Chafee selects DCYF director

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has made his choice for the new director of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Janice DeFrances is currently the CEO of Harmony Hill School in Chepachet, a community for children with emotional and behavioral issues.

Defrances has also served as a principal at the Narragansett and Quidnessett elementary schools and taught college courses at various Rhode Island colleges and universities.

She holds a PhD in special education and administration from Boston University.

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