City, state and community leaders unite to establish national model for healthy child development.
Mayor Angel Taveras joined with Governor Lincoln Chafee, Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi, Department of Children, Youth and Families Director Dr. Janice DeFrances and representatives of the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation today to announce the launch of Evidence2Success, a new approach to investing in evidence-based programs that promote healthy child development.
The Casey Foundation chose Providence as the first site for Evidence2Success because of the city's and state's commitment to investing in children and youth and their collaborative efforts to improve outcomes of children in low-income neighborhoods.
"Young people need the positive influences of a loving family, healthy community and high-achieving schools to achieve their full potential. Many children also need the support of public systems to help their families in times of crisis," said Mayor Taveras. "Evidence2Success unites local efforts in working together to help children grow up healthy, ready for school and prepared for success in life."
Developed by the Casey Foundation, the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington and several other partners, Evidence2Success combines the latest research about what works for children and youth with a roadmap and resources to make successful child development possible.
"I am pleased to join Mayor Taveras in putting children in Rhode Island's largest city on the path to a brighter future," said Governor Chafee. "We hope that Evidence2Success will become the standard for how we invest in children, both in Rhode Island and nationwide."
Evidence2Success will help Mayor Taveras, Governor Chafee and other local leaders achieve the following priorities:
"Mayor Taveras and Governor Chafee have shown an unwavering commitment to promoting programs that have a positive impact on children's health and development," said Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick McCarthy. "We are proud to support their continued investment in establishing Providence as a model for other cities interested in investing in a better future for all children."
Today's announcement comes at the end of a month in which the City of Providence was recognized for its leadership to improve educational outcomes by focusing on grade level reading. In early July, Providence was one of 14 cities across the United States to be named an All America City by the National Civic League for its plan to ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the third grade.