In the News

Meeting Street is happy to assist media outlets with details about our services, events and programs.

Contact: Lori Sousa, 401.533.9223 or

View some of our more recent articles below.

4/15/20 - U.S. Secretary of Education Names The Grace School at Meeting Street a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that The Grace School at Meeting Street in Providence is among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

Grab and Go Meals4/15/20 - Grab and Go Meals

Meeting Street featured on ABC6 on Grab and Go Meals for families in the community.

Social Distancing4/10/20 - Distance Learning

Meeting Street featured on WPRI - Special Education Teacher discusses distance learning.

1/29/20 - Gabe Rosario-Farias

Our 2020 Meeting Street co-host Gabe Rosario-Farias was featured in the Dartmouth Week Today.

We are very excited to announce that the NCPFCE Best Practices Video, “Partnering with Families; Parent Leadership in Action” featuring Meeting Street is available on the Head Start ECLKC website.

Meeting Street's OT Emily Lennon was featured on a WPRI Health segment on 6/28/19 - Preparing for your sensory-sensitive child for the Fourth of July.

4/29/19 - Meeting Street Expanding Special-Needs School

For more than 70 years, Meeting Street has pushed to be a national leader in development and education of children of all ages and needs.


1/23/19 - Starring role for a special kid 

Barrington resident will host annual Meeting Street Telethon.



12/14/18 - The Carter School at Meeting Street is Baking Up Holiday Spirit!

The students and teachers get into the holiday spirit by crafting homemade ornaments.


12/07/18 - Meeting Kid's Needs

Meeting Street president and CEO John Kelly featured in the Providence Business Journal.


10/11/18 - A Best Kept Secret in Private School 

A profile of The Grace School, one of the lowest costing private schools in Rhode Island.


7/6/18 - Doing Good - Event Raises $220,000 for The Schwartz School at Meeting Street

The 8th annual Fishing for A Cause and Seaside Dinner raised more than $220,000 to benefit children and families of Meeting Street. The annual event featured more than 100 anglers and more than 300 guests at the seaside dinner.


5/8/18 - Mark Patinkin - A Special Friendship at The Grace School at Meeting Street

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mercy Flomo, who’s in 5th grade and 11, was hanging out with her buddy Jason Lopes at school yesterday. Which seems unusual because Mercy has no special needs, while Jason’s are so profound he can’t talk, but Mercy doesn’t care — they’re still best pals.


1/21/18 - Taunton 8 year old ready to take Meeting Street Telethon by storm

TAUNTON - You may have seen her irrepressible, irresistible smile lighting up billboards around RI and Southeastern MA. And in less than a week you can catch her in action singing, telling her life story and just generally melting the hearts of anyone who tunes in.


8/31/17 - At Meeting Street a Garden is a Source of Food and Learning

PROVIDENCE - On a bright summer morning, staffers take three middle-school students in
wheelchairs outside to raised garden beds on the grounds of Meeting Street in


11/23/16 - For Meeting Street School students, friendship a big reason to give thanks

PROVIDENCE - I got to wondering what kids with special needs would say if asked what they're thankful for, so I drove to the Meeting Street School in Providence and soon was sitting down with Ava Johnson. Ava is 12 and unable to talk but has an iPad...

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys4/29/16 - Self-discovery breeds success

PROVIDENCE - With an art history degree freshly in hand, Amanda McMullen left Syracuse University some years ago looking for work in a museum. That search, which led her to Boston and an administrative assistant position at the Old State House museum on the Freedom Trail, also exposed McMullen to the world of fundraising...


Local boy benefits from new prototype toys4/16/16 - Speech Technology opens "a new world" for teenager

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - It was a few days before Kathy Doyle Farless' son's birthday and there was planning to be done for the celebration. As she chatted with her husband, Keith, about the menu...


Local boy benefits from new prototype toys4/15/16 - Inspire, Share & Lead

PROVIDENCE - John M. Kelly has had a busy career, with significant volunteer commitments to go with a busy professional schedule. But his nearly two decades at Meeting Street have taught him more than he could learn in his other roles.


Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 1/28/16 - Co-host of the Telethon

PROVIDENCE - A young Warwick resident, Ava, 11, is making her television debut this weekend this Saturday as part of the Meeting Street Telethon. Ava, now a 5th grader at The Grace School, has been attending Meeting Street since she was only 3 years old and will be one of the student hosts for the Telethon.


Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 12/15/15 - The Face of Inclusion

PROVIDENCE - Margaret Knowlton, Head of The Grace School, leads the way in showing that all children flourish in an inclusive educational environment specifically designed to meet the needs of students with and without special needs.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 12/14/15 - Cane means independence

PROVIDENCE - Cane means independence for R.I. boy with visual impairment. Learning to use a cane opens up a world of possibilities for an 11-year-old with Down syndrome and a visual impairment.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 12/10/15 - Golden Apple Award

PROVIDENCE - This week's Golden Apple Award goes to Paula Cray, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Meeting Street School in Providence. Cray was nominated by parents, Racheal and Alyssa Marton, who say she brings learning to life.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 10/16/15 - White Cane Day

PROVIDENCE - Meeting Street in Providence has various schools and programs that support young people with all abilities. For those with visual impairments that may one simple medical device.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 8/25/15 - Amazing Grace

PROVIDENCE - Many parents with school age children, as well as others who are invested in the long-term success of schools and school systems, value diversity in the classroom.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 8/4/15 - Early Head Start Graduation

PROVIDENCE - Veintidós niños de tres años de edad del Programa de Early Head Start  fueron honrados en una ceremonia de graduación en Meeting Street, el pasado lunes 27 de julio.           

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 6/8/15 - Students Earn Diplomas at Meeting Street

PROVIDENCE - Six students from The Carter School at Meeting Street donned caps and gowns Monday morning. The graduation ceremony took place in Providence. Family, friends and classmates were proudly on hand as graduates earned diplomas.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 5/20/15 - Included

PROVIDENCE - The College Hill Independent. Special Education in Providence and Beyond. On Tuesday, April 14, the cafeteria monitors at The Grace School are Dylan and Jada. Anthony handles the library.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 5/14/15 - Meeting Street Games

PROVIDENCE - Over the years, Meeting Street is Providence has expanded to not only educate children with special needs, but all children. A special event Thursday brought them all together on the playing field - Achilles Kids.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 5/8/15 - The Grace School at Meeting Street

CRANSTON - The wide, sunny hallways of The Grace School are crowded with a parade of children, all making their way to the cafeteria for a midday lunch. Lining the walls are galleries of artwork which showcase the talents of the school's many students each as diverse and unique as the children themselves.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 5/7/15 - A Really, Really Amazing Place

CRANSTON - You can see it when you drive down Interstate 95 on the Thurbers Avenue corner. It’s like an oasis among the asphalt parking lots that dot the Providence neighborhood, with green space – and lots of it.

Local boy benefits from new prototype toys 3/31/15 - Local boy benefits from new prototype toys

PROVIDENCE - Nathan Horn, an 8-year-old from North Providence and the son of James and Sherri Horn, is one of two local students benefiting from new prototype toys developed by Rhode Island researchers to help children with disabilities.

Grace makes inclusion model for other schools1/31/15 - Grace makes inclusion model for other schools

Some Rhode Island public and private schools are fully inclusive for those with and without special needs, but the private Grace School, a division of Providence-based nonprofit Meeting Street, provides inclusion in a way even the state considers “unique.”

Cranston's Kaleigh Pedroso selected as co-host for Meeting Street Telethon1/15/15 - Cranston’s Kaleigh Pedroso selected as co-host for Meeting Street Telethon

Those who know Kaleigh Pedroso now – as a fifth-grader at The Grace School at Meeting Street, and co-host of their upcoming telethon on Jan. 24 – may not realize the long road she’s endured and the obstacles she’s overcome.

RISD grads' design10/18/2014 - RISD grads’ design targets need

When Maeve Jopson and Cynthia Poon saw Megan Lamontagne’s reaction to a toy they made as part of their final project in industrial design last year at the Rhode Island School of Design, they knew they were onto something.

An 'inclusive' education from the start9/2/2014 - An ‘inclusive’ education from the start

The Meeting Street School in Providence often has a reputation for being a facility only for children with Individualized Education Programs (IEP), or special needs, but two non-IEP Warwick twins have recently finished their fifth grade and are leaving the only school they’ve ever known.

Danica Deneault, 5, is defying the odds8/12/2014 - Danica Deneault, 5, is defying the odds, walking, smiling

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The news was devastating: Your daughter likely won't talk, walk, eat, breathe or see on her own.
"What do you mean?" Erik Deneault remembers asking when he heard the news that his weeks-old daughter was destined for such a life. "Those are basic human rights."

Meeting Street expands home-visiting programs7/19/2014 - Meeting Street expands home-visiting programs

Meeting Street, a nonprofit organization that focuses on child development, education, training and research, has expanded its home-visiting programs after being awarded 115 of the 150 Healthy Families America participation slots available to Providence families. Meeting Street previously oversaw 36 slots.

Graduation of 5th grade students7/10/2014 - The Grace School at Meeting Street Celebrates the Graduation of its 5th Grade Students during Special “Stepping Up” Ceremony

PROVIDENCE, RI – Surrounded by family and friends, one by one, eleven 5th Graders from The Grace School at Meeting Street approached the podium to receive their certificates of completion during the school’s “Stepping Up” ceremony on June 20, prepared to begin the next chapter of their academic careers this coming fall.

Early Learning Center Awarded7/3/2014 - Meeting Street Early Learning Center Awarded 5-Year Reaccreditation by National Association for the Education of Young Children

PROVIDENCE, RI –Meeting Street’s Early Learning Center was recently awarded a 5-year reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the country’s leading organization working on behalf of children with an emphasis on high-quality educational and developmental programs. The Center first became accredited in 2009; its new certification will now run through 2019.