Many healthcare workers are parents, too. Read all of our hub center stories and learn more about how Bright Horizons supports working families during this pandemic.
Heroes Helping Heroes
In the fight against COVID-19, it takes all hands. Read about the parents on the healthcare frontlines, and the teachers standing behind them.
Parents Tell Their Stories
We Could Not Bear the Thought of Getting Her Sick
Working at the frontlines of the pandemic, clinical pharmacist Vivian Carson can’t help but think about what it means for her kids.
I Wouldn’t Have Heard Her Laugh
Karla Peaster talks about her essential healthcare job, and what she would have missed if they’d had to send their 2-year-old daughter to live with her parents.
Mama, when will the virus go away?
Julia Rosebush tells the story of how her daughter's preschool teachers used technology to keep up class's connections, even when the classroom itself was only open for children of essential workers. “I’m not worried about her now, and I’ve never been worried about her,” says Julia. “That center has become family to us.”
The world flipped upside down
Stephanie Carraway works at the Moffitt Cancer as an Infection Preventionist. She doesn't know what she would have done if her Bright Horizons center had closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having care available at the center allowed a familiar routine to continue for her daughter. It also allowed these working parents to continue their jobs on the front line.
A glimmer of hope amid the fear
Heather Telesko's family of first responders' routine of going to their Bright Horizons child care center has been good for everyone, mom and dad included. "Not being able to work would have put our family in a hard financial position."
I started to panic
Maloise Jean remembers how fast everything changed. One day she was seeing students as a nurse practitioner at the Georgetown campus health center where she normally works. The next, she was in a mask and scrubs at a hospital clinic screening employees for COVID-19 — part of redeployments aimed at addressing the pandemic.
A Safe Place of Structure and Normalcy
It’s no surprise that COVID-19 is dominating headlines coming out of today’s hospitals. What might be a surprise is that Dr. Robyn Howarth's story is about how she was able to provide a sense of normalcy and familiarity for her daughter and her patients with intensive needs.
We're one big team
Nurse anesthesiologist Robyn Seaburg needed to be at work with patients. Learn how she balances her family, financial and professional responsibilities by taking advantage of the child care services at her Bright Horizons hub center. “THANK YOU to all the caregivers putting themselves at risk to care for my children. Without you, I wouldn’t be working and helping those in need right now.”
Teachers on the Frontlines
Our teachers are diving deep into what it means to be an educator and how to create meaningful experiences and learning opportunities. We are stronger and more united and I am ever so grateful to have had this experience with this incredible team of teachers!
- Kimberlee P.
Laurel Heights Child Development Center
Honestly, there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather be. The true heroes are the healthcare workers, but teaching is my superpower! I’m here for the kids!
- Kristin H.
UIHC Child Care Center
I feel so honored to be able to help our families here at the Center. Being with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is amazing. Knowing that by me coming to work and being able to serve them through this so they can serve those in need is a great feeling.
- Maria G.
UIHC Child Care Center
The highlight of my day is seeing how the children come in with confidence and feel so secure with us wearing masks. I love seeing them smile and most importantly knowing that they feel and are safe with us.
- Zulimar M.
Baylor All Saints
United in a Common Cause
Read about the First Responders First program, a joint effort with Thrive Global, the Harvard School of Public Health, and CAA, offering child care where it is most needed.