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For questions regarding Rhode Island's early learning systems and for information to help you improve your program and practice, contact the Center for Early Learning Professionals InfoLine below.

Helping users of Rhode Island's Early Care and Education Data System.

Program quality standards play a key role in defining, measuring, and holding providers accountable for the quality of experiences offered in Rhode Island's early care and education settings. Learn more about the program quality continuum below.

Rhode Island's Program Quality Continuum

Rhode Island’s Program Quality Continuum

DCYF, BrightStars and RIDE revised and aligned regulations and standards to create a logical pathway for continuous program improvement. The Quality Continuum for early childhood education programs begins with the foundational requirements of DCYF licensing/BEP regulations. As programs make quality improvements they move up through the 1-5 Star BrightStars rating process. The highest bar in the quality continuum for preschool and kindergarten programs is approval under RIDE’s 2013 CECE Standards for Approval

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Learn more about DCYF Licensing

Suspension and expulsion are practices which are not supported in Rhode Island unless all other options have been exhausted. Suspension and expulsion are generally not considered to be in the best interest of children and families. In general, when Rhode Island programs have a child they are concerned about, they must first work with the child’s teacher and community supports, such as SUCCESS in order to formulate a plan for supporting the child in the classroom. During this time the program should maintain communication with the DHS agent. Programs are encouraged to articulate suspension and expulsion policies in their Family handbooks.

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families
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Learn more about BrightStars

DCYF licensing is the foundation for the program quality continuum in child care centers and family child care homes. The purpose of licensing is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children while in care outside of their home.

RI one of 3 Pre-K programs in the country to meet NIEER high quality standards

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Learn more about RIDE CECE Approval

RIDE Comprehensive Early Care and Education (CECE) Approval

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Resources to help programs move up the program quality continuum

Technical Assistance

Center for Early Learning Professionals Technical assistance (TA) is a customized process that helps programs to improve quality and outcomes for children. At the Center for Early Learning Professionals, our TA specialists work with early childhood program leaders individually and in small groups. Our TA builds on programs’ strengths and responds to their unique needs. Programs participating in TA services will also learn how they can link their accomplishments in the above areas to the Quality Improvement Grant application process.

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The Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) is a public – private partnership designed to help child care and early learning programs develop safe, high quality learning environments – indoors and outdoors. We support organizations with the development of new facilities as well as improvements to existing spaces.

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About Rhode Island’s Early Learning Data System (ECEDS)

The Rhode Island Early Care and Education Data System is a place to centralize data about the early care and education system in Rhode Island. Help is available to support providers in data entry.

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Learn more about SUCCESS


SUCCESS is a free service that pairs early learning programs with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants to support the social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of identified children.

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Related links

Rhode Island's highest quality standards for Early Care and Education programs are the Comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program Approval standards for children ages 3-6.
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Applications to the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education represent the program's desire to seek voluntary approval at the highest level of quality.
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The Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards
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