World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

Last Friday, I attended the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration at the State House and was really moved by our very own Vanessa Albanese, Nutrition Supervisor, who bravely shared her story about the hurdles she faced when trying to breastfeed.  Her personal story really brought home the importance of the services and supports our agency provides […]

Food Insecurity and Public Nutrition Programs

My blog this week was written by Allison Jacques, one of our Head Start/WIC Nutritionists. – Aimee Mitchell, Senior Vice President Programs & Operations/Head Start Director Guest Blogger Allison Jacques Head Start/WIC Nutritionist Children’s Friend     I wanted to share about a topic I have personally been extremely passionate about. I believe that a […]

Investing in High Quality Education

  Over the past few months we at Children’s Friend were very focused on effectively advocating for a State budget that provided sufficient resources to properly protect and support children in our child welfare system. The new State budget also took a positive step forward with the implementation of quality tiered reimbursement rates for the […]

HUD Proposes to Raise Housing Burden

I am compelled to write one more time on the cost of housing.  This time, it is focused on recent developments reported from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Early last month, HUD announced it intends to simplify the rent formula, raising the housing burden of families from 30% of household gross income […]

Summer Time!

  Although the school year just ended a month ago local department and convenience stores are filling the aisles with back to school supplies.  Pocket folders, binders, pencils, crayons, and a host of other necessities are spilling over the edges of shelves waiting to be claimed by kids and families. It seems, as usual, we’re […]

The Need for Empathy

With the news of the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of and the need for empathy.  In the world of child development, a child’s socio-emotional development is an important priority and milestone in learning.  Yet, somewhere along the line, it seems to become less important in adulthood and too […]

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…

  In the past few weeks I have watched the news, seen the pictures and heard the rulings.  Nearly 2,000 children housed in temporary circumstances separated from their parents and other caregivers whom they know. What is happening in the news is not what I thought this country stood for.  It feels incongruent and inconsistent. When […]

We Did It!

Congratulations! Thanks to our combined efforts over the last few months, Governor Raimondo signed a budget bill for FY 2019 which restores $18 million in funding to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). With your support we sent thousands of messages to our legislators through emails, post cards, phone calls, and in-person meetings […]

Uptick in Multigenerational Households

A number of weeks back, I wrote on the subject of affordable housing and mentioned that some families may resort to multigenerational households. It appears that households with at least two generation of adults are on the rise.  The Pew Research Center’s recent findings indicate that approximately 20% of U.S. households lived with multiple generations. […]


  I love this time of year.  Not only because in the summer there are fewer buses on the road as I travel to work, but because it is the time of year when we celebrate! The first Thursday of June has (at least for the last eight years) seen Children’s Friend celebrate our successes […]