About the Awards

The Awards of Excellence is a long-standing Bright Horizons tradition of acknowledging and thanking employees whose dedication helps us excel in the important work that we do each day. To embrace this tradition, all of our awards encompass our culture, support our mission, and help us to live our HEART Principles.

  • Center and School Staff

    Teachers and Staff are recognized for the amazing work they do and we celebrate their contributions through our Awards of Excellence. Local awards committees identify which award best recognizes the individual based on nominations received. In addition, one special honoree is selected from each division of Bright Horizons to receive the Janice Hill Award and attend our annual leadership recognition event.

    Award Descriptions for Center and School Staff

    The Bright Way to Work Award honors individuals who contribute to the overall work environment by demonstrating a consistent, model work ethic. This award recognizes individuals who are proactive about improving systems and practices. They willingly collaborate and readily contribute new, ideas to support our organization’s commitment to high quality care and service. Recipients of the Bright Way to Work Award achieve overall positive well-being by bringing their whole selves to work while successfully integrating their personal and professional lives.

    The Community Service Award honors individuals who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serving those in need in the communities where they live and work. Recipients give back by being active in organizations or projects that provide valuable services to those in need. Recipients may provide volunteer service in support of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children or other service organizations that serve children, families, or other individuals in their communities. This award recognizes individuals who model a spirit of volunteerism and encourage others to raise the quality of life for all.

    The Environmental Champion Award recognizes members of the Bright Horizons community who provide leadership for environmental awareness in the workplace, and make important contributions toward sustainability. Environmental Champions develop innovative, imaginative activities and projects that help children from an early age develop a deep respect of and care for the environment or provide significant reduction in the environmental impact of our business processes and practices. Recipients of this award often share their efforts and provide education to the wider Bright Horizons community or the communities where they live and work.

    The Excellence in Care and Education Award honors a director, principal, or staff member whose program or classroom serves as a model for their center, school, or division. Through their knowledge and understanding of early care and education, these individuals create exceptional environments that foster growth and learning. They support and nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential, involve families through parent partnerships, and make learning visible.

    The Family Partnership Award honors individuals who best demonstrate our philosophy of supporting working families and ensuring their satisfaction. They encourage family involvement, welcome new ideas, and build a community of caring. These award recipients consistently meet the needs of children and families whom they serve, are openminded, and build trusting relationships with families by respecting their values, differences, and needs.

    The HEART Award honors individual contributors who practice the Bright Horizons HEART Principles in their interactions with each member of the Bright Horizons community. They exemplify all of our HEART elements – honesty, excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork – and how we interact with one another when we are at our very best. Amidst any challenge, these individuals’ optimistic attitude encourages a positive work environment and camaraderie amongst their colleagues. These award recipients are true ambassadors of the Bright Horizons culture.

    The Janice Hill Award is given in memory of Janice Hill, who enthusiastically dedicated herself to children, families, and colleagues at the Campbell Child Care Center during her 10 years of service. This award recognizes one long-term, committed teacher from each division for their dedication to the field of early childhood education and their colleagues, and who wholeheartedly participate in center or school activities. They have nurturing interactions with all children and respond with flexibility by providing developmental expertise to children of all ages. Janice Hill recipients embody family-centered care by meeting families where they are by acknowledging and accepting their individual values and ideas while sharing their joys and challenges.

    The Rising Star Award recognizes enthusiastic individuals who are eager to learn and have a positive attitude. These recipients are open-minded, take initiative, and expand on new ideas. They willingly ask questions and demonstrate flexibility as things change. Rising Stars are recognized for their extraordinary contributions as they continue to grow and develop within their center, school, region, or department.

    The Weaving the Tapestry Award recognizes those who have helped lead Bright Horizons on our journey to become an even more inclusive organization by continually celebrating and embracing many cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Honorees are recognized for contributing new ideas to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve positive outcomes. Recipients support the success of our company by acting as resources, providing direction, and challenging assumptions. These individuals strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences.

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  • Directors, Principals, and Field Directors

    Award Descriptions for Directors, Principals, and Field Directors

    The Bright Way to Work Award honors individuals who contribute to the overall work environment by demonstrating a consistent, model work ethic. This award recognizes individuals who are proactive about improving systems and practices. They willingly collaborate and readily contribute new, ideas to support our organization’s commitment to high quality care and service. Recipients of the Bright Way to Work Award achieve overall positive well-being by bringing their whole selves to work while successfully integrating their personal and professional lives.

    The Community Service Award honors individuals who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serving those in need in the communities where they live and work. Recipients give back by being active in organizations or projects that provide valuable services to those in need. Recipients may provide volunteer service in support of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children or other service organizations that serve children, families, or other individuals in their communities. This award recognizes individuals who model a spirit of volunteerism and encourage others to raise the quality of life for all.

    The Environmental Champion Award recognizes members of the Bright Horizons community who provide leadership for environmental awareness in the workplace, and make important contributions toward sustainability. Environmental Champions develop innovative, imaginative activities and projects that help children from an early age develop a deep respect of and care for the environment or provide significant reduction in the environmental impact of our business processes and practices. Recipients of this award often share their efforts and provide education to the wider Bright Horizons community or the communities where they live and work.

    The Excellence in Care and Education Award honors a director, principal, or staff member whose program or classroom serves as a model for their center, school, or division. Through their knowledge and understanding of early care and education, these individuals create exceptional environments that foster growth and learning. They support and nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential, involve families through parent partnerships, and make learning visible.

    The Family Partnership Award honors individuals who best demonstrate our philosophy of supporting working families and ensuring their satisfaction. They encourage family involvement, welcome new ideas, and build a community of caring. These award recipients consistently meet the needs of children and families whom they serve, are openminded, and build trusting relationships with families by respecting their values, differences, and needs.

    The Growing Our People Award honors individuals who encourage, recognize, and actively engage in the professional development of each team member. They offer leadership tailored to each individual by creating challenges and growth opportunities that inspire success and support career aspirations. These recipients foster an environment where new ideas are welcomed and developed. They deliver quality Job Performance Appraisals and on-going, honest, constructive feedback. These leaders are committed to succession planning, mentoring, guiding individuals to maximize their full potential, and growing our family as a whole.

    The HEART Award honors individual contributors who practice the Bright Horizons HEART Principles in their interactions with each member of the Bright Horizons community. They exemplify all of our HEART elements – honesty, excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork – and how we interact with one another when we are at our very best. Amidst any challenge, these individuals’ optimistic attitude encourages a positive work environment and camaraderie amongst their colleagues. These award recipients are true ambassadors of the Bright Horizons culture.

    The Mary Ann Tocio Award for Leadership Achievement is given in Mary Ann’s honor and recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding performance by achieving results and meeting company goals. They directly contribute to the success of the entire company by managing varied responsibilities required to deliver exceptional performance, service, and accountability. They support their teams, encourage professional development of others, and provide leadership within our Bright Horizons family and externally to our clients, business partners, vendors, and the families we serve. Recipients demonstrate performance across all 4P areas – People, Partnerships, Performance, and Programs.

    The Rising Star Award recognizes enthusiastic individuals who are eager to learn and have a positive attitude. These recipients are open-minded, take initiative, and expand on new ideas. They willingly ask questions and demonstrate flexibility as things change. Rising Stars are recognized for their extraordinary contributions as they continue to grow and develop within their center, school, region, or department.

    The Signature Service Award recognizes outstanding performance by those who directly support our client partners and external customers. This award honors individuals who have significantly contributed to cultivate strong partnerships or those who deliver exceptional customer service to users of our programs including Back-Up Care, College Coach/Education & College Advising, EdAssist Solutions, and Special Needs. Recipients build strong relationships through proactive outreach and develop creative and meaningful solutions to business challenges. They are dedicated to continuously improving customer satisfaction and exceeding expectations while responding in a timely manner to ensure all customer needs are met.

    The Weaving the Tapestry Award recognizes those who have helped lead Bright Horizons on our journey to become an even more inclusive organization by continually celebrating and embracing many cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Honorees are recognized for contributing new ideas to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve positive outcomes. Recipients support the success of our company by acting as resources, providing direction, and challenging assumptions. These individuals strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences.

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  • Regional Managers, Regional Directors, and Area Managers

    Award Descriptions for Regional Managers, Regional Directors, and Area Managers

    The Bright Way to Work Award honors individuals who contribute to the overall work environment by demonstrating a consistent, model work ethic. This award recognizes individuals who are proactive about improving systems and practices. They willingly collaborate and readily contribute new, ideas to support our organization’s commitment to high quality care and service. Recipients of the Bright Way to Work Award achieve overall positive well-being by bringing their whole selves to work while successfully integrating their personal and professional lives.

    The Community Service Award honors individuals who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serving those in need in the communities where they live and work. Recipients give back by being active in organizations or projects that provide valuable services to those in need. Recipients may provide volunteer service in support of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children or other service organizations that serve children, families, or other individuals in their communities. This award recognizes individuals who model a spirit of volunteerism and encourage others to raise the quality of life for all.

    The Excellence in Care and Education Award honors a director, principal, or staff member whose program or classroom serves as a model for their center, school, or division. Through their knowledge and understanding of early care and education, these individuals create exceptional environments that foster growth and learning. They support and nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential, involve families through parent partnerships, and make learning visible.

    The Family Partnership Award honors individuals who best demonstrate our philosophy of supporting working families and ensuring their satisfaction. They encourage family involvement, welcome new ideas, and build a community of caring. These award recipients consistently meet the needs of children and families whom they serve, are openminded, and build trusting relationships with families by respecting their values, differences, and needs.

    The Growing Our People Award honors individuals who encourage, recognize, and actively engage in the professional development of each team member. They offer leadership tailored to each individual by creating challenges and growth opportunities that inspire success and support career aspirations. These recipients foster an environment where new ideas are welcomed and developed. They deliver quality Job Performance Appraisals and on-going, honest, constructive feedback. These leaders are committed to succession planning, mentoring, guiding individuals to maximize their full potential, and growing our family as a whole.

    The HEART Award honors individual contributors who practice the Bright Horizons HEART Principles in their interactions with each member of the Bright Horizons community. They exemplify all of our HEART elements – honesty, excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork – and how we interact with one another when we are at our very best. Amidst any challenge, these individuals’ optimistic attitude encourages a positive work environment and camaraderie amongst their colleagues. These award recipients are true ambassadors of the Bright Horizons culture.

    The Mary Ann Tocio Award for Leadership Achievement is given in Mary Ann’s honor and recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding performance by achieving results and meeting company goals. They directly contribute to the success of the entire company by managing varied responsibilities required to deliver exceptional performance, service, and accountability. They support their teams, encourage professional development of others, and provide leadership within our Bright Horizons family and externally to our clients, business partners, vendors, and the families we serve. Recipients demonstrate performance across all 4P areas – People, Partnerships, Performance, and Programs.

    The Rising Star Award recognizes enthusiastic individuals who are eager to learn and have a positive attitude. These recipients are open-minded, take initiative, and expand on new ideas. They willingly ask questions and demonstrate flexibility as things change. Rising Stars are recognized for their extraordinary contributions as they continue to grow and develop within their center, school, region, or department.

    The Signature Service Award recognizes outstanding performance by those who directly support our client partners and external customers. This award honors individuals who have significantly contributed to cultivate strong partnerships or those who deliver exceptional customer service to users of our programs including Back-Up Care, College Coach/Education & College Advising, EdAssist Solutions, and Special Needs. Recipients build strong relationships through proactive outreach and develop creative and meaningful solutions to business challenges. They are dedicated to continuously improving customer satisfaction and exceeding expectations while responding in a timely manner to ensure all customer needs are met.

    The Weaving the Tapestry Award recognizes those who have helped lead Bright Horizons on our journey to become an even more inclusive organization by continually celebrating and embracing many cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Honorees are recognized for contributing new ideas to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve positive outcomes. Recipients support the success of our company by acting as resources, providing direction, and challenging assumptions. These individuals strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences.

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  • Home, Regional, and Remote Office Employees

    Award Descriptions for Home, Regional, and Remote Office Employees

    The Above and Beyond Award recognizes individuals who provide great internal customer service by directly supporting members of the Bright Horizons family by going “above and beyond” in their daily interactions with colleagues. They put serving others first. They are approachable, follow through with a sense of urgency, and are recognized as the go-to people who are consistently helpful and responsive to any request. They build strong relationships with their internal customers through proactive outreach and develop creative solutions to resolve challenging situations. These recipients embody the “why not” approach to all with whom they interact.

    The Bright Way to Work Award honors individuals who contribute to the overall work environment by demonstrating a consistent, model work ethic. This award recognizes individuals who are proactive about improving systems and practices. They willingly collaborate and readily contribute new, ideas to support our organization’s commitment to high quality care and service. Recipients of the Bright Way to Work Award achieve overall positive well-being by bringing their whole selves to work while successfully integrating their personal and professional lives.

    The Community Service Award honors individuals who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serving those in need in the communities where they live and work. Recipients give back by being active in organizations or projects that provide valuable services to those in need. Recipients may provide volunteer service in support of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children or other service organizations that serve children, families, or other individuals in their communities. This award recognizes individuals who model a spirit of volunteerism and encourage others to raise the quality of life for all.

    The Growing Our People Award honors individuals who encourage, recognize, and actively engage in the professional development of each team member. They offer leadership tailored to each individual by creating challenges and growth opportunities that inspire success and support career aspirations. These recipients foster an environment where new ideas are welcomed and developed. They deliver quality Job Performance Appraisals and on-going, honest, constructive feedback. These leaders are committed to succession planning, mentoring, guiding individuals to maximize their full potential, and growing our family as a whole.

    The Growth Award recognizes members of the growth team who have achieved the highest performance annually against their sales quota. These individuals produce measurable results that exceed annual performance targets.

    The HEART Award honors individual contributors who practice the Bright Horizons HEART Principles in their interactions with each member of the Bright Horizons community. They exemplify all of our HEART elements – honesty, excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork – and how we interact with one another when we are at our very best. Amidst any challenge, these individuals’ optimistic attitude encourages a positive work environment and camaraderie amongst their colleagues. These award recipients are true ambassadors of the Bright Horizons culture.

    The Horizons of Excellence Award recognizes individuals who are passionate about the work we do, live our mission, and are fully committed to our overall success. These long-term contributors are consistently high performers who openly engage, motivate, and inspire all those around them. They actively share insights, thoughts, and ideas to help move the organization forward. These individuals embrace the Bright Horizons culture and possess an unwavering commitment to excellence. Honorees set high standards of integrity, they lead by example, and they epitomize the spirit of Bright Horizons.

    The Mary Ann Tocio Award for Leadership Achievement is given in Mary Ann’s honor and recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding performance by achieving results and meeting company goals. They directly contribute to the success of the entire company by managing varied responsibilities required to deliver exceptional performance, service, and accountability. They support their teams, encourage professional development of others, and provide leadership within our Bright Horizons family and externally to our clients, business partners, vendors, and the families we serve. Recipients demonstrate performance across all 4P areas – People, Partnerships, Performance, and Programs.

    The Rising Star Award recognizes enthusiastic individuals who are eager to learn and have a positive attitude. These recipients are open-minded, take initiative, and expand on new ideas. They willingly ask questions and demonstrate flexibility as things change. Rising Stars are recognized for their extraordinary contributions as they continue to grow and develop within their center, school, region, or department.

    The Signature Service Award recognizes outstanding performance by those who directly support our client partners and external customers. This award honors individuals who have significantly contributed to cultivate strong partnerships or those who deliver exceptional customer service to users of our programs including Back-Up Care, College Coach/Education & College Advising, EdAssist Solutions, and Special Needs. Recipients build strong relationships through proactive outreach and develop creative and meaningful solutions to business challenges. They are dedicated to continuously improving customer satisfaction and exceeding expectations while responding in a timely manner to ensure all customer needs are met.

    The Weaving the Tapestry Award recognizes those who have helped lead Bright Horizons on our journey to become an even more inclusive organization by continually celebrating and embracing many cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Honorees are recognized for contributing new ideas to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve positive outcomes. Recipients support the success of our company by acting as resources, providing direction, and challenging assumptions. These individuals strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences.

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  • Senior Management

    Award Descriptions for Senior Management

    The Community Service Award honors individuals who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serving those in need in the communities where they live and work. Recipients give back by being active in organizations or projects that provide valuable services to those in need. Recipients may provide volunteer service in support of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children or other service organizations that serve children, families, or other individuals in their communities. This award recognizes individuals who model a spirit of volunteerism and encourage others to raise the quality of life for all.

    The Growing Our People Award honors individuals who encourage, recognize, and actively engage in the professional development of each team member. They offer leadership tailored to each individual by creating challenges and growth opportunities that inspire success and support career aspirations. These recipients foster an environment where new ideas are welcomed and developed. They deliver quality Job Performance Appraisals and on-going, honest, constructive feedback. These leaders are committed to succession planning, mentoring, guiding individuals to maximize their full potential, and growing our family as a whole.

    The Weaving the Tapestry Award recognizes those who have helped lead Bright Horizons on our journey to become an even more inclusive organization by continually celebrating and embracing many cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Honorees are recognized for contributing new ideas to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve positive outcomes. Recipients support the success of our company by acting as resources, providing direction, and challenging assumptions. These individuals strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences.

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