June 10, 2016
Registration Now Open for State Pre-K and Head Start
Families with children who will be age 4 by September 1, 2016 and who live in one of the State Pre-K communities can now register for the State Pre-Kindergarten lottery. State Pre-K communities are: Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket. Families can apply for the lottery online here or family members may pick up an application at pre-kindergarten program locations. Families can also download the application online here. Completed applications should be returned to the program of choice. Families may apply at more than one site if multiple sites exist in their community of residence, but only one application per site will be accepted. Applications for State Pre-K will be accepted through July 1
Families with very low-incomes have another option for preschool and can apply for enrollment in Head Start. Head Start is offered statewide to children who are age 3 or age 4 by September 1. Children are selected for Head Start based on the needs of the family. Contact information for Head Start programs serving each community in Rhode Island is available online. Head Start also offers an online application here.
Coming June 21: The national 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book 
The 2016 annual national KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state report on children's well-being issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will be published on June 21, 2016. This national report ranks each state for overall child well-being, as well as across an index of 16 indicators in four key areas: Health, Education, Family and Community, and Economic Well-Being.

We will release the national findings, as well as Rhode Island specific data, on June 21. Please watch your inbox and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!
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