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Creating a Bright Space at the Texas Border – Opening the Space for the Children

July 16, 2018

By Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Flying home from Texas after a week in McAllen creating an amazing Bright Space, my mind is full of images, my heart is full of emotion, and my resolve is strong. The Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) where we created the Bright Space is a wonderful place. I …Read More

Creating a Bright Space at the Texas Border – Determining the Design and Content

July 5, 2018

by Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces When Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer committed to making a difference for the migrant families in McAllen, Texas, through creating a special Bright Space, I was honored to be charged with determining how best to utilize our resources and generosity to have an impact on these children. …Read More

Creating a Bright Space at the Texas Border – First Visit to the Agency

June 29, 2018

by Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces McAllen, TX is a place very few Americans had heard of till a few months ago, and now the hotels swell with immigration lawyers, advocates, and caring and concerned volunteers signing up in droves to drop everything in their lives and travel to this small American border …Read More

New Report Details Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Children’s Physical & Mental Health

May 24, 2018

“Tonight, more than 22,000 children will be trying to fall asleep in the (New York) City’s family shelters. While other children are playing with friends, learning math and reading, and developing social skills, children in City shelters are being damaged daily in ways that harm their brain development, plague their lives with poor physical and …Read More

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): More common than we think

May 9, 2018

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces ACEs  are defined as Adverse Childhood Experiences such as exposure to physical abuse, neglect, violence, substance abuse, and/or incarceration.  According to article  Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show, more than 46 percent of children under 18 have had at least one ACE. ACEs contribute to …Read More

Second Small Bright Space Opens in Reception Area

April 30, 2018

Our 2nd Bright Space nook has opened!  This is a small reception area at the Catholic Charities Mission in Fort Collins, CO.  Thanks to Sarah Truett, Center Director at Bright Horizons at East Fort Collins, for leading this project.  This small Bright Space will be a welcoming area for families as they enter the Mission, as …Read More

New Outdoor Bright Space Opens in Framingham, MA

April 26, 2018

Welcome to our newest outdoor Bright Space at the Pathways Family Shelter in Framingham, MA. This outdoor Bright Spaces was made possible thanks to significant support from our partner, kettlebells4kids, and CrossFit New England. Pathways Family Shelter provides housing for 14 homeless families. The new outdoor Bright Space will provide a rich and safe play …Read More

New NICU Siblings Bright Space Opens in Chicago

April 24, 2018

We are proud to show off our new NICU Siblings Bright Space that recently opened at the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Illinois – Chicago Children’s Hospital in Chicago. This welcoming room provides art supplies, books, games, toys, and video games for the siblings of infants being treating in the NICU. This …Read More

New Bright Spaces Playground Created by 2016 Greenman Award in Salt Lake City

April 23, 2018

This outdoor Bright Space was made possible by Bright Horizons Division Vice President, Linda Bartleson, winner of the 2016 Jim Greenman Award, an honor given for being a true child care advocate and leader who has made a lasting impact on children.  With the award, Linda was given $10,000 to the creation of a Bright …Read More

Detroit to Haiti: Creating an Environment for Healing

April 10, 2018

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces I recently returned from a thought-provoking, highly informative and engaging trip to Haiti to visit a home and school for children in Port-au-Prince sponsored by the nonprofit, Hope for the Children of Haiti (HFC) . The school, which has very high standards of education, provides education to the children in …Read More


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