In a recent interview with WPRI 12 Newsmakers, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said that investing in affordable child care is a top priority to help working families and Rhode Island’s economy. Thank you Senate President and the Rhode Island Senate for your leadership on this critical issue. Just like roads and bridges, child care gets…

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Dear RIght from the Start supporters:  The 2021 legislative session has concluded and the FY22 state budget is final. Thanks to your advocacy we have made some significant progress in advancing state policies and budgets to help young children, but we still have a long way to go.   Advocacy with our Rhode Island congressional delegation…

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The House Finance Committee passed a proposed FY22 state budget on June 17th. Here is a summary of what is included, excluded, next steps, and the status of RIght Start Agenda legislation pending before the General Assembly. Child Care Assistance Program: Total funding for the Child Care Assistance Program FY 22 budget is not clear at this point, but…

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Low Pay and High Turnover is Challenging for Kids, Parents, and Child Care Programs Alyssa Nichol is the mother of two young children, and currently stationed at Navy Station Newport as a Navy JAG (Judge Advocate General). Having been active duty for ten years, Alyssa is used to relocating, and quickly adapting in new communities.…

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Supporting RI Families with Children Ages Zero to Three Pawtucket resident Wilmaris Soto-Ramos and her partner Stephen welcomed their rainbow baby in October of 2020, after experiencing the heartbreak of two consecutive second-trimester losses and the stress and isolation of pregnancy during a pandemic. Wilmaris’s challenging journey to motherhood, as well as the research she’s…

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