Photos: Literacy students (L), Youth Commission (R)
Ages 0-5: Engaging and developmentally appropriate parent/child art and music classes.
Ages 3-5: Targeted Kindergarten readiness programs in literacy, math and science.
Grades K-6: Afterschool and summer learning in basic education and enrichment including individualized tutoring by certified teachers and private guitar, keyboard and voice lessons.
Grades 7-12: Afterschool and summer learning in basic education and enrichment including individualized tutoring by certified teachers including SAT PREP, volunteer and intern programs, civic engagement through the Cumberland Youth Commission and leadership development through a 6 week summer program.
College students: Intern and volunteer opportunities.
Our highly qualified basic education and tutoring teachers are state certified in MA and/or RI. All teachers have undergone a BCI check.
UPDATES: Our registration, pick up form and financial aid application is going paperless. Online Winter Session registration links will be available beginning at 6AM on December 1st, 2014. Registrations will be time-stamped to ensure accuracy in enrollments as programs are expected to fill to capacity. Payments must be made within 5 days of registration by cash or check. If you do not have a smartphone or access to a computer, you may register on our computers during office hours:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F.
The OCYL also advocates for afterschool funding and awareness on a state level. Locally, the OCYL helped draft the "Declaration of Education", a local declaration of community commitment to education.
The Cumberland Mayor's Office of Children Youth and Learning (OCYL) is a municipal department created by Mayor Daniel McKee and established by ordinance in February 2007. It is the first of its kind in Rhode Island and has served as a model for other communities.
The Declaration of Education:
Mayor Dan McKee and Superintendent Phil Thornton hosted a meeting May 15th 2011 that included Town Council and School Committee discussing a vision for the future of education in Cumberland. Click here for a link to the video from the meeting.
On January 31, 2012, a "Declaration of Education" was signed by Mayor McKee, Superintendent Thornton, Town Council President Jim Higgins, and School Committee Chair Jeff Mutter. Click here for the full text of the Education Declaration.
A summary of OCYL's Projects and Initiatives based on the values of the Declaration:
At a "New Year's Brunch" in January of 2012, the Cumberland Youth Commission, a civic engagement program of the OCYL introduced a
Youth Center Concept. Over the course of the next year, the Youth Commission continued the work of researching the Youth Center needs, conducting a survey of over 500 youth in Cumberland, the majority of whom expressed interest in participating at a youth center. The project is currently on hold and the Commissioners continue to share the voice of youth and serve the community.