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Mission Statement: 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 whereever 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. Adopted June 29, 1992 by the Board of Directors of Better Beginnings at its regularly-scheduled meeting.
Better Beginnings has been serving the Hightstown-East Windsor area since 1967, providing subsidized child care, giving parents the opportunity to be self-supporting, contributing members of their community, while providing a safe, healthy learning environment for children. Better Beginnings was established to close gaps between people and economic circustances, and continues to fill gaps and meet needs: Examples are substance abuse and violence prevention programs, literacy programs, computer literacy and supervised access to the internet, and adult workshops. Better Beginnings responds to the needs of its community, families and children, far beyond any requirements of governing bodies or of funding contracts. Our goal is to encourage families and children to reach their full potential by encouraging the development of positive feelings about themselves, independence, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, conflict resolution, and to experience the intrinsic inner rewards of making choices that are constructive. BETTER BEGINNINGS has CONSISTENTLY been described as an EXCELLENT and INNOVATIVE PROGRAM, excellent in every category, in the County/State/Peer monitoring/evaluation reports which are a pre-requisite to continued state contracts.