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Child Care

Regulations | Child Care Questions | Licensing

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Child care is providing care for a child outside of their home for any part of a day, by a person other than the child's parents or legal guardians. The purpose of licensing and certification of child care centers and family child care homes is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children while in care outside of their home.

For more resources about child care, see Bright Stars, a non-profit program.

Application Training for Family Child Care Home Providers will be held every other month. This training will provide information that will help home-based providers complete their renewal application, and submit the required documentation.

The next available training session will be held:
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Ready to Learn Providence
945 Westminster Street, Providence, RI

El proximo entrenamiento sera:
Martes 30 de Agosto, 2016
De 6pm a 8:30pm
Ready to Learn Providence
945 Westminster Street, Providence, RI

The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with assistance in completing your family child care home/group family child care home renewal application. You will receive guidance to ensure that your application is correctly completed and includes all required documentation to avoid it being returned to you and causing a delay in processing.

By attending this workshop you will receive two (2) approved hours of training. While you are able to attend more than one of these workshops, you will only receive credit for two (2) hours of training per renewal year.

Please look for future workshops scheduled on the DCYF website http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/child_care.php

You will need to register for this by calling (401) 528-3614 or (401) 528-3621.


Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

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The Race to the Top Rhode Island Early Learning Challenge Grant initiative is now called Exceed. It publicly conveys the State's commitment to designing and implementing an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services that improve outcomes of young children. The power in the name Exceed is that in one word it conveys the goal that all the statewide partners have for the children of Rhode Island. Exceed supports the children of Rhode Island to achieve new heights in their learning. The partners are committed to helping all children to Exceed.

The Department of Children, Youth and Families is one of the partnering agencies supporting the Grant through the implementation of the following activities:

Check out Exceed's website, search for an early learning program, and sign up to receive the Exceed Enews!

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