On March 15th, Bright Beginnings, the only child development center in the District that is dedicated solely to the needs of homeless children and their parents, broke ground on its second early childhood development center. LISC DC provided over $116,000 in grant funds to Bright Beginnings to assist with this endeavor, including $25,000 for a feasibility study as they sought space for their new facility.
When completed, the state of the art facility will be located at 418 Fourth Street SE in Ward 8, which is ideal because it is in close proximity to many homeless shelters whose families with young children can benefit from Bright Beginnings’ comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and social services. In addition, the new child development center will create 32 new jobs that will benefit the Ward 8 economy.
Scheduled to open in 2017, Bright Beginnings’ new development center will serve an additional 100 children and their families. Its northwest DC facility, which is housed in the historic Perry School, currently serves about 162 homeless children whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, LISC DC was recognized for our contributions to Bright Beginnings. We have been supporting Bright Beginnings for over a decade. We believe in its vision of restoring and revitalizing the quality of life for homeless children and transitioning their families out of homelessness.
Not only does Bright Beginnings’ early childhood education programs prepare children for kindergarten, but its support services also stabilizes their families. Bright Beginnings is the place that children living in homeless shelters go – to learn, to feel safe, and to thrive.