The Cabrini Fund

The Cabrini Fund provides scholarships to help working families with the cost of licensed child care. Established in 2006, this program is named in honor of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 1850-1917.

The Cabrini Fund (Catholic Charities funded Child Care Scholarships) was implemented to continue the commitment of the Diocese of Providence to affordable, quality child care for low and modest income families. Implemented in July 2006, the program began enrolling families one year after the closing of four long-time Diocesan operated child care centers in Providence(2), Lincoln and Newport. Under the Cabrini Fund, eligible families now choose their own child care provider from close to 2000 licensed providers located throughout RI.

Cabrini Scholarships pay part of the cost (up to $100/month) of licensed child care for working families with children twelve years of age or younger. Payments are made directly to the child care provider. Providers must be licensed/certified by the State of Rhode Island and may be Child Care Centers, Home Based Providers or Before/After School programs.

The Fiscal Year 2007 Diocesan budget appropriated $237,000 of Catholic Charities Funds for the Cabrini Fund (line item “Day Care Vouchers”). Accounting for the staggered enrollment during the first year of this program, it is estimated that these funds will support up to 200 families in FY 2007. The cost per family, for a full 12 months of benefits under the Cabrini Program averages $1,200 per family.

Call, 401/421-7833, extension 213, to begin the process.

For whom is this program appropriate?
Low-income, working families who are paying for licensed, certified childcare for children under the age of 12.

Is this program available in multiple languages?
Yes. Applications may be pre-filed over the phone in English, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

Is there an application process?
Yes. An application must be completed and documentation of employment and income are required.

What are the application guidelines?
Families must:
•Be working
•Be residents of Rhode Island or be registered in a Catholic parish in Rhode Island
•Have a total family income at or below 75 percent of Rhode Island median income

Inspired by Mother Cabrini
Born in Italy, the youngest of thirteen children, Maria Francesca Cabrini was drawn to the religious life at an early age. As a young woman she was prohibited from entering the religious life due to her frail physical health. This did not deter Maria Francesca who, by the age of thirty, had founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Although her life’s ambition was to serve as a Missionary in China, she was encouraged by Pope Leo XIII to go to New York City to care for the new immigrants to the United States. In July of 1889 Mother Cabrini opened an orphanage on the banks of the Hudson River. For the next 28 years of her life, she traveled throughout the United States founding schools, orphanages and hospitals. Countless children and families, many of them immigrants to America, have been cared for by the institutions she founded and the workers she continues to inspire to this day. Eight years before her death, Mother Cabrini became an American Citizen and she became the first American Citizen to be canonized a Saint in 1946. The Cabrini Childcare Scholarship Fund is dedicated in her memory. To begin the application process or for more information about the Cabrini Fund please contact the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Ministry.

Contact Information
Amy Saramago
One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903
401.421.7833 x.213