The health and safety of our community is our priority and COVID-19 has challenged us to provide the programs and services our residents rely on in new and creative ways. This summer, our award-winning EAT, PLAY, LEARN PVD program will provide distance learning and virtual programming opportunities as well as interactive take-home kits that will be distributed at meal and other sites throughout the City. For more information on the virtual summer programming available this summer, please visit our Facebook page @EatPlayLearnPVD.


Ensuring Access to Healthy, Fresh Food Options


Encourages Physical Activity & Creative Engagement 


Increasing year-round learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence Youth


Ensuring Access to Healthy, Fresh Food Options

Mayor Elorza understands healthy meals to be a part of our students’ holistic growth. Students who do not have a healthy diet over the summer months do not return to classrooms ready to learn. In many ways, this increases summer learning loss and impedes student development. Through the EAT, PLAY, LEARN PVD program, all Providence youth 18 years of age and under are eligible to receive free summer meals.

Grab and Go Youth Dinner Program

Daily grab and go meals will be available Monday through Wednesday. There will be multi-day meal distribution on Thursdays. There will be no grab and go meal service on Fridays.
Youth or a parent or guardian may pick-up the daily or multi-day meal distribution offerings. Meals will be distributed Monday through Thursday 5:00-6:30 pm at the following meal distribution sites listed.

Meal Distribution sites:

Zuccolo Recreation Center- 18 Gesler St.
Neutaconkanut Recreation Center- 675 Plainfield St.
West End Recreation Center- 109 Bucklin St.
South Providence Recreation Center (Rollins?)- 674 Prairie Ave.
Davey Lopes Recreation Center- 227 Dudley St.
The Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Center- 195 Nelson St.
Joslin Recreation Center- 17 Hyatt St.
Vincent Brown Recreation Center- 438 Hope St.
Sackett Recreation Center- 159 Sackett St.
Selim Rogers Recreation Center- 60 Camden Ave.
Batastini Recreation Center- 50 Obediah Brown Rd.


Encourages Physical Activity & Creative Engagement 

Summer is a time for youth to be outdoors, enjoying our parks and recreation programs—explore expanded play opportunities in Providence. EAT PLAY LEARN PVD encourages physical activity and creative engagement in our parks and public spaces by transforming them into playgrounds, sports stadiums, science labs, and stages! 

POPArt! Summer Enrichment Kit Schedule

(Week of August 3)

Art, Culture, + Tourism, in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks, will provide these summer enrichment kits to the following sites:

Distribution Dates:

August 3rd – 7th, 2020

Location of ArtKits Distribution:

Distribution of the kits will take place between 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM


  • Joslin Park
  • Neutaconkanut Park
  • Sackett Park (Miguel Luna)
  • Harriet and Sayles Park
  • Al Carrington/Richardson Park
  • Ellery Park
  • Mansion Park/ Conley Park
  • Jennifer Rivera Park


  • General St. Park
  • George J West Park
  • Cabral Park (Fox Point Park)
  • Dexter St. Park
  • Davey Lopes
  • Donigian Park
  • Joslin Park

Providence Coloring Books

(July 13- August 31)
Families and youth will receive these custom-made City coloring books, which showcase Providence’s iconic and unique architecture, through meal sites. Families can also print the coloring books at home or pick up copies from the Mayor’s Center for City Services on the first floor of City Hall beginning July 13th through the end of August.


PVDFEST Scavenger Hunt  

(Beginning August 3rd)
Need some fresh air? Want to win cool prizes? In celebration of PVDFest season, the PVDFest team invites you to participate in a virtual scavenger hunt. While we couldn’t safely parade down Washington street with our closest friends this year, we can still soak up public art, enjoy Providence’s world-class culinary scene, and support local businesses in the spirit of PVDFest—Providence’s signature summer arts festival.
As part of the hunt, participants will visit locations on the PVDFest footprint, snap an image or video that clearly shows you at the location and share it on social media using hashtag #PVDFestHunt and tagging @pvdfest. The Scavenger Hunt locations will be announced on August 3rd on the official PVDFest social media platforms.
Grab your selfie stick, fliest festival wear, and comfiest shoes) and experience all things PVDFest!


PVD Young Makers

Location:  All Providence Libraries, RI Museum of Science and Art

Through a partnership with FabNewport, Providence Public Library, Providence Community Library, RI Museum of Science and Art, and Young Voices, the City offers free programming for youth and families to explore a network of learning opportunities. Youth get access to powerful machines and materials and are supported by professional coaches who empower them to explore different pathways in digital manufacturing, digital media, wearable electronics, and more.



Increasing year-round learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence Youth

Providence youth have access to a variety of summer employment opportunities to acquire the skills they need to succeed later in life. By providing our students with access to year-round learning opportunities, we are making sure they spend the summer getting ahead, not falling behind.

Passport to Summer Learning

All Providence Public Schools students Pre-K through 4th grade will receive a summer reading guide and reading tracker in both English and Spanish to be used as a summer reading guide. Inside the Passport you can:

  • Color in the map to track your daily reading!
  • Find out about all of the places throughout Providence to keep learning all summer long!
  • Find information about how to log onto READSquared to keep track of your summer reading and other links to online games and activities.

Summer Learning Programs

Mayor Elorza is committed to providing our youth with high-quality, skill-building experiences all year-long as a way to close the achievement gap. Building off of recommendations from the Summer Learning Task Force. The City and the Providence Public School District have worked to support students in achieving academic success and social-emotional growth through full-day programming and hands-on learning experiences with a youth development focus! 

Providence Parks Little Libraries

The Providence Parks Little Free Library Project is a collaboration of the Providence Parks Department, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Community Libraries and community partners. Little Libraries have books available for readers of all ages. Library visitors are encouraged to borrow from the library and donate books written in different languages and that reflects the diversity of our City.


Summer Employment Opportunities for Youth

Mayor Elorza is committed to giving youth and young adults a pathway to learn new skills and build upon existing skills in inclusive, interactive, and well-structured work-based learning and job opportunities. All summer employment candidates must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2020 and must apply online at

One Providence for Youth: Summer Employment Opportunities

Youth and young adults (ages 14-24) can earn money and career experiences while engaging in summer work readiness training and project-based learning across the Providence with partners. The City also partners with local organizations to provide Advanced Internship Opportunities that provide focused learning opportunities for advanced high school and college students with prior work experience. Youth who have successfully completed a prior program or work experience and are ready to take it to a professional level, may apply for the advanced internship program.

Applications will be live on May 1

The deadline to apply for One Providence for Youth: Summer Jobs and Internships is June 6, 2020. Jobs and Internships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parks + Recreation: Summer Meals, Camps + Water Parks

Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will hire Providence youth this summer to operate lunch program sites, camps, pools and water parks across the city, subject to change due to COVID-19. All summer employment candidates must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2020, and must apply online.

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