Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families experiencing homelessness.
The Home-Based Program offers Early Head Start services to children and their families in their home environments. Many families enter the Home-Based Program while they await an available space in the center; thus allowing families to begin receiving Bright Beginnings’ comprehensive services while also giving those enrolled in the Home-Based Program first priority for transition into the center. Home Visitors meet with parents and children in the family’s home environment during a 90 minute visit, in which parens are coached on strategies to be the child’s “first teacher,” screenings and assessing the child, while also providing family support services, including connecting families with workforce development, health, mental health, and disability services and collaborating with case managers and other service providers involved with the families, in addition to screening and assessing the curricular needs of the child. Our Home-Based Program is open to pregnant women and children from birth through their third birthday.
BBI’s Home-Based Program uses the Parents as Teachers (PAT) foundational curriculum. This is an evidence-informed and research-based curriculum designed to promote healthy child and family development from pregnancy through age three. The curriculum has a wealth of family-friendly activities and information about a range of development and parenting topics pertinent to families of young children. Also fundamental to the Home-Based Program is our Closing the Word Gap Initiative. This initiative allows us to track the amount of words and conversational turns children are being exposed. Exposure to words are critical for brain and language development as well as developing pre-literary skills in our children.