History & Mission

The Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Learning (OCYL) offers year-round educational opportunities for children and youth to learn and achieve in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Our mission is to help foster a comprehensive learning environment for the first two decades of their lives. The OCYL is a Muncipal Department of the Town of Cumberland, Rhode Island founded in 2007. A unique model, the administration is supported by the Town and the programs are supported by sponsorships, grants, donations and fee for service programs.

OCYL is a one-of-a-kind education center that supports children and youth as they learn, grow and achieve their fullest potential. We believe that the essential preschool and out of school time hours provide an invaluable opportunity for each child to engage and explore in their own              learning through unique, enriching educational programs.

OCYL is committed to supporting the development of life long skills necessary to succeed in life: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, social-emotional awareness & a sense of community.   

Throughout the past decade, programming at OCYL in basic education, afterschool enrichment and summer learning grew steadily each offering over 1,000 individual opportunities for engaging educational experiences annually through dozens of programs. Early Childhood classes were housed at off-site locations until 2012 when the 2nd floor was fitted for classrooms. In 2013, OCYL, a long-time supporter of full day Kindergarten and advocate for more affordable preschool expanded the Literacy and Number Sense program (ages 4-6) to include children beginning at age 3. The program now is centered primarily on ages 3-5 as the district implemented full day K and has also expanded to include students during the summer who are entering Grades K, 1 and 2.

In 2015, OCYL implemented a newly structured strategy through 3 major initiatives:  Early Childhood Education, The STEAM shop and Backpack to Briefcase. These initiatives demonstate the values and leading educational trends in Early Childhood Education and Out of School learning time. 

 

 

 

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