Parenting Journey, a non-profit organization providing strength-based programs for parents, was the recipient of funds and talents from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to update its child care space. Hosting over 750 hundred children each year while their parents attend classes, the rooms have received fresh paint, updated wall murals, new flooring, and a host of games, furnishings and activities for children age 6 months to 13 years old.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the longstanding support of Bright Horizons and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. Seven years ago they created our child care space and just when it needed some freshening, they returned in full force making it a space that children don’t want to leave, and parents enjoy bringing their children to,” stated Maury Peterson, Executive Director, Parenting Journey. “While the focus of our work is with the parents, we couldn’t achieve such positive outcomes without a supervised safe, nurturing, and fun place for the children while their parents are in their group. Our child care programming is key to parents’ success.”
In 2009, the Bright Horizons Client Relations team, in partnership with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, took on the project of developing the child care space for Parenting Journey. Funds were designated and Bright Horizons staff volunteered their time in memory of Sonia Belcher, a beloved colleague. This initial connection between the two organizations has flourished, with Parenting Journey clients annually benefiting from hand knitted hats and mittens provided by the Bright Horizons Stitch in Time Knitting Club.
“Bright Horizons is committed to supporting families through strong partnerships and nurturing each and every child’s unique qualities and potential,” said Bright Horizons CEO David Lissy. “With our Home Office Staff from Watertown volunteering to refurbish the Bright Space at the Parenting Journey in Somerville, we see those core values in action as our employees create a warm and enriching environment that will make a difference in the lives of families and children in need. By transforming a room into a Bright Space, we can use our knowledge to create a place where children can play, learn, and have fun.”
Yvonne Lynch, Vice President of Client Relations at Bright Horizons added, “It is with great pride that the staff from Bright Horizons Home Office were able to work together to refresh the Bright Space we created more than seven years ago at Parenting Journey. This project culminated a large collaborative effort across departments and geographies, which included partners from Bright Horizons’ Growth Team, EdAssist “Rugged Maniacs” and Bright Horizons Broomfield. We are honored to be able to continue making an impact on the lives of the children and families served daily by Parenting Journey.”
More than 50 Bright Horizons employees designed, painted, and refurbished the infant space, toddler and pre-school room, the tween room and kitchen in which children receive a healthy meal.
About Parenting Journey
Parenting Journey, a nonprofit agency headquartered in Somerville, MA, offers powerful programs that help parents build safer, stronger families and trains professionals nationwide to implement its high-impact approach. More than 1,700 facilitators have received training and 52,000 parents raising almost 151,000 children have benefited from Parenting Journey’s unique curriculum. Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations throughout Greater Boston, New York, Florida, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Parenting Journey, please visit our website www.parentingjourney.org.