Center for Early Learning Professionals

Center for Early Learning Professionals

What's New in the ECE Community

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CCRI and DHS Announce the R.I. Early Childhood Education and Training Program Grant!

If you are an Early Childhood Educator working with children ages birth through 5 in a DHS licensed center or family childcare setting, you may qualify to receive 12 college credits in Early Childhood Education for free with use of textbooks.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2021 Cohort

Courses will be offered in the following sequence:

  • HMNS-2100 Child Growth and Development Skills —– Fall Semester, 2021
  • HMNS-2120 Curriculum for Young Children Spring —– Spring Semester, 2022
  • HMNS-2150 Parent and Child Relations Summer 1 —– Summer 1 Semester, 2022
  • HMNS-2140 Guiding Children’s Behavior —– Fall Semester, 2022

For more information, please contact:
Lori Ryan
Program Coordinator
Community College of Rhode Island
Department of Human Services
Program Coordinator

Application available April 1, 2021 at:

Grant Requirements

  • Applicant must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours in a licensed child care center or family childcare setting
  • Applicant must be working with infant, toddler or preschool-age children
  • Applicant must complete grant application
  • Applicant must apply to CCRI and complete the Accuplacer test
  • Your center must be in good standing with DHS licensing
  • Your center must be approved with DHS-Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and serving CCAP children
  • Your center must be actively enrolled and rated by the RI Quality Rating and Improvement System known as BrightStars


All RIECETP services are funded through the RI DHS Office of Child Care

Carol Patnaude
Program Director