Brightside Academy and Rite Aid host on site COVID-19 vaccination clinic for frontline essential childcare staff and educators

Pittsburgh, PA (March 22, 2021) – Brightside Academy has partnered with Rite Aid to administer
COVID-19 vaccines at an on-site clinic for their early education childcare professionals. On
Saturday, March 20, 2021, Brightside Academy hosted its first vaccination clinic at their regional
training center in Philadelphia for educators to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Brightside Academy employs over 400 committed educators and serves over 3,000 students.
Childcare is an essential business that requires in-person services to be open at our 33
locations across Pennsylvania. Providing vaccine clinics to their educators who are on the front
lines every day, will offer peace of mind and help them remain healthy and safe to continue
servicing the local communities.

“Brightside Academy has remained committed to establishing a safe space to work and learn.
The vaccine is a personal decision, however, our educators know that the vaccine can be key to
operating in our new norm and we are here to support them with that.” – Tamara Cooper, COO,
Brightside Academy
“Navigating the process of receiving the vaccine is cumbersome for our educators who are
working during the hours when most clinics are offered. Partnering with Rite Aid, enabled us to
offer the vaccine in a safe, efficient, and convenient manner. I would like to thank the team at
Rite Aid for working with Brightside Academy on this initiative to ensure that our dedicated
educators have access to the vaccine.” – Jack Safer, CEO, Brightside Academy  


About Brightside Academy: Brightside Academy is a leader in child care and early education that
provides all families access to a high-quality early educational experience. Brightside Academy operates
academies in multiple cities throughout Pennsylvania and is headquartered in Pittsburgh. For more
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About Rite Aid Corporation: Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering healthcare services
and retail products to more than 1.6 million Americans daily. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to
engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health
products and services for the entire family through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states.

Welcome Aboard: Kim Kemp, PHR, SHRM-SCP, New VP of Human Resources

Year 2020 has brought changes to many organizations. Employees and leaders are finding new ways to navigate and thrive given our new normal. Brightside Academy is excited to welcome our new VP of Human Resources, Kim Kemp, PHR, SHRM-SCP, to the organization beginning on Monday, November 2.

Kim comes to the BSA Family with over a decade of human resources leadership in healthcare and retail built on years of operational leadership and business management. She focuses on driving recruiting and talent results by leveraging both traditional and innovative recruiting development techniques, has a tremendous passion for people and believes in supporting a safe learning environment for all ages as well as a drive to make communities stronger.

Kim believes that the environment our teachers and center leaders provide for children and their families is life changing. She strives to support and invest in those individuals so they can reach their highest potential as they continue to positively influence the future of the children and families they serve.

Please join us in welcoming Kim Kemp and wishing her success in her role as VP of Human Resources.

Congratulations to Aliyia Brown, BSA District Director!

Brightside Academy is pleased to announce that Aliyia Brown has been promoted to District Director within the Philadelphia Region, reporting to Interim RVP, Sharen Woodley. Aliyia will support field operations for multiple academies including 23rd & Allegheny, Erie & Castor, Mellon, Wayne & Chelten, 40th & Market, and Kellys Corner. 

Aliyia has been a valued member of the Brightside team for over 15 years. Her career at BSA began as an assistant teacher and has continued to advance, becoming a lead teacher and ultimately an Academy Director where she recently led her team and academy to STAR 4 designation!

Aliyia brings a wealth of ECE knowledge and experience to the field and plans to be an advocate for her team in supporting them any way she can.

Please join us in congratulating and wishing Aliyia much success in her new role.

BSA Leaders Chosen as Diversity Presenters for 2020 ECE Summit

Brightside Academy is happy to share that Ms. Sharen Woodley, Interim Regional Vice President of Philadelphia, and Ms. Tracy Sammons Venonsky, Director of Quality Assurance, have been chosen as diversity presenters for this year’s Early Learning Virtual Summit.

On LinkedIn, COO Jack Safer shared the great news saying, “Anything more prideful than witnessing educators continue to grow in their career and share their knowledge with the masses?”

We are proud of Sharen and Tracy and can’t wait to hear your insights on the virtual presentation!
For more information and to register for the presentation, visit


4th of July Holiday Message

During these extraordinary times, with the 4th of July holiday around the corner, let us celebrate the core values that strengthen our communities and our country.

Values such as caring, unity, social justice, partnership, excellence and acceptance are essential in building a better society.

As this unique year 2020 moves forward, let’s continue taking care of our family, friends, and neighbors. This 4th of July, we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday!