New Outdoor Bright Space Opens in the Bronx

October 22nd, 2014

Centers in Div. 13 worked together to create a place for families to relax and play outdoors at the Gloria’s House Transitional Family residence in the Bronx, NY.

Gloria’s house provides 105 homeless families (and around 275 children) with a temporary place to stay.

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New Bright Space Opens in San Francisco

October 15th, 2014

PBK little boyA new Bright Space recently opened at Compass Children’s Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a child care center serving families facing extreme poverty or homelessness.

More than 60 volunteers from Pottery Barn Kids gave their time and talent to transform a classroom and therapy rooms at the center. They repainted hallways and therapy spaces, assembled products like dollhouses and a retro kitchen, and added warm touches to the walls. Most importantly, they were able to provide the children with a magical space to dream, play and learn.

This was the second Bright Space created through a special partnership with the Foundation and Pottery Barn Kids.

“What we focus on is building inspirational, memorable, magical spaces for kids and our goal is to share that with everyone. We want to share our dreams with everyone who walks in this space,”  said Jennifer Kellor, SVP, Merchandising for Pottery Barn Kids.

 

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New Teen Bright Space Opens in Canada

August 27th, 2014

Bright Space 3Teens in Mississauga, Ontario now have a gaming area, a TV/movie/lounging area, a table/workspace area, and a research/computer area in their new Bright Space at Interim Place.

Homelessness can be especially difficult for teenagers, leading to severe anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Teens report feeling unsafe in adult shelters, and yet they often feel out of place in family shelters, too old for the younger children’s activities and yet too young for the help offered for adults. Without a welcoming room designed especially to engage them and support their emotional needs, teens needing more autonomy may leave the safety of the shelter and Bright Space 2head back to the “independence” of the streets, which can be disastrous for the teen and for their family.

“I was fortunate to meet a few of the youth,” said Bright Horizons Regional Manager Fatima Taveres, who worked on the space. “They are beside themselves with excitement.”

 

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JT Concert Raises More Than $9,000 for the Foundation

August 19th, 2014

JT concerntWhen Justin Timberlake brought his 20/20 Experience World Tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncastville, CT, earlier this summer, the 20/20 Experience became a Bright Horizons Foundation for Children experience too. Bright Horizons at Eagleview works closely with The Mohegan Tribe and was thrilled when they generously extended the opportunity to host a fundraising event at the concert. They donated an entire skybox to Bright Horizons Division 13. By selling the tickets to Bright Horizons employees, and their family and friends, Division 13 raised more than $9,000 in one night for the Foundation.​When it comes to raising money for the Foundation, Division 13 rocks!

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New Outdoor Bright Space Opens in Boulder

July 29th, 2014

Boulder 4Outdoor spaces can be very important to children who have experienced violence in their lives, allowing a more comfortable environment for the child to discuss the crisis that faces him. The outdoor space at SPAN in Boulder is used for group therapy as well as one-on-one sessions. When Bright Horizons employees at the Broomfield office found out the space could use some TLC, they sprang into action. They raised money to create an outdoor Bright Space through office fundraisers such as chili cook-offs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, breakfast burritos, and capped it off with a silent auction raising more than $11,000. Special thanks to Linda Toldness and Amy Shamburg for their leadership, as well as the whole Broomfield Foundation Committee for making this Bright Space a reality for the children at SPAN.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonvoilence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. 

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Dog Therapy Duo Makes a Difference, Recognized with Community Service Award

July 16th, 2014

Dog BONES“When we first got Juno, I had no intention of having her become a therapy dog,” says Arryn Sullivan.  After seeing on TV how much of a difference therapy dogs made to Sandy Hook survivors, though, Arryn found Dog B.O.N.E.S. of MA, an organization that trains dogs for therapy work.  “We went to the sessions, and because of Juno’s personality, she was a shoe in for this type of work.”

For her and Juno’s work together, Arryn, executive assistant to Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy, was recently honored with a Community Service Award for Dog B.O.N.E.S.

Arryn and Juno have visited numerous colleges for stress clinics during mid-terms and finals. They were part of a senior project for a girl at Milford High School, and have visited an elderly man in Wellesley many times.

Lasell Dec (2)“The most time we spend is at the Franciscan’s Children’s Hospital in Brighton in the CBAT psych unit,” says Arryn. “Juno and I go once a week and spend time visiting with the kids.  These kids are struggling with behavioral issues, bad home situations, and are threats to themselves or others.  When we go, I love talking to them (many have been there for months) and witness how they leave their routine for an hour and are just kids having a good time. When we get there the kids run over to Juno and immediately start petting and asking me about her.”

Community Service Awards are $250 and are funded by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

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Welcome to Our Newest Bright Space in Florida

March 11th, 2014

 

 

 

Welcome to our newest Bright Space at Women in Distress of Broward County, Florida, a domestic violence shelter. More than 300 women and children working to transition into a safe, self-sufficient life will be able to use the Bright Space each year.

This Bright Space was sponsored by Bright Horizons client American Express, and volunteers from American Express plan to stay engaged with the Bright Space.

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Bright Spaces Helping Families of NICU Babies

January 6th, 2014

​Families with children in the NICU are experiencing a great deal of emotion: fear, joy, hope, love. Not only are parents worried about the newly-born babies facing their own struggles, but they are worried about the well being of their other children and family members. The Bright Horizons Foundation and the Dallas March of Dimes have partnered to ease this stress at several Dallas-area hospitals.

NICU ribbon cuttingFamilies with newborns in the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas will now have a new Bright Space where they can play and have fun. One new mom says that this is music to her ears because the Bright Space adds a distraction that was much needed for her older child. When visiting her baby brother in the NICU, the family would spend time watching TV in a family room. Now her daughter can use her imagination, feel like there is a space just for her and feel a sense of normalcy in a difficult place.

In addition to a place to play, these Bright Spaces will offer hope and inspiration through beautiful photography and inspiring quotes mounted on the walls. It also includes special materials for siblings with a particular focus on pretend play involving baby dolls, home living and medical play.

In addition to this Bright Space, a ribbon cutting was recently held for the March of Dimes-Dallas/Fort Worthand Bright Horizons Bright Space for Siblings located in the Special Care Nursery for the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. This is the sixth NICU Bright Space the Bright Horizons Foundation has opened in partnerships with the March of Dimes.

NICU KidsFor siblings of children in the NICU and Special Care Nursery, it can be very hard to understand why their baby brother/sister can’t come home and why they need to be at the hospital. The Bright Space allows them a place to play when visiting the hospital, and allows families to spend time together during this period of crisis.

There are more NICU Bright Spaces in the works and we are so proud of the work that is being done.

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Unique Music Studio Bright Space Opens in Memory of Special Young Man

August 1st, 2013

The family of Tyler Montgomery were devastated by his tragic death in a car accident last June, just Tylera month before his 20th birthday. They wanted to find a special way to honor his memory.

Tyler’s cousin, Candice Amour, Center Director at UChicago Child Development Center, knew about Bright Spaces and contacted the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to see about creating one in Tyler’s memory.

A year later, a very unique Bright Space opened: the The TwoCanSam Recording Studio at the Guardian Angel Community Services’ Dillard Harris Education Center in Joliet, IL. Tyler was a gifted aspiring musician, and TwoCanSam was Tyler’s name in a local rap group. The opening was held in celebration of what would have been Tyler’s 21st birthday.

StudioThis music studio will be used to for music therapy and music education in Tyler’s memory. Students from second to twelfth grade will be able to go in and do music and work through their issues, according to program director Laura Coan.

“Because of the Foundation, we do get to celebrate Tyler and because of the Foundation, Tyler’s legacy will live on,” said Candice. “Our family is devastated with the loss of Tyler and our hearts ache, but because of this wonderful opportunity to create a space for Tyler to ‘live’ through, we have begun to fill our hearts with love and hope for the children that will use this recording studio.  You have given us a wonderful outlet for healing.  This is the greatest gift.”

 

Watch a special video tour of the Bright Space. It not only shows the room….but Tyler’s music is playing in the background.  A song called “UP”..one of Tyler’s last songs he recorded before his death.  It is about being positive and not getting down and being true to yourself not matter how much people or life circumstances try to put you down.

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Garden of the Five Senses opens at Frazer Center thanks to Greenman Gift

May 13th, 2013

Pictured left to right: Trace Haythorn, Jessica Conway, David Hoffman, Mark Mendel, Melony Gibson, Charlese Dease, and Rosalie Howell

A special “Garden of the 5 Senses” interactive teaching and therapy area recently opened at the Frazer Center in Atlanta. The project was made possible thanks to a Greenman Gift grant from Bright Horizons and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

The Frazer Center is a nonprofit agency with a long-standing history of providing outstanding services to infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and other disorders.  It is one of only a few inclusive child care programs in metro Atlanta and are unique in that both children and adults with disabilities are afforded day services at the same site.

The Frazer Center’s 1,600-square-foot existing courtyard was turned into a space that integrates beauty and function. The Garden of the 5 Senses is a space that invites exploration and imagination while also stimulating lear

ning. In addition to plants that are beautiful to see, touch, smell, and taste, there is a small amphitheater for children to listen to stories and a special humming stone. This space will also be used as an outdoor classroom and reading area.

“The heart of our effort lies in the deep conviction that introducing and cultivating a love of nature with young children provides not only a wonderful learning opportunity but also the early building blocks of a life-long commitment to appreciating and caring for our natural world,” said Trace Haythorn, Executive Director.

The Rich Foundation also contributed to the garden.

The Greenman Gift was established in 2009 in honor of Jim Greenman, the former Chairman of the Foundation Board and Senior VP of Education and Training for Bright Horizons. Jim’s professional life was dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families. He left a legacy of creating wonderful places for children and adults where they could play and learn, creating warm memories that would become a part of the fabric of their lives. The Greenman Gift provides a $35,000 grant of direct financial and in kind contributions to one child care program each year to improve its facility in Jim’s honor. 

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Database Administrator Carrie Cox Receives Gleason Grant

October 20th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Carrie Cox, Foundation Database Administrator in Nashville, for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Turnip Green Creative Reuse will receive a check for $500 in her name.

Carrie organizes monthly open studio sessions that are free and open to the public, promotes the mission of TGCR and Platetone, and she serves on the board of Plateone as membership coordinator.

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Two Teachers in Connecticut Receive Gleason Grants for Life Changing Outreach Ministries

October 16th, 2014

Congratulations to Julissa Perez, Toddler Teacher, and Roxanne Vaugh, Preschool Teacher, at Bright Horizons at Orange in Connecticut.

They each received a $500 Gleason Grant for in honor of their volunteer work with Life Changing Outreach Ministries.

Roxanne helps collect and donate food, clothing, and blankets for the homeless and people with families in need. Every month, she helps prepare food and serve to the homeless as they leave the shelter. Julissa helps prepare food for the homeless and families in need and helps collect food, clothing, home and educational supplies. Once a month, they both go to Leeway and brings church to the hospital (for Aids/HIV patients).

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Education Coordinator Rebecca Skinner Receives Gleason Grant for Salkehatchie Summer Service

October 16th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Skinner, Education Coordinator at Greenville Memorial Childcare Center in South Carolina for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Salkehatchie Summer Service will receive a check for $250 in her name.

Salkehatchie Summer Service helps to rebuild members of the St. Helena community’s homes; providing warmer, safer and drier living conditions for those in need. Rebecca’s volunteer duties include leading a group of volunteers to re-build and repair homes with the end goal of leaving each family with appropriate living conditions.

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Quality Assurance Manager Sherry Zimmerman Receives Gleason Grant for Mead High School Band

October 16th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Sherry Zimmerman, Bright Horizons Quality Assurance Manager in Colorado for being honored with a Gleason Grant. The Mead High School Band will receive a check for $250 in her name.

The band provides music education to high school students and a positive outlet for teens to learn respect and pride for themselves, their school and their community. They participate in many community events, concerts and competitions. Sherry’s volunteer duties include organizing fundraising activities, booths at community events and chaperoning.

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Education Coordinator Rebecca Skinner Receives Gleason Grant

October 14th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Skinner, Education Coordinator at Greenville Memorial Childcare Center in South Carolina for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Salkehatchie Summer Service will receive a check for $250 in her name.

Salkehatchie Summer Service helps to rebuild members of the St. Helena community’s homes; providing warmer, safer and drier living conditions for those in need. Rebecca’s volunteer duties include leading a group of volunteers to re-build and repair homes with the end goal of leaving each family with appropriate living conditions.

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Teachers Julissa Perez and Roxanne Vaugh Receive Gleason Grants

October 13th, 2014

Congratulations to Julissa Perez, Toddler Teacher, and Roxanne Vaugh, Preschool Teacher, at Bright Horizons at Orange in Connecticut.

They each received a $500 Gleason Grant for in honor of their volunteer work with Life Changing Outreach Ministries.

Roxanne helps collect and donate food, clothing, and blankets for the homeless and people with families in need. Every month, she helps prepare food and serve to the homeless as they leave the shelter. Julissa helps prepare food for the homeless and families in need and helps collect food, clothing, home and educational supplies. Once a month, they both go to Leeway and brings church to the hospital (for Aids/HIV patients).

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Regional Manager Joel Cortina Receives Gleason Grant

October 13th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Joel Cortina, Regional Manager – Divison 12, Region A, for being honored with a Gleason Grant.  The YMCA will receive a check for $250 in his name.

Each year Joel volunteers close to 70 hours coaching multiple sports: Spring baseball, Soccer, Fall baseball, and Fall football as well.  He has been coaching for the YMCA for over six years and really enjoys seeing the children progress and have fun together.

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Teacher Fabiola Harris Receives Gleason Grant

October 13th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Fabiola Harris, Teacher at JM Family Center in Florida, for her volunteer work with the Roy Lee Harris Scholarship Foundation.

A Gleason Grant check for $250 will be sent to them in honor of Fabiola’s support to them as she helps with benefit event setup and promotion, takes pictures at events, attends monthly meetings, serves on the fundraising committee, sells tickets and helps with other promotions.

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