Supporting a child’s first teacher

If you are the parent or guardian of a young child, you are your child’s first teacher. You play the most critical role in preparing him or her for school — and for life.

Ready to Learn Providence reaches hundreds of families through its work in early-care settings, libraries and pediatric clinics. At events and programs held throughout the year, parents, grandparents and others find support and resources to help their children succeed in school.

We also offer a number of free courses focusing on the emotional, physical and intellectual development of young children. Check below to see if one of them might be available to you.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Why do some students reach their full potential in school while others struggle?

Find out the seven essential skills that successful learners have and that underachievers lack. In this eight-session course you’ll learn how you can teach and promote these skills at home.

prov schoolsWe’re currently offering this course to families of children in the Providence public schools, Pre-K to Grade 3. The course is also open to the teachers and other school personnel at these schools. Click here to learn why these seven skills matter and for more details about the class.

For more information, contact Tania Quezada at tquezada@rwu.edu. Tania is fluent in English and Spanish.

The Incredible Years

“Of all the trainings I’ve ever taken, this is the one that has helped me the most — in my professional life as well as my personal,” said a recent graduate of the program.

Participants in our popular course The Incredible Years learn effective strategies for reducing challenging and aggressive behaviors at home and in school. Current classes include a mix of parents and family child-care providers (many of whom are also parents). This course is not restricted to residents of Providence.

To learn about upcoming classes in English or Spanish, call Tania Quezada at 401.490.9960.

Ready for K!

Your child is going to kindergarten in the next year or two. Ready for K! can help get your child ready, especially if he or she has never attended preschool.

Ready for K! is free for families with children entering kindergarten in 2015 or 2016 in Providence. The program is offered in English and Spanish at branches of the Providence Community Library starting in late January. Storytelling, reading, story acting, science projects and other enjoyable parent-child activities are all part of the fun.

Participants can borrow literacy kits that include high-quality children’s books and related games to continue the learning at home. Contact your neighborhood library in Providence for upcoming sessions.

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