A program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®

Mission and History


girl in white dressThe 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.


The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children was founded by Bright Horizons employees in 1999 to fulfill the mission of Bright Horizons® to “make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities where we live and work.” Through the Foundation, Bright Horizons supports nonprofit organizations with programs for children and families in crisis.

At Bright Horizons, we have a wealth of knowledge about children and families. Through the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, we can extend the reach of our knowledge and commitment far beyond the walls of our centers, schools, and programs for enrolled families to at-risk children and families in our communities.

We support a range of programs that serve children and families through volunteers, grants, and resources. Our flagship program, Bright Spaces, serves thousands of homeless children each month.