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July 30, 2013
Rhode Island Pre-K: Applications for Enrollment, Expanded Locations
The Rhode Island Pre-K Program, entering its 5th year, provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) oversees the program.   
Statewide, spaces are available for 234 children to participate in the thirteen pre-kindergarten classes. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1 and they must be residents of one of the identified communities. Children are selected for participation by lottery. Applications for this program are accepted until August 15, 2013 and are available:
  • At RIDE (255 Westminster Street, Providence)
  • On the RIDE website (click the "Pre-K Programs" tab)
  • At the Pre-K locations (with the exception of Ready to Learn Providence CCRI location - please pick up applications for this site at 945 Westminster Street, Providence)
Expanded and Currently Participating Pre-K Locations: 
This fall (for the 2013-14 school year) five new classrooms will be added to the RI Pre-K program, bringing the total number of classrooms to thirteen, serving seven communities.

The new expanded sites are:   
  • CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan St., West Warwick) - added a classroom
  • East Bay Community Action Program Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd., Newport) 
  • Ready to Learn Providence at Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket)
  • Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth St., Providence) 
  • Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick St., Woonsocket) - added a classroom
The other participating sites are: 
  • Beautiful Beginnings Child Care (700 Elmwood Ave., Providence)
  • Central Falls School District (521 Dexter St.) 
  • CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan St., West Warwick) 
  • Imagine Preschool (400 East Ave., Warwick) 
  • Mariposa Highlander Pre-K (550 Branch Ave., Providence)
  • Ready to Learn Providence at the Community College of Rhode Island (1 Hilton St., Providence)
  • Westbay Children's Center (22 Astral St., Warwick)
  • Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick St., Woonsocket) 
2013 Legislative Wrap-Up  
2013 Leg Wrap Up Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release the 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up, which reports on selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of economic well-being, health, safety, early learning, and education considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly's 2013 Legislative Session.

Below is an overview of early learning and education victories for Rhode Island children and families in the 2013 Legislative Session:  
  • Establishes Paid Family Leave through TDI that allows partial wage replacement for employees who need time off to care for a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster care), or a seriously ill family member
  • Expands the State Pre-K Program through the education funding formula by an additional appropriation of $500,000
  • Provides $250,000 in initial funding for the Full-Day Kindergarten Incentive Fund 
  • Establishes a pilot Child Care Transition Program to enable currently eligible low-income, working families to maintain eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program as family income increases up to 225% FPL 
  • Increases funding for education through the funding formula by $30.3 million, and increases funding for public higher education by $6 million
The budget maintains the current level of state funding for Head Start, but did not increase state funding to retain Head Start seats that will be lost due to federal sequester.

For the full 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up, please click here.

Upcoming Rhode Island Early Learning Council & Subcommittee Meetings


Stay up to date with all Rhode Island Early Learning Council meetings, subcommittee meetings, and public forums! All Rhode Island Learning Council events are posted on our community calendar

Upcoming meetings include: 

  • Early Learning and Development Standards Subcommittee - Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
  • Early Childhood and Kindergarten Entry Assessment Subcommittee -  Monday, August 26, 2013, 3:00 - 4:30pm Warwick Public Library 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
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starRhode Island Pre-K: Applications for Enrollment, Expanded Location
star2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
starUpcoming Rhode Island Early Learning Council & Subcommittee Meetings
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