An Exciting Week Ahead!

Later this week, President and CEO David Caprio and I will be attending the 2018 Business Innovation Factory Summit.   Similar to the Ted Talk model of short presentations, the BIF Summit will include people who have risked looking at things differently and implement changes to create stunning impact. With our new strategic efforts focused on […]

Back to School!

Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the past week has been back-to-school for many, including Children’s Friend. With lots of preparation, excitement, and air conditioning we welcomed over 1,100 young children and their families into our Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K classrooms. Here are a few pictures of the beginning of the academic […]

Protecting Our Children – It’s a Team Effort

Last week, a number of state child-welfare agencies joined together for a single goal – to protect the well-being of children in our state.   Working behind the scenes developing the strategies over the past two years was the Department of Children, Youth & Families, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Government Performance Lab […]

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 […]