Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

Kasey from Apprenticeship RI and our apprentices!

Kasey from Apprenticeship RI and our apprentices!

Congratulations to our new Early Childhood Education apprentices! Lorena, Jessica, Angie, and Esmeralda are pictured here with Kasey from Apprenticeship Rhode Island. The ECE Apprenticeship is an opportunity for teaching assistants to learn and earn credentials while working towards becoming an Early Learning teacher. 

Participants will be assigned a mentor from senior staff and will work towards earning the Childhood Development Associate Credential (CDA) throughout the program. The apprenticeship is intended to meet the career needs of each employee and can be paced accordingly. Apprentices are paid, and receive an increase in wages as they gain skills throughout the program.

Best of luck to our apprentices in this exciting new program and special thanks to our program partners at Apprenticeship Rhode Island!



Posted on September 23, 2019 .

ELC Receives 5-Star BrightStars Rating

The Early Learning Center staff celebrates their 5-star BrightStars rating!

The Early Learning Center staff celebrates their 5-star BrightStars rating!

We are so pleased to share that Genesis Center is now a 5-Star BrightStars Early Learning program! In Providence, we are now in the top 8% of rated centers in RI and one of only six 5-star rated BrightStars programs.

BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs. Through the star rating system, BrightStars helps early learning, education and school-age programs that care for children learn about best practices and apply them to the care children receive. BrightStars recognizes program quality and gives parents information to make choices about their children’s care and education.”

Congratulations to our Early Learning Center staff.


Posted on September 17, 2019 .

Newest Keys To Success Participant!

Ekaterina in her new Elantra!

Ekaterina in her new Elantra!

Congratulations to our sixth successful vehicle purchaser through our Keys to Success program!

Ekaterina had a tree fall on her car last spring and had to purchase a short-term vehicle until she could find a more reliable daily driver. Ekaterina works as a home health aide in addition to caring for her adult son and elderly mother, so finding affordable reliable transportation was very important for her.

Ekaterina saved $2,000 over the course of 9 months while planning for her next vehicle purchase and keeping up with small repairs on her bridge car. With her savings matched dollar-for-dollar, Ekaterina was able to make a significant down payment on a 2018 Hyundai Elantra and secure affordable financing for the vehicle. She is thrilled that she doesn’t have to worry about her vehicle starting up every morning or breaking down in parking lots anymore. She does not think she would have been able to afford such a high quality vehicle without the Keys to Success program.

Thanks to Pawtucket Credit Union and Rhode Island Foundation for their partnership on this great program. And congratulations again Ekaterina!

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Posted on September 17, 2019 .

Genesis welcomes Pre-K Teacher

Jody pictured with the pre-k teaching team!

Jody pictured with the pre-k teaching team!

Genesis Center welcomes Jody S.W. Bernard as the new state pre-kindergarten teacher in our Early Learning Center. Jody brings with her over thirty years of experience as a lead teacher for Head Start.

Jody graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She received her Rhode Island Teaching Certification and spent her career as lead teacher for the Head Start Program serving Providence and Blackstone Valley.

As pre-K teacher, Jody looks forward to building a strong home/school connection with the families at Genesis and establishing a community of learners, where each child’s talents can shine.

 “I am excited to take my skills, education and certification and put them to use at Genesis Center. I am well organized, know how to multitask and most of all, I enjoy working with children,Jody said.

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Genesis Center Selected as State Pre-Kindergarten Site for Fall 2019

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PROVIDENCE (July 25, 2019) –Genesis Center will open a State Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classroom in fall 2019 as one of almost eighty classrooms selected by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program is entering its eleventh year providing free, high-quality Pre-K classes to eligible children in eleven communities across the state.

The addition of a Pre-K classroom at Genesis Center will have a lasting impact on the children and families we serve in the community. This voluntary, free program ensures that children are actively engaged in learning using educational best practices. High-quality early childhood education has been proven to help close the achievement gaps and equip children with the important social and cognitive skills that prepare them to succeed as they progress in school. 

The State Pre-K classroom will join Genesis Center’s existing Early Learning Center (ELC) program, which offers an array of services for children and families. The ELC, led by early childhood education director Catherine Green, provides high quality, affordable, professional childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Posted on July 25, 2019 .

Genesis Center Welcomes New Development Director

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Genesis Center Welcomes New Development Director Lauren Jordan

PROVIDENCE (June 25, 2019) – Genesis Center’s Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new development director, Lauren Jordan, to the organization. A resident of Providence, Jordan was previously the director of advancement at the Rhode Island Historical Society and associate development director at Gordon School. At Genesis Center, she will be responsible for developing and implementing fundraising efforts and contributing to the organization’s long-term resiliency.

“We are so excited that Lauren has joined our team. We have been without a development director for many years, and with the current growth in our programs, this is the perfect time to have someone with Lauren’s experience and track record on board to communicate our message and raise funds so we can increase our positive impact on our community,” says Shannon Carroll, Genesis Center’s president & CEO.

Jordan, who has nearly 20 years of fundraising experience with educational institutions and nonprofits, brings a wealth of knowledge to her new position. Her experience includes communications, event planning, and fund management. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

As development director, Jordan looks forward to developing Genesis Center’s donor strategies and increasing fundraising opportunities, as well as managing the organization’s communications and marketing outreach. “I am so excited to join the team at Genesis Center. I look forward to connecting with our supporters to advance the mission and work here at Genesis,” Jordan said.

Each year, Genesis Center serves over 800 individuals in adult education and workforce development and over 100 children in its childcare program. Genesis adult education classes and occupational/job skills training focus on enabling people to improve their employment skills, pay scales, and prospects for promotion. The on-site early learning center helps adult students attend classes knowing that their children are nearby and in good care.

Posted on July 1, 2019 .

2 R.I. Nonprofits Awarded $360K

2 R.I. nonprofits awarded $360K 
from LISC R.I. and Citi Foundation

PROVIDENCE – Two local nonprofits, the Genesis Center and Amos House, have been awarded a combined $360,000 from the Citi Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island, the organizations announced Wednesday.

The funding comes from the Bridges to Careers Opportunities Initiative, which helps connect unemployed and underemployed people to find jobs in growth industries.

The program is expected to impact about 500 workers in Providence. The funds will be dispersed over three years. Nationally, Citi Foundation has committed $10 million to 40 organizations through the Bridges program.

“Our No. 1 priority is to strengthen our community,” stated Shannon Carroll, president and CEO of the Genesis Center.  “We do that by investing in our greatest resource: our people.  We are thrilled that the Citi Foundation and LISC recognize this and are providing funds that will allow us to expand our training programs and support services to reach more of our residents – especially some of our most vulnerable community members – so that they may increase their access to education, good jobs and living wages.”

·         Amos House will use $190,000 in funds to expand its training services, focusing on people who are formerly homeless or overcoming challenges such as substance abuse.

·         The Genesis Center will use $170,000 in funds to grow its support for job seekers in fields such as culinary arts, human services, early learning, and health care.

“Our partners at Amos House and Genesis Center have built track records that demonstrate what works to connect people to economic opportunity,” stated Jeanne Cola, executive director of LISC Rhode Island. “When we help someone find a good – or better – job, we help both families and communities thrive.”

Posted on February 21, 2019 .

Genesis Center partners with the City:  PVD Healthworks

Mayor Elorza Announces PVD HealthWorks to Strengthen Healthcare & Social Assistance Workforce

Initiative Backed by $300,000 RIDLT Grant, Supported by Employer & Training Partners from Across the State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined the City’s Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) Director Scott Jensen, and representatives from Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, Care New England, Lifespan Corporation, and Genesis Center at the Simulation Center at Woman & Infants Hospital to announce PVD HealthWorks. The workforce partnership is made possible with a $300,000 Real Jobs RI grant from RIDLT and will strengthen Providence’s healthcare and social assistance workforce by connecting participants to workforce training, resources and employment opportunities.

“Healthcare is one of the largest industries in Rhode Island,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “This initiative will strengthen our workforce by providing pathways to good jobs for residents. This partnership will help us continue to provide economic opportunities for residents throughout our city.”

Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven, workforce and economic development initiative that convenes industry employers, key stakeholders and groups in allied partnerships to address business workforce demands. It is designed to ensure that Rhode Island employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for Rhode Island workers.

“Real Jobs RI is showing that we can invest in workers and employers at the same time — because competitive companies employing workers who are on a solid pathway to middle-class wages are the keystones of a strong and resilient economy,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “With 81,000 workers and some of Rhode Island’s largest employers, healthcare is a critical component of our economy. I’m proud to partner with Mayor Elorza to help healthcare employers get the talent they need to grow and compete.”

The Healthcare and Social Assistance industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the State and is the largest employer within the City of Providence. The sector has been affected by a documented labor shortage as well as a growing mismatch between workforce preparedness and the changing skills that will be required as the healthcare sector adapts to changing demographics and service delivery. Healthcare employers from across Rhode Island have underscored a large number of open positions for many occupations, including medical assistants, direct support professionals, and pharmacy technicians.

“Real Jobs RI helps employers train the right workers for the right jobs at the right time and the PVD HealthWorks partnership has all of the workforce development pieces in place to do just that for the healthcare sector of our capital city,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen. “Governor Raimondo and I are excited to work alongside Mayor Elorza and the employers of Rhode Island’s biggest sector to strategically connect partners around shared needs and match skilled healthcare and social assistance professionals with employers looking for top talent.”

There are additional challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified candidates, especially diverse, bi-cultural and bi-lingual. The City has convened a collaboration of eight employer partners and eight community partners to develop the infrastructure necessary to understand the workforce needs of the employers and create strategic pipelines to generate a supply of highly qualified candidates for high demand positions.

PVD HealthWorks will strategically connect partners around shared needs and actively foster system solutions. It will create a unified intake and assessment process and toolbox for job seekers and will realize the hiring of a dedicated specialist with expertise in healthcare industries to partner with employers and training providers to increase participant recruitment and job placement. An online pre-registration portal will also be launched to allow job seekers to pre-register for job fairs, providing employers the ability to pre-screen applicants and identify potential employees more efficiently.

“We are eager to support workforce development in the City of Providence by collaborating to create a training pipeline for health care providers driven by industry demand,” said Jody Jencks, director of workforce development for Care New England. “We understand the need for a demand-driven, employer-led system that elevates the skills of the workforce while adapting to employer needs.”

Insight from training partners and a survey of medical assistant training programs in the state and near the Massachusetts border also revealed that that there is a wide variance in the skills and knowledge taught by different programs, resulting in candidates lacking key competencies for open positions. Employers are seeking a greater level of consistency and quality through this initiative.

“This is the type of program we have been waiting for!  PVD Healthworks is one more step in the right direction for workforce development,” said Shannon Carroll, Genesis Center President and Chief Executive Officer. “We need a coordinated system to create clear career pathways and opportunities for our residents.  As a Real Pathways provider, we are now able to purposely and effectively link our existing healthcare training programs to higher level trainings that will allow our learners to progress on their career paths and access higher wage jobs while also providing employers with the candidates they need.  I am confident PVD Healthworks will help accomplish this and make Rhode Island stronger.”

The partnership will match qualified professionals with employers facing workforce hiring challenges. The first phase of the program funds three cohorts of Direct Support and one cohort of Medical Assistant training for a total of 65 newly trained healthcare workers. Curricula for these training programs will align with employer defined needs and the partnership will invest in the development of additional training modules to address common skill gaps.

Additional PVD HealthWorks partners include First Source Providence, CVS Health, Providence Community Health Center, Groden Network, ReFocus, CareLink, Comprehensive Community Action Program, Rhode Island College—Institute for Education in Healthcare, Apprenticeship RI, Community College of Rhode Island, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, RI Nurses Institute Middle College, and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. The partnership will continue to engage new employer partners and convene stakeholders in various ways to identify workforce needs and solutions in the healthcare sector.

Posted on October 20, 2017 .