Announcement

Bright Horizons to Manage Day Care Center

Category: Announcement

July 16, 2014
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Dear Members of the Tufts Community:

We are pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2014, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, one of the nation's most widely respected child-care organizations, will assume management and operation of the Tufts Educational Day Care Center (TEDCC). The Bright Horizons at Teele Square center will continue to be located in the Tufts Administration Building on Holland Street in Somerville, where Bright Horizons will lease TEDCC's current space.

Through this arrangement, the Medford/Somerville campus will have a quality day care center located on-site with services provided by a nationally recognized organization whose sole focus is providing excellent child care. Bright Horizons will offer current TEDCC teachers and staff positions at the new center as of September 1. Being part of Bright Horizons will offer teachers and staff more career opportunities and extensive training. Bright Horizons has been named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" 15 times.

The decision to transition to Bright Horizons was made after thoughtful consideration of the needs of enrolled families, center staff and the university. Providing the highest quality program possible while assuring the safety and well-being of our children has always been our most important priority. As the child care field has grown and evolved, Tufts has found it increasingly difficult to ensure that we are managing the center in accordance with the most current regulations, industry standards and best practices, and in the most fiscally responsible way. We have also been unable to respond to growing requests for infant and toddler care. We have concluded that the best solution to these changing needs was for Bright Horizons to assume operation of the center.

This transition will ensure expert, professional management of the center while enabling Tufts to focus on its core mission as a student-centered research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge. Tufts employees will continue to receive preference in enrollment at the new Bright Horizons at Teele Square center. In addition, Bright Horizons will provide us with 10 priority access places at its Davis Square location, which offers infant and toddler care—something the TEDCC has been unable to offer.

Bright Horizons has consistently shown a deep commitment to investing in the areas we believe matter most: quality early childhood education, appropriate student/teacher classroom ratios, stringent quality assurance and risk management measures, and competitive salaries and benefits. To assure a smooth transition, Bright Horizons will create and engage with a transition committee that will include Tufts faculty and staff as well as parents of children enrolled at the center.

Bright Horizons has an excellent reputation for managing child care and educational programs throughout the Greater Boston area and around the world. Bright Horizons currently operates 60 centers across Massachusetts and serves more than 90 higher education campuses across the country. These centers are part of a family of approximately 600 centers across the U.S.

Bright Horizons also shares Tufts' strong sense of social responsibility and civic leadership. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization focused on supporting children and families in crisis, has created more than 250 Bright Spaces® in homeless shelters and community agencies where children, youth, and families in crisis can learn and play together. Bright Horizons centers raised more than $500,000 last year to support charitable organizations, and community service is an integral component of their curriculum and children’s educational experiences. “Going Green” initiatives are also incorporated into the educational program and empower children to become environmental problem-solvers.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the transition, Bright Horizons, and their service to children and families are available at www.brighthorizons.com/teelesquare.

If you have questions for Bright Horizons or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with their team, please contact Jessica King, regional manager, Jessica.king@brighthorizons.com , 617-372-5736, or Amy Vandever, division vice president, avandever@brighthorizons.com , 502-417-5592. If you have additional questions, please contact me. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Scott G. Sahagian
Executive Associate Dean, School of Engineering
Executive Administrative Dean ad interim, School of Arts and Sciences
617-627-3908
scott.sahagian@tufts.edu

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