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Kidoinfo.com's History

2007-2017 | founder and publisher Anisa Raoof
2017-Present | owner and publisher Susan Gale

Kidoinfo was founded in 2007 by mom and artist Anisa Raoof, and quickly became a trusted hub for everything about kids in Rhode Island. Anisa built a comprehensive parents website with a fresh spin on delivering information from local contributors consisting of authors, parents, and program directors. In 2017, Anisa made the choice to focus on her position as Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival and turned over the reins of Kidoinfo to Susan Gale who is now Publisher.

Susan previously founded Rhode Island Parent Magazine which went all online in September 2017. In December 2017, Susan merged RIParentMag.com with Kidoinfo.com to bring all of these great resources for parents together. She continues to  grow Kidoinfo in new and exciting ways – all with a focus on making parents’ lives easier.  Reach Susan at susan@kidoinfo.com.

Making parents lives easier is the focus of our work. We want to be an oasis in your busy life – a place to celebrate growing up in Rhode Island and all of New England.

Working with the local community

Kidoinfo starts with the website which includes articles by local experts, the most complete family events calendar, giveaways, and unique KidoGuides – special shopping guides which help parents and other family members find everything they need for their children.

Offl­ine, Kidoinfo offers sponsored events (Providence Children’s MuseumAS220 Foo FestProvidence Children’s Film Festival) and the Kidoinfo Providence Storytime and Play in the Park summer series.

We take pride in helping our community, having worked with several organizations already, such as Jayce “The Healer” Foundation and the Tomaguaq Museum. Our kid’s event calendar is a community resource and you can submit items for open-to-the-public family events through our Calendar page.

We see local businesses as the lifeblood of our community so we also help by connecting them with parents and families who need their services and products. We offer advertising on Kidoinfo.com, through emails to out subscribers, and in our KidoGuides.

Join with Kidoinfo.com!

If you have expertise in an area of parenting, or are someone with a story to share about raising children, you can write for Kidoinfo! In general, we accept submissions from those living in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut or people who have a connection to the three states. We reserve the right to determine which articles will be published and all articles are edited. At this time, we do not pay for articles. Contact us if you are interested at susan@kidoinfo.com.

Kidoinfo's Team

Susan Gale, Publisher

Susan previously founded and published Rhode Island Parent Magazine and RIPARENT.COM under her company, Gale Force Communications, a Rhode Island-based media and information company devoted to helping parents and families. Susan has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, non-profit development, marketing, and advertising. RIPARENT.COM continues under the Kidoinfo name.

Lisa Koulibaly, Calendar Editor

Lisa keeps Kidoinfo’s calendar up-to-date and makes it the most comprehensive family event calendar available. She also handles special calendar sections such as school and holiday vacation guides.

Jeanette Bradley, Read Local Series

Jeanette Bradley oversees Kidoinfo’s Read Local series, which provides information and interviews with local children’s book authors and illustrators. Bradley is a local Rhode Island author and illustrator. Her debut picture book LOVE, MAMA was published by Macmillian/Roaring Brook Press. ?Jeanette is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt.

Contributing Organizations

  • Artist’s Exchange
  • AS220
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island
  • Blackstone Parks Conservancy
  • Brain Week RI
  • Books are Wings
  • Books on the Square
  • BrightStars
  • CHADD (RI chapter – Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Children’s Museum of Easton, MA
  • FirstWorks
  • Kids & Babies Expo
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) (RI chapter)
  • Providence Athenaeum
  • Providence Children’s Film Festival
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Providence Parks and Recreation
  • Providence Libraries
  • Rhode Island Center for the Book
  • Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors
  • Rhode Island Governor’s Office
  • Rhode Island Kids Count
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Save The Bay
  • South Kingstown Land Trust
  • United Way of Rhode Island
  • Write Rhode Island

Thank You!

Susan would like to thank:

  • The Center for Woman and Enterprise for their assistance in developing the original business plan to start the magazine, which led to Kidoinfo.com.
  • Ed Alves, of SCORE, for his excellent business plan and development mentoring.
  • The Department of Labor and Training’s Self-Employment Assistance Program of Rhode Island (SEARI) for its initial investment in the magazine.
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) for its excellent Impact Accelerator program, which Susan completed in Spring 2017.
  • The SEG Impact Accelerator cohort for their inspiration and support.
  • Elias Safdie for being a fantastic business coach.
  • Anisa Raoof for all her hard work building Kidoinfo.com into the best parents website and trusting me with her baby.
  • Lisa Koulibaly for a being an exceptional and patient partner in all things.

Most of all, we’d like to thank you – our readers and advertisers – we wouldn’t be successful without you!

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