The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program, entering its 9th year, provides free, high quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) oversees the program. This coming September, spaces will be available for 1,080 children to participate in the 60 pre-kindergarten classes. 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 in the program through the lottery.
The State Pre-Kindergarten Program Lottery is open for applications through Saturday, July 1, 2017. Families can apply online, or applications can be downloaded or picked up at any Pre-Kindergarten Program location. Visit the RIDE website for more information including the complete list of participating Pre-K programs in Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket.
Completed hard copy applications should be returned to one of the participating programs. Families may apply for more than one site directly in the application, and can rank their preference. Only one application per child will be accepted. Please do not submit applications to the RI Department of Education.