Ready to Learn becomes a program of Roger Williams University

Ready to Learn finds a new home at Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University announced on Tuesday that it has brought Ready to Learn Providence into its family of programs. R2LP will be part of its School of Continuing Studies.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 3.08.19 PMReady to Learn will continue to operate from its offices at 945 Westminster Street, but will be part of the RWU School of Continuing Studies, based at the university’s Providence campus on Empire Street. As it moves to RWU, Ready to Learn will be fully supported by grants from the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and several other sources.

“I am delighted that Roger Williams University has been able to construct an arrangement that will allow the wonderful programs of Ready to Learn to continue serving families and communities,” said RWU President Donald J. Farish in the university’s announcement yesterday.

“Ready to Learn Providence is thrilled to begin our next chapter as a part of the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University,” says R2LP Director Leslie Gell. “We are excited both about continuing many of our current projects and creating new opportunities.”

Prior to becoming a program of RWU, Ready to Learn was a program of The Providence Plan. Richard Spies, chair of The Providence Plan board, said Tuesday: “We are extremely proud of the work that Leslie Gell and her colleagues at Ready to Learn have done with The Providence Plan over the years. The new partnership with the RWU School of Continuing Studies has the potential to take the program to an even higher level of achievement and of service to the community.”

Ready to Learn currently offers a full schedule of classes for early childhood providers, operates three state-funded prekindergarten classrooms, and administers T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood RI, which provides college scholarships for early childhood educators.

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