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Brightening Lives Activity Benefits New Bright Space

We recently opened our first Bright Space in partnership with a police department in Aurora, IL. One way that Bright Horizons teams can stay connected to local Bright Spaces are Brightening Lives Activities. These volunteer opportunities connect Bright Horizons employees and center families to the Bright Space in simple yet meaningful ways. Lynn Fichtel, Bright …Read More

Two Bright Spaces® Open in Slymar, CA

December 17, 2019

We are excited to announce two Bright Space openings at Hope Gardens in Sylmar, CA. The Bright Spaces were funded by the Discover A Star Foundation of Universal Studios. Hope Gardens provides housing and support for women and children experiencing homelessness and serves an average of 130 children infant to 18 years old. They provide …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Hartford, CT

We are honored to announce the opening of a new Bright Space in Hartford, CT, for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The new Bright Space is a playroom that will serve patients from infants through early teens. It features an infant area with pull-up bar, dramatic play area, wii stations, and portable kits to take …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Aurora, IL

December 10, 2019

We are honored to announce the opening of a new Bright Space in Aurora, IL, for the Aurora Police Department. The APD often has to interview children after traumatic events like domestic battery or community violence, and wanted a comfortable, welcoming, child-friendly environment to interview vulnerable children and families. The new Bright Space feels more …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Manchester, NH

November 21, 2019

We are honored to announce the opening of a new outdoor Bright Space in Manchester, NH, for Families in Transition. Families in Transition – New Horizons is one of the largest homeless services organizations in New Hampshire, and works to help homeless individuals and families reach beyond the cycle of homelessness to lead healthy and …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Framingham, MA

November 6, 2019

We are excited to announce the opening of our new outdoor Bright Space in Framingham, MA, at the Head Start program for Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council. This project was funded by our partner, kettlebells4kids. Volunteers installed equipment including a balance beam, a sensory table, stepping stones, and a shade structure for preschoolers. Special thanks to …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Waltham, MA

October 31, 2019

We are honored to announce the opening of a new Bright Space in Waltham, MA, for the Chesterbrook Community Foundation at Dana Court. The Bright Space will serve children in the after school program at this Waltham Housing Authority residence. This Bright Space includes new furniture, paint, and new materials for 4 rooms and was …Read More

‘Adversity is Not Destiny’

October 25, 2019

Moving to ‘Asset-Informed’ Care By Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces I recently read Ellen Galinsky’s article about a shift from “trauma-informed care” approach to the impact of trauma on children to a more strength based approach she calls “asset-informed care.” The asset-informed care really resonates for me as I work with children across …Read More

Why Volunteer?

October 14, 2019

For kids facing trauma, volunteers can save their long term health By Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Poverty, violence, homelessness, child abuse… there are so many ways our children can experience trauma!  And the impact of trauma is incontrovertible and more research every day shows us how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) cause lifelong …Read More

New Bright Space® Opens in Haverhill, MA

September 18, 2019

We are honored to announce the opening of a special Bright Space in Haverhill, MA for Emmaus Family Shelter. Emmaus House provides services to homeless adults and families, and the Bright Space is part of their Emmaus Explorers program designed for the school-age children residing there. Emmaus Explorers make learning fun for these youth by …Read More


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