Early Childhood Teacher Shortage

  As the largest Head Start provider in the state, Children’s Friend is a loud voice in advocating for the importance of early childhood education. The years between birth and five are critical for brain development, and research has shown that high-quality preschool education gives children a strong start in life. Children’s Friend has the […]

Dorcas International and Children’s Friend

  Much of our attention these past few months has centered around the renovation and opening of our new Althea Early Childhood Center of Excellence. Just as exciting has been an amazing partnership with Dorcas International Institute. Through this partnership, just a few weeks ago, we opened a Head Start classroom at the Dorcas International […]

Eating Together in the Classroom

Seamlessness is one of Children’s Friend’s core values – and our in-classroom meals for preschool students are one way we get families the support they need, where they are.  We know that having meals in the classroom is a way to teach kids about healthy nutrition and make sure that no child starts the day […]

Faith, Courage, Determination, Strength, Hope

These words illuminated the State House this past weekend as thousands gathered in Providence to honor breast cancer patients, survivors and those lost to the disease. The month of October represents an annual worldwide health campaign designed to increase breast cancer awareness and to raise money for research into its cause, treatment and prevention.  The […]

Play Is the Work of Childhood

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. For many coming into an early childhood classroom, it may seem like a bunch of children playing randomly without intent. They are […]

The Need for Affordable Childcare

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a delegation from Rhode Island, invited to participate in a Regional Roundtable Discussion on Improving Access to High-Quality Child Care. The Rhode Island delegation was led by Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins, and the roundtable was hosted by the Administration for Children and Families. […]

A New Way to Welcome Families to School

Children’s Friend is thrilled to welcome our 1000+ new and returning students and their families to the 2019-2020 school year.  Every year, 3-5-year-olds from across Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls enter the classroom ready to play, grow, and develop in a supportive learning environment.  But at Children’s Friend, it’s not just about what happens in […]

Cyber Security

Although I support and encourage the continuous evolution of technology, I do find myself wondering about the safeguards that have been implemented for some of the best products technology has to offer. Of course, the manufacturers of these advanced products strive to provide a safe environment and product, but the system isn’t perfect. We continue […]