Free Back to School Wardrobes for Eligible Providence County Children

Clothes to Kids RI is a new non-profit that will offer free school wardrobes to children (ages 5-18) living in Providence County with proof of free/reduced lunch eligibility or an accepted referral letter. The wardrobe includes:

  • 5 tops
  • 5 pairs of new underwear
  • 5 pairs of new socks
  • 4 bottoms–shorts, pants or skirts
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 1 coat or jacket
  • 1 dress (optional)

Please visit for further information or to make an appointment. The store will be open from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August, as well as Saturday, August 20.

Save the Date! July 14 is National Summer Learning Day

School is officially out but RI’s community schools are very busy with summer programming for some of the state’s most disadvantaged students!  For little to no cost, students participate in weeks of enrichment programming as they pursue special interests, reinforce academic skills, and explore the state on educational field trips! For information about specific sites, please contact the program director listed on our RI Community Schools page or call Carolyn Birbiglia, Director of RIPCS.

Please also read the attached article by SUNY Binghamton’s Laura Bronstein, “How Community Schools Can Beat Summer Learning Loss for Low-Income Students” (SF Gate).

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has many resources for parents, educators and the community at large. Check out their fact sheets and find out how you can help.


Reading Room

July 19, 2016
Progress is hard to see in some struggling city schools in The New York Times

July 2016
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs in The Atlantic

July 13, 2016
Pittsburgh School Board to vote on 'community schools' approach in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 26, 2016
Kids Count reports RI ranks 27th in child well-being in Providence Business Journal

June 24, 2016
Kids Count reports more RI kids in poverty but fewer uninsured in RI NPR

June 23, 2016
How community schools can beat summer learning loss in SFGate

June 6, 2016
When half of the pupils are homeless, schools serve important role in The New York Times

May 22, 2016
The lifetime benefits of early childhood parental supports and home visits in The New York Times

May 18, 2016
Community schools in NY find creative ways to boost attendance in DNAinfo

May 4, 2016
"Place-based" work helps students in rural Kentucky in HomeRoom: The Official Blog of the US Department of Education

April 29, 2016
Community schools seen as way out for some schools in NY state receivership in

April 13, 2016
Philadelphia officials discuss April’s national community schools conference in Albuquerque: momentum clearly gaining in Philadelphia Public Schools "The Notebook"

April 4, 2016
Albuquerque finds success with its 20 community schools in The Albuquerque Journal

March 23, 2016
Philadelphia mayor plans to establish 25 community schools over next four years in

March 11, 2016
The Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, Martin Blank, comments on the potential impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in The Washington Post

March 10, 2016
The Coalition for Community Schools publishes its latest research paper, “Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools”

March 1, 2016
New York State sets $250 million funding goal for community schools

February 22, 2016
Two superintendents discuss community school successes and lessons

February 11, 2016
David Denby of The New Yorker urges an increase in health and social services to improve student outcomes

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