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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


Trauma-informed Teaching and Design Strategies: A New Paradigm

August 22, 2017

by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces Contact You have a new child in your classroom. Her name is Celia, and when you meet her, she averts her eyes. She never speaks in class or to other children, puts her head on her desk during lessons and seems to be off in her own world, …Read More


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