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Kingston CDC

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The URI Child Development Center at Kingston is open year-round. Three options are available which operate Monday through Friday and serve children ages 3 to 5. The CDC enrolls a maximum of 30 children in its two classrooms. The spacious environment gives children opportunities to interact with a variety of different children and materials based on individual interests and learning styles.

Program Options

Morning Preschool Program
8:30am – 12:00noon
Ages 3 to 5
Five days (M – F)
Full Day Preschool Program
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 3 to 5
Five days (M – F)
Extended Day Preschool Program
7:45am – 5:00pm
Ages 3 to 5
Five days (M – F)

The Director of the Kingston Child Development Center is a professional staff member in Human Development and Family Studies and has extensive experience leading educational programs for young children. The Director also contributes to the learning experiences of the university students by teaching early childhood education courses and supervising practicum experiences at the Child Development Center.

Our teaching staff includes teachers who are certified in early childhood education by the State of Rhode Island Department of Education, and are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Many of our teachers pursue their master’s degree and engage in other professional development activities while at the Child Development Center, highlighting their dedication to young children and their families. Meet the staff »
two children hanging on the CDC playground

Our Facility

The Kingston CDC is located on Lower College Road on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus. The well-equipped building was specifically designed as a school for young children. The facility has an observation deck to enable observation and instructional interactions with minimal disruption to the ongoing program for children.


The Child Development Center welcomes donations and gifts in kind to support the program. For more information contact Jessica MacLeod at 401.874.2758 or jldavis@uri.edu.

Enrollment Process

The Child Development Center values diversity and is open to all families. Application to enroll a child in the program can be made at any time, however, there is a waiting list. Children on the waiting list are enrolled in the program as openings occur.

The Kingston Child Development Center uses a five-step enrollment process.

  1. Interested families submit an application to get onto the waiting list.
  2. When an opening occurs in the program, the director starts at the top of the waiting list to fill the opening. When families are offered a spot, the director meets with the family to ensure that each family has the opportunity to tour the entire facility, meet teachers, observe children in play and ask many questions.
  3. Once families decide that our program meets their needs, they submit a non-refundable deposit to hold the spot for their child.
  4. Before the child’s start date, families schedule a one-hour visit with their child. This visit gives the child a chance to smoothly transition into a new program, helps teachers become familiar with the child, and gives the family a chance to share information to help support their child.
  5. Families complete an application packet before the start date.


Enrolled Families

Family Handbook (PDF)
School Calendar (MS Word)

Interested Families

CDC Application (MS Word)

Call us to schedule a Visit! We welcome families interested in visiting our program.

Contact Us

Kingston CDC
University of Rhode Island
10 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401.874.2758

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