The Bright Beginnings Classroom is Like Any Other, With a Few Key Differences

Even at the best of times, children are little cauldrons of emotion, tiny crucibles of feelings that can ping-pong between giddy happiness one moment and distraught sadness the next.

Things can get even more complicated when a kid is growing up in a family that’s experiencing the dislocation of homelessness, such as the students at Bright Beginnings, a partner in The Washington Post Helping Hand.

“We might have a child who has behaviors that are fairly typical,” said Yasmin Shaffi, education director at the District preschool. And then something happens over the weekend, and on Monday the child “looks very different in terms of their emotions and behaviors because there’s a traumatic experience that just took place.”

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