It’s Summertime!

The official start of summer kicked off yesterday with the longest day of the year. Here at Children’s Friend, we are preparing to welcome 400 preschool children in the most extensive Summer Learning Program ever for the agency. With the COVID-19 pandemic having lasting effects on our most vulnerable children,

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Happy Father’s Day

At Children’s Friend we believe when fathers are actively involved in their child’s life the whole family thrives.  We continue to actively engage fathers in all of our programs and services and are proud to further enhance our fatherhood initiatives through a workforce training program designed specifically for fathers.  Through

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Support the Child Care is Essential Act

Child Care is one of the critical systems in Rhode Island and across the nation which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Rhode Island the child care system was already fragile, due to many years of being under-resourced. Due to chronic underfunding and the COVID-19 challenges, it

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Get the COVID Vaccine to Care for Yourself and Your Community

2020 and 2021 have brought unprecedented, overwhelming, often painful change with the COVID-19 pandemic.  And yet, in the midst of this, there’s a beacon of hope – scientists were able to develop a safe, effective vaccine that protects against COVID.  In the midst of so much change, it can be

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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

During the month of May, Children’s Friend is proud to honor the commitment and dedication of over 70 foster families who have provided unwavering safety, stability, and care for vulnerable foster children in our program. Last year, a global pandemic presented foster parents with some of the biggest challenges they

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Smiles are Contagious

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness” William Arthur Ward I long to resume my pre-mask, pre-distance life and to celebrate this sense of freedom that has come with the vaccine! Most of all, to exchange a smile because it doesn’t matter what language you speak, all of

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Mental Health Awareness Month

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) is sharing resources to support the mental health and well-being of children, families, and staff. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health.  Now, more than ever, I encourage you

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Thank Our Teachers and Nurses

Click here to see our special thank you videos! National Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4th National Nurses Day, May 6th This is a special week! We celebrate our nurses and teachers this first week in May for all they do to support the education and health of our children and

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Early Childhood Parent Conference

The Rhode Island Head Start Association is pleased to announce its 7th annual Early Childhood Parent Conference.  The conference will take place virtually each Wednesday in May, beginning May 5, 2021, from 9:30-12:30 and is free of charge.   This series will feature a dynamic array of workshops facilitated by both early

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Across the nation, reports of child abuse and neglect have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we don’t know yet is if actual occurrences of abuse and neglect have decreased, increased, or remained steady. There are many concerns that the increased financial

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