Playground Perspective

A few days into my new role at Children’s Friend, I traveled to one of our sites for IT assistance with my laptop. While waiting in the parking lot at the site, a burst of energy brought my attention to the playground.  A group of masked preschoolers began to run after each other with uninhibited […]

Smart Spending Plan

With the third round of stimulus funds made available to many Americans in need of financial assistance, I encourage you to think about how to utilize these funds best. Someone in a relatively secure financial position may want to invest it in a retirement plan or college fund, while some may want to take care […]

It Takes a Village

In these trying times, we have come to rely on, and collaborate with, many of our community partners to provide an array of services for vulnerable children and families.  Central Falls has been one of our hardest-hit communities, and many of our clients are still experiencing the devastating impacts of COVID-19.   Since the beginning […]

Can You Believe It’s Been a Year?

As we mark the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to reflect upon the unprecedented impacts this pandemic has thrust upon us. We at Children’s Friend mourn the loss of life and physical suffering this virus has caused. In addition, the economic and emotional tolls have been intense in our community […]

To Reduce Child Poverty, Increase Family Incomes

At Children’s Friend, our priority is working with the most vulnerable families for transformation towards well-being and healthy development.  We know that one of the deepest roots of vulnerability is lack of access to real economic opportunity – and children are more likely to live in poverty than any other group in the United States.  […]

RIDE Announces New Pre-K Expansion

The Rhode Island Department of Education is requesting applications to expand the state’s Pre-Kindergarten program. This expansion will add over 300 high-quality Pre-K seats, for four-year-olds, in the 2021-2022 school year. This year there are new and innovative service delivery models, built on existing programming that will be available to families.  Options include full traditional […]

Sharing the Love

Spotlight on the Unsung Heroes at Children’s Friend   In honor of Valentine’s Day yesterday, I wanted to spread some love and highlight two of our teams here at Children’s Friend. These two teams don’t often get the limelight. Still, they are essential to our work every day — our Facilities and Information Services (IS) […]

COVID Response

  At Children’s Friend, we continue to prioritize the safety of our clients and staff.  Clients receive home visits as needed and in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and RI Department of Health guidelines. Children on-site, in our classrooms, continue to remain in stable pods with their stable teaching team. We have begun […]