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Bright Horizons® and EdAssist® Win Coveted 2014 "Learning In Practice" Awards

[WATERTOWN, Mass., October 6, 2014] Bright Horizons Family Solutions®, a leading provider of high-quality child care, early education, educational counseling, and other services designed to help employers and families address the challenges of work and life, today announced that it has been honored with two 2014 Learning In Practice awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine.

Considered one of the highest honors in the workforce development field, the Learning In Practice awards recognize industry leaders that have demonstrated excellence in the design and delivery of employee education programs.

Bright Horizons was awarded a silver "Practitioner" award for its new, video-based training program for the more than 5,000 teachers the company hires annually. The enhanced program trains new teachers in 12 core competency areas related to their care and education of children, and support of families through a series of short video clips, hands-on practice and on-going competency assessments.

EdAssist®, Bright Horizons’ comprehensive managed education solution for employers, which administers tuition reimbursement programs and provides educational advising for their adult learners, was honored with a gold "Provider" award. That award recognizes qualified service providers, vendors and consultants for their work on behalf of a client organization.

EdAssist earned the award for its ability to modernize a client’s tuition reimbursement program while helping to address the company’s evolving corporate learning needs. As part of their management of the program, EdAssist provides educational and financial advising to the company’s employees; access to tuition discounts and waived fees through EdAssist’s Education Network of accredited schools and academic partners; program administration and policy consulting.

"At Bright Horizons, learning is our core business. Our teachers are what make our child care centers and preschools dynamic places for early education, and investing in their ongoing training and education is what will make them even greater educators," said Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer Dave Lissy. "Meanwhile, EdAssist works with clients to close skills gaps in their workplaces by helping their employees save time and money as they pursue further education. These awards are validation of the work we are doing for our own employees and those of our clients. I am tremendously proud of our teams for their work, and for this well-deserved recognition."

The awards were announced at the fall 2014 Chief Learning Officer Symposium in Carlsbad, California.

"The Learning In Practice awards were launched 11 years ago to call attention to the individuals and organizations that not only raise the bar for workforce development but also raise awareness of its power as a business driver and competitive advantage," said Mike Prokopeak, editor-in-chief of Human Capital Media Group, which publishes Chief Learning Officer magazine. "This year’s winners - selected from a field of more than 200 worthy applicants nominated by their peers - represent truly transformational corporate education."

The complete list of winners is available now at www.clomedia.com and will appear in the December issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine.

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