First is a non-profit community based organization in Rhode Island
since 1992. The organization incorporated in 1998 and obtained
non-profit (501(C) 3) status. The mission of Kids First has been “Safeguarding the Nutritional well-being of Rhode Island’s
Kids First, a public/private partnership, has committed
to improve the health and enhance the educational preparedness of children in
Rhode Island. Kids First professionals use hands-on, activity based programs
in classrooms, at parent and teacher professional development sessions, and at
after school programs to promote healthier and safe eating and physical activity
habits. The partnership included the establishment of the Rhode Island Team Nutrition
Training Institute at Kids First with support from USDA and the Rhode Island
Department of Education.
In 2004, the mission has been updated to reflect
an expanding role: “We guide communities to improve the nutritional and
physical wellbeing of children.” Kids First links with other organizations
working to improve nutrition, physical activity and food safety for children.
Kids First efforts are entwined in all 36 RI school districts and are now reaching
communities across the Northeast.
The Food Safety Interactive Activities are a component
of the RI Food Safety Partnership Food-Safe School program, a collaboration between
Kids First, RI Healthy Schools! Healthy Kids! (Joint initiative of the RI Departments
of Education and Health Coordinated School Health Program), and the University
of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension. Bridge Communications is the specialty
partner for the food safety interactive activities. The project is funded with
a multi-year grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To learn more about Kids First and/or the Food-Safe
School Program contact: