Vision 3 Architects, Children’s Friend and Federal, State, and Local Officials Celebrate Newly Renovated Head Start Center

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Friday, January 16th, dignitaries including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline, accompanied by newly elected Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joined Children’s Friend President and CEO David Caprio, and Vision 3 Architects for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony honoring another milestone with the grand opening of their new Head Start Center location in the Silver Lake community, at 550 Hartford Avenue in Providence.

The new Center is an early learning school servicing approximately 90 children, and provides Head Start services that promote the well being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children by providing flexible, effective and culturally relevant services that support and strengthen families and communities.

Vision 3 Architects played a key role in providing early planning and design services that assisted Children’s Friend in securing the preferred site location and advised on the Project’s construction expenditures. The Project is an adaptive-reuse of an existing 9,300 s.f. vacant space located in a strip mall at 550 Hartford Avenue, Providence, RI. The building accommodates a new, 7,333 s.f. Daycare center. The remaining space will support a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for Children’s Friend. The Daycare features new classrooms, a new 2,250 s.f. playground and support spaces including a food prep area, administrative area, children’s restrooms and a conference room. The WIC facility includes new nutritionist offices, a lactation counselor office suite, director’s office, restrooms, and a small break area. Each facility shares an entrance, waiting and reception areas, and support spaces.

About Vision 3 Architects

Founded in 1987, Vision 3 Architects is a nationally recognized architectural and interior design firm based in Rhode Island. Whether planning new construction or adapting for re-use, Vision 3 designs buildings and spaces that are functional and cost-efficient while respecting each project’s unique geographic, historical and programmatic context. A dedicated team of professionals develops creative design solutions for many industries, including healthcare, education, hospitality and corporate office. Vision 3 employs environmentally sustainable design practices. This commitment to design excellence and innovation has brought Vision 3 national recognition and awards. For more information about Vision 3 Architects, visit or follow us on LinkedIn

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