Afterschool Opportunities

Before and after school programs provide supervised and structured expanded learning opportunities for children and youth.  These programs offer a critical service for working parents, as well as an opportunity for children and youth to build social, academic and life skills. Below are the RI Department of Education managed programs related to expanded learning opportunities for children and youth.


RI 21st Century Community Learning Centers

RI 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are federally-funded high quality after school and summer programs that provide students with academic support, enrichment and school engagement opportunities designed to complement their regular academic program. In 2010, RI’s 21st CCLCs served over 11,000 children and youth from 65 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state.

Child Opportunity Zones

Child Opportunity Zones (COZs) are Rhode Island’s model for Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS).  COZs and FSCS are school-linked centers that bring schools, families, and communities together to promote success in school for all children and youth. These centers provide health, education and social services, referrals, and resources to students and their families to reduce barriers to learning and to promote academic success for all students. Most COZs provide expanded learning opportunities for students.

For additional information contact:

Jan Mermin, MSW
Rhode Island Department of Education
401-222-4710