Early Childhood Education
One of the best ways to ensure that children succeed in school is to provide all children with access to high-quality programs for early learning. To meet this goal, we work with public and nonpublic schools, community-based organizations, and home-based child-care providers to continuously improve the quality of early-learning programs and to expand opportunities for early learning across our state.
The early childhood work in the Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Curriculum supports four primary goals:
- Increasing access to high-quality early childhood education programs for all children
- Supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals
- Providing information to families about supporting their child's learning
- Ensuring that children with developmental delays or disabilities are identified and have access to specialized services and supports
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Full Day Kindergarten Start Up Funds RFP
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) seeks proposals from RI school districts committed to moving to full day kindergarten. The RI General Assembly enacted the Rhode Island’s Full Day Kindergarten Accessibility Act (H 8049) which provides for one-time state start-up funding to support districts that intend to open, operate, and sustain new full day kindergarten classrooms. RIDE shall approve grants for up to four eligible public school districts per year.
The proposal submission deadline is November 1, 2013.
The Request for Proposals can be found here: FY2014 Full Day Kindergarten RFP [PDF, 233KB].
Learn more about Early Childhood Education
- Programs to help children begin school ready to learn and be ready to have success in their schooling careers
- Early Learning Challenge - a $50 million grant to improve early learning and development opportunities for Rhode Island's young children
- Workforce - developing a highly qualified workforce with access to a high quality professional development system
- Early Learning Standards - what children should know and be able to do as they enter kindergarten
- Child Outreach and Family Engagement - programs to support families as they prepare their children for school success, as well as to identify and evaluate young children with disabilities
- Early Childhood Special Education - individualized special education preschool
programs and services for 3-5 year olds