Rachel Robertson

Vice President,
Education and Development
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Rachel Robertson has been a thought leader in early education and child development for over 25 years, working with Bright Horizons child care center teachers, directors, and staff members to ensure children receive the best support possible during their early years.

She holds a BS in Family Social Science, an M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in learning across the lifespan, and a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from Harvard. She is currently the Vice President of Education and Development for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. In her role, she supervises the education and curriculum programs for 700 early care and education centers, the professional development for the more than 18,000 educators and learning leaders, and the development of family partnership resources. She is an author of numerous articles and books, including a deployment series for military families (Elva Resa); Healthy Children, Healthy Lives (Redleaf Press); and children’s books focused on social-emotional learning (Redleaf Lane). She also hosts the 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 daughters, and lives in San Diego, CA.

Throughout her career, Rachel has worked with a wide variety of constituents including culturally and ethnically diverse and military families, as well as in many states. She brings an equity-mindset to her work and ensures adult education and children’s curriculum materials respectfully celebrate and reflect diversity and foster authentic inclusion. Most recently, she led a partnership with the National Head Start Association to host an open catalyst event to explore issues regarding the lack of diverse leadership in early childhood.

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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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