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LISC Rhode Island Deputy Director Receives Early Childhood Advocate Award


Cindy Larson, Deputy Director, LISC Rhode Island, 2017 Recipient of the Early Childhood Advocate Award from RIAEYC. December 1, 2017 – Cindy Larson, Deputy Director of the Rhode Island office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), was presented with the “2017 Sue Connor Special Friend of Rhode Island’s Children” award by the Rhode Island […]

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The LISC Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund is Celebrating its 15th Anniversary!


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2016: Our Year in Pictures


We are grateful that 2016 brought about so many positive changes for early learning spaces across Rhode Island! The dedication and commitment from our early learning partners and the allocation of resources from the State has made a real difference for centers and schools across our state. We at the LISC RICCELFF are especially happy […]

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Plans, Plans, and More Plans!


In 2015, utilizing Race to the Top Early Challenge Grant Funding, we were able to offer grants to 60 total centers to allow them to have audits conducted on their playgrounds by independent, certified playground safety inspectors and to have corresponding correction plans developed. The information found on a plan can be so valuable to […]

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What Kind of Facility-related Training are YOU Interested in?


We would love to know what YOU would like to learn about! Please take a moment to fill out this survey so that we can help provide you with the most relevant training for you and your early learning center. Anyone who takes the survey will be automatically entered in a drawing for a chance […]

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Tips for Playground Safety and Maintenance This Winter


The first day of winter is less than a month away! With winter comes a whole new set of playground safety challenges. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Pay extra attention to things like scarves, long ties on jackets or other loose string-type things on children’s clothing. These items can become stuck […]

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When LISC talks about early childhood, Washington listens


We wrote the book on financing quality, age-appropriate early childhood education facilities. Literally. Now, a LISC guide to developing new spaces has a permanent home on the website of the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services. The guide helps Head Start programs navigate the complex process of planning, budgeting and pulling together the money […]

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You and Your Architect – How Design Works For You


With so many groups starting their construction project by working with an architect on design first, we thought it might be helpful to share some basic information about what the design process is and how working with an architect will be beneficial to your project down the road. You and Your Architect is an electronic […]

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Early Learning Facilities Grants Clarifications and FAQs


ANTICIPATED VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS: In Wave 4 of funding we received over $2.2 million in applications from 58 organizations. The majority of applications were excellent and qualified for funding. However, due to the very limited nature of funding we were only able to award $450,000 in grants. Therefore, 46 organizations were deferred to Wave 5, […]

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Applications for the 5th and Final Wave of Early Learning Facility Grants will be accepted from October 5 – October 26, 2015.


Wave 5 of Early Learning Facility Grants will be open starting on October 5th. Applications are due no later than midnight on October 26, 2015. Applications in all priority categories will be accepted during Wave 5. Early learning facility grants are available to assist qualified organizations with addressing urgent facility issues. Priorities for these funds […]

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