Thursday, October 23rd
The Annual Lights On Afterschool Event: GLOW NIGHT 5:30-7:30 PM


Click (here) for registration forms,  updated information and details on Ceramics, Chess, Guitar, Kids in the Kitchen, Literacy, Modern Art, Music & Movement, Number Sense, Preschool Art, Preschool Science, Robotics, SAT Prep, Tutoring/Homework help, Writing and the Cumberland Youth Commission!


Limited tutoring sessions are available with certified teachers after school for literacy and math. Please complete a tutoring request form with a registration form. Click here.  OCYL recently received a $1,000 legislative grant via State Representative James N. McLaughlin which is available for students who need financial aid for tutoring. Apply early!


OCYL has a part-time administrative position (afternoons & evenings) open. Click here to see job description for Programs Assistant 2. Send resumes to:


October 23rd is the Annual Lights On Afterschool Event! Watch for details on this afternoon of fun for everyone!

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

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 since 11/2010
Sue Varela, Program Coordinator/CYC Advisor since 7/1/14
Cheryl Rock, Program Assistant 1 since Spring 2011
Rosemary Crozier, Early Childhood Coordinator/ teacher since 2008

OCYL is a Department of the Town of Cumberland.

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. 

Youth Center: 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.
Click here for the link!
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.

The Cumberland Mayor's Office of Children Youth and Learning (OCYL) is a municipal department created by Mayor Daniel McKee and established by ordinance in February 2007.  It is the first of its kind in Rhode Island.
OCYL creates highly effective and accountable after-school enrichment, basic education and Early Childhood programming. In addition, the civic engagement initiatives, the Cumberland Youth Commission and the Cumberland Leadership Academy, are providing opportunities for teens to be good local and global citizens and leaders.

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 commitment to education. For more information on the status of projects inspired by the Declaration, see the column below.

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

The Office of
Children Youth & Learning

Expanding Your Child's Opportunities to Learn and Achieve
OCYL offers educational programs to expand your child's opportunities to learn and achieve. Our mission is to help foster a comprehensive learning environment for children in the first two decades of their lives while promoting civic engagement. Our goal is for every Cumberland child to become a skilled learner with a creative mind who achieves to his or her fullest potential.