The city-led, early childhood education program Providence Talks has enrolled its 500th family. It’s been two years since the program’s pilot group was launched, under then-mayor Angel Taveras. Providence Talks aims to increase the number of words a child hears in the years leading up to kindergarten.
Parents receive in-home visits from coaches, who work to increase parent-child interactions. The kids involved periodically wear devices which measure the number of those interactions.