Early Childhood Education
One of the best ways to ensure that children succeed in school is to provide all children with access to high-quality programs for early learning.
To meet this goal, we work with public and nonpublic schools, community-based organizations, and home-based child-care providers to continuously improve the quality of early-learning programs and to expand opportunities for early learning across our state.
The early childhood work in the Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Curriculum supports four primary goals:
- Increasing access to high-quality early childhood education programs for all children
- Supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals
- Providing information to families about supporting their child's learning
- Ensuring that children with developmental delays or disabilities are identified and have access to specialized services and supports
Rhode Island is a member of EXCEED, Rhode Island’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge state agency cross coordination effort. EXCEED supports the children of Rhode Island to achieve new heights in their learning and development. RIDE is partnering with The Executive Office of Health and Human Services, The RI Department of Health, The Department of Human Services and The Department of Children Youth and Families.
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Learn more about Early Childhood Education
- Programs to help children begin school ready to learn and be ready to have success in their schooling careers
- Workforce - developing a highly qualified workforce with access to a high quality professional development system
- Early Learning Standards - what children should know and be able to do as they enter kindergarten
- Child Outreach and Family Engagement - programs to support families as they prepare their children for school success, as well as to identify and evaluate young children with disabilities
- Early Childhood Special Education - individualized special education preschool programs and services for 3-5 year olds
- Early Learning Challenge - a $50 million grant to improve early learning and development opportunities for Rhode Island's young children