Coronavirus Updates

Monday, March 16, 2020

There continue to be rapid developments related to guidelines to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in our area. Children’s Friend is doing our best to stay on top of these latest developments and take appropriate action.

  1. Effective Tuesday, March 17th, Althea Street, and Dean sites are closed until further notice.
  2. At this time, Berkshire, Carter, Dexter, Friendship, Hartford, Independence Square, and Summer Street remain open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  3.  To accommodate WIC services, Hartford and Dexter sites will extend hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Friendship and Independence Square sites will extend hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
  4. Effective Tuesday, March 17th, we are limiting the number of visitors to our sites in observance of social distance protocol, and suspending the acceptance of clothing and household supplies.

Thank you for your continued support of our most vulnerable children and families.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Per today’s request of the Governor, all classes at Children’s Friend are canceled from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th. This updated closing includes Child Care and Full Day Full Year classes, in addition to Pre-K and Head Start.

The following Children’s Friend sites will be open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16th: Althea, Berkshire, Carter, Dean, Dexter, Friendship, Hartford, Independence Square, and Summer.


Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear members of our Children’s Friend family,

In these unsettling and rapidly changing times, I wanted to provide you with an update on the additional steps Children’s Friend is taking in response to the Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19):

  1. In accordance with the direction given to the public schools, our Head Start (4-hour and 6-hour) classes and Pre-K classes are canceled from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th.
  2. Following the request of the Governor, child care and full-day full-year classes will remain open according to their usual schedule.
  3. Children’s Friend operations at Manton, Varone, Heritage Park, Dorcas, Baldwin, and Kizirian are suspended from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th.
  4. All children, families, visitors, and staff are being screened to ensure they are not sick and that they have not been out of the country in the past 14 days before they are allowed to enter a site and before a home visit is conducted.

As this situation continues to develop, we will take additional steps to best protect our children, families, staff, and the community overall.

Thank you for your support of our work, and let’s support each other through these trying times.

Be Safe,

David Caprio
President and Chief Executive Officer


With the continued spread of the Coronavirus throughout the world and in Rhode Island, Children’s Friend is proactively taking steps to help prevent the introduction and spread of Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) among our staff, children, and families, including:

  • The creation of an internal Coronavirus Task Force to gather information and offer guidance
  • Increased cleaning and maintenance at all sites
  • The distribution of preventative supplies to all staff and centers
  • Tracking of travel for our staff and families to determine if any special procedures are needed
  • Limiting business travel involving flying or overnight stays for staff until further notice
  • Regular communication with our staff and families as the situation changes
  • Following the instructions and advice of local and national public health officials

The health and well-being of our children, families, and staff is our top priority. We urge our staff and families to stay informed of this developing situation. The Rhode Island Department of Health ( and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( provide up-to-date information about prevention, symptoms, testing, and the current situation. We will keep you updated as guidance and recommendations are released.