WEST – The online application deadline for this year’s pre-K state lottery, including the program run by Tri-County Community Action on Pond Street, has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on July 11 , recently announced the State Department of Education.
The Pre-K Lottery is an opportunity for families with children who will turn four by September 1 and who live in one of the 18 eligible communities to apply for 2,300 places as part of a full school year and free. pre-kindergarten programs. Eligible communities include: Westerly, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Lincoln, Middletown, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warren, Warwick, Westerly and West Warwick.
“Ensuring equal educational opportunity for all students in Rhode Island is a top priority, and it must start with high quality early childhood learning,” Governor Daniel J. McKee said in a statement. Press release. “We are proud to expand this program to reach more young learners. I am grateful to RIDE for extending the application deadline to ensure that every eligible family has time to learn about this opportunity. Please spread the word and apply by July 11.
Now entering his 13e year, the state pre-K program – managed by the state Department of Education in partnership with the state Department of Social Services – is one of six programs across the State of the country that meet the 10 national quality criteria for pre-kindergarten education.
“Research clearly shows that children who attend high-quality preschool programs are more likely to do well in school, graduate from high school and go to college,” said the State Education Commissioner, Angélica Infante-Green. takes less than 10 minutes, and it’s a chance for eligible families to get a free school year of high quality learning for their young children. We hope parents and families will apply today, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to expand this program to every community in Rhode Island. “
The program has grown every year since its inception in 2009, this year adding 27 new classrooms and over 500 additional seats statewide, and expanding for the first time to South Kingstown and Lincoln. In total, delivered through Head Start programs, local schools and community childcare services, the state preschool will provide early childhood education to more than 2,300 children across the state over the course of the 2020-21 school year, according to a press release from DRIVE.
Paper applications for the pre-K state lottery must be submitted by 4 p.m. on July 9. They can be downloaded in English and Spanish from the RIDE website. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday July 11 and can be viewed by clicking here.