The Center for Early Learning Professionals supports Rhode Island’s commitment to improving the care and education of the state’s youngest children by strengthening the early childhood workforce.
We work with a diverse range of programs that serve children from birth to age 5, including early childhood centers, family child care homes, public preschools, and public Pre-K programs. In addition, we also provide resources to before-school and afterschool programs.
We are particularly dedicated to helping those who work with children with the greatest educational needs. These include children with disabilities, children growing up in poverty, and children who are dual language learners.
Our staff has knowledge and expertise in early learning and development as well as early childhood program management. We provide innovative and responsive services that help early learning professionals develop new skills, advance their careers, and better serve the children in their care. We also help programs maintain or increase their BrightStars rating and meet the state’s standards for Department of Education Comprehensive Early Childhood Education (CECE) Program Approval.
Our services are free to the state’s early learning programs and providers and are available in English and Spanish.
Specifically, we offer two core services:
The Center is part of Exceed–Rhode Island’s Early Childhood Commitment. The Center is operated by Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC), which has extensive experience supporting the work of early childhood professionals in Rhode Island.
EDC creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. A global nonprofit organization, we work with public-sector and private partners, harnessing the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement.