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.
Upcoming programs:
Click here for April Vacation Program details!
 Programs will include, Art, Literacy, Pottery Painting & Save the Bay & Science
Register beginning April 1st.



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.   

$20 per 45 minute session. Grades K-12

The Cumberland Youth Commission is launching an arts magazine to share experiences of bullying. Click here for the flyer regarding who is eligible to submit work and how to submit it by May 2nd. Interested in Youth Commission: Apply NOW! Click here for the application. 

COUNTDOWN TO COMMON CORE- Kindergarten Project OCYL is a partner with Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Central Falls School District, Progresso Latino and the YMCA. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK!

Special Thanks to
 SCIP: The OCYL Summer Camp Interns for working tirelessly all summer with our partners at LI'L PALS PLUS, a Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative Camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln! And congratulations to OCYL instructor Lori Beauregard and BF Norton teacher Megan Johanson and ALL THE CAMPERS 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.

Literacy Assessment Fall 2012
Number Sense

The Declaration of Education:
  Mayor McKee and Superintendent Thornton hosted a meeting May 15th 2011 that included Town Council and School Committe. Click here for a link to the video from the meeting.
The Declaration was signed by Mayor Dan McKee, Superintendent Phil Thornton, Town Council President Jim Higgins, and School Committee Chair Jeff Mutter on January 31, 2012. Click here for the full text of the
Education Declaration and
Youth Center Concept that were introduced at the 2012 New Year's Brunch with the Youth Commission.

In 2013, the 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 funding from the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative of United Way RI and was the first significant project inspired by the Declaration of Education.

Watch for parent/community engagement forums in Winter 2014!

OCYL is a Department of the
Town of Cumberland.


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
  Look for the OCYL Fan Page on Facebook.

Photo above: Supporters joined OCYL Director Liz Lemire and OCYL Literacy Coordinator Rosemary Crozier at the opening of teh 2nd floor 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).

What is the OCYL?

The Cumberland 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 and Early Childhood programming. In addition the OCYL Youth Civic Engagement Initiative, The Cumberland Youth Commission, is teaching teens to be good local and global citizens. For a sample of our programming, please watch our video. Additional videos of our classes and programs can be viewed at