Rhode Island Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Rhode Island or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Rhode Island Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Rhode Island, and they are responsible for subsidizing child care programs from federal and state child care grants. Visit the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Visit Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet

NAEYC Regional Affiliates

Join your local NAEYC affiliate to connect with professionals in your community at conferences, networking events, leadership opportunities, advocacy efforts and more. Visit Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children (RIAEYC).

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Rhode Island Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Rhode Island.

Learn more about Rhode Island early learning standards.

Rhode Island Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. View more at BrightSTARS.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Rhode Island state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Rhode Island

Understanding the cost of child care in Rhode Island is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is on the expensive end of the spectrum of child care costs by state. An average child care center charges $15,028 a year.

Child Care Affordability in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has some of the nation’s highest utility, transportation and child care costs by state. A median household spends as much as 13% or more of their net income on infant care services for a single child.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.