Rhode Island’s Community School Initiative

Child Opportunity Zones (COZ)

Rhode Island’s community school initiative, known as Child Opportunity Zones or COZs, provide integrated education, health, and social services to students attending public schools in ten communities across Rhode Island, including the core cities. Each COZ site is based on the needs and resources of its community, focusing on one or more of the following:

  • early childhood initiatives that promote school readiness
  • before school, after school, and summer enrichment programs
  • health and mental health services
  • parent and family engagement activities
  • adult education and workforce training initiatives
  • basic needs assistance and wraparound supports

The COZs, which may be housed either in the school or a nearby community agency, currently operate in: Bristol/Warren, Central Falls, Cranston, North Kingstown, Middletown, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Westerly and Woonsocket. Some COZs have expanded into almost all district schools, while others focus on a particular school or schools.

NEW! Attached is a working list of active COZ programs, listed by site: cozprogramlist


rimapcommschoolsRhode Island Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) Family Center Directors

RI Department of Education COZ


Carolyn Birbiglia, Director, RI Partnership for Community Schools, Connecting for Children and Families 46 Hope Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-290-7447

Bristol-Warren COZ

Patricia Brissette, Bristol Warren COZ 50 Asylum Road, Warren, RI 02885 Phone: 245-3307; Fax: 245-8895

Central Falls COZ

Maria Betancur, Registration & Outreach Center 521 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI 02863 Phone: 727-7700 Ext. 25127; Fax: 727-6184

Cranston COZ

Grace Swinski, Cranston Family Center 50 Gladstone Street, Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: 270-8078; Fax: 270-8542

Middletown COZ

Abigail Dunn1113 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842, Cell: 401-261-6773; Fax: 401-847-7580

Newport Family COZ

Christine Arouth, Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI 02840 Phone: 845-8579 X23; Fax: 845-0591

North Kingstown COZ

Jackie Trainor, Office of Family Learning/NKSD 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852 Phone: 541-6353

Pawtucket COZ

Mary Parella, Cunningham School 40 Baldwin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 729-6293; Fax: 721-2137

Providence COZ

Hannah McIntireDorcas International Institute of Rhode Island 220 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 Phone: 784-8659; Fax: 273-8893

Westerly COZ

Joan Serra, Tower Street School Community Center 93 Tower Street, Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: 348-2790; Fax: 315-2281

Woonsocket COZ

Terry Curtin, Connecting for Children & Families 46 Hope Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 766-3384; Fax: 762-2324