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Parenting News Round-up – January 2, 2019

Kidoinfo.com is now offering round ups of news that relates to children and parenting. We want to help parents to keep up with local news in a quick and easy way. Some of the round up will be information Kidoinfo.com has gathered while others will be from other local media.

  • Rhode Island College has a new scholarship supported by the Miranda family in honor of Lin-Manual Miranda, the award-winning composer, lyricist and performer who’s most notable works include the Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” This scholarship is being established to support first-generation, underserved students in realizing their dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree in the performing arts, according to RIC. Read more here.
  • Rhode Island’s Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) won’t renew five contracts worth $4.8M with foster-family support organizations in 2019, according to a December 21, 2018 article in the Providence Journal. Instead, DCYF will take on the support programs through an internal unit and by using other providers. “We have chosen to discontinue some of our foster care support contracts in order to create a more equitable system for all families we serve,” DCYF said in a statement to the Journal. The organizations losing funding include: Foster Forward ($520,000), Children’s Friend ($3M), Communities for People ($418,640), and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health ($294,763), and Family Service of Rhode Island ($584,547).
  • Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced the signing on two bills he worked on for many years: The First Step Act and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act. According to a statement from the Senator’s office, these bills will help juvenile inmates successfully transition back to society and encourage states to adopt new protections for youth offenders. “Rhode Island’s success improving outcomes for youth offenders and adults in the criminal justice system inspired features of each of these new laws,” said Whitehouse. Learn more about these bills here.
  • On January 2, 2019, CCRI Faculty protested ‘educationally unsound’ 12-day classes, according to an article on Upriseri.comMembers of the Community College of Rhode Island Faculty Association (CCRIFA) protested that a 15-week curriculum is being squeezed into a 12-day winter intercession called JTerm. Members of CCRIFA are currently working without a contract and recently voted “no confidence” in CCRI’s president, vice president of academic affairs, and dean, the article says. Read more here.
  • Cranston organization awarded $625K SAMHSA grant for substance abuse prevention, according to the Providence Business news. Dana Deverna, coordinator of the task force within the nonprofit Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), said the task force will devote part of its effort to preventing e-cigarette use and opioid abuse and will work with the city’s high school students, according to the article.

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