Two sites added for 2014-15 free Pre-kindergarten Program

Spaces available for 306 children in 8 Rhode Island communities

The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) is adding 2 new sites this fall to the 2014-15 Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program, bringing the total number of sites to 17, serving 8 communities.

The new sites are CHILD, Inc. at 160 Draper Avenue, Warwick, and Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), at 848 Atwood Avenue, Cranston.

“The quality of education that children receive from ages 3 to 5 is a huge factor in how well those children perform in elementary school and beyond,” said Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “I’m very pleased that we have developed our Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program over the past six years and that, once again, we will be able to expand the program this fall to serve even more Rhode Island families.”

The 17 2014-15 Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program sites are:

In Cranston:

Comprehensive Community Action Program (848 Atwood Ave.)
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), a Head Start grantee, will operate one pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) classroom in Cranston. This coming school year (2014-15) will be its first year of involvement with the Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program.

In Central Falls:

Central Falls School District, Capt. Hunt Early Learning Center (12 Kendall Street) This coming school year, the Central Falls School Department will continue to operate one Pre-K classroom at the Captain Hunt Early Learning Center. This coming school year will be its third year of involvement with the Pre-kindergarten Program.

In Newport:

East Bay Community Action Program Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd.)
East Bay Community Action Program, a Head Start grantee, will operate two state Pre-K classrooms. This coming school year will be its second year of involvement with the Pre-kindergarten Program.

In Pawtucket:

Ready to Learn Providence @ Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333 Roosevelt Avenue) Ready to Learn Providence, a program of the Providence Plan, will operate one state Pre-K classroom at the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center. Ready to Learn Providence has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

In Providence:

Beautiful Beginnings (700 Elmwood Avenue)
Beautiful Beginnings, a program of the Jammat Housing and Community Development Corporation, will operate one state Pre-K classroom in Providence. Beautiful Beginnings has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

The Mariposa Center (1 Corliss Park)
The Mariposa Center will operate one state Pre-K classroom at its new location, the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. The Mariposa Center has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

Ready to Learn Providence @ CCRI Liston Campus (1 Hilton Street)
Ready to Learn Providence, a program of the Providence Plan, will operate one state Pre-K classroom at the Community College of Rhode Island Providence campus. Ready to Learn Providence has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth Street)
Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center will operate two state Pre-K classrooms in Providence. The Center is a program of Capital City Community Center, a nonprofit social-service agency located in the Smith Hill section of Providence. This coming school year will be its second year of involvement with the Pre-kindergarten Program.

In Warwick:

CHILD, Inc. (160 Draper Avenue)
Child, Inc., a Head Start grantee, will operate one state Pre-K classroom in Warwick. This coming school year (2014-15) will be its third year of involvement with the Pre-kindergarten Program.

Imagine Preschool @ CCRI Knight Campus (400 East Avenue)
Imagine Preschool, a program of the Providence Center, will operate one state Pre-K classroom at the Community College of Rhode Island Warwick campus. Imagine Preschool has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.  

Westbay Community Action Children’s Center (22 Astral Street)
Westbay Community Action Children’s Center, a program of Westbay Community Action, Inc., will operate one state Pre-K classroom in Warwick. Westbay Community Action Children’s Center has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

In West Warwick:

CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan Street )
Child, Inc., a Head Start grantee, will operate two state Pre-K classrooms in West Warwick. This coming school year (2014-15) will be its third year of involvement with the Pre-kindergarten Program.

In Woonsocket:

Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick Street)Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association will operate two state Pre-K classrooms. Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association has been involved with the Pre-kindergarten Program since its inception in 2009.

Commissioner Gist also thanked Governor Chafee and the members of the General Assembly for fully funding early-childhood education in the current (Fiscal Year 2015) state budget. The Fiscal Year 2015 budget increases aid to early childhood education by $1,000,000 for a total early childhood education budget of $2.95 million.

The Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program, entering its 6th year, provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children. RIDE oversees the program. Statewide, spaces are available for 306 children to participate in the 17 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 available on the RIDE website and at the program sites.

The application deadline for participation in the enrollment lottery is Wednesday, August 6.