The agency began in 1972 when a group of early education professionals decided that through collaboration they could develop programs that would do more to help families in the community than they could do alone. They began by developing a scholarship program that over the last forty years has made it possible for many families in the community to be able to afford early education for their children. Over the years, we have followed the needs of young families in developing research-based programming.

The latest research reveals that proactive, integrated, trauma sensitive practices foster life-long success.  Therefore, we focus on integrating early childhood education, with an emphasis on developing social-emotional skills, and early childhood therapeutic services.


The DCCDA/Positive Bright Start Therapeutic Team is comprised of Licensed Clinical Therapists specializing in the emotional, mental, and behavioral needs of young children, a Licensed Clinical Therapist specializing in parent mental health and a parent educator.  Services include:

  • Parenting Education
  • Information and Referral
  • Support and Advocacy
  • Family Counseling
  • Play Therapy for Children
  • Parent Mental Health Therapy for caregivers of children in services


Positive Bright Start Preschool operates two classrooms (a second classroom added in August of 2017) for children 2.5 years to school age with curricula based on school readiness, social readiness and instilling a love of life-long learning and fun! The classroom environment gives children who have social-emotional or developmental needs the opportunity to learn by watching and imitating their peers, as well as teaching children who are typically developing the important life lessons of diversity, compassion, and acceptance. We take a maximum of 12 students with a staff to child ratio is 1:6. We operate year-round, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. We have full time and part time openings. We accept DCF tuition assistance and other third party payments with approval.


Child Care Tuition Scholarships:  We administer three child care tuition scholarship programs with sliding scale scholarships for families up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Our goal is to ensure that children get the quality care and early learning experiences necessary to prepare them for kindergarten regardless of the family’s financial resources.


Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): In the interest of all children having nutritious meals while in childcare, we are a local sponsor for the CACFP.  This Federal Program provides family child care homes with reimbursement for meals served to children in their care. In addition to submitting the monthly claim for home providers, we provide nutrition education and in-service workshops that emphasis healthy eating and physical activity.