The deadline for the free Rhode Island Pre-K has been extended through Sunday, July 11. Visit http://www3.ride.ri.gov/pklottery for more information and to see if your child is eligible.
Below is a message from Paulette Hamilton, Director of Municipal Affairs & Constituent Services at the Office of Governor Daniel McKee:
I am writing today to let you know that RI Pre-K's Lottery Application http://www3.ride.ri.gov/pklottery is live and the deadline has been extended through July 11th . Children who are 4-years-old by September 1, 2021 living in one of the 18 communities with programs are eligible to attend the free, full-day, full-school year program.
As you may know, Rhode Island’s Pre-K program is consistently recognized as one of the highest quality programs in the country. RI Pre-K is a full school year, full day program for 4-year-olds that is free to families and offered through a mixed-delivery system of child care centers, Head Start agencies, and Local Education Agencies in 18 communities across the state.
To be eligible to attend, children must be 4-years-old by September 1, 2021, be residents of one of the 18 communities, and apply to a Pre-K within their city or town of residence. The 18 communities include: Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Lincoln, Middletown, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.
If you have any questions or want further information about RI Pre-K, please feel free to reach out to RIPre-K@ride.ri.gov. RIDE’s website also has more information regarding the program:https://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/EarlyChildhoodEducation/RIPre-K.aspx. Paper-based applications are available at Pre-K sites.
This is a tremendous opportunity for young learners and their families. Please help us get the word out about this opportunity.