A program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is a nonprofit organization focused on brightening the lives of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and other crises. We do this by creating and supporting Bright Spaces; warm, safe, enriching spaces in homeless shelters and other agencies for children and youth to build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play, and experience the joy of childhood. The Foundation believes that we can make the world a better place by engaging Bright Horizons’ employees, clients, families, friends, and community partners to strengthen families, support our communities, share our knowledge, and encourage others to join us in making a difference.

How is the Foundation related to Bright Horizons?

Bright Horizons Family Solutions founded the Foundation in 1999. Through the Foundation, Bright Horizons employees are able to work with community organizations while tapping into our teachers experience and expertise to serve at-risk children.

How is the Foundation funded?

We receive funding from many sources, including Bright Horizons Family Solutions and its corporate clients, parents, and employees. As a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

Bright Spaces

What are Bright Spaces?

It is a warm, enriching place in shelters and community agencies where children and youth can build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play, and experience the joy of childhood. They are created and supported through partnerships with community agencies, financial sponsors, a Bright Horizons center, school or department and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

I want to open a Bright Space. How do I start?

Currently, we only create Bright Spaces with the sponsorship of at least one Bright Horizons center and/or Bright Horizons client.

I want to volunteer in a Bright Space, how do I find one?

Check out “Volunteering” under our “Get Involved” tab for volunteering ideas and resources.

Can we donate items to a shelter or a Bright Space through the Foundation?

The Foundation does not have the resources to manage donations of items. We can provide you with a list of agencies and shelters that would like to accept donations. In most cases, the best practice is to identify a local agency and work directly with them.


Are donations to the Foundation tax-deductible?

As a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

I am a new Bright Horizons employee and want to make a donation through my paycheck, what do I do?

Welcome! Please fill out our employee online donation form. And thanks!

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