Your Advocacy Makes a Difference

  Thank you to all who have participated in our advocacy efforts to ensure sufficient resources for our child welfare system. We are making our concerns heard regarding the DCYF budget and the poor outcomes our most vulnerable kids are facing. In the coming weeks the General Assembly will be making final budget decisions. Please […]

A Robust Economy and Affordable Housing

  As I drive through the west side of Providence every day, it is inviting to see improvements to this urban area.  At times, when the traffic commute is heavy, I cut through the narrow side streets to see my childhood neighborhood. While we embrace such improvements, one of the unfortunate by-products of a robust […]

Team Steen

    I’m sure there will be much more news coming on the tremendous success of this year’s Walk for Children sponsored by Panera Bread, but I want to share one of the most heartwarming stories I heard this past Saturday at the Walk. As I was helping to gather walkers, runners, families and friends […]

One Week to Go Until the Big Day!

  The Children’s Friend Walk & Run is just one short work week away – and this year’s theme: “We Walk So Our Children Can Fly” is an important one.  We need you to help us protect and serve our most vulnerable children. All proceeds will go to Children’s Friend to help promote the well-being […]

Welcome Our New Vice President of Talent Management!

With our new strategic priority on preventing devastating outcomes for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children through innovative approaches, we know that a critical element is our staff.  In fact, it is our staff that make the difference in the lives of the children and families we serve every day. Our work is about doing whatever […]

Good News For Rhode Island Preschools

  The newly published report “The State of Preschool 2017”, from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), has some good news for Rhode Island. NIEER states that “only high-quality preschool programs can be expected to produce large and lasting gains in outcomes”. They developed a rating system for 10 preschool policy standards to […]

It’s Inspirational

It was wonderful this week to celebrate the Week of the Young Child™.  This allowed me to take a step back from the busyness of working at Children’s Friend to read to our preschool children at our Berkshire location. Well in advance, I dusted off my favorite books from when my kids were young (Brown […]

Spring is Here!

  It may still feel like winter because the snowflakes continue to fall, but spring really is here!  For many families it’s time to get things started in their flower and vegetable gardens.  In my family, we start our seeds for our vegetable garden indoors so they are strong and ready to be planted before […]

Stepping Up To Protect Children

Perhaps you saw the editorial over the weekend from Ray McKenna who spent weeks in our archives learning about the history of the agency.  If you have not, you can read it here. Stories like this are at the core of what inspires us every day at Children’s Friend.  It is what we have been […]