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Child Welfare League of America Honors Bright House Networks as Corporate Friend of Children

Bright House Networks to be recognized for its commitment to early childhood development

For more information, contact
Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641

February 28, 2006, Washington, DC -- Bright House Networks Tampa Bay Division has been named by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as a 2006 Corporate Friend of Children. Bright House Networks was selected for its outstanding work with local Head Start/Early Head Start children and families.

Shay Bilchik, CWLA's President & CEO, said, "We are privileged to present this Corporate Friend of Children award to Bright House Networks. This type of corporate partnership is essential to agencies as they strive to develop new programs to help children and families in need."
The award will be presented to Bright House Networks on February 28, 2006 at CWLA's 86th Anniversary Gala Dinner, to be held during CWLA's National Conference in Washington, DC. The conference annually attracts nearly 1,500 child advocates, representatives from Capitol Hill, national child-serving organizations, foster parents, and child welfare professionals from across the country. Jordan's Furniture of Avon, MA will also receive a Corporate Friend of Children award. That same evening, UniSource Energy Corporation of Tucson, AZ will receive this year's Corporate Advocate of the Year award.
Nominated by the Hillsborough County Department of Children's Services of Tampa, FL, Bright House Networks sponsors a variety of activities that benefit children, families and communities. In addition to its support of Head Start, Bright House Networks sponsors numerous programs through its 401(k)ids Program including an annual national competition for educators who use cable in the classroom to enhance their teaching. The company's corporate also benefits youth programs such as the YMCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Bright House also gives $1 million in free promotional airtime to local non-profit organizations. Their commitment to community service extends to its employees as well. Employees are given a day off each year to volunteer at local non-profit organizations.

"We are truly honored to receive this award from the Child Welfare League of America. Like the League, we are an organization comprised of individuals that put children first. We share your passion and appreciate the recognition you have provided us this evening," said Kevin Hyman, President of Bright House Networks-Tampa Bay Division.

Criteria used by CWLA in the selection of the awardees include: personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees; giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the family; corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environment; and a sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and the community.

About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks-Tampa Bay Division is a leading provider of entertainment and information services that serves more than one million customers in the greater Tampa Bay area. Bright House Networks has always demonstrated a strong commitment to education and youth programs. They invest resources in a wide variety of programs that benefit students, teachers and schools. For more information about Bright House Networks and its community involvement, please visit Bright House Networks is managed by Advance/Newhouse Communications.

About Hillsborough County Department of Children's Services
The department manages a wide range of residential and non-residential services for at-risk children and parents, Head Start, the Child Care Licensing office and Parent Education classes. For emotionally handicapped youth, there are day care and residential treatment services designed to modify the behavior of emotionally dysfunctional children. For runaway and ungovernable children and their families, there are counseling services to reunite families and prevent runaway behavior, as well as short-term residential respite and shelter. Emergency shelter care is available for dependent, abused, or neglected children. Additional information can be found at

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