RI’s Pre-K lottery opens for families in 11 cities and towns

Ready to Learn will continue to operate its three classrooms in Providence and Pawtucket

Apply for the Pre-K Enrollment Lottery HERE

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that four new classrooms – in Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence – will be added to the Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year, for a total of 60 classrooms. The lottery to fill the 1,080 available seats is now open, and parents and families must submit their applications by Friday, June 29.

If your child is a resident of one of the 11 communities with Pre-K classrooms, you can apply online here.

Or go here if you prefer to download a paper application (in English or Spanish).

The 60 pre-kindergarten programs are located in 11 cities and towns: Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.

To learn more about Ready to Learn’s classrooms, click here.

The program sites for the 2017-2018 school year are:
Central Falls:
Central Falls School District, Capt. Hunt Early Learning Center (12 Kendall Street) – 3 classrooms
Expansion – Central Falls School District, Margaret I. Robertson Elementary (135 Hunt Street) – 2 classrooms

Comprehensive Community Action Program (848 Atwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms
The Children’s Workshop (546 Budlong Road) – 1 classroom

East Providence:
Martin Middle School (111 Brown Street) – 5 classrooms
Oldham School (60 Bart Drive) – 2 classrooms
(Note: Applications for the Martin and Oldham sites are available at the East Providence Administration Offices, 145 Taunton Ave.)
East Bay Community Action Program (70 Turner Ave.) – 1 classroom

Graniteville School (6 Collins Avenue)
(Note: Applications for the Graniteville site are available at Graniteville School until June 17 and at the Johnston Central Office, 10 Memorial Dr., throughout the application period.)

East Bay Community Action Program at the Pell Annex of the John F. Kennedy School
(740 West Main Rd., Middletown – temporary location; program will be for Newport residents only) – 1 classroom
East Bay Community Action Program Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd.) – 2 classrooms

North Providence:
Tri-Town Community Action Agency (2204 Mineral Spring Avenue) – 1 classroom

Expansion – Pawtucket School Department, Fallon Memorial School (62 Lincoln Avenue) – 3 classrooms
(Note: Applications for the Fallon site are available at the Pawtucket Central Office, 286 Main St.)
Ready to Learn Providence @ Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333 Roosevelt Ave.) – 2 classrooms
Children’s Friend and Service (13 Legion Drive) – 1 classroom

Providence School Department, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (35 Camp Street) – 1 classroom
(Note: Applications for the Martin Luther King , Jr. site are available at the Providence Registration Center, 325 Ocean Street.)
Ready to Learn Providence @ CCRI Liston Campus (1 Hilton St.) – 1 classroom
(Note: Applications for the CCRI site are available at 945 Westminster St., Providence)
Beautiful Beginnings (700 Elmwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms
Children’s Friend and Service (350 Point St.) – 2 classrooms
Expansion – Children’s Friend and Service (99 Berkshire St.) – 2 classrooms
Children’s Friend and Service (550 Hartford Avenue) – 1 classroom
Imagine Preschool (520 Hope Street) – 3 classrooms
The Mariposa Center (1 Corliss Park) – 1 classroom
Meeting Street (1000 Eddy St.) – 2 classrooms
Expansion – Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth St.) – 5 classrooms

CHILD, Inc. (160 Draper Ave.) – 2 classrooms

West Warwick:
Academy for Little Children (10 James P Murphy Industrial Highway) – 1 classroom
CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan St.) – 3 classrooms

Connecting for Children and Families (46 Hope St.) – 2 classrooms
Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick St.) – 4 classrooms
YWCA Rhode Island (514 Blackstone Street), 1 Classroom

The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program, entering its ninth year, provides state-funded, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children. 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, and families will be notified in early July, pending state budget approval by the General Assembly.

Families can apply for the 2017-18 Pre-Kindergarten Program online or can pick up an application at a program location. Completed applications should be returned to the program of choice. Families may apply for more than one site if multiple sites exist in their community of residence, but only one application per site will be accepted. Applications will be accepted through June 29.

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