Funders

You are changing the future of our young children

Strengthening the skills of early childhood educators and families – and changing outcomes for our youngest children – cost money. With funds from the following foundations, government agencies and businesses, we have trained more than 2,500 child-care providers, supported the state’s largest AmeriCorps team, put mentors in dozens of early-care classrooms, and given families help preparing their children for school. Our funders make it all possible. They are changing the lives of today’s children – and tomorrow’s adults.

 

The Bezos Family Foundation
Funds from the Bezos Family Foundation are helping to support our Empowering Families initiative with the Providence Public School Department, bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
A Blue Angel Community Health grant awarded in early 2014 has allowed us to train more than 100 center- and home-based providers in I Am Moving, I Am Learning, and help them implement this program in their settings. IM/IL was developed by Head Start to stem obesity in young children.

The A.M. Fund
Funds from The A.M. Fund are helping to support our Empowering Families initiative with the Providence Public School Department, bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Funds from the Annie E. Casey Foundation are helping to support our Empowering Families initiative with the Providence Public School Department, bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

“This is one of those times when I feel a hope for the future,” said Al Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest, after hearing members of the R2LP AmeriCorps team explain their work and their reasons for joining the program.

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation helps support the work of R2LP’s 14 AmeriCorps members at child-care centers and the public schools. The law firm also provides valuable pro bono legal support to R2LP and its parent organization, The Providence Plan.

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Funds from The Campaign for Grade Level Reading are helping to support our Empowering Families initiative with the Providence Public School Department, bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

Central Falls School District
The Central Falls School District is funding four AmeriCorps members who work in family engagement activities in Central Falls elementary schools.

Corporation for National Service/ Serve Rhode Island
Serve Rhode Island administers funding from the Corporation for National Service for AmeriCorps programs in Rhode Island.  R2LP’s program, which got under way in 2005, is the largest in the state. After a full month of training in early childhood education and development, members work for 10 months in child-care centers, the public schools and R2LP offices to enhance the school readiness of our children.

Education Development Center
With funding from EXCEED, a cross-departmental initiative to implement the state’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, EDC has partnered with Ready to Learn Providence to create and operate R.I.’s Center for Early Learning Professionals.

Hasbro Children’s Fund
Funding from Hasbro helps to support our Empowering Families initiative with the Providence Public School Department, bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

Providence Schools
With funding from the Kellogg Foundation and the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Providence Public School Department has partnered with Ready to Learn Providence to bring Mind in the Making to families and staff at five Full Service Community Schools.

RI Department of Education
The R.I. Department of Education currently funds R2LP’s Pre-kindergarten Classrooms at CCRI (Liston Campus) and at Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center. It also supports our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship program with funding from EXCEED, a cross-departmental initiative to implement the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

RI Department of Health
In December 2012, we received a three-year grant to deliver training (in partnership with Bradley Hospital) to 300 parents and family child-care providers in The Incredible Years, a 14-session program that offers strategies for reducing aggressive and challenging behavior in young children.

The Rhode Island Foundation
The Rhode Island Foundation helps support our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®  program. It also provides funding for our AmeriCorps program, and for Empowering Families, a program in which we, in partnership with Providence Schools, are bringing Mind in the Making to 3,000 families, teachers and other school personnel in Providence.

Rhode Island General Assembly
The Rhode Island General Assembly funds a variety of programs and projects designed to enhance the quality of life for Rhode Island residents. Ready to Learn Providence has been the recipient of three legislative grants.

U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education administers the Investing in Innovation Fund, the chief funding source of our Empowering Families initiative. In partnership with Providence Schools, we are bringing Mind in the Making to nearly 3,000 families and school personnel in Providence.

United Way of Rhode Island
With United Way funds, we provide targeted professional development for child-care centers in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls seeking to address needs identified in their BrightStars evaluations or to advance to the next star. The United Way is also supporting AmeriCorps members who are helping centers and family child-care providers implement goals in their quality improvement plans. United Way funds also help support our Empowering Families initiative.

 

Past funders include Child Care Services Association, Bank of America, Dexter Donation Fund, Hasbro Charitable Trust, IBM Corporation, Meeting Street, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, RI Association for the Education of Young Children, Urban Institute National Neighborhoods Indicator Partnership, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Child Care Bureau.