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The Life and Legacy of Diane Bernstein


It is our great honor to celebrate the life and legacy of Diane Bernstein on May 18th at our Heroes Ball.


We lost this dear friend in 2021, but her lifetime of support and advocacy for children lives on. Her accomplishments include various programs she's started at Children's National Medical Center, such as the Department of Child Life which creates positive experiences for families and promotes positive coping through play, self-expression, and child-centered medical preparation and education. Much of the work throughout her career impacted programs serving the most vulnerable children in the region.

One thing that connected her so closely to Jubilee JumpStart was her understanding and early championing of how childcare centers are at their best when they support parents and families while supporting the development of children. This way, every child receives the stable, loving care and learning they deserve at home and school.

Diane was a lifelong activist. Her activism sometimes got her into “good trouble”, like when she was arrested and jailed briefly in 2011 while protesting for DC voting rights. But above all, it was her love for all children that gave fire to her enormous spirit.

She generously shared her wisdom, energy, resources, and courage to support and stand up for children and families throughout her life in many ways. We celebrate Diane by carrying forward that spirit to meet today's challenges and beyond.


We're looking forward to remembering her life and work at our Heroes Ball on May 18th at the Hamilton DC. We welcome you to join us. Click here to get your ticket or learn more about The Ball.



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