Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homelessness.
The Home-Based Program offers Early Head Start services to children and their families in whatever environment they call home. Many families enter the Home-Based Program while they await an available space in the center; this allows families to begin receiving Bright Beginnings’ comprehensive services and gives those enrolled first priority for transition into the center. During a 90-minute weekly visit, Home Visitors meet with parents and children in the family’s home environment, coaching parents on strategies to be the child’s “first teacher,” screenings and assessing the child, and 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. Our Home-Based Program is open to pregnant women and children from birth through their third birthdays.
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.