Our Kids – Where Do They Go From Here?

  We often wonder where our kids go to school after completing our Head Start program.  While our Providence neighborhoods are vibrant with many schools, there is one that draws my attention as I zigzag the local streets on my way to work.   The Paul Cuffee School in the West Broadway area, a place where […]

Helping Kids Through Traumatic Times

Researchers suggest that children who experience emotional trauma early in life have that experience imprinted on their brain–it never goes away.  I think that’s probably true for all of us who live through trauma, regardless of our age. We know “where we were” when momentous or tragic events happen to us personally, to our immediate […]

Children’s Friend – Needed Now, More Than Ever

On Friday, more than 280 friends—donors, corporate sponsors, community partners, and legislative representatives joined us for our 16th Annual Investing in Our Children Luncheon at the Providence Omni Hotel. It was a wonderful show of support for our most vulnerable children and their families. Many thanks to the 39 corporate sponsors who generously invested in […]

Head Start is Hope

  Over the years, Head Start has received any amount of feedback for not eradicating poverty.   And while the data is clear that Head Start children are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, watching this video made me think about a few others things.  It made me wonder if we should […]

These Courageous Women Led The Way

  Harriet Ware (read more about her here) is well known at Children’s Friend, as the founder of the Children’s Friend Society in 1834. This society started as a home for abused children and today, Children’s Friend has evolved into one of the state’s most innovative human service agencies. In 1827 a seed was planted […]

Good Night

One of my favorite times of day when my grandchildren lived with me was bedtime.  Regardless of their ages — one preschooler, one elementary, and one middle school; bedtime was theirs alone to spend time with just me and them.   First was the preschooler, we would read two books and then I would sing […]

An Exciting Week Ahead!

Later this week, President and CEO David Caprio and I will be attending the 2018 Business Innovation Factory Summit.   Similar to the Ted Talk model of short presentations, the BIF Summit will include people who have risked looking at things differently and implement changes to create stunning impact. With our new strategic efforts focused on […]

Back to School!

Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the past week has been back-to-school for many, including Children’s Friend. With lots of preparation, excitement, and air conditioning we welcomed over 1,100 young children and their families into our Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K classrooms. Here are a few pictures of the beginning of the academic […]