Bright Beginnings, Inc. is a Head Start and Early Head Start site in northwest D.C. that serves children and families who live in homeless shelters and transitional housing. Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) has maintained a team of developmental specialists on-site at Bright Beginnings since January 1993. Georgetown’s team includes two senior faculty members: a physical therapist and a clinical psychologist. They provide classroom and programmatic consultation as well as evaluation and support for inclusion of children with developmental delays and disabilities. Direct services include diagnostic observations, developmental screenings, interdisciplinary evaluations and intervention, all coordinated through an interdisciplinary team. Formal treatment plans congruent with the requirements for District of Columbia programs are developed for children with significant needs and implemented through individual and group therapy. Classroom intervention is utilized to imbed therapeutic strategies in the daily routines. Many of these efforts focus on increasing positive behavioral supports and improving social interaction and emotional self-regulation. Additionally, academic readiness is promoted by facilitating development of language, gross motor skills, hand use, and adaptive abilities. The Georgetown faculty and their students consult with each classroom around specific children’s needs and work with parents and staff. They provide linkages to special education resources and specialized medical care. Emphasis is placed on building capacity to serve vulnerable families.
For more information about Bright Beginnings http://www.brightbeginningsinc.org/about.html