Our Story

For over 28 years, Bright Beginnings has helped thousands of children and their families experiencing homelessness achieve self-sufficiency.

Our Story

Bright Beginnings, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates early childhood and family learning centers for children and families experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. Our centers offer full-day, year-round, developmentally appropriate early childhood education services for children birth to five at no cost to their families.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1990 by the Junior League of Washington to provide quality childcare to families experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. For over 28 years, Bright Beginnings has helped thousands of children experiencing homelessness by providing them and their families with quality care and support during times of hardship and transition. In 2014, Bright Beginnings pioneered the first home-based program in the country with the sole focus of supporting families impacted by the trauma of homelessness. Through programs such as this, Bright Beginnings staff have provided hundreds of Washingtonians living in shelters and transitional housing with important high-quality family and educational support.

Our Vision

Bright Beginnings seeks to restore and revitalize the quality of life for every child and family experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. The children we serve enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed, and our program serves as a model for other communities in need.

Our Mission

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families experiencing homelessness by:

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