This is my last blog post on Kidoinfo as publisher but not the end of Kidoinfo. As you may know from my announcement on August 28 (read full story here), I have decided to step down from running Kidoinfo after 10 years to pursue other projects and spend more time with family. Although I say goodbye to Kidoinfo, I will stay rooted to the parent community through my work as Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization that presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema.

I am pleased to announce that Kidoinfo will continue as a trusted hub for families under new ownership. After careful consideration and deliberation, I’m excited to introduce Susan Gale as the new Kidoinfo publisher. Susan has the experience to move Kidoinfo forward, having worked in journalism, marketing, advertising, and non-profit development while raising two children, ages 18 and 16, with her life partner. Two years ago, Susan founded Rhode Island Parent magazine, which moved online in September as RIPARENT.COM. (Now find their family content on the Kidoinfo website.)  Her local experience with communications and family and children’s issues makes her the right choice to lead Kidoinfo forward.

But most importantly, we share a similar vision for Kidoinfo’s future – one where the website provides you with all the information, education, inspiration, and connection you need to be the best parents you can be. Simply put, I’m confident that under Susan’s leadership, Kidoinfo will continue to be the go-to family resource in Rhode Island  and southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to carrying on many of Kidoinfo features, she has fresh new ideas and I look forward to seeing Kidoinfo grow even bigger and better! Please join her on this journey and stay connected to the Kidoinfo community.

As part of my goodbye, I thank “YOU” for being a valuable part of the Kidoinfo community from 2007-2017! With your support over the past 10 years, Kidoinfo has grown—bringing together Rhode Island families, businesses, organizations and contributing writers to form a welcoming and vibrant community. It has been an honor to be a part of this expanding circle.

A big THANK YOU to my amazing Kidoinfo family of advisors, friends and contributing writers for your wisdom, support, inspiration and collaboration over the years: Katy Killilea, Nancy King, Elyse Press Major, Ilira Steinman, Jason Thompson, Carly Baumann, Suzanne Cadge, Michelle Riggen-Ransom, Jackie Hennessey, Jennifer C. Smith, Deb Dormody, Micki Whelan, Chris Abernethy, Daniella Norwood, Jake Camara, Alex Taylor, Erin Goodman, Hannah Marcotti, Jeanine Silversmith, Jill Davidson, Kristen McClanaghan Kardos, Kathleen McGuigan, Bonnie Combs, Leah Kent, Marcia Fowler, Genie McPherson Trevor, Jacante Tougas Arnone, Lindsay Shaw, Martha Iachetta, Melissa Brusso, Megan Fischer, Janice O’Donnell, Aja Blanc, Allison Abramson, Anika Denise, Beth Curtin, Carolyn Dalgliesh, Jennifer Huntley-Corbin, Marianne Ruggiero, Alison Paul, Ricky Katowicz, Chrissy Collins, Moe Finnegan, Cynthia Greene Ragona, Elaine Beebe, Kirsten DiChiappari, Karen Krieger, Sue Ambs Azar, Eleanor Pretty Deacon…and to my husband Douglas Itkin and our sons. (Read D&Es 10 year reflection here.)

And THANK YOU to my many advertisers (big and small) and my community partners over the years, including Roger Williams Park, RISD Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, and Audubon Society of Rhode Island – your financial support and collaborations allows the entire community to enjoy Kidoinfo free of charge.

They say it takes a village, and I believe it is true. I am forever grateful for this chapter in my life.