R.I. receives federal grant to expand prekindergarten programs

DEBORAH A. GIST, Rhode Island's commissioner of elementary and secondary education, talks with children last year at the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center in Providence following a news conference announcing grant awards. This week, the state department received a federal $2.3 million grant to expand prekindergarten programs in seven communities.  / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DEBORAH A. GIST, Rhode Island's commissioner of elementary and secondary education, talks with children last year at the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center in Providence following a news conference announcing grant awards. This week, the state department received a federal $2.3 million grant to expand prekindergarten programs in seven communities. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PROVIDENCE – Seven communities will share a $2.3 million grant from the federal Department of Education to add more prekindergarten programs. The communities are Central Falls, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Woonsocket. As a result of the funding, the R.I. Department of Education will expand the Rhode Island Prekindergarten Program from 17…

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