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!
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza invites Providence families to learn more about the summer opportunities available including:

Free, healthy, and fresh summer meals
Full-day recreation programs, play, and educational activities



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


Families of Providence Public School students can show proof of their students’ ID numbers to pick up food for their children without their children being present.


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! 

Providence Water Parks and Pools

Providence water parks are officially open and Providence pools will be opening Tuesday, July 6. During July and August, Providence water parks and pools will be open Monday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm*

*Hours may be extended due to extreme heat.


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.

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 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! 

Summer Learning Program Providers

Youth Actors Summer Institute

Youth Actors Summer Institute and Summer Actors Studio are holding several one-week camps with stable pods of students this summer. Two weeks of the Summer Actors Studio (SAS) will also be held online via Zoom. There is something for everyone. Join us for just one class or all six weeks of camp! We welcome students of all experience levels and abilities.

Community Boating Center

The Community Boating Center offers great opportunities for fun and growth with a highly structured, but fun curriculum that provides a variety of opportunities for beginners as well as advanced sailors and paddlers.

Beat the Streets Providence

Beat the Streets Providence offers after-school wrestling programs that provide both youth development and academic support.

Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP)

Community Action Partnership of Providence offers a six-week program that provides youth with real-world work experience with the benefits of having a coach who supports them while also earning a paycheck.

DownCity Design Summer Design Studios

DownCity Design Summer Design Studios offers a hybrid six-week program to provide students opportunities to learn design skills, explore design careers, and create service projects for our community. No design experience needed and eligible students may receive a stipend for participation.

College Visions Junior and Senior Summer Workshop

College Visions is a FREE community-based organization located in downtown Providence. We support low-income, first-generation students to get into and through college by providing them with free one-on-one advising and resources. Each year CV recruits a cohort of students and helps them with their college essays, resumes, applications, scholarships, and more. CV also takes students on college visits, provides SAT and college fee waivers, and helps families through the financial aid process. Over 95% of our high school students go to college with more than 90% of their financial needs met. Our students are also graduating at 6 times the national rate for low-income, first-generation students. We have just kicked off our new student recruitment process, and are looking for some great sophomores and juniors to apply.

College Visions Summer Prep. Program

This is a FREE 6-week in-person program that is open to Providence Public High School students (Grades 9-12).  Students who participate in this program must live in Providence and will have the opportunity to, learn about the college admissions process, explore future career options, build their skills in a fun high-energy process and more. Participants will also receive a stipend for participation
The program runs from July 5th – August 13th

Inspiring Minds – Kidsbridge Summer Learning Program

The Kidsbridge Summer Learning Program is a  full-day six-week in-person program for students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2021. Students will practice kindergarten and be provided with fun opportunities to learn and meet friends. Families will also receive support as they transition their children to kindergarten. There is no cost to families.  Students who have not had a high-quality early learning experience will be given preference. Program Dates are July 12-August 22, 2021. It is expected that every child accepted is in-school, on time, every day for the duration of the program.
There are several ways to register: 

Boys and Girls Club Providence

Boys and Girls Club of Providence is providing a full day Summer Learning Program using the BellXcel curriculum in a strong community setting! Enrichment activities will reinforce academics and offer more hands-on experiences that get our kids active and let them be social.

The Center for Dynamic Learning

The Center for Dynamic Learning will provide its Teen Apprenticeship Program for high school students district wide through a 7 week schedule. The program is based in contextual learning utilizing vocation skills development, carpentry, construction, plumbing, electrical, fabrication of solar and wind power systems, framing, metal working, plastic, glass and metals welding which will result in the rehabilitation of a storage container for use as a Tiny House to provide shelter to homeless veterans enrolled in vocational training.

Sylvan Learning

Sylvan provides courses that provide instruction that is systematic, intensive and explicit. These courses are designed to address student’s needs by engaging them in explicit instruction that addresses skill gaps, providing individualized opportunities for practice, and incorporating appropriate levels of programmatic scaffolding. Sylvan Learning maximized the instructional effectiveness of each program by:
– Identifying skill gaps at the start of the program through careful assessment
– Creating an instructional plan for each student
-Using a curriculum that is aligned to national and state education standards
-Provide ongoing evaluation and daily monitoring to track achievement

The YMCA of Greater Providence

The Brain Busters program will utilize proven strategies and incorporate curriculum components demonstrated by research to effectively support K-8 education. students will receive daily academic support in literacy and math four days per week for the entire 6-week program.  All students will receive at least 16 hours of academic support per week that are linked to common core state standards.

Generation Teach

Generation Teach provides high-quality summer learning experiences. We are committed to ending racial injustice and inequity in education. Our mission is to co-create loving communities where generations of student, teacher and leaders learn, grow and develop. Generation Teach will provide a 6.5 hour in-person program 5 days/week, for 6 weeks, to 300 rising 6th-8th grade PPSD students at no cost to families. Hybrid or virtual programming will be 4 hours/day, 5 days/week for 6 weeks.


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, 2021 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.

2021 Summer Jobs Application period:

  • Will open on or around Monday, May 31
  • Will close Friday, July 2

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, 2021, to be considered for any summer employment position in Providence.

 Summer Jobs Application Period Closed on May 8

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