Rachel Robertson

Vice President,
Education and Development
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Rachel Robertson has been in the education field for over twenty-five years and is a well-respected thought leader. She has degrees in education, human development, and family studies, a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from Harvard, and is a doctoral student at Northeastern.

She is currently the Vice President of Education and Development for Bright Horizons, leading early care and education programs and educator professional development for the over 600 centers and 15,000+ early educators across the U.S.

Rachel also serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Early Education Excellence at Bright Horizons and is a board member for the Bright Horizons Foundation. In addition to these roles, she is an author of numerous articles and books for families, educators, and children, hosts a parenting podcast Teach. Play. Love., and presents to parents and educators in virtual and live formats throughout the year. She is the proud mother of two pretty amazing adult daughters, and lives in San Diego, CA. 

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Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Certificate in Early Education Leadership

St. Mary's University

MA, Human Development

University of Minnesota

BS, Family Social Science

When children don't have the words, they tell you what they need and how they feel through their behavior. Listen closely.
Rachel loves spending time with her two daughters and enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, writing, re-learning Spanish, and anything by the ocean – including frequent beach walks and stand up paddle-boarding
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