EAT PLAY LEARN PVD is a nationally recognized initiative that provides our kids and families with access to healthy food, outdoor play,
skill-building, and creative engagement all summer long!


Explore the pages below to learn more about free, healthy, and fresh summer meals as well as full-day recreation programs,
play, and educational activities available this summer in Providence. 


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.

Summer Meals

Providence youth, age 18 and under, are eligible for free summer meals!

Free summer meals begin July 5, 2022. 


Encourages Physical Activity & Creative Engagement 

Summer is a time for youth to be outdoors, enjoying our parks, pools 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! 

Recreation  Programming

Learn about day, sports and specialty camps – just $5 per week! 

Providence Parks PlayCorps

Free programming and play opportunities in Providence Parks!

Providence Water Parks and Pools

Cool off at a Providence water park or pool this summer!

Providence Parks and Playgrounds

Find your local park or playground using the Park Finder tool!

PVD Young Makers

Learn how to make stuff through coding, design and fabrication.


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.

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! 

Passport to Summer Learning

Providence Public School students in grades Pre-K – 4 can receive this summer reading tracker and activity guide written in both English and Spanish.

Inside the Passport to Summer Learning, students can:

  1. Color in the game board to track your daily reading
  2. Learn about exciting places to visit throughout Providence for free!
  3. Learn how to log your summer reading online with Beanstack or at your  local library

Visit one of the 10 libraries located throughout Providence to pick up a Passport and a free book! Check out their free, exciting activities all summer long!

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.

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 July 5, 2022 and must apply online at



Looking for other ways to stay involved in Providence this summer? We asked community organizations from around the city to send information about their summer programs. These programs are not sponsored by or affiliated with the City of Providence. Learn more here.

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