The hardships of homelessness-hunger, displacement, stigma, low self-esteem and exposure to potentially dangerous situations-and the high levels of stress they create for homeless children and their parents, often negatively affect a child's development. Before the narrow window of opportunity in these children's early childhood development closes, Discovery Depot's caring teachers support children to instill in them confidence, self-worth, a love for learning and other building blocks for success in the face adverse circumstances. Through open communication with teachers and caregivers, parents receive valuable information and support leading toward a greater understanding of their children and their needs-including proper nutrition, age-appropriate play and socialization, and a violence-free environment.
Established in 2003, BHC's Discovery Depot Licensed Child Care Center (DD) is the first licensed child care center in California located at a homeless shelter. The program is free to eligible client families and allows BHC resident parents to travel off-campus to pursue housing, work, educational, parenting or substance abuse prevention opportunities while their children receive nurturing early child care and education that prepares them for school - and life.