Better Beginnings Day Care Center is a Non-Profit 501-c(3)
Center with Thirty years of Service to the Hightstown-East Windsor
area of Mercer County, NJ. It has been consistently evaluated as an
"excellent and innovative"
program by State, County, and Peers organizations.
Better Beginnings is licensed by the State
of New Jersey, and has a contract with the State of New Jersey for a number
of learning spaces.
Better Beginnings provides:
Fees (co-payments) for learning spaces at Better Beginnings are based on
a sliding scale with tiers for State-contracted spaces with top
priority for lowest income.
A Full-Day Program, Open 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
A developmentally-appropriate multi-cultural, bilingual curriculum with
activities based on individual needs and learning styles, promoted by a
Dedicated Professional Staff.
Outside activities using our Playyard, nearby parks, discovery walks and
Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks; Nutritious hot lunches and snacks.
Priority is given to protective service children, working parents, special
Social Skills Development, including enhancing self-image, independence,
respect for self and others, friendship, choice-making, and conflict
An opportunity for Volunteerism and Contributions
to a valuable community service.
In addition to the State-contracted spaces, Better Beginnings also provides
learning spaces for families in all income categories, thus serving
many economic levels.
Better Beginnings is now accepting applications
for summer and fall 1998.
Call for more information or a tour of the school.
Phone: (609) 448-6226
Better Beginnings is a provider of human services, having evolved during
its 30 years of existence from providing a nursery school experience for
a few economically disadvantaged children, to the provision of affordable
quality child care for many, to the provision of such other services as
feasible to meet the emerging needs of the families and children in the
communities it serves. Better Beginnings seeks to serve all people in need
of its services regardless of religious affiliation, race, sex, age, creed,
color, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or marital status, and encourages
self-esteem, mutual respect and harmonious relationships among all the
diverse elements of the human community.
In the provision of services, Better Beginnings is committed first and
foremost to providing affordable, quality child care, giving parents the
opportunity to be self-supporting, contributing and involved members of
the community while providing their children with developmentally- appropriate
learning experiences in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment.
Better Beginnings is further committed to be as responsive as possible
to the unmet needs of the families and children of its community, providing
programs wherever feasible to meet such needs.
In the process of responding to the ever-changing needs and problems
of its families and children, Better Beginnings has evolved from a narrowly-
focused program to a multi-service agency, while carefully maintaining
the excellence and innovation for which the agency is noted.
|Director: Bettie Witherspoon
318 North Main St.
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: (609) 448-6226
Fax: (609) 448-6573
Year Round, with developmentally-appropriate activities in language
development (English and Spanish), math, science, gross/fine motor control,
visual/auditory perception, music/movement, arts & and crafts, computer
learning games, socialization, role-playing, problem-solving, health &
and safety, and more.
Features academic, social and physical development; substance abuse
and violence prevention activities. Meets after school, with full
and half-days when the EWRSD is closed and Better Beginnings is open.
Summer Program, focusing on Conflict Resolution Skills, Social Skills,
Learning to make and be friends, Trips, Games, Computers, Substance Abuse
Prevention, Cognitive Reinforcement, Helping Others, Environment, and more.
Applications are accepted year round, and should be made well in advance
of enrollment. Immunization and medical reports, and income verification
for state-supported learning spaces are required. Call 1-609-448-6226,
or visit Better Beginnings. Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday
Contributions are gratefully received. Donations of toys, food, clothes,
computers--new or used, software, paper, materials, equipment, furniture,
craft items, items for families, are also very welcome. All donations are
Volunteers are welcome in all programs, including classrooms, food service,
trips, fund-raising, board membership, etc.
Please call, write, or e-mail
for more information.
Better Beginnings' affordable child care for
income-eligible families, and its drug and violence prevention programs
are subsidized by Social Services Block Grant funding through the N.J.
Division of Youth and Family Services, the
United Way of Greater Mercer County, the Township of
Windsor, Borough of Hightstown, Mercer County, Child-Adult Food Program,
First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, contributions, and fundraising. Recent
cuts in funding have made contributions and
essential to the continuation of the program.
Better Beginnings Wish List
The operating policies of Better Beginnings are set by a volunteer
Board of Directors comprised of Parent Members
and Community Members. A majority of the Board are Parent Members who are
elected for 1-year terms, and must have one or more children enrolled at
Better Beginnings. Community Members are elected for 2-year terms and in
many cases, are nominated because they are willing to provide a particular
expertise to the board.
|Federal ID# 22-1989-487
||N.J. Charitable Registration# CHO-0137
Regular Board meetings are held monthly, and are open to the public
under NJ Sunshine laws. Public notices of the meetings are posted in our
local newspapers. The Better Beginnings parents have an organization (called
"HOPE") which also meets monthly and has its own officers. It serves as
the forum for the parents to express their concerns, wishes, socialize,
learn additional parenting skills, plan fundraisers and other volunteer
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