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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

The Public Health Crisis of Family Homelessness

December 4, 2017

Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., President, Bassuk Center Family homelessness has emerged as a public health crisis with no ready solution. Although this problem was negligible in the 80’s, families experiencing homelessness now comprise 36% of the overall homeless population—with more than 50% of the children less than 6 years old. Both mothers and children are getting …Read More

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and connect

November 21, 2017

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and to be grateful for our health, our family and friends, and for all of the good that exists in the world.  (In fact, check out this great article about the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.) I recently wrote a blog about how we …Read More

How can we spark empathy in children and in our fellow humans?

November 8, 2017

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces As the world seems to be producing more people capable of acts of unimaginable horror, fear-laden discrimination, and callous disrespect for others, it is important to ask this question. Our national persona and the norms we are accepting more and more everyday have an unnerving dystopian quality and …Read More

Bright Spaces Program Hosts Experts to Examine Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness and Trauma

October 25, 2017

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces The challenges facing families experiencing trauma include homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, and hunger insecurity. Research has shown us these adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a detrimental effect on these children’s long term health and quality of life. In this webinar, the Bright Spaces program was delighted …Read More

Schools Take the Lead in Helping Kids Heal from Disaster Trauma

October 10, 2017

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Contact I was delighted to learn that Texas schools are taking these important steps forward, providing trauma training for all staff as children return to school after devastation associated with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This article shows important steps to sending messages of respect for children and their …Read More

Bright Horizons Supports Long Term Solutions to Hurricane Disasters

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Contact Deciding where and who to donate to after a disaster is a question many ask. This well researched article from Education Week reiterates what we know as educators and advocates for children – that what is most important in supporting children impacted by disaster is the need for long term …Read More

Natural Disasters and Domestic Violence

Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces In the aftermath of natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate, when the trees topple, the power is gone and the water is in short supply, the bond of family becomes even more important. However, for families or individuals who are victims of domestic violence, their infrastructure, …Read More

Take the First Step to Help Children

September 7, 2017

Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Contact Hello! I am Ileen Henderson, and making a difference has always been important to me. As the National Director of Bright Spaces, I have been able to take my passion and knowledge about early childhood development and apply it to the lives of children and families around the …Read More

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