Our Story

Bright Beginnings, Inc. operates child and family development centers for homeless children in Washington, DC.

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. Its two centers offer free, full-day, year-round and developmentally-appropriate early childhood education for children ages six weeks to five years old.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1990 by the Junior League of Washington to provide quality childcare to homeless families in Washington, DC. For over 27 years, Bright Beginnings has helped thousands of homeless children 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 homeless families. Through programs such as this, Bright Beginnings’ team members have provided hundreds of homeless Washingtonians living in shelters and transitional housing with the same high-quality family and educational support we offer in our centers.

Our Vision

Bright Beginnings seeks to restore and revitalize the quality of life for every child and family experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. 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.