|Friday, April 17, 2020
As we enter the second month of the impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on our community I hope this message finds you healthy and doing well. This pandemic has already caused much pain and suffering in our community and around the globe.
Thanks to all of you, the work of Children’s Friend continues. We are working to support our most vulnerable children and families through this crisis. As with most disasters, those most vulnerable feel the negative impacts first and most harshly.
How we do our work, and how we live everyday has changed dramatically in the past month. Despite all of the changes and uncertainty, I am pleased to report that with your support, the work of Children’s Friend continues. Here are a few examples of your amazing work in these trying times:
Many of you are aware of the rich history of Children’s Friend. As we face this pandemic together, I want to share a very relevant piece of our history with you.
When Children’s Friend was founded back in 1834, the world was dealing with a cholera pandemic.
Following is a quote from our founder Harriet Ware writing to her siblings about the pandemic. “You, probably, may know something of the agitation that has prevailed here in relation to the cholera. We are expecting it every hour, and have been so for weeks or months. I have had thoughts of suspending my school, but I have submitted to the advice of those who are best acquainted with the circumstances, and all agree that it is important to continue the school until it may be broken up by the pestilence. I have never thought of fleeing to save my life, for no angel has been commissioned to inform me to what mountain I might fly and be secure.”
Just as Harriet Ware did not flee to the mountains, neither have you, as evidenced by the above list of accomplishments.
Thank you for being part of the Children’s Friend Family. Together we will get through this.
Stay safe and stay connected with us on social media.
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.
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):
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.
|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 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 (https://health.ri.gov/) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/) provide up-to-date information about prevention, symptoms, testing, and the current situation. We will keep you updated as guidance and recommendations are released.