Category Archives: Archived


April 2017 eNews – Race to the Top wrap-up, OPIP update, Infant/toddler training, Week of the Young Child, & Child Care Day


Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Wrap-Up In 2015 and 2016, by providing small grants and technical support, the LISC Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) enabled 83 early learning centers across Rhode Island to dramatically improve the learning environments in their facilities. The grants, which totaled $2.3 million, were […]

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March 2017 eNews – Stores from our neighborhoods, Infant/toddler classroom design, Health & safety news, & Debt for facility improvements


News from LISC Rhode Island – Stories from our Neighborhoods At LISC Rhode Island, we are committed to building strong neighborhoods and healthy communities where individuals, businesses and families can thrive. Our strategies – investing in real estate, increasing family income & wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education and supporting healthy environments […]

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February 2017 eNews – OPIP update, Proposed regulation changes, Infant/toddler corner, & Small scale fundraising


Update on the Outdoor Play Interventions Pilot Project (OPIPP) In December we selected three very different sites to participate in our outdoor pilot project focusing on increasing play value with small investments, volunteers, and thoughtful design (see our original RFP to learn more about the project here). Site visits were conducted this month with the […]

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January 2017 eNews – Race to the Top grants complete, Winter care for outdoor play spaces, Infant/toddler corner, & Building a better business


Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Facility Grants are Complete! With funds made available through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, we were able to award a total of $2,325,324 in small grants to 84 early learning centers operated by 59 non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and public schools all across Rhode […]

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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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November 2016 eNews


Update on the Outdoor Play Interventions RFP Thank you to all who submitted applications to participate in our Outdoor Intervention Pilot Program! We received 19 promising applications from centers serving a variety of age groups all across our state! The RICCELFF team will carefully review all applications over the next few weeks and we will […]

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October 2016 eNews


Here Comes the Sun The benefits of a well-designed outdoor play space are endless. For children participating in child care programs the time spent outside while at those programs may constitute the majority of their outdoor time each week. Thus, child care facilities play a critical role in offering play environments that support children’s learning, […]

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September 2016 eNews


Here Comes the Sun Great projects start with great ideas! The first step in any project should be thoughtful design. The design process not only allows you to put an idea to paper, but it can also bring to light and help avoid potential problems. Take Beautiful Beginnings in Providence for example. This center received […]

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August 2016 eNews


Update on Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Facility Grants Across all five waves of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Facility Grants program, LISC’s Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) received more than $7.1 million in requests for funding from 136 businesses and organizations. Nearly all of […]

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July 2016 eNews


Center Spotlight! The Children’s Workshop – Lincoln Center The Children’s Workshop in Lincoln, Rhode Island, faced numerous physical space challenges. Some of the most critical issues included: Two classrooms, one infant room and one preschool room, completely lacked natural light One school age classroom had insufficient natural light A playground that required crossing a busy […]

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