Research, Reports and Newsletters
CRANSTON – The state Department of Human Services released in October its first Child Care newsletter to providers and families who use our services. The quarterly publication, Starting RIght, aims to inform and help parents and providers make the best choices for our future leaders.
“One of the most important decisions a family will make is choosing someone to care for their child,” DHS Family and Children’s Services Administrator Karen Beese said. “Thousands of children across the State spend a significant part of their day in child care settings. Families want safe, healthy, and caring places to care for their children while they work.”
This first edition starts with information about our Starting RIght Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which assists in subsidizing the cost of child care for almost 10,000 children each year. It then recaps a yummy time with Governor Gina Raimondo and other state leaders at a Woonsocket child care center promoting the need for quality learning and more foster families.
There are also sections on a recent law change to further help families in need; September improvements made to the RI Bridges system that helps our staff administer benefits; DHS’ deployment of eligibility technicians in the community; and an update on our reconciliation efforts with child care providers.
It ends with reading tips for parents, and news about Governor Raimondo’s third grade reading goal.
To read the newsletter in English or Spanish, open the links below: