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KQED: Uplifting Low Income Families in CA July 21, 2015

Despite California’s rapidly growing economy, nearly a quarter of California’s children live in poverty. Raising housing costs and static pay make it difficult for families to thrive, most take-home pay is spent on covering immediate needs. Programs like Brighter Beginnings’ Early Head Start initiative work to prepare children for school and empower low-income families. Estela Marcos Mendez, a Parent Child Educator and her client, Cynthia Leon, a single mother of three, are interviewed about their experiences. Read More…

KQED: New Program for Stay-at-Home Dads Takes Root in Richmond June 30, 2015

KQED’s Sukey Lewis recently interviewed Brighter Beginnings Fatherhood Involvement Coach Chris Gibson and client Travis McGee about the importance of home-visiting programs and access to family resource centers. Home-visiting programs have proven to contribute to positive outcomes in child development, prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote resilience in families, especially among families with limited resources such as those Brighter Beginnings and First 5 initiatives serve. Read More…

Parenting Programs Turn to Fathers March 12, 2015

Brighter Beginnings Fatherhood Coach Chris Gibson was interviewed by the California Health Report about the impact of engaging fathers and male caregivers in our early childhood development programs. While many programs focus on preparing mothers to care for their infants, there are far fewer initiatives that focus on fathers and father figures. Read More…

Programas de apoyo para madres adolescentes Dec. 20, 2014

Las dificultades de una madre soltera para continuar sus estudios es complicado pero un programa las ayuda.

Every Family Matters

All Brighter Beginnings services are designed to strengthen families. Our primary services are home-based and provide case management, parenting education, and counseling.  We work with clients and communities to provide the guidance and education necessary to create and sustain a truly healthy family.

RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic Celebrates First Anniversary  May 5, 2014

Our Rotacare Richmond Free Medical Clinic is celebrating its first year of providing free non-emergency care to uninsured adults and children in Contra Costa County. The Richmond Clinic is one of 12 Rotacare clinics in the Bay Area, and saw nearly 600 patients in its first year.  Read More

Cuts to subsidized childcare leave many Richmond families in the lurch Jan. 2, 2014

Richmond families like the Lazar family rely on essential services such as Contra Costa’s “Head Start” program, which now has a waiting list of 1,872 for 714 available slots. Funding to childcare and preschools are estimated to be cut by 40% in the next five years. Currently, only 17% of the need for subsidized care is being met for children under the age of 2.   Read More

Share the Spirit: Brighter Beginnings helped teen mom who is now giving back Dec. 26, 2014

Alejandra Alvarado, 18, is a student at Merritt College and aspiring ultrasound technician. She’s also the mother of two happy and healthy children, Giselle and Angel. Alejandra first came in contact with Brighter Beginnings to participate in our Teen Family Support services. Now Alejandra is an “alumni leader” who teaches sex education and pregnancy in local schools. Read More

Richmond welcomes million-dollar home visiting support program for new parents Nov. 28, 2014

Brighter Beginnings’ “Hello Baby” home-visiting program in Richmond provides support and parenting advice to low-income families who face barriers to providing opportunities for their newborn. Mothers like Mo’kquila Brown are able to receive concrete support in their time of need as well as personalized counseling on child-development, breastfeeding, nutrition, immunizations, and health insurance through a trained parent child educator.  Read More