“This is a tremendous distinction because only eight percent of this country’s early care and education programs receive such high honors,” said Program Coordinator Deborah Morelle “Our success would not be possible without our hardworking teachers, dedicated families, and our wonderful children within the URI community.”
The Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center offers high quality preschool and kindergarten programs for children ages three to five. In addition, the center fulfills the three missions of the larger university: teaching, research, and service/outreach.
The center, which is a laboratory school and training site for URI students, offers training and research opportunities for college students pursuing careers with children and families. Currently, the program has 75 students working in the program as teachers in training.
Established in 1996, the program added a kindergarten in 1998 and has increased the number of families using scholarships to enroll in the program. The center also fulfills an outreach function with the staff delivering presentations about high quality early childhood programs throughout the region. The center encourages the community to observe and learn more about early childhood education by visiting the program.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. With nearly 100,000 members, the organization has a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates and a growing global alliance of similar organizations.
Photo: Children working hard at the Pat Feinstein Child Development Center.