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 […]

Class of 2019

    Just like my waistline after so many summer barbeques, Children’s Friend is growing, expanding, escalating in scale. With the next academic year on the horizon and our brand new Althea site preparing to open its doors, the Talent and Head Start teams have been working in overdrive to fill our classrooms with skilled […]

Summer Adventures

Summer is a busy season for Children’s Friend. You may have caught some of the activities on social media – the field trips, beach outings, BBQs, and visits from special guests. You’ve seen the smiling, happy faces of our kids many, many times. What you don’t always see immediately is the impact and importance of […]

Summer Projects

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying safe in the heat. We at Children’s Friend have spent much of the summer preparing our classrooms to welcome our Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K, and Child Care students back in September. Our new site at the corner of Althea Street and Union Avenue in […]

CAPTA Team:  WORKING TOGETHER DIFFERENTLY

This Week, at Office of Strategy Managements request, guest Blogger Josh Wizer-Vecchi shares an overview of some very innovative work he spearheaded, targeted directly at some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children and their families. CAPTA Team:  WORKING TOGETHER DIFFERENTLY Working as an integrated system requires us to think differently about how we do […]

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 […]