Overview of Services
Positive Bright Start administrative offices at 1900 Delaware
The agency began in 1972 when a group of early education professionals decided that, through collaboration, they could develop programs that would do more to help families in the community than they could do alone. They began by developing a scholarship program that over the last forty years has made it possible for many families in the community to be able to afford early education for their children. Over the years, we have followed the needs of young families in developing research-based programming.
The latest research reveals that proactive, integrated, trauma sensitive practices foster life-long success. Therefore, we focus on integrating early childhood education, with an emphasis on developing social-emotional skills, and early childhood therapeutic services.
The Positive Bright Start Therapeutic Team is comprised of Licensed Clinical Therapists specializing in the emotional, mental, and behavioral needs of young children, a Licensed Clinical Therapist specializing in parent mental health and a parent educator. Services include:
Information and Referral
Support and Advocacy
Play Therapy for Children
Parent Mental Health Therapy for caregivers of children in services
Positive Bright Start Preschool operates two classrooms in partnership with LDCHA, located in the Edgewood Housing community and three classrooms in partnership with DCCCA, located at DCCCA's First Step at Lakeview. Our PBS at Edgewood classrooms serve kids 2.5 years old to school age. Our PBS at Lakeview facility cares for children ages 6 months to school age. All five of our classrooms practice a trauma informed curricula based on school readiness, social readiness, and instilling a love of life-long learning, and fun! We take a maximum of 12 students with a staff to child ratio is 1:6. We operate year-round, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. We accept DCF tuition assistance and other third party payments with approval.
Early Education Tuition Scholarships: We administer an early education tuition scholarship program for income eligible community families with a combined gross household income less than 240% FPL. Families are able to choose from a list of local schools that participate with the scholarship program and implement ongoing quality improvement efforts. One of the program goals is to provide funding that helps families to secure quality early learning experiences and care for their youngest family members.
Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): In the interest of all children having nutritious meals while in childcare, we are a local sponsor for the CACFP. This Federal Program provides family child care homes with reimbursement for meals served to children in their care. In addition to submitting the monthly claim for home providers, we provide nutrition education and in-service workshops that emphasis healthy eating and physical activity.
Success by 6: Some of our office space is shared with United Way Success by 6's Rich Minder, Collaborative Projects Coordinator, and Patty Graves, Data Analyst.
Families are welcome to utilize our waiting room while waiting for appointments. We also have a nursing room, not pictured, for nursing mothers' use.