PROVIDENCE (July 25, 2019) –Genesis Center will open a State Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classroom in fall 2019 as one of almost eighty classrooms selected by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program is entering its eleventh year providing free, high-quality Pre-K classes to eligible children in eleven communities across the state.
The addition of a Pre-K classroom at Genesis Center will have a lasting impact on the children and families we serve in the community. This voluntary, free program ensures that children are actively engaged in learning using educational best practices. High-quality early childhood education has been proven to help close the achievement gaps and equip children with the important social and cognitive skills that prepare them to succeed as they progress in school.
The State Pre-K classroom will join Genesis Center’s existing Early Learning Center (ELC) program, which offers an array of services for children and families. The ELC, led by early childhood education director Catherine Green, provides high quality, affordable, professional childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.