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Summer Learning Program

The KidsBridge Summer Learning Program provides rising kindergartners who have not yet had a high-quality early learning experience with a six-week full-day program, to help them learn the norms and routines of school. The program will be offered free of charge to students who are registered for Kindergarten in Providence Public Schools for the upcoming school year.

KidsBridge participants attend school for six hours per day, five days per week and adjust to the routines and procedures of kindergarten to help them transition into school. The program is fun and engaging and children learn through play! Parents/family members are also supported through ongoing parent engagement events and workshops.

The program is taught by certified, experienced teachers with support from Providence’s high school workforce and trained community volunteers. See our results here.


To be eligible for this program, your student must be a resident of Providence and registered for Kindergarten in the upcoming fall at a Providence School. Priority is given to students registered at our focus schools and those who have not attended preschool.

Parents must commit to participating and documenting attendance every week with their child and must participate in a weekly conference with program teachers and staff.

We are now full for 2022 but will accept applications for our waiting list.  If an enrolled student does not arrive at the program by the third day, they will be dropped and waitlisted students will be added.  Call our office to be added to the waiting list. 401-274-3240.


Open House is July 6 at Robert L. Bailey and July 7 at Alfred Lima.  Both are 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Link to KidsBridge Family Page with site information and updates! 

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We anticipate that the Kidsbridge program will be in-person this summer! Volunteers will work in the classroom as tutor/mentors during academic or enrichment blocks. If you have any questions, please contact us here!

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Outstanding Results

The KidsBridge Summer Learning Program is a research-based summer kindergarten readiness program that focuses on the social-emotional needs of students and their families as they transition to kindergarten.

  • 67% of our students showed growth in overall Early Literacy Scores; We observed significant growth in student’s understanding of norms and routines of school.
  • All of our students were clear on school-wide expectations for transitions and classroom behaviors by the end of the six week program.
  • Our initially timid students came out of their shell and were actively engaged in activities.
  • Parents who had concerns about their child’s readiness for school were impressed by how ready they were by the end of the summer.
  • 100% of students saw growth in at least one social-emotional domain.