2020 “Mayor’s ‘Shining Star’ Awards Ceremony”


Being mindful of our present crisis, your health and safety – our event, the Mayors “Shining Star” Gala went virtual! The East Windsor Mayor, Janice Mironov and Hightstown Mayor, Larry Quattrone, will host the annual Mayors’ “Shining Star” Gala to benefit Better Beginnings Child Development Center. The event will celebrate families, children and honor this year’s “Shining Star” awardees. This year’s honorees - Charles "Lee" Stults, Sydelle Norris, Mairead C. Thompson, Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer, Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission, and the Peddie School ESL Student Team. We will celebrate their excellence and salute their many contributions to humanity. 
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We remain committed in providing a high quality affordable early learning childcare program in-spite of the challenges of doing so during a pandemic and the strict guidelines we must adhere to.  We are grateful to our community for their continued generosity and encouragement - we couldn't do what we do without our friends. 

Great News!

Better Beginnings Child Development Center Receives Grant from Investors Foundation


Hightstown, NJ----Better Beginnings received a $500 grant from the Investors Foundation in support of early learning literacy program entitled “Let’s Read…You and Me.”  The program is presently supported by the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown.  The project was originally funded and hosted by the Hightstown Elk Lodge 1955. The program is now in its sixth year.  With funding soon ending, Better Beginnings reached out to the Investors Foundation who has invested in the project and its continuation.   


Better Beginnings evolved from providing a nursery school experience for a few economically disadvantaged children in 1967 to becoming a NAEYC accredited early childhood education center that provides the children with developmentally-appropriate learning experiences in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.  The center is located in the educational building of the First Presbyterian Church that serves 99 (license capacity) children ages 2 thru 11.  

Luz N. Horta, Executive Director of Better Beginnings, said “These difficult times as we adapt to the mandatory guidelines for childcare centers as we address the Cov-19 challenges. Still, we remain committed to provide our families and children with an early childhood educational program that continues to “Shape Minds When Time Matters Most.”    We are appreciative that we of the support provided for the “Let’s Read..You and Me project.  This mission focuses on early literacy development, age-appropriate “Storytime” and the value of reading aloud to children.”   


Better Beginnings appreciates the Investors Foundation for valuing the importance of high-quality early childhood education, and affordable childcare.  Our heartfelt thank you for providing us the opportunity to “Shape Minds When Time Matters Most” and providing families and children opportunities to reach their full potential.   10/08/2020

2020 Special Graduation

Despite COVID 19, the graduation class 2020 had a beautiful out door, social distance graduation ceremony.


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