Center for Early Learning Professionals opens doors, launches website, announces grants

The Center for Early Learning Professionals, part of the state’s Exceed initiative, is officially open!  It’s located at 535 Centerville Road in Warwick in the same building as the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children and BrightStars.

CELP HomepageThe Center will be the home of many of the free courses and training that will be available to early childhood educators in Rhode Island over the next few years. For the convenience of educators, classes will also be held at other locations around the state, including the training rooms at Ready to Learn Providence.

If you’re an early-care professional, do visit the Center’s new website. This is where you’ll find information about upcoming courses, technical assistance and other resources you’ll want to know about. The first courses are expected to be posted by the end of the month.


Exceed is the new name for Rhode Island’s cross-departmental initiative to implement the work of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant. The name conveys the commitment of all of those in our state’s early learning community who are working to help ensure that all of our young children have the opportunity to soar.

Sign up for Exceed enews

Quality Improvement Grants

Be sure to check out the information on the state’s Quality Improvement Grants. This is a great opportunity for early-childhood programs and providers enrolled in BrightStars with a Quality Improvement Plan. The deadline for the first round of grant applications is March 24, but there will be other opportunities in the next few months. Click here for application materials and dates for upcoming informational sessions. 


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