Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone
We’re pleased to announce that the NFCOZ is partnering with the RI Community Food Bank and Pell Elementary School to host Farmers to Families Food Distribution events on Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm from February through April (extended from original Feb.-March). These food distribution events are open to EVERYONE from Newport or any surrounding community. They are not limited to Pell Elementary School families. This event will be held outside at the Pell Elementary School at 35 Dexter Street in Newport. Participants should enter Dexter Street from Hillside Avenue and then enter the first parking lot on the left. Families will receive a large box containing produce, dairy products, and meat.
They will pull up and the box will be placed into their vehicle by staff and volunteers. The RI Community Food Bank will be on site with a refrigerated truck. Participants should bring an ID.
The Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone (NFCOZ) is a member of a network of ten COZ sites across the state. COZs follow the national community schools model, creating partnerships among families, schools, and the community to coordinate comprehensive academic, social and health/wellness services for students and their families, resulting in improved educational outcomes for children. Opportunities for families to get involved increase family participation in their child’s school and education. Supportive services are provided to families on site at the school, and extended learning opportunities allow students to try new activities, learn new skills, develop social and emotional competencies, and meet new friends.
CHAMPION CHILDCARE PROGRAM AT PELL 2018-2019 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Before and after school licensed childcare on site at Pell is available for students. Before school care opens at 6:30 a.m. and after school care closes at 6 p.m. For more information or to register click here.
Who We Serve
Services offered by the NFCOZ are available for all children from birth to grade four and their families residing in Newport, RI. Experienced youth development staff work with children to develop the skills that they need to be successful in school. Fun family activities and high quality and high interest before and after school programs, vacation camps, and summer leaning opportunities help students and families to become more engaged with their school. Engaged students have better attendance and are more motivated to succeed in school. Programs allow students to practice new skills and expand their learning while receiving support. Staff are well-versed in community resources and help families to make connections to essential services. A four star rated high quality licensed childcare program before and after school enables families to work or attend school knowing that their child is well taken care of.
School readiness opportunities for preschool age children that are designed to ensure that children are ready for school success. We collaborate with Newport and Middletown Public Schools and EBCAP to improve access to high quality early childhood programs and services.
School age services include the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) which provides comprehensive out of school time programs including before and after school programs, school vacation week camps, and the Summer Learning Academy, designed to expand learning time throughout the school day/year with intensive academic support, blended with physical activity, cultural, recreational, artistic, and service learning enrichment opportunities, as well as, the Champion Childcare Program at Pell which is a four star licensed before and after school childcare program offered daily during the school year; and the Walking School Bus, which is a coordinated walking program that helps students get to school on time each day.
Family programs including the Family Service Coordination Program in Newport, connect parents with essential community resources, improve parenting skills, provide educational opportunities, help families to be more involved in their children’s education, encourage daily school attendance, assist children with transitions, and reduce social isolation. Fun family activities, coordinated by the NFCOZ at Pell, such as the annual Pumpkin Fest, Multicultural Night, Literacy Night, and Penny Carnival provide opportunities for parents to be involved.
The Backpack Program provides a weekly backpack of food for enrolled children to eat during the weekend when food can be scarce for families. This program serves close to 150 students per year at the Pell Elementary School in Newport.
You can also find us on the Newport Public Schools website.
Location(s) of the Program
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday, 6:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
- Before School Childcare open from 6:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
- The Walking School Bus begins each day at 7:50 A.M., arriving at school at 8:15 A.M. for breakfast
- Community Learning Center after school enrichment programs operate from 2:45 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
- After School Childcare operates from 2:45 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
How to Enroll
For more information or to register/enroll, contact a member of the NFCOZ Management Team at 401-842-1925 and press the extension below:
- Christine Arouth, NFCOZ Director x1, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samantha Brinz, NFCOZ Director of Quality Initiatives x2, email@example.com
- Rebekah Rosen-Gomez, Family Services Manager x3, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mark McKenna, Family Service Coordinator, x4, email@example.com
- Taylor Frazier, Student and Family Engagement Specialist, x5, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lori Russell , Champion Childcare Coordinator x6, email@example.com
- Erin Hallene, CLC Site Coordinator x7, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hannah Kahn, CLC Site Coordinator x7, email@example.com
How You Can Help
The NFCOZ welcomes and encourages community volunteers for our Walking School Bus, Backpack Program and after school programs and camps. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Arouth, NCFOZ Director at 401-842-1925 x1.
The NFCOZ is funded through federal, state, local grants, and private foundations. We also welcome donations and sponsorship.
To make a donation to the Backpack Feeding Program, click here.