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 […]


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 […]

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, […]