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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

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

What does it mean to be ‘Trauma Informed’ or ‘Trauma Sensitive’?

March 2, 2018

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces As the Bright Space program has evolved over its 15 + years of creating safe play spaces for children in crisis, we have learned the importance and impact of trauma on the children and families we serve. The global term ‘trauma’ has evolved to become a spectrum of …Read More

Philadelphia connects young homeless children to early learning programs

February 28, 2018

by Joe Willard, Vice President for Policy at People’s Emergency Center Philadelphia’s homeless advocates, early childhood educators, and developmental scientists created a project to support young children experiencing homelessness to access early learning programs. Called Building Early Links for Learning (BELL), the project aimed at two main goals: (1) to enhance the developmental friendliness of emergency …Read More

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing”

January 29, 2018

Free Resources to Promote Children’s Early Brain & Language Development through Bright Spaces By Jane Park Woo, Deputy Director, Too Small to Fail Too Small to Fail is proud to partner with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® to promote children’s early brain and language development in Bright Spaces across the country. Decades of research reveal …Read More

Good News, Bad News Loss: Timing is Everything

January 11, 2018

by Diane Nilan, HEAR US Perfect timing! In my HEAR US travels across highways and byways, I inevitably lose the magnet signs advertising my unique nonprofit effort, giving voice and visibility to families and youth experiencing homelessness. My loss coincided with recently released estimates of the extent of family/youth homelessness, giving me the opportunity to …Read More

Creating a Safety-Conscious Environment for Children

December 11, 2017

by JT Fest, JT Fest Consulting We all know how important it is to ensure young people’s safety. Maslow’s “pyramid” of needs identifies safety as being second in importance only to physiological needs (air, food, water, etc.). But when we talk about safety for youth, particularly in our communities and our schools, we tend to focus …Read More

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