Riverfront is a community of families, staff, volunteers and donors working towards a common vision where all children are safe and receiving the highest quality education; and all families are self-sufficient and succeeding. In 2016 the Center served 173 children, three-months-old through 12-years-old, and their families. Through both public and private support, tuition assistance was provided to 93% of the families served at the Center. Additional supports, such as food, clothing, diapers, mental health services, parenting education and employment referrals, all helped families in need.
Riverfront has maintained its National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. The Center is continuously looking for ways to enhance learning. The development of a new Peace Garden, which is supported by a Regional Rotarian Grant, and grants from the Rotaries of Groton, Mystic and the Stoningtons, as well as the Groton Parks Foundation, will allow the expansion of outdoor learning opportunities for the children. The groundwork for this project began in October and will continue into the spring of 2017.
In 2016 the Board of Directors completed an organizational assessment, as part of a review of the strategic plan. Thus, the Board approved a restructuring that stepped away from the shared leadership of the Executive Director and Finance Director and moved to an executive director leadership model. In August, Dr. Susan Radway stepped into this role and took the fall months to get to know the staff, children, families, and community partners that together have made Riverfront what it is today.
In August, federal changes to the Care-4-Kids guidelines for childcare subsidies led the state to change the guidelines for enrollment, leaving many families without the necessary childcare support. Riverfront was prepared, using the Scholar Dollars program to help families who had lost their needed subsidy. This unexpected shortfall left Riverfront working to secure additional funds to cover this gap, which will carry over into 2017.
The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have worked hard this year to maintain the high-quality, early care and education services that Riverfront is best known for. Our doors are always open. Come for a tour, stop for a chat, or call to invite us to come learn more about your vision for the Center and its role in the Southeastern Connecticut community.
Susan A. Radway Ed.D. Peter Schultheis
Executive Director Board Chairperson
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