JOANNE FRED­ER­ICKS Se­nior Sci­en­tist

Mom of Alex, 21, Natalie, 9, and Mar­cus, 4

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Trum­bull, CT

“Backup care is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of my support network, es­pe­cially as a trans­plant to the Con­necti­cut area. Last sum­mer, I was in­vited to a two-day Fast For­ward work­shop held more than two hours away from home. The packed agenda started very early in the morn­ing and cul­mi­nated with a net­work­ing event at night. I knew I couldn’t miss it, so I reached out to Bright Hori­zons to se­cure child­care for my then 8- and 3-year-olds. On day one, our child­care pro­fes­sional, who had a de­gree in early-child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, ar­rived at our ho­tel room pre­pared for an ac­tion­packed day. She en­gaged the kids with ac­tiv­i­ties, took them swim­ming and even man­aged to get them ready for a shared lunch while I was on break. On day two, they at­tended a nearby child­care cen­ter where they had a fun ex­pe­ri­ence with kids their ages. With­out backup care, I would not have had the flex­i­bil­ity to care for my chil­dren’s needs with­out com­pro­mis­ing my work re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

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