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Bright by Three (Formerly Colorado Bright Beginnings)

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Causes: Family Services, Human Services

Mission: To provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children's physical, emotional and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.

Target demographics: To provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 36,000 families across the state

Geographic areas served: The entire state of Colorado

Programs: Our programs are offered absolutely free-of-charge to all Colorado families and caregivers of children prenatal to age three. We have three set of bags that are research based and given once a year throughout the first year of the baby's life: Part A (Prenatal-12 months): Visitors work with parents to address needs, connect them to available support, and explain the importance of playing, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity, and talking and reading with their child from birth. Covers brain development, nutrition, immunizations, health care, postpartum depression, breastfeeding. Part B (12-24 months): Visitors emphasize the need to regularly talk to children to stimulate language acquisition and early literacy, both critical for future school success. Visitors highlight importance of early screenings for hearing, vision and language delays. Part B has greatest impact on language development outcomes. Part C (24-36 months): Visitors review health and safety information and address developmental milestones, language and early literacy acquisition, with emphasis on positive discipline methods and activities to promote overall development. Part C contributes to stronger caregiver/child outcomes and provides data for evaluating longitudinal impact.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bright by Three's innovative Bright by Text option is a great way for parents to connect to research-based parenting information supporting children 0-36 months. I love receiving the updates several times per week - each specifically targeted to the exact age in days of my baby. I also received a text about a local library story time which was great because I didn't know my local library offered those for babies and toddlers. The program comes to me directly on my phone wherever I am with my little one. And, my mom can use the ideas when she babysits for me.

It is free and I texted BRIGHT to 444999 to register. It only took 15 seconds of my time and now I can important information which helps me teach and support my baby.

Review from Guidestar

Benjy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of Bright Beginnings is truly a noble one and I am grateful I have been able to be a part of it. The people within the organization, from the CEO all the way down to the volunteers, work in unison to reach as many families with infants and make a positive impact in each and every person that needs the services Bright Beginnings provides. I look forward to being a part of the organization for a long time and watching it grow and grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the co-chair of Colorado Bright Beginnings' Goodnight Moon Gala, I have spent the last half year working with the staff and volunteers for this organization. I could not be more impressed. The volume and quality of the people that volunteer at CBB, who do everything from office tasks to working the Gala getting the crowd excited and involved, is just incredible. CBB is an amazing organization that has assisted 19,000 Colorado families this year alone. This can only happen with an amazing volunteer team. CBB's team is the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am just starting to volunteer with Bright Beginnings. I really enjoy it and look forward to giving more of my time to such a great organization.

Jessica84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bright beginnings is a wonderful non-profit organization that always reach out in the community and support all people involved. Cheers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Bright Beginnings for 15 - 16 years. As a mother of two girls and also a grandmother I feel like I can connect with young women and their babies. In the process I have met some wonderful parents. It always amazes me how excited these parents are to see and talk to me and also to receive all the parenting materials I bring. They truly want to be the best parent they can be! I am being very selfish about my visits because I walk away feeling so good about myself knowing I could bring some clarity to this extremely hard job they call parenting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Bright Beginnings and I enjoy being able to assist mothers to have a better understanding of how important it is to help a child learn as it grows. Bright Beginnings has a good non profit program that reaches all across the Denver metro area. Its a program that provide a wealth of information for families with young children in their household This program should be across the nation in every state. Keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gret organization to volunteer with. Put valueable information about developemnt into the hands parents and caregivers. Organization supports volunteers in many ways: great training, follow=up with questions, always working toward improving the volunteer process. If you love children and want to help parents support their children in their development, this volunteer opportunity is for you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Bright Beginnings for 7 years and am grateful for the opportuntiy. Helping families realize the importance of "parents as first teachers" is not only rewarding - but fun! Bright Beginnings' materials, which we bring to new families -- and then again at 1 and 2 year milestones - are colorful, inviting, packed with great information and easy to read. This program is for all parents - including a 38 year old Mom who has her PhD in Education who says she uses our information often as a reference for new games to play with her daughter, developmental questions and just keeping on track. I enjoy meeting new parents, seeing their adorable children, yet at the same time this volunteer experience is easy to do because I can visit families on my timeframe, when I'm available, which I appreciate as a fulltime employee. I'm proud to be a member of the BB volunteer team and would highly recommend this expereince to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Early intervention and parent involvement is essential to academic success. b Bright Beginnings offer a invaluable pre-literacy and parenting resources to families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with this organization. I started as a volunteer for a golf tournament fundraiser. From there, I completed the training to become a home visitor. I also volunteer at community events around Denver. I love being able to share my knowledge about children and childhood development with parents. I love that Bright Beginnings' packets come with great information for the parents, as well as books and games for the kids. I've been able to use the playtime suggestions personally and love their ideas. It is a very well run non-profit with lots of great ideas on how to increase community awareness. I really love that it combines learning, safety and fun to educate parents and encourage healthy and happy children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach at a public high school, and am increasingly disturbed by the low literacy of our students. My colleagues and I work very hard to catch students up, but learning and reading should have been started years ago at home. I have come to realize that I need to help battle the educational problems of our society both in the classroom AND at home. Bright Beginnings provides parents with the educational materials and ideas they need (totally free!) to start their kids learning from ages zero to three - the ages in which huge amounts of growth take place. If we have educated parents, we will have educated kids!