“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” - Maria Montessori
The Courage Cup d/b/a Courage for Kids is a Virginia nonstock corporation and section 501(c)(3) public charity. Our mission includes but is not limited to charitable and educational purposes, such as helping at-risk youth by providing and securing funds to provide individualized attention, programs and services to keep children in school and to educate the general public about the funding needs of organizations that provide services and advocacy for disadvantaged people.
We are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to help at-risk children. The organization strives to provide each child in need with the tools necessary to build a better and brighter future.
In order to accomplish our mission, we have partnered with organizations such as Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, CentroNia, House of Ruth, Campagna Center, United Communities Against Poverty, Work to Ride, Hands on DC, DC Cares, and Children’s Hospital
Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Bright Beginnings, Inc. was established in 1991 by the Junior League of Washington, who identified a critical need for quality childcare among homeless families in Washington, D.C. Since then, Bright Beginnings have met the needs of over 1,500 homeless children by providing families with childcare and on-site therapeutic and family support services.
Campagna Center's Early Learning Center prepares young children to enter school ready to learn. In classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and star-rated by the state of Virginia, they offer high-quality early childhood education and wellness support to over 500 low-income families with children from newborn to five years old.
CentroNia’s Early Childhood Program is a nationally recognized, multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education. They offer a welcoming environment that encourages intellectual adventure and provides guidance each step of the way for children and families to achieve their goals. Their full-day program for children from birth through age 5 lays the foundation for school readiness by working to develop the whole child in a dual-language environment.
House of Ruth’s Kidspace, founded in 1990, is a nationally accredited child development center for children ages six weeks through five years old. The children are from families that are homeless and living at House of Ruth or other programs in the District of Columbia. At Kidspace, children have individualized learning and care plans to help them achieve their highest potential.