Thanks to the hard work of our Congressional delegation, Rhode Island is set to receive $22.5 million in funding for child care from the most recent stimulus package passed by Congress in December. This is great news for Rhode Island’s child care providers who have been struggling to remain open due to higher costs associated with the increased staffing needed to maintain small, stable groups of children and adults, purchasing personal protective equipment, implementing enhanced cleaning protocols, and providing extended paid sick time for staff during quarantine periods.

RIght from the Start has provided a detailed set of recommendations to the Governor’s office and the Department of Human Services on the best ways to allocate these funds to support our providers, young children, and Rhode Island’s working parents.