RIght from the Start is a legislative and budget campaign to advance state policies for young children and their families in Rhode Island. During the COVID-19 crisis, it has become even more clear that policies and programs that help families with young children are essential for a strong economy and public health. Investments now will help our state and Rhode Island’s young children and families weather this crisis and emerge stronger on the other side.
ConvergenceRI has a wonderful column by Angela Bannerman Ankoma, executive vice president of United Way of Rhode Island, where she shares her personal story about how childcare and early education services at the Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Center have helped her young son to thrive.
Every Rhode Island family is different. Nevertheless, every single one can benefit from these ages 0-5 services. In my son’s five years, I can see how all the supports impacted our family. My hope is that more families will take advantage of these services, particularly high-quality Rhode Island pre-K. They’re great for families, kids, and Rhode Island’s future.
This is what investing in early childhood education is all about, and why RIght from the Start is advocating for increased funding for high quality pre-K programs across Rhode Island.
ALL Rhode Island kids, regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, or family income, deserve to get off the right start in life. A start where all young mothers have healthy births, where new parents have the precious time needed to bond with their babies, and affordable, high quality child care, Pre-K, and early learning options are available across our state.
That’s why we are kicking off the RIght from the Start campaign on February 27th at 3:30pm at the State House. While Rhode Island has much to offer, the reality is too many families struggle to support their young children during the critical early years of brain development. Rhode Island needs sustainable state funding and must raise additional state revenue for programs and policies that support families and their children from prenatal to Pre-K. These investments will pay dividends for our children’s success and our state’s economy for years to come.
Please join elected and policy leaders on February 27th as we launch the RIght from the Start campaign and advocate for a legislative policy agenda to ensure that ALL Rhode Island kids get off to the right start they deserve!
WHAT: RIght from the Start campaign kickoff
WHO: Early childhood policy leaders, General Assembly champions, young parents and children
WHEN: Thursday, February 27th at 3:30pm
WHERE: Rhode Island State House, State Room – 82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903
Light refreshments will be served.
The RIght from the Start campaign is proud to have the support of so many organizations working support families and their children from prenatal to Pre-K!
Campaign Steering Committee
Economic Progress Institute
Latino Policy Institute
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health
Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association
American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter
Books Are Wings
The Children’s Workshop
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
Crayons Early Care & Education Center
Dr. Day Care
Nowell Leadership Academy
Parents Leading for Educational Equity
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Prevent Child Abuse America
Reach Out And Read Rhode Island
Ready to Learn Providence
Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families
RI NOW (Rhode Island – National Organization for Women)
J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
West Bay Community Action
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
YMCA of Pawtucket