Bright Horizons Family Solutions Named to the 2011 Companies That Care Honor Roll

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Nationally Recognized List Honors Company for Commitment to Employees and Community

Companies That Care 2011 Honor Roll

We have always strived to be a company that cared for not just for the children in our centers but for our employees and the communities where we exist,” said Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer David Lissy.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education, and work/life solutions based in Watertown, Massachusetts, has made the 2011 Honor Roll for the Center for Companies That Care for the fourth year in a row.

The Honor Roll, a national list recognizing employers for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement, includes privately-held and publicly-traded organizations, as well as not-for-profit employers. Bright Horizons demonstrates the 10 Characteristics of a Company that Cares including appreciating employees, encouraging work/life balance, and giving back to the community. These characteristics are the standard for companies recognized on the Honor Roll and define the standard for all organizations that strive to be known as top places to work.

“This recognition highlights the values that Bright Horizons has been committed to since our organization was founded twenty five years ago. We have always strived to be a company that cared for not just for the children in our centers but for our employees and the communities where we exist,” said Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer David Lissy. “Our employees, the majority of whom are teachers and early educators, carry out that commitment everyday with their own dedication to their colleagues and the children they care for. But their passion and commitment is also felt outside the center walls, where their volunteer efforts, have helped so many children living in crisis.”

Bright Horizons started the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children 12 year ago to fulfill the organization’s mission to “make a difference in the lives of children and families where we live and work.” The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that engages Bright Horizons’ employees, clients, families, friends, and community partners, and their passion for meeting the needs of all children. The Foundation’s flagship program, creates play rooms called “Bright Spaces” for children in homeless shelters so that they may have comforting places to grow and play. There are now more than 200 Bright Spaces, all created and supported by Bright Horizons employees, families and employer partners.

“Bright Horizons’ commitment to employees and communities begins with its senior leadership,” says Marci Koblenz, founder and president, Center for Companies That Care. “Executives frequently communicate person-to-person, encouraging employees to ask questions, offer ideas and work together as a team to provide exceptional child care and to meet the needs of those in their community. This employer lives the 10 Characteristics of a Company That Cares every day.”

Honor Roll recipients will be officially honored at a 360° engagement conference in Portland in May, where Joseph Grenny, the author of “Crucial Conversations,” is keynoting. Many Honor Roll organizations will be sharing their best practices during the conference. It is open to the public.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging employers in improving the lives of employees, families and communities. If you’re interested in applying for the 2012 Honor Roll, or would like to see the full 2011 Honor Roll, please visit http://www.companies-that-care.org or call 312.661.1010.    

Bright Horizons Family Solutions® (http://www.brighthorizons.com) is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education, and work/life solutions. Bright Horizons® serves more than 800 clients across the U.S., Europe, and Canada, with programs including child care and early education, back-up care, elder care, college counseling, and work/life consulting. The company operates more than 700 child care and early education centers. Bright Horizons was recently named for the 12th time as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.

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