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Capital City Community Center (Cap City) is a non-profit social service agency in the heart of Providence, RI. For 75 years, we have remained committed to helping members of our community live healthy and productive lives. Our mission is to support individuals and families who have difficulty across life domains with the basic needs of food, housing and clothing to child and senior care.

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Announcing a Pre-Kindergarten Program at Cap City

Capital City Community Center is pleased to announce that our Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (SHECLC) has been selected to provide pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) education in Providence. SHECLC, affiliated with Gateway Healthcare, a Lifespan partner, is a 5-star quality rated program. We offer 90 slots to Providence children in our 5 Pre-K classrooms located at 25 Danforth Street. The Rhode Island Department of Education's Pre-kindergarten Program funds free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes through legislation enacted in 2008.

To be eligible for our classrooms, children must be 4 years old by September 1, and they must be residents of Providence. Children are selected for participation in the program through a state-run lottery. Families can apply online at https://www3.ride.ri.gov/PKLottery or they may pick up an application at any Pre-Kindergarten Program location. Families can also download the application by clicking on the link below. The application includes a list of all of the Pre-K sites across Rhode Island.

For more information, contact Deborah Durant, SHECLC Director, at 455-3890, or learn more about SHECLC online.