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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.

Orientation for Family Child Care Home Providers
Family Child Care Home Orientations will be updated when they are available. There are no orientations scheduled at this time. Please call 401-528-3624 if you need more information


Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

Race To The Top (Exceed.ri.gov)     Exceed Search (Exceed.ri.gov)

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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