Blessed Beginnings Learning Center Opens on Detroit’s East Side

The educational childcare center accepts kids aged 6 weeks to 5 years.

Blessed Beginnings

“I always liked kids and teaching. I loved to see children explore and learn,” says LaShawn Bridges, owner of Blessed Beginnings Learning Center. “Being there for that aha! moment gives me deep joy, because I always knew I wanted to help children be great.”

Blessed Beginnings started as a two-child operation in Bridges’ mother’s home. Two decades later, Blessed Beginnings has relocated to a new building on Detroit’s east side, one that boasts a five-star Michigan Department of Education rating. “Five stars means that we’re serious about what we do. You’re held to a higher standard because you worked hard to reach those goals, and it’s a reflection of the care that we give,” Bridges says.

As a Motor City Match winner, Bridges received a $75,000 grant to purchase and furnish the new building with everything that her innovative curriculum might need. Comfort lighting, enclosed playscapes, sensory tables and age-appropriate décor are just some of the features of the new space.

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Through Blessed Beginnings programs, Bridges wants to restructure how kids learn and grow in Detroit. “We use the HighScope curriculum. I believe if you build on social-emotional skills, academic success will follow,” she says.

“Success comes in assertive speaking, problem solving, listening and focus, alongside hands-on STEAM experience.” Blessed Beginnings accepts kids aged 6 weeks to 5 years, and tuition, fees and scholarship assistance for families are evaluated based on income and need. 

14050 E. Eight Mile Road, Detroit

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