STATE HOUSE — Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence),
chairwoman of the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care (PLCCC),
invites the public and media to a sixth anniversary celebration of Child Care
Awareness Day and Early Care and Education Advocacy Day Wednesday, May 16, from
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the State House.
This year’s celebration will begin with a Strolling Thunder
march from the Omni Hotel to the State House, which will mirror the child
advocacy march that took place last week in Washington, D.C. The national march
is sponsored by Zero to Three, an advocacy organization whose mission is to
ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
Each year, the commission puts together a special program to
highlight various organizations in the state that work to improve the lives of
children, youth and families. Representative Diaz and Committee Vice
Chairwoman Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket)
will begin a short speaking program at 3:30 p.m. in the State House Rotunda,
which will also include fellow commission members Rep. Deborah Ruggiero
(D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown), House Minority Leader Patricia L. Morgan
(R-Dist. 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) and various leaders in the child
This year’s program will include remarks by Courtney
Hawkins, director of the Department of Human Services, Katrina Coburn of Zero to
Three, and Elizabeth Burke Bryant of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, among others.
The baby-friendly event will include a stroller parking
area, a baby play area, informational tables from various agencies and musical
performances by students. Costumed characters will also be making a visit,
including Poppy from “Trolls,” Chase and Marshall from “Paw Patrol,” and Elmo
from “Sesame Street.”
Child care providers, advocates, afterschool professionals,
parents and members of the public are all welcome to attend.