U.S. Department of health and human services

The Rhode Island Community Action Association is asking people who received surveys in the mail to complete them and return them.   Ten thousand Rhode Islanders were selected at random to receive the surveys.  The purpose, said Association director Paula McFarland is to determine if the state is doing enough to provide the human services people need.


Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.

Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program.  The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.

Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.

Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.