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 get by during the Coronavirus […]

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 and caregivers with young children: […]

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 the big idea behind the […]

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 care for themselves.  Throughout the […]

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 Head Start emerged in the […]

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 Forklift training. One could see […]

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 the needs of vulnerable young […]

We Have Much Work To Do

We at Children’s Friend have been and continue to be concerned with the number of victims of child abuse and neglect in Rhode Island. As we continue to focus our work on reducing the incidents of child abuse and neglect here in Rhode Island, a new national report has shed some light on the issue […]

Advocacy Wins for Babies in 2019

  At Children’s Friend, advocacy is core to our identity.  In fact, it’s one of our five principles: “We take 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.”  We believe that we can’t […]