Supporting in a Different Way

There is a lot to worry about at this moment. When staff learned that their jobs would be transitioning to working from home last week, the resounding buzz from our 15 locations was, ‘How are we going to continue serving our families with the same level of service?’ It turns out, there

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Working at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis with Kids

  As the Coronavirus continues to make its presence felt globally, we find ourselves making changes to our everyday routine, and we must adapt to the current circumstances. These challenges affect us individually and as a community. As a father of two young children, one of the challenges I have

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We’re All In This Together

  These are undoubtedly unsettling times for everyone, and more so for families living in poverty. They are the first to be affected by unexpected emergencies. In these troubling times, it is crucial to think not only about our own families but also about our greater community. How will everyone

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How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be stressful for families and communities.  Here at Children’s Friend, we continue to take steps to prevent the spread of this virus. As we take this action, it is equally important to talk to children. The Center for Disease Control recommends the following for parents

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Advocating for Our Youngest and Most Vulnerable

One of the core principals of Children’s Friend is that we are Advocates, taking a leadership role in educating policymakers and the public on the needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children, even when it means taking risks for the benefit of children. In support of this principle, last

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Introducing The Brain Architects!

You don’t have to be an architect to know that in order to construct a house, you need to start at the bottom with a foundation.  In the same way, the early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for their entire lives as adults and community members.  That’s

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Taking a Work Break for Self-care and Wellness

At Children’s Friend, employees don’t need to wait until the weekend or after-work hours to practice self-care and personal wellness.  With a workforce that is heart-fully dedicated to caring for others each day, the leadership team at Children’s Friend makes it a priority to offer opportunities for the caregivers, to

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Happy Anniversary Early Head Start

  The office of  Head Start is celebrating 25 years of providing evidenced-based family-centered services to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.  Since 1995 the Early Head Start (EHS) program has improved child and family outcomes for families living in poverty through its array of comprehensive services.  The concept of Early

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Graduation is Just the Beginning

Last Friday, I was fortunate to attend the graduation of our fall/winter 2019-2020 Dads Training Program. It is always inspirational to see our families accomplish their goals. Eight excited Dads received their certificate of completion, as well as many essential certifications needed to obtain employment from HAZWOPER and OSHA-10 to

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Young Children’s Champion

On January 27, 2020, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held it’s second annual Celebrating Young Children Luncheon. There were over 200 attendees at the event, including elected officials, state department staff, and private agencies, to celebrate progress, discuss future goals, and to recognize the commitment of leaders who strive to meet

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