Bright Horizons Family Solutions is committed to making a difference, not only in the lives of the thousands of children we care for daily in our nurseries, but also in the communities where we live and work. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, founded by our parent company in the USA in 1999, is our way of putting that commitment into practical purpose where it is most needed.
We launched the Foundation in Europe in 2005, with the specific aim of helping families and children in crisis, living in temporary accommodation or fleeing from domestic violence for example. The need is great and the figures are shocking:One woman in four will experience domestic violence in her lifetime: in 50% of cases the children of abused women are also directly abused (Refuge)More than 90,000 homeless children in England are living in temporary accommodation (Why End Child Poverty Key Facts)
We work with local community agencies and our clients to create Bright Spaces©, rooms or garden areas in homeless shelters and temporary housing facilities where children and families can play, learn, have fun and most of all feel safe.
With the help of our Foundation supporters we really are able to make a real difference in the lives of children and families. Here is a story from just one of the 31 Bright Spaces we have opened since launching the foundation in 2005.
"We never know how we’re going to be inspired, how bright spaces will inspire us. Doing a Bright Space project yourself may inspire greatness in those who are touched by it."