Child Care FORWARD Task Force Agreements & Goals

In 2021 RIght from the Start convened a task force of providers, advocates, and elected leaders to develop a 10-year vision and policy priorities that would improve access to high-quality child care, preschool, and paid family leave. After extensive collaboration, the task force reached the following final agreements and goals:

The following organizations participated on the task force and contributed to the development of the overarching agreements, policy priorities, and 10-year vision.

Beautiful Beginnings
Business Owners in Childcare Association (BOCA)
Center for Early Learning Professionals
Center for Southeast Asians
East Providence Public Schools
Economic Progress Institute
Latino Policy Institute
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island
Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE)
Providence Public Schools
Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health
Rhode Island Child Care Directors Association
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Rhode Island Department of Education
Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training
Rhode Island Foundation
RI Governor’s Community Affairs & Outreach Office
Rhode Island Head Start Association
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Rhode Island National Organization of Women (RI NOW)
Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Rhode Island Working Families Party
Service Employees International Union 1199
Washington County Coalition for Children
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

Members of the RI General Assembly:
Senator Sandra Cano
Representative Julie Casimiro
Representative Grace Diaz
Senator Alana DiMario
Representative Deborah Ruggiero
Representative Mary Ann Shallcross Smith