Applications are now available for state’s Pre-K Lottery
The Rhode Island Department of Education has just announced that applications are now available for its Prekindergarten Lottery. If you live in Pawtucket and if you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
If your child is chosen by lottery, which will be held in early July, he or she will receive a high-quality prekindergarten education at no cost to you. The lottery is open to all residents in Pawtucket, regardless of income. Classrooms reflect the income distribution of the community.
The prekindergarten program day is six hours long. State prekindergarten funding does not pay for before or after-child care, but if you need that service, all of the programs can help you find a licensed program, and many of them accept state child-care assistance funds.
Applications can be completed online, or downloaded here: (English application or Spanish application) and delivered directly to the participating Pre-K programs.
Applications must be received by July 1. You can download the answers to frequently asked questions in English or in Spanish.
There are Two Head Start Classrooms at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary and two at Henry J. Winters Elementary. The link to apply for a spot at in the Head Start Classrooms is http://www.cfsri.org/expansion-headstart.html
Where are the classrooms?
Pawtucket Schools: Fallon Memorial School (62 Lincoln Avenue) – 2 classrooms; Education Coordinator: Kathleen Suriani, phone number: 729-6300 or 729-6365 (applications available at 286 Main Street)
Ready to Learn Providence/Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333 Roosevelt Ave.) – 2 classrooms; Education Coordinator: Bethany Carpenter, phone number: 727-7050
Children’s Friend and Service, Dean Center (13 Legion Drive) – 1 classroom; Child Development Manager: Stacy Ethier, phone number: 401-721-9209