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4/29/2019 MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Diaz to celebrate eighth anniversary of Child Care Awareness Day, Strolling Thunder at State House
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 an eighth anniversary celebration of Child Care Awareness Day and Early Care and Education Advocacy Day Wednesday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the State House.

This year’s celebration will begin with a Strolling Thunder march from the Rhode Island Convention Center to the State House, which will mirror the child advocacy march taking place the previous day in Washington, D.C. The national march is sponsored by Think Babies, an advocacy campaign 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. 

Families will gather in the Bell Room at the State House, which will be transformed into a pop-up early learning classroom, donated by Kaplan Early Learning.

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 House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73 (Newport, Middletown).

This year’s program will include remarks by Courtney Hawkins, director of the Department of Human Services, and Veronica Manfredi, the director of Over the Rainbow in Providence.

The baby-friendly event will include a stroller parking area, a baby play area, informational tables from various agencies and musical performances by the students of Sackett Street School in Providence.

Child care providers, advocates, afterschool professionals, parents and members of the public are all welcome to attend.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903