The Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools (RIPCS), a statewide alliance that promotes and advocates for community schools as a strategy for student success, is pleased to announce the hiring of its new director, Carolyn Birbiglia, of Providence, RI. Ms. Birbiglia worked as an Associate Director of Publicity for Penguin U.S.A. in New York City before moving to Rhode Island eight years ago. She recently served as a consultant, researcher and writer for a variety of government, education and non-profit agencies, specializing in career pathways. Ms. Birbiglia will be responsible for supporting the statewide community school initiative by enlisting public and private partners, streamlining communications and expanding the network of schools.

Rhode Island’s community school initiative, called Child Opportunity Zones, provides integrated education, health, and social services to students attending public schools in ten communities across the state, including: Bristol/Warren, Central Falls, Cranston, North Kingstown, Middletown, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Westerly and Woonsocket. For twenty years, these sites have focused on early childhood initiatives that promote school readiness; before and after-school enrichment programs; health and mental health services; family engagement to increase parents’ involvement in their child’s education; and adult education and workforce training initiatives.

For more information, please contact Terese Curtin, Executive Director of Connecting for Children and Families and Chairperson of RIPCS, at (401) 766-3384.

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