Today, I signed into law the Quality Family Care Act, House Bill 5946 A and Senate Bill 0794 A, which will expand training and professional development opportunities to family child care providers. The opportunities will lead to improved learning programs for young children in Rhode Island. I commend the sponsors of the bills, Representative Scott Slater and Senator Maryellen Goodwin, for hearing the concerns associated with previous introductions and obtaining overwhelming support by the General Assembly. Experience tells us that the strength of a child's development in the first three years of life can make the difference in personal success in education. The recruitment and retention of appropriately skilled professionals supply better pre-kindergarten family settings. Now, providers, who participate in the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), will be able to come together, and build a stronger and enlarged network of early learning choices through being part of a provider organization.