Advocacy is one of the agency’s five principles, and is defined by taking a leadership role in educating policymakers and the public on the needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. In 2022, we hope to deepen the understanding of the systems that impact families and their children most as we advocate around the Governor’s FY2023 budget which is set to be finalized in July 2022.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, our systems of care – therapy for kids with developmental disabilities and delays, childcare and early childhood education, family home visiting, substance use disorder treatment, and many others – are breaking. 2022 is our once in a generation opportunity to invest in the future of Rhode Island. We applaud the budgetary provisions that allow for growth in the areas of childcare access and affordable housing across the state, but a sad truth remains: the proposed budget comes up far too short when it comes to Rhode Island’s kids.

We are prioritizing advocacy around substantial and sustainable investments in Early Intervention, First Connections, and DCYF-contracted programs in the FY2023 budget.

We will regularly be inviting our networks to act – writing testimony or op-eds, sharing stories, rallying, etc – in the coming months. We hope you will continue to tune in because #RIKidsCantWait. Help us protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable by investing in a better tomorrow today.

For more information please contact Rachel Flum at

View submitted testimony at the link here.