Impact: Early Childhood Success
Another new mother, Edithunsure of herself and inexperienced—came to Brighter Beginnings three years ago looking for help with parenting. She learned that playing, talking, and reading with her daughter is the best way to help her child learn. She and her husband got help applying for health insurance. They learned about managing their finances to stretch their limited income and started a savings account. Today Edith feels confident, knowledgeable, and successful as a parent, and her daughter is a thriving 3-year-old.
Powering ParentsBrighter Beginnings and Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County provided in-depth parenting workshops and home visits to families in Richmond, Pittsburg, Antioch, Concord, and Oakland—yielding strong gains on nationally recognized measures of parenting skills and child development.
Ready LearnersPreschoolers served by Kidango centers in Fremont, Union City, and Newark improved in language, literacy, and social-emotional development. Seventy-eight percent of 4-year-olds ended the school year in the top two developmental levels on key school-readiness measures.
One Child At A Time
Oakland elementary students received intensive one-on-one assistance from Reading Partners and Super Stars Literacy to help them accelerate progress toward grade-level reading. Both organizations use data and hundreds of community volunteers to improve their programs and tailor instruction to individual needs.
Early Education Grants
Community Partners Total Grants: $2.21 Million
Bring Me A Book Foundation
Oakland Literacy Coalition
Super Stars Literacy
Other Grantees Total Grants: $2.91 Million
Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN)
Building Blocks for Kids
Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Early Edge California
East Bay Agency for Children
Faith Network of the East Bay
Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay
Jumpstart for Young Children
Junior Center of Art and Science
Next Step Learning Center
Oakland Parents Together
Raising a Reader San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
Village Community Resource Center