A Message from Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer

August 5, 2019

A message from Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer:

Bright Horizons Family,

My heart is aching today – for the dozens killed and injured in a hate-filled massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and hours later in Dayton, Ohio. And this follows shooting earlier in the week at another Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, and at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.  These are places where thousands of mothers and fathers stroll with their babies and children, where young men and women socialize and go about the most normal business of their lives, where hundreds go to work to earn a living and make themselves of service to others. And like our schools, and concert halls, and houses of worship, it should never have to cross our minds that we might be putting ourselves in the line of fire by simply step out and celebrating the small pleasures of life.

 It is unimaginable that this kind of hate can incubate in our communities and that this kind of violence can become commonplace in our nation. We cannot and will not be complacent in the face of this kind of terror. We must be committed to doing the work it takes, no matter how hard it may be, to fight bigotry with humanity, to battle intolerance with inclusion, and to combat a callous disregard for human life with nothing but respect for every man, woman and child among us.

At Bright Horizons we have the amazing privilege to help shape the future through education and caring. And with every loving gesture to a child, and every respectful interaction with each other, and in every act to help bring our mission to make a lasting difference in our communities to life, you are doing the work it takes to create a more loving and peaceful world.

It is more important now than ever that we remain committed to do good in this world, and to stand up for what is good in this world. Thank you for all you do every day toward this end, and I’ll hope you’ll join me in a commitment to find a new way every day to make real change when we need it most.