State moves to improve child care

SHINING BRIGHT: Debbie Durant, director of the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center, works with children at the Providence nonprofit. She praises the BrightStars system for helping the center raise its rating. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
SHINING BRIGHT: Debbie Durant, director of the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center, works with children at the Providence nonprofit. She praises the BrightStars system for helping the center raise its rating. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
At the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center in Providence, enrollment for children has almost doubled over two years with improved ratings from BrightStars, a nonprofit that is expanding to meet the demand for quality child care. Nonprofit Smith Hill Director Debbie Durant says the enrollment of children up to age 5 has climbed from…

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