Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces
Ileen has been a key Bright Spaces staff member since October 2011 but a volunteer leader since 2002, when she served as project leader for the 20-site Philadelphia Bright Space Project. She is also the creator and CEO of My Baby’s First Teacher, a parenting program for homeless mothers.
Before joining the Bright Spaces program, she was at Bright Horizons for 20 years as the Center Director for the McNeil Child Development Center. Her past professional experience includes Adjunct Professor at Temple University; NAEYC Validator; American Montessori Society Consultant/Presenter; Director of High Risk Pediatric Center; and founder of New Hope for Art.
Ileen has a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University and a B.S. in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Penn State.