Why We Do It
For many families in our community, market rate child care costs are out of reach. Without quality affordable child care, parents are not able to work or go to school in an effort to be self- sufficient. Even more alarming is that nearly 50% of children who walk into our local schools are unprepared to learn. Teachers are finding out that these children lack the appropriate language, cognitive, motor, and social/emotional skills necessary to succeed. Research indicates that a child who enters school behind has a difficult time in 'catching up', if they are able to 'catch up' at all.
What We Do
Bright Days Child Development Center
Bright Days Child Development Center provides center-based quality childcare services for children of low to moderate income parents in which children receive individualized classroom instruction to prepare them to be successful in school. This 3 STAR Child Development Center places emphasis on the quality of interactions among staff and children, a developmentally appropriate research based curriculum, high standard health and safety practices, staff qualifications, an enriching learning and physical environment, a multitude of parent involvement activities, ongoing developmental assessments (Ages & Stages, DIAL 3, and Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum), medical screenings (hearing, vision, and dental), nutritious meals, referrals to other support services, and individualized classroom instructions.
In order to ensure families have access to convenient, quality daycare throughout our community, Brighton Center operates the Family Daycare program. Early Childhood Education staff works with in-home providers offering trainings, support services, and resource information. We also prepare and help them navigate the state STAR rating system to further enhance their quality and accountability. Our Family Daycare program provides services for children of low to moderate income whose parents are either working or going to school. The family childcare setting is a smaller, more personal environment that is especially good for infants and very young children. Participating providers are state certified, serve nutritious meals, and provide parent involvement activities.
Every Child Succeeds
Brighton Center is a provider agency for Every Child Succeeds. The mission of Every Child Succeeds is to offer Greater Cincinnati first-time mothers and their families support to ensure an optimal start for their children.
Every Child Succeeds (ECS) is a collaborative evidence-based home visitation program that includes 12 provider agencies whose social workers, child development specialists and nurses provide services for first-time, at-risk mothers on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child's third birthday. Designed to optimize child development and promote a variety of positive outcomes, ECS provides home visits to families in seven counties in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky using one of two national models: 11 Healthy Families America sites and one Nurse Family Partnership site. For more information about the Every Child Succeeds program, please visit the website at www.everychildsucceeds.org
Since becoming a provider agency with the ECS program, Brighton Center has enrolled 2124 families and provided 62,556 assessment and home visits. Specifically, Brighton serves first time mothers residing in Campbell and Boone counties. Home visits focus on positive parenting, self-sufficiency, child safety, preventive health care, and early intervention as a means to affect a positive trajectory for the child, promote child and family well-being, and work toward school readiness. Home Visitors also help mothers access prenatal care and other community-based resources.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Our HIPPY program, which serves Newport and Boone County, is a parental involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their preschool children for success in school. Each family is assigned a Home Visitor who builds rapport by visiting with the family in their home. The Home Visitor helps parents mingle learning and play throughout the structured 30-week HIPPY curriculum for three and four year olds. There is also a 15 week curriculum for 5 year olds. Parents are presented a set of carefully developed books and materials designed to strengthen children's cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional, and physical development. Parents are seen as the primary educators of their children. In between home visits, parents complete activities that are no longer than 15 minutes with their child 5 days a week. In addition to these easy-to-use activity packets and home visits, the curriculum will also be supported by several group meetings.
United Way Child Care Intake
The United Way Child Care Intake program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working or going to school and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Based on a sliding fee scale, families are required to cost-share based on family size, income, and number of children in care. In addition to determining initial eligibility, redeterminations are conducted with all parents twice a year. The program provides parents with consumer education and referrals to child care in their community, provides information in relation to school success, and developmentally appropriate practices, and performs monthly billing for participating centers.
What We've Done
91% of the children that graduated from preschool at our Bright Days Child Development Center were determined "school ready". Also, 85% of the children enrolled in the HIPPY program in Newport and Boone County for the full year were assessed age appropriate in concepts and language skills indicating no potential delays. 96% of the children served through Every Child Succeeds were developing age appropriate in all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development), and 96% of the children had a medical home.
7th & Park Ave.
P.O. Box 325
Newport, KY 41072-0325
Phone: (859) 491-8303
Fax: (859) 261-6912