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The Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Learning (OCYL)
offers year-round basic education classes, civic engagement programs,
enrichment programs and tutoring
to expand your child's opportunities
to learn and achieve in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Photos: Literacy students (L), Youth Commission (R)

Ages 0-5: Engaging and developmentally appropriate parent/child art and music classes.

Ages 3-5: Targeted Kindergarten readiness programs in literacy, math and science.

Grades K-6: Afterschool and summer learning in basic education and enrichment including individualized tutoring by certified teachers and private guitar, keyboard and voice lessons.

Grades 7-12: Afterschool and summer learning in basic education and enrichment including individualized tutoring by certified teachers including SAT PREP, volunteer and intern programs, civic engagement through the Cumberland Youth Commission and leadership development through a 6 week summer program.

College students: Intern and volunteer opportunities.

Our highly qualified basic education and tutoring teachers are state certified in MA and/or RI. All teachers have undergone a BCI check.

OCYL: Expanding Your Child's Opportunities to Learn and Achieve
1464 Diamond Hill Road, Suite #2
Cumberland, RI 02864
(401) 475 - 0929
(401) 475- 6862 FAX

Administrative Staff:
Liz Lemire, Director: Extension 4, lizlemire.ocyl@gmail.com

Sue Varela, Program Coordinator/CYC Advisor: Extension 5, Svarela.ocyl@gmail.com

Cheryl Rock, Program Assistant 1: Extension 1, info@ocyl.org

Amy VanderWeele, Program Assistant 2: info@ocyl.org

Lori Beauregard, Early Childhood Coordinator : info@ocyl.org

 The Cumberland Mayor's Office of Children Youth and Learning (OCYL) is a municipal department established by ordinance in February 2007.  It is the first of its kind in Rhode Island and has served as a model for civic engagement and community based learning for other communities.

REGISTER NOW: For Spring Session Programs and Cumberland Leadership Academy.

April Vacation: The new STEAMshop programming will be held April 21-23. Caterpillar Club for current students will be held April 20-23. Register soon!

CLA: The Cumberland Leadership Academy is scheduled for June 29-August 11 for rising 7-9th graders. Read more about it and apply online NOW
 on the Programs page.

Check out the latest updates and our exciting news about a new program coming to OCYL called the "STEAMshop" on our Winter Newsletter.

OCYL follows the closing schedule of the Cumberland Public Schools. Please see our policies on the General Information Page. All classes missed due to snow days will be made up. 

HOW TO REGISTER: Our registration, pick up form and financial aid application are now paperless. Links for Early Childhood and K-12 programs are now available on the Programs Page. Registrations will be time-stamped to ensure accuracy in enrollments as programs are expected to fill to capacity. Payments must be made within 5 days of registration by cash or check. If you do not have a smartphone or access to a computer, you may register on our computers during office hours: 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F.


Limited tutoring sessions are available with certified teachers after school for literacy and math. Please complete a tutoring request form. OCYL recently received a $1,000 legislative grant which is available for students who need financial aid for tutoring. Apply now!

The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a program of RIASPA/UNITED WAY OF RI for the $22,500 grant for the Cumberland Leadership Academy. Extra thanks to all our partners, particularly Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School, the Cumberland School Department's McCourt Middle School. Congratulations to all the partners and participants for a successful summer!

Early Childhood Assessment Results:

Students in the OCYL Literacy and Math Programs are given a kindergarten assessment each year.
Please click links below to see a summary of the results from a previous year.

Literacy Assessment Fall 2012
Number Sense

The OCYL also advocates for afterschool funding and awareness on a state level. Locally, the OCYL helped draft the "Declaration of Education", a local declaration of community commitment to education. 

Photo above: Supporters joined OCYL Director Liz Lemire and OCYL Former Early Childhood Coordinator Rosemary Crozier at the opening of the 2nd floor classrooms at OCYL. Pictured from left: Craig Dwyer (President of Town Council), Crozier, Dr. Phil Thornton, (Superintendent of Cumberland Public Schools), Lemire, Dr. Mike Magee (Founding Director of OCYL, CEO RIMA), State Representative Mia Ackerman Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee (former Mayor and founder of OCYL). In 2014 OCYL expanded again, opening offices and tutoring rooms on the third floor of the historic Monastery building.


The Declaration of Education:
Mayor Dan McKee and Superintendent Phil Thornton hosted a meeting May 15th 2011 that included Town Council and School Committee discussing a vision for the future of education in Cumberland. Click here for a link to the video from the meeting.

On January 31, 2012, a "Declaration of Education" was signed by Mayor McKee, Superintendent Thornton, Town Council President Jim Higgins, and School Committee Chair Jeff Mutter. Click here for the full text of the
Education Declaration. 

A summary of OCYL's Projects and Initiatives based on the values of the Declaration:
 At a "New Year's Brunch" in January of 2012, the Cumberland Youth Commission, a civic engagement program of the OCYL introduced a Youth Center Concept. Over the course of the next year, the Youth Commission continued the work of researching the Youth Center needs, conducting a survey of over 500 youth in Cumberland, the majority of whom expressed interest in participating at a youth center. The project is currently on hold and the Commissioners continue to share the voice of youth and serve the community.

Summer Learning: The first major project in the spirit of the Declaration began in 2013 when OCYL partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, B.F. Norton Elementary School and the Cumberland Public Library to offer "L'IL PALS PLUS" an enhanced 6 week summer camp at the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club. This collaborative effort was made possible with $25,000 in funding from the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) of United Way RI to the Boys & Girls Club. Educators and interns from the OCYL worked alongside Club staff and B.F Norton teachers to meet and exceed summer learning goals for over 30 children.

Tutoring: In the Fall of 2013, OCYL began pilioting a tutoring program. By the Spring of 2014, over 25 students enrolled in the Cumberland Schools had received tutoring. In June, a $1,000 legislative grant was received from Rhode Island State Representative James McLaughlin for students who qualify for financial aid and are in need of tutoring. 

Countdown to Common Core/The Kindergarten Project: In the Winter of 2014, OCYL was invited by Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary to develop and create online videos and resources for parents of children heading to kindergarten. The project also included partners from the Central Falls School District, Progresso Latino and the YMCA.
Summer Learning: In the summer of 2014, OCYL continued expanding programming and was  granted $22,500 from the HSLI, partnering with Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School and the Cumberland School Depatment's McCourt Middle School to offer the "Cumberland Leadership Academy", an expansion of the Summer Leadership Academy. A 6 week, full day program was offered for Middle School Students to "LEAD NOW- LEAD FOR LIFE" due to the generous support of all those involved. A service learning project included clearing and clean up of the riverbank behind McCourt Middle School.