On Monday, February 1, more than 40 people gathered at the Center’s main office in Warwick to celebrate our two years of providing in-depth, research-based professional development, technical assistance, and Quality Improvement Grants to make a real difference in the professional practices of early childhood administrators and educators throughout Rhode Island.
Speakers included Elizabeth Burke-Bryant, executive director of RI KIDS COUNT, and Yvette Mendes, deputy director of the state Department of Human Services. Center Director Karen Pucciarelli and Co-Director Leslie Gell facilitated a panel of early childhood administrators who spoke about the impact the Center has made on their public school, center-based, and family child care programs.
Since opening in January 2014, the Center and our staff have supported early learning professionals in the following ways:
- We have provided high-quality professional development (PD) to nearly 1,500 child care educators from over 640 programs or family child care homes.
- Our technical assistance (TA) specialists have provided services to administrators at more than 375 programs.
- We have awarded state-funded Quality Improvement (QI) Grants to nearly 400 programs and family child care homes.
- We have approved nearly 300 professional development programs offered by community PD providers.
- Our InfoLine has received nearly 170 requests for information related to specific early childhood issues and concerns.