Staff Force

  When I started with Children’s Friend in April 2018, what drew me to this agency was the energy from the staff in the interview process. I was impressed with the authenticity and sheer commitment to the cause as they described their passion for the work. A year later I see that was just the […]

Parenting in Poverty

Recently, I read a compelling article in the New York Times by a woman who grew up in poverty, her family relying on SNAP benefits to survive throughout her entire childhood.  As she recounted what she described as, “the indignities and flavors of shame that come with living in poverty,” I was struck by her […]

Summer is in Full Swing!

One of our students enjoying the view into the Seal tank at the Zoo!   As we approach the July 4th Holiday, I am happy to report that our Summer Learning and Enrichment Program is in full swing. Almost 200 young children are participating in our high-quality learning environments where they are exploring, creating, and […]

Save and Return

In our May 7th and June 4th blogs the Office of Strategy Management at Children’s Friend referenced the work of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Continuing on that theme, we’d like to make folks aware of the newest project at the Center. On June 11, 2019 the Center on the Developing […]

Congratulate These Ladies!

At this time of graduation celebrations, we’d like to share some terrific news with you.  A couple of years ago we were having a difficult time finding qualified candidates to fill our teacher assistant positions in our early childhood classrooms.  These very important positions, supporting our youngest learners, require that you have a CDA credential.  […]

185th Annual Meeting

It was great to gather last week for the 185th Annual Meeting of Children’s Friend. What a wonderful history and impact this agency has had and made for vulnerable young children and families in Rhode Island. At the Annual Meeting we thanked our outgoing Chairman, Bill Allen, for his amazing leadership these past three years, […]

Water Safety

  The unofficial start of summer this past weekend was beautiful weather-wise, and lots of people had the chance to go jump in the ocean or a lake or a pool!  It’s the time of year too, for reminders about water safety. Water parks, lakes and ponds, the ocean, and your backyard pool, each offer […]

Graduation Season

  Springtime is one of celebration— the end of the school year, prom, and graduations. And it is no different here at Children’s Friend. Last week, we celebrated the graduation of our Nurse Family Partnership Moms. Families gathered in our Board room here at Summer Street to celebrate this milestone of completing two+ years of […]

The Best Investment

Those of us at Children’s Friend, along with many other advocates, have often stated that investments in high-quality early childhood programs are some of the best investments that the government can make. We have pointed to studies which show economic returns and better outcomes for the children who participated in high-quality early childhood programs. New […]