Brighton School gained its 501(c)(3) status.
Brighton began its longtime legacy in 1969 as a part of the Up With Downs organization as a school for children with Down Syndrome. At this time, parents who had children with Down Syndrome were told that their children would never walk or talk and that it might be best if they were placed in institutions. There were a group of parents who believed in their children and sent them to Brighton and thus, children with Down Syndrome from all over the region came to Brighton to be educated. Brighton School was one of the few schools in the country educating children with Down Syndrome. The school’s location was located in the Monte Vista area in a home off of Lullwood Avenue that was donated to the Up With Downs organization by the Charity Ball Association.
The federal government passed Public Law 94-142, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which gave children with disabilities the right to be educated in the public school system. From this law, Special Education Departments in School Districts were created and children who attended Brighton moved into the public school system.
Up with Downs and Brighton School, Inc. parted ways and Brighton shifted its focus to early intervention services.
Brighton School entered into its first contract with the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention to provide services to 28 children.
Brighton School was officially incorporated in Texas.
Brighton School Inc.’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program shifted its focus from center-based therapy services and supports to providing services in the child’s natural environment.
Brighton School, Inc. opened Bright Beginnings, an inclusive child development center that served 12 children.
Two local ECI programs closed and Brighton School, Inc. increased enrollment by more than 100 children overnight.
With the support of the Kronkosky Foundation and under their Precious Minds, New Connections initiative, Brighton began its Parent Alliance for Learning and Support (PALS) program to provide parents who have children with disabilities information about development and provide them the tools to advocate for their child. In its first year, PALS served over 100 families.
Brighton School, Inc. began its Fundamental Foundations program. Fundamental Foundations is a collaboration between The Lynd Company and Brighton to provide stable environments that allow children with disabilities to reach their maximum potential.
Brighton School, Inc’s Board of Directors refocused the mission and vision to ensure that inclusion was a primary focus and changed the organization’s DBA to Brighton, The Center for Inclusive Communities.
Brighton, The Center for Inclusive Communities moved its main offices to 14207 Higgins Road. This move brought about an expansion to Brighton’s inclusive child development center, Bright Beginnings from a capacity of 70 children to a capacity of over 120.
Brighton, The Center for Inclusive Communities expanded its Bright Beginnings program to offer inclusive school-age summer and after-school programs.
Brighton, The Center for Inclusive Communities with the support of the Kronkosky Foundation, divided the PALS program into two separate but equally important components. The parent education related to IDEA, special education laws and advocacy retained the PALS name. Brighton move the general developmental parenting education into a new initiative under Kronkosky’s Precious Minds, New Connections initiative and shifted from the Born to Learn curriculum to the Nurturing Program curriculum.
Brighton’s child care center was certified though the City of San Antonio’s Child Care Delivery System as a Four Star Program, the highest rating possible.
Brighton School, Inc. rebranded the organization as Brighton Center (dba) with a new logo and launched a new website. Additionally, the PALS program expanded to begin providing self-determination training for young adults with disabilities and delays to ensure they have a voice in their futures. Brighton Center was also named a Best Place to Work (#16 in the medium-sized company category) by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Brighton Center completed a $1,121,000 capital campaign on July 9th to purchase the facility at 14207 Higgins Road to give Brighton Center a permanent home in the San Antonio community. In September 2010, Bright Beginnings was recertified as a Four Star Program (the highest rating possible) by the City of San Antonio’s Child Care System.
Brighton Center teamed up with Respite Care of San Antonio and Any Baby Can to begin the Families RISE program, a research project of national significance and one of only five in the nation and the only one in our region of the United States. In addition, Brighton Center was named a Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in the nation by the Non Profit Times, a Best Place to Work (#7 in the medium-sized company category) by the San Antonio Business Journal and a Top Workplace by the San Antonio Express News. Brighton Center’s 2011 A Taste of the Northside was also voted as the Best Fiesta Event by WOAI.
Brighton Center officially became a candidate for NAEYC accreditation for its inclusive child development center, Bright Beginnings. In addition, Brighton Center was named a Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in the nation (#2) by the Non Profit Times, a Best Place to Work (#7 in the medium-sized company category) by the San Antonio Business Journal and a Top Workplace by the San Antonio Express News. Brighton Center’s 2012 A Taste of the Northside was also voted as the Best Fiesta Event by WOAI for the 2nd year in a row.
Brighton Center’s Bright Beginnings Child Development Center achieves National accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Brighton Center’s Child Development Center renovates its original headquarters on 265 E. Lullwood Avenue in Monte Vista – central San Antonio. This achievement allows Brighton to reach an additional 47 children with and without disabilities, providing them with quality early childhood education.
Brighton Center doubles the capacity of their Special Education Support and Services program to serve more children and families needing training and one-on-one support when working with the school. In FY17, the program plans on training over 1,000 parents and provide more than 180 families with individualized ARD support. Brighton’s Precious Minds, New Connections program culminated in March of 2016 due to a refocus funding by it’s primary funding source.
Brighton ranked #2 Best Place to Work by Nonprofit Times and also was awarded with a Best Places to Work award by the San Antonio Express News and the San Antonio Business Journal.