Spring Update from R2LP

There is so much going on at Ready to Learn Providence this spring! It is hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly…we still have so much on our plates!

R2LP is broken down into 5 teams (Library, Health, Childcare, Professional Development, and Central Falls School District), so I’m going to give you an update from each of the teams…starting with my team, the library team!

The library team has been busy initiating a project called “Ready for K!” at some of the branch libraries, including Olneyville, Washington Park, Mount Pleasant and Knight Memorial. It has been a great way members to take on new and exciting roles at their sites. Additionally, there are upcoming events such as an Early Childhood Educators’ Conference and Family Childcare Provider Day at the Providence Public Library.

The health team is taking a 10-week series called Community Health Workers, which is enabling them to engage in their work in more meaningful and thoughtful ways. It also provides important professional development for those hoping to enter the health field after their term of service.

The childcare team is busy on all fronts and is having Family Engagement Nights and “I am Moving, I am Learning” presentations at several sites, including the Heritage Park YMCA. They have also been assisting with Ready to Learn’s course “Mind in the Making.”

The professional development team has been assisting with the recent partnership between Ready to Learn and the Center for Early Learning Professionals. The members of the PD team have been assisting with class registrations and publicity for this new center.

The Central Falls School District team has been hosting a series of Parent Workshops on subjects ranging from teaching science to your children to choosing appropriate books.

Finally, our whole team is looking forward to attending the Roger Williams Park Clean-Up this Saturday, April 26th!

R2LP would like to thank many members from other corps for their help with childcare during our “Mind in the Making” course, being offered at Ready to Learn. This cross-corps collaboration has allowed students with children to attend class by providing childcare during these critical times. However, we still need support for the remaining classes. If anyone is looking for additional hours, R2LP could use assistance with childcare on Monday and Thursdays from 5:15-8:15 pm and Saturdays from 8:30-11:45 am. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristin Read at kread@provplan.org or at (401)490-9960.

Last, bust definitely not least, we want to say congratulations to our PD team member Evelyn Leonardo! She is expecting her second daughter and had her baby shower Monday! We will definitely miss her, but can’t wait to meet this future AmeriCorps!Image

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