational, therapeutic and social services for infants, toddlers, preschool children and parents, which helps transition families out of homelessness. Our leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every child and family experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

Our History

Bright Beginnings, Inc. was established in 1990 by the Junior League of Washington, which identified a critical need for quality childcare among families experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. Since then, Bright Beginnings has met the needs of nearly 2,500 children impacted by the trauma of homelesness by providing families with developmental childcare and on-site therapeutic and family support services.

In 2005, Bright Beginnings launched its Early Learning Evening Care Program that is open to all working families in need of safe, reliable evening care.

In 2014, Bright Beginnings launched a Home-Based Program which sends Home Visitors to shelters and transitional housing. Home-based care offers the same high-quality early education and parenting support as in the center-based program and increases the number of children served from 89 to 162. The home visiting program at Bright Beginnings is the only Home-Based Program in the country that solely focuses on serving families experiencing homelessness.

Bright Beginnings, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.