Town of Cumberland
Child making art at OCYL

The Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Learning

Creating Lifelong Learners!

The OCYL is a one-of-a-kind education center that supports children and youth as they learn, grow and achieve their fullest potential. Our mission is to help foster a comprehensive learning environment for the first two decades of their lives.

At OCYL, we believe that the out of schooltime hours and preschool years 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: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, social-emotional awareness, and a sense of community.

We are located at

Cumberland Monastery
1464 Diamond Hill Road
Suite 2, behind the Public Library

Office Hours

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Monday– Friday

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Where children engage in essential early learning experiences.

  • For Ages 0-5
  • School Year and Summer Classes: Ages 3-5, Literacy and Number Sense
  • Seasonal: 8-Week Classes and Lunch/Class Combos:  Preschool Science, Music and Movement, Preschool Process Art, and Little STEAMers, Parent/Child Music & Movement
  • Our classes are unique, joyful, dynamic, skills based and developmentally appropriate. The curriculum, aligned with the RI Early Learning & Development Standards, provides exploration and practice, and measures children’s progress of specific learning goals. The classes also help develop language, social/emotional, cognitive and motor skills.

Where the depth and breadth of creativity and learning is driven by each unique mind.

  • For Grades K-9
  • School Year, Seasonal 8-Week, Afternoon & Evening Programs: Chess, Coding, Creation Lab, Curious Creations, Group Guitar Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Robotics and more
  • Summer: 6-Week Evenings and Week-Long Camps: check for class listing in March
  • The STEAMshop is a place for student-centered expression, creativity, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. Participants are empowered to take creative risks to develop perseverance, resourcefulness, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, teamwork and flexibility for the 21st century.

Where teens are empowered to take charge of their future.


  • For Grades 7-12
  • School Year Programs: College Advising, Art Portfolio Prep Workshops, Cumberland Youth Commission and Our Minds Matter, expressive arts and wellness programs
  • Summer: High School Internships and Cumberland Leadership Academy
  • In these programs teens have access to civic engagement opportunities, are able to try out various leadership roles, learn personal responsibility, explore and prepare for college and career while becoming agents of change in their own lives.
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