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About CCF

Connecting for Children & Families is a community-based, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Woonsocket children through high quality educational opportunities and family support. CCF offers a wide range of family support initiatives, educational programs, and social services for inner-city children and their families that often reaches our neighboring Northern Rhode Island towns and cities.

Established in 1995 as part of The Rhode Island Foundation Children’s Initiative, CCF continues to be a leader in Woonsocket on child and family issues.

CCF is a membership organization, made up of parents, community leaders, service providers and business representatives, working together to make a difference in our city.

Our Vision

We envision Woonsocket as a city where every child gets the best start in life and grows into his or her full potential. From birth through high school, children thrive in stable and nurturing families and receive high quality educational opportunities both in and out of school, preparing them for successful and enriching lives. We envision Woonsocket as a community that makes investing in children its first priority.

Connecting for Children and Families is a caring, well-respected and trusted provider and champion of high quality, evidence-based early childhood, out –of-school and summer experiences for Woonsocket’s children. We also help children by helping their families obtain the skills and training they need to find better jobs, improve their financial stability and improve their health and wellness. Children who participate in our programs receive the critical extra support every child needs to succeed in school and in life. We envision touching the life of virtually every child in need in Woonsocket.

Connecting for Children and Families is a valued and sought-out community partner. We work closely with government, private and public organizations locally and statewide to coordinate programs and design new initiatives to realize our shared vision for Woonsocket’s children. We are gifted with a dedicated, innovative professional staff and leadership and a well-respected, strategic and engaged board of directors. We are prudent financial managers with a secure and diverse base of revenues, including fee for service, public and private grants and contracts, and growing philanthropic support.

Board of Directors

Parent Representatives:

Geradline Barclay-King
Elizabeth Santana
Ben Washington, Secretary

Agency Representatives:

Capt. Todd Boisvert, Woonsocket Police Department
Lisa Carcifero, Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, Chairperson
Nancy Giambusso, Even Start Family Literacy Program
Angela Holt, Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School
Ericka Moore, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Vice-Chair

Community Leader/Business Representatives:

Christopher Beauchamp, Woonsocket City Council
Laura Belisle, Cox Communications
Nancy Dufresne, BankRI, Treasurer
Marge Jacob, RE/MAX Town and Country Cumberland Office
Candace Jodice
, CVS Health
Lisa St. Onge, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Kathleen Orovitz, Navigant Credit Union

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