Welcome Back

  This week, Children’s Friend continued on its “reopening” journey. We welcomed back almost 300 preschool children into our Summer Learning and Enrichment Program. Our summer program is operating out of 9 sites, with reduced classroom capacity, health screenings, enhanced cleaning protocols, and strict safety measures in place. It was great to see more of […]

Today’s Word is Hope

At Children’s Friend, the recent injustices and anti-racism protests spurred a series of scheduled staff conversation circles. This is a time for staff to share their experiences and perspectives on racism, the current climate of our personal and professional communities, and the relationship of COVID with social injustices.   So far, we have met eight […]

Hello Summer!

This weekend we welcomed the start of a new summer season.  The spring of 2020 has undoubtedly challenged us all in ways we could have never imagined. As such, we are all looking forward to the joys that warm, summer days can bring. Summer is a great time for kids and families to enjoy different […]

Celebrating Fathers This Week

We are just one week away from Father’s Day. Do something different this year. Skip the usual tie, coffee mug, or joke gift. Honor your Dad this Father’s Day by investing in a powerful program that serves Fathers in need. Fathers play a significant role in the lives of their children. You know how well […]

Child Care is Open

With extensive planning, our child care program has re-opened and our hallways are filled once again with laughter and song.  Our first week of operation has proven once again what an amazing team we have at Children’s Friend. We have implemented new policies, procedures, and protocols ensuring the health, well-being, and safety surrounding our staff, […]

We Stand Against Racism

  The killing of George Floyd has once again brought into the spotlight, for all to see, the racism and discrimination that is experienced on a daily basis in our country. To our families, friends, employees, and community I want to confirm that Children’s Friend stands against racism, oppression, and violence in all forms. Our […]

COVID-19 Update – Phase 2

This week Rhode Island begins Phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening process. In coordination with this process Children’s Friend has reopened child care services at the following five sites: Berkshire, Dean, Dexter, Friendship, and Hartford. We are thrilled to have the sights and sounds of our young children in our classrooms once again. The work […]

Creating Communities of Opportunity

In the introduction to “Creating Communities of Opportunity,” the third episode of the Brain Architects’ special COVID-19 series, the hosts write: “While the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us, it isn’t affecting all of us equally.  As we work together to try and halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we must also […]

Deliberate Acts of Kindness

For the last several weeks, most days, I’ve been watching Governor Raimondo’s update.  She and Dr. Alexander Scott have provided so much calm and wisdom throughout this seemingly crazy time.  Every Friday in her briefings, Gov. Raimondo has encouraged and asked Rhode Islanders to “be kind”; to do something over the weekend for someone who […]