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5/11/2018 MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Diaz to celebrate seventh 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 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 care industry.

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.

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