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The Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center opened its preschool program in September, 1996 and opened its kindergarten program in September, 1998. The Dr. Pat Feinstein CDC is open year-round. Three options are available which operate Monday through Friday and serve children ages 3 to 6.

Program Options

Morning Preschool Program
7:45-12:30 (Ages 3 to 5) five days

Full Day Preschool Program
7:45-5:15 (Ages 3 to 5) five days

Full Day Kindergarten Program
9:00-3:00/7:45-5:15 (extended day)
Age 5 by 12/31 of enrollment year
five days per week

The Program Staff

The Director of the Child Development Centers is an Professor of Human Development and Family Studies who specializes in early childhood education and child development.

The Coordinator of the Child Development Center is a professional staff member in Human Development and Family Studies and has extensive experience leading educational programs for young children. The Coordinator also contributes to the learning experiences of the university students by teaching early childhood education courses and supervising practicum experiences at the Child Development Center.

The teaching staff of the Child Development Center includes teachers who are certified in early childhood education by the State of Rhode Island Department of Education. These teachers are required to hold a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Many teachers pursue their master's degree and engage in other professional development activities while at the Child Development Center, highlighting their dedication to young children and their families.


The Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center is located on the first floor of the Shepard Building at the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence. The CDC entrance is located along Westminster Street.

Lillian Feinstein Scholarships

Alan Shawn Feinstein, a local philanthropist, provided an endowment to fund scholarships for adult learners to attend the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education and for their children to attend the Child Development Center preschool or kindergarten. Students interested in applying for the scholarship can contact the Office of Student Services at 277-5010.


The Child Development Center values diversity and is open to all families regardless of race, creed, ethnic, or cultural background. Application to enroll a child in the program can be made at any time, however, there is a waiting list. Children on the waiting list are enrolled in the program as openings occur.

For Further Information

Call (401) 277-5416 or 277-5264

Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center at URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education
Shepard Building
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

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