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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.

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.

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

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

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

Lori Beauregard, Early Childhood Coordinator main.ocyl@gmail.com

Cheryl Rock, Program Assistant 1: Extension 1, main.ocyl@gmail.com

Denise Mudge, Interim Program Assistant 2
: main.ocyl@gmail.com


News & Announcements:  
OCYL classes are cancelled if the Cumberland Schools Cancel for weather related closures.

February Break Programs Now Listed!

See the Programs page for details.

NEW!! Online Registration powered by Active.com
See the Programs page for links to register and to access your account. This allows for easier registration and accepts credit card payments. 

Mark your calendars- 
Programs will not be held on: 

  • January 18th,  
  • February 15th
  • Special Vacation Day Programs Only February 16th, & 17th
Busing now available!
Students can now take a bus from JL McCourt Middle School and North Cumberland Middle on early release Wednesdays to our STEAMshop's Design Time program! See Program page for more details.

Design It & Design Time!
Made possible through a STEM Resource Tool Kit awarded by the United Way of RI. This award included STEM training and certification in Dimensions of Success (DoS), an observation tool for evaluating quality STEM programming in out-of-school time.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities available. See our General Information Page for current openings. Email program proposals, resumes, or volunteer applications to main.ocyl@gmail.com.

Hasbro Volunteers for painting our new STEAMshop mural and throwing a holiday party for our youngest students on December 15, 2015, Hasbro's Global Day of Joy! #HasbroDayofJoy

Thank you to The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a program of RIASPA/UNITED WAY OF RI for the $25,000 grant for the Cumberland Leadership Academy. Extra thanks to all our partners, Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School and the Cumberland School Department's J.L. McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools. Congratulations to all the partners and participants for a 2nd successful summer!

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.