Early Childhood Education in Rhode Island

We are committed to providing every student with high-quality early childhood education. We believe this is key to ensuring that schools and programs are accelerating student achievement and closing achievement gaps. Our Office of Instruction, Assessment and Curriculum supports public and private schools and community-based programs to develop high quality early childhood education programs for young children. In addition, we have resources for families in need of support of their children's growth and development.

The Office of Instruction, Assessment and Curriculum has four goals in its early childhood work:

  1. Increasing access to high-quality early childhood education programs for all children
  2. Supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals
  3. Providing information to families about supporting their children's learning
  4. Ensuring that children with developmental delays or disabilities are identified and have access to specialized services and supports

RI Winner of Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge

A recipient of a Race to the Top grant, Rhode Island has also been given a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant in recognition of its efforts in early learning education reform.

The grants are intended to improve early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states' efforts to:

  • Increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs
  • Design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services
  • Ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood.