The Rhode Island Department of Education is looking for more applicants for a lottery to fill state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. RIDE has extended the deadline for the lottery until August 22nd, as it looks to fill 234 seats in seven local cities.
State lawmakers increased funding this year for pre-kindergarten programs, which education advocates see as an important step toward improving public schools. The theory is that if more students are ready when they arrive in elementary school, then fewer students will fall behind at an early age.
Rhode Island now has a total of 13 state-funded preschool sites overseen by the State Department of Education. The locations are mainly in urban areas, including Providence, Warwick, Newport, Woonsocket and West Warwick.