Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms

We’re part of the state’s Pre-K Program

This Just In: The state has expanded the Pre-K Program for 2015/16 and applications for the lottery are available now!  See details here.

Activity centers – including art corners, reading nooks, science tables, floor space for blocks, and a theater for dramatic play – fill our pre-kindergarten classrooms. From mid-September to mid-June, children eagerly engage in these centers, developing early literacy, math and science skills while at play.

Ready to Learn participates in two of the 17 classrooms in the state’s Pre-Kindergarten Project, a program administered by the RI Department of Education to demonstrate the value of high-quality early care and education. Children are chosen by lottery, and the program is offered at no cost to parents.

cropped girl at easelThe R2LP Pre-kindergarten Classroom at CCRI (on the Liston Campus in Providence) has participated in the Pre-K Project since 2009.  BrightStars, the state’s quality rating and improvement system, has recognized it as a five-star program since 2010.

In the summer of 2013, R2LP was granted a second state-funded pre-kindergarten classroom in partnership with the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center in Pawtucket. In 2015/16, R2LP and Heritage Park will operate a second classroom there. An experienced teacher and assistant teacher, assisted by R2LP AmeriCorps members, staff each of the classrooms. Each setting accommodates 18 children.

boys at waterWe encourage all parents to apply, but they must be residents of Providence to qualify for the R2LP classroom at CCRI, and residents of Pawtucket for the classrooms at Heritage Park. Children must turn 4 by September 1. Applications for the lottery will be available by April 25, 2015, for the 2015/16 school year. Go here for updated information on the application process.

For more information on the R2LP classrooms, please contact Bethany Carpenter at R2LP, either by phone, 401.490.9960, or by email