The state is now taking applications for the Pre-K lottery!

Don’t miss this opportunity for a free, high-quality prekindergarten experience for your child

The Rhode Island Prekindergarten Program, entering its 10th year, provides free, high-quality prekindergarten classes to children selected by a lottery that will be held the first week in July. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1, and be residents of one of the 11 cities or towns that have a state prekindergarten classroom.

You can apply online here. (Para verlo en español, vaya a “Select Language” en la parte superior izquierda de la página.)

If you prefer, you can download a paper application in English or Spanish and return it to the programs of your choice. You can apply to as many programs as you wish in your community.

The deadline for applications is July 2. You will learn on July 5 if your child was selected in the lottery.

You will probably find answers to your questions about the PreK Program here in FAQ English or here en español. If you have an additional question, please contact Freddy Lopez at the RI Department of Education at or 222-8184. He will determine the appropriate person to address your question.

Ready to Learn Providence will continue to operate a classroom in Providence (on the Liston Campus of CCRI) and two classrooms in Pawtucket with the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center. Learn more about R2LP’s PreK programs here. If you are applying to R2LP’s classroom at CCRI, and if you are using a paper application, please drop it off at our offices at 945 Westminster Street in Providence.

Below is a full list of participating programs for the 2018/2019 school year.

Central Falls:

  • Central Falls School District, Capt. Hunt Early Learning Center (12 Kendall Street) – 4 classrooms
  • Central Falls School District, Margaret I. Robertson Elementary (135 Hunt Street) – 1 classroom


  • Comprehensive Community Action Program (848 Atwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms
  • The Children’s Workshop (546 Budlong Road) – 1 classroom
  • Cranston Public Schools Arlington Elementary School (155 Princess Ave.)  – 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) – 1 classroom
    (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 Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd.) – 2 classrooms

North Providence:

  • Tri-Town Community Action Agency (79 Waterman Avenue) – 1 classroom


  • 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.) – 3 classrooms
  • 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
  • Meeting Street (1000 Eddy St.) – 2 classrooms
  • Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth St.) – 5 classrooms


  • CHILD, Inc. (849 Centerville Rd) – 1 classroom
  • 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.) – 2 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



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