RI Pre-Kindergarten Program Expands to 60 Classrooms

Lottery Opens Today for Families in 11 Communities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
announced today that four new sites – in Central Falls, Pawtucket, and
Providence – will be added to the Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program for
the 2017-2018 school year, for a total of 60 classrooms. The lottery to
fill the 1,080 available seats is now open, and parents and families must
submit their applications by Friday, June 29.

Pending approval of Governor Raimondo’s budget and thanks to the federal
Preschool Expansion Grant that Rhode Island received from the U.S.
Department of Education,, this expansion brings access to high-quality
early childhood education to more Rhode Island students than ever. These 60
pre-kindergarten programs are located in 11 communities: Central Falls,
Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket,
Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.

“We know that reading is a crucial indicator of future student performance,
and students who do not read at grade level by the third grade are four
times more likely to drop out of high school. We need to capture these
students and give them the support they need before they fall behind,” said
Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Quality early education is at the center of my
strategic goal to get all children reading on grade level, and we continue
to open up that opportunity to more students.”

“Pre-kindergarten sets a strong foundation for students and for our entire
educational system” said Barbara S. Cottam, Chair of the Board of
Education. “When we invest in early learning opportunities for all
children, we invest in their futures and lay the groundwork that enables
them to be successful.”

“The skills young people need for school readiness, and ultimately, college
and career readiness, begin to be cultivated in early childhood
classrooms,” said Daniel P. McConaghy, Chair of the Council on Elementary
and Secondary Education. “Expanding access puts more students on that path,
and will move the needle on student achievement in elementary school and

“The work being done in pre-kindergarten may seem far removed from advanced
coursework at the high school level, but it isn’t,” said Ken Wagner,
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Inspiring a love of
learning and building the fundamentals of critical thinking and problem
solving starts early, and I encourage parents and families to consider this
opportunity so that their child can get a head start on a lifetime of

The 60 Pre-kindergarten Program sites for the 2017-2018 school year are:

Central Falls:

• Central Falls School District, Capt. Hunt Early Learning Center (12
Kendall Street) – 3 classrooms

• Expansion - Central Falls School District, Margaret I. Robertson
Elementary (135 Hunt Street) – 2 classrooms


• Comprehensive Community Action Program (848 Atwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms

• The Children’s Workshop (546 Budlong Road) – 1 classroom

East Providence:

• Martin Middle School (111 Brown Street) – 5 classrooms

• Oldham School (60 Bart Drive) – 2 classrooms

(Note: Applications for the Martin and Oldham sites are available at the
East Providence Administration Offices, 145 Taunton Ave.)

• East Bay Community Action Program (70 Turner Ave.) – 1 classroom


• Graniteville School (6 Collins Avenue)

(Note: Applications for the Graniteville site are available at Graniteville
School until June 17 and at the Johnston Central Office, 10 Memorial Dr.,
throughout the application period.)


• East Bay Community Action Program at the Pell Annex of the John F.
Kennedy School (740 West Main Rd., Middletown – temporary location; program
will be for Newport residents only) – 1 classroom

• East Bay Community Action Program Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd.) – 2

North Providence:

• Tri-Town Community Action Agency (2204 Mineral Spring Avenue) – 1


• Expansion- Pawtucket School Department, Fallon Memorial School (62
Lincoln Avenue) – 3 classrooms

(Note: Applications for the Fallon site are available at the Pawtucket
Central Office, 286 Main St.)

• Ready to Learn Providence @ Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333
Roosevelt Ave.) – 2 classrooms

• Children’s Friend and Service (13 Legion Drive) – 1 classroom


• Providence School Department, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
(35 Camp Street) - 1 classroom

(Note: Applications for the Martin Luther King , Jr. site are available at
the Providence Registration Center, 325 Ocean Street.)

• Ready to Learn Providence @ CCRI Liston Campus (1 Hilton St.) – 1

(Note: Applications for the CCRI site are available at 945 Westminster St.,

• Beautiful Beginnings (700 Elmwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms

• Children’s Friend and Service (350 Point St.) – 2 classrooms

• Expansion- Children’s Friend and Service (99 Berkshire St.) – 2

• Children’s Friend and Service (550 Hartford Avenue) – 1 classroom

• Imagine Preschool (520 Hope Street) – 3 classrooms

• The Mariposa Center (1 Corliss Park) – 1 classroom

• Meeting Street (1000 Eddy St.) – 2 classrooms

• Expansion- Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth St.)
– 5 classrooms


• CHILD, Inc. (160 Draper Ave.) – 2 classrooms

West Warwick:

• Academy for Little Children (10 James P Murphy Industrial Highway) – 1

• CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan St.) – 3 classrooms


• Connecting for Children and Families (46 Hope St.) – 2 classrooms

• Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick St.) – 4

• YWCA Rhode Island (514 Blackstone Street), 1 Classroom

The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program, entering its ninth year,
provides state-funded, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible
children. 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, and families will be notified in
early July, pending state budget approval by the General Assembly.

Families can apply for the 2017-18 Pre-Kindergarten Program online at
[2]https://www3.ride.ri.gov/PKLottery or can pick up an application at a
program location. Completed applications should be returned to the program
of choice. Families may apply for more than one site if multiple sites
exist in their community of residence, but only one application per site
will be accepted. Applications will be accepted through June 29.