BB3 Moves to Clayton Early Learning Campus

Clayton for Blog 2.11.2015Bright by Three is now located on the campus of Clayton Early Learning, a statewide leader in early childhood education, research and training.

Bright by Three moved its headquarters in January from 7th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. to its new space on the Clayton Early Learning campus at 3605 Martin Luther King Blvd.

“The Clayton Early Learning campus is a hub for early learning, and Bright by Three is honored to be part of this movement,” says Jean McSpadden, BB3’s CEO. “It is a privilege for Bright by Three to be a part of this historic campus with such a long history of serving Denver’s children.”

Bright by Three’s new location houses employee workspace, training space and a call center where volunteers enter data and conduct surveys with program participants.

“Bright by Three is a critical component of Colorado’s efforts to improve outcomes for our youngest children,” says Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley in a recent press release. “We could not be happier to have them join our campus, giving us the opportunity to strengthen the joint efforts between our two organizations.”

Bright by Three had been interested in moving to the Campus for years, and when the opportunity arose in late 2014, BB3 jumped at the chance.

“By relocating to the Clayton Early Learning Campus, we are excited for the opportunity to further align and integrate our efforts to ensure every child in Colorado is ready for a lifetime of learning and success,” says Jean McSpadden.

BB3’s new address: 3605 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Our phone number is the same – 303-433-6200 – but staff extensions have changed. Click here to view the new BB3 staff extensions.

Goodnight Moon Gala Ushers in New Name, New Chapter

Board members Sandra Stenmark and Liz KincannonOn November 7, a group of 300 Bright by Three supporters came together at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for the fourth annual Goodnight Moon Gala.

It was an uplifting celebration of our collective work to provide Colorado parents and caregivers of children aged 0-3 with the tools to promote a child’s healthy development and readiness for lifelong learning.

The dramatic moment of the evening came when the new name and brand – Bright by Three – was announced for the organization that has been known for the last 19 years as Bright Beginnings.

In 2015, Bright by Three will celebrate its 20th anniversary, so in many ways, it’s good timing to refresh and renew the organization’s brand. What’s more, the change coincides with exciting new program innovations – including the BrightByText system also featured in this newsletter.

Bright by Three was founded in 1995 by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer and former Procter & Gamble Chairman Brad Butler. And it was a special moment indeed when Governor Romer and Brad Butler’s daughter Nancy Butler Accetta took the stage at the event to unveil the new name and logo.

“Our name and our logo may have changed,” says Jean McSpadden, CEO of Bright by Three. “But our commitment to giving every Colorado child a bright beginning is stronger than ever.”

The 2014 Goodnight Moon Gala honored Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission and co-chairs Barbara Grogan, Anna Jo Haynes and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. The event emcee was George Sparks, CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and BB3 board member emeritus. The keynote speaker was Sarah Watamura, PhD, researcher and expert on the effects of toxic stress in children at the University of Denver.

The evening closed with a rousing rendition of “happy birthday” for Bea Romer, BB3 board member and former Colorado First Lady, who was celebrating her 85th birthday.

Click here to see photos from the event!  Read more about the gala in the Denver Post feature.

Adventures of Ollie and Moose

Those of us charged and honored with the challenge of delivering a program that provides parents and caregivers of very young children with skills that promote cognitive and social-emotional development get accustomed to seeing outcomes in terms of statistics. The generous people and organizations who bankroll our operation demand we constantly prove our program delivers the intended outcomes. This is as it should be.

Every now and then, however, one of the 20,000 or so people who receives a free program visit of ours each year sends us a “thank you” and our efforts are rewarded at a personal level. In conversations around the water cooler, my staff and program volunteers marvel at how small gestures such as this remind us that the work we are doing is not about messaging effectiveness or delivery systems or evaluation methodologies, but about helping children “light up” their individual expression and curiosity before they ever see a classroom.

That’s why I’ve chosen to share an item I found in my inbox today: This morning Angelica, our Community Engagement Manager, forwarded one such unsolicited message from a woman in our program. At our volunteer trainings, we often say a sign of our success is when a child becomes a story teller rather than one who passively listens to stories. I don’t think we could find a better example of that notion than the video of this woman’s daughter “reading” to the family dog.

Thank you for the book I received after the birth of our daughter… She is now 1 and loves reading. Here is a little video of her reading to our dog. http://youtu.be/U86hfX_qmwY THANK YOU!

To our colleagues: Could anyone ever question that when this girl has assembled the vocabulary to fully express her thoughts that she won’t meet whatever standard of school readiness any of us could ever devise? Talk about a Bright Beginning or a child who is Bright by Three!

Bright Beginnings launches its Young Professional Advisory Board

Join as an Inaugural Member!
Bright Beginnings’ Young Professional Advisory Board is kicking off an exciting year with fun and informative events, lunch-and-learn member call-ins, and more!

Membership and Benefits

  • $75 membership fee if you sign up before or at the kickoff event on April 10th ($150 for new members thereafter)
  • Complimentary access to Bright Beginnings’ Young Professional Advisory Board events
  • Complimentary access to “How are the Children?” bi-monthly conference calls
  • Complimentary access to “Professional Development” quarterly conference calls
  • Discounts and perks at other Bright Beginnings events
  • Individual and/or company name listed as a member on Bright Beginnings website and other printed material

Mark your calendars!

Downtown Denver Happy Hour with Senator Mike Johnston
April 10, 2014 | 5:00–6:30PM
Non-members: $25 | Members: No charge
Charcoal Restaurant | 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver CO 80204

Grab a drink, enjoy some appetizers and get the political scoop from one of Colorado’s youngest state senators. Come learn how Mike got into politics and hear his humorous stories of being a dad of 5-year-old twins and a toddler.

Dog Days of Summer Happy Hour
Non-members: $25 | Members: No charge
Date, Time, Location, Speaker TBD

Beat the summer heat with a cool beverage, learn more about early childhood development from an engaging speaker and network with your fellow Young Professionals.

Members Only Conference Calls

“How are the Children?” call-ins from your office on Wednesdays every other month. Learn the latest news in early childhood education from Bright Beginnings stakeholders and thought leaders.

Senator Mike Johnston
May 21, 2014 | noon – 1PM
Get update on the latest legislation and how it impacts kids.

Young Professional Development Calls
Quarterly call-ins with Colorado business leaders who will share tips and lessons about the successes and setbacks that have shaped their careers.

Next Steps

To join our Young Professional Advisory Board, click “Sign Up” below:

Sign Up

Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and friends. If you have questions, email Hannah Longmore at hannah@brightbeginningsusa.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our first networking event in April!

Brady Alshouse and Patrick Pugh
Co-Chairs, Young Professional Advisory Board

Closing The ‘Word Gap’ Between Rich And Poor

NPR reports on “Closing The ‘Word Gap’ Between Rich And Poor“:

Research since then has revealed that the “word gap” factors into a compounding achievement gap between the poor and the better-off in school and life. The “word gap” remains as wide today, and new research from Stanford University found an intellectual processing gap appearing as early as 18 months.

We are singing the same tune! Read more about the research that inspired the Bright Beginnings program.