Announcing a Pre-Kindergarten Program at Cap City

Published 06/01/2020

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 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.