Mariposa offers unique community-based early childhood programs for children ages 3-5. With a quality curriculum that encompasses a love for learning, children leave our program with the skills needed to succeed not only in their future education, but also in life. Through deep and meaningful play, children develop age-appropriate skills in a warm and loving environment. Daily routines in the preschool include baking bread, storytelling, handwork, art, music, and authentic opportunities for math and science, all while fostering a sense of community and social/emotional well being.
Mariposa is proud to host one of the founding classrooms in the Rhode Island Department of Education’s (RIDE) statewide Pre-K initiative. Our Wildflower Pre-K classroom is a high-quality, full-day, program for eighteen 4-5 year-old children. The school day runs from 8:30am-2:30pm, for a minimum of 180 days during the school year.
We are currently leasing classroom space in the early childhood wing of the newly renovated Rhode Island School for the Deaf, conveniently located off Branch Avenue, and on city bus routes, so it is easily accessible for families using public transportation.
Eligibility & Enrollment
To be eligible, your child must live in the city of Providence, be four years old by September 1, and be chosen by the RIDE lottery process, which is held in the spring. Families may access information about the lottery on the RIDE website, in the documents below, or by calling us at (401) 228-8702.
RIDE Pre-Kindergarten Application
Thank you for your interest in the RIDE Pre-K lottery. Please use the link below to complete the online lottery application.
Mariposa’s Pine Forest Community Preschool Classroom is a full-day, full-year program, running from 7am-5pm, at our location in the Wanskuck Boys & Girls Club, in Providence. This multi-age classroom is open to eighteen children, from 3-5 years old. Our Pine Forest Preschool Classroom is a tuition-based program, not a lottery, and is open for enrollment based on availability. Mariposa is an approved DHS site and enrollment includes families receiving state assistance for child care.
Eligibility & Enrollment
Families who are applying for financial assistance for the Pine Forest Community Preschool Classroom must complete the application below and include all required materials. Our Financial Aid Committee meets once a month to review completed applications. Families who are receiving DHS Child Care Assistance will provide their full time certificate number and are responsible for their co-payment.
The enrollment process is ongoing until all available preschool slots are filled. Families may access information about enrollment in the document below, or by calling us at (401) 228-8702.
Pine Forest Community Preschool Application
Summer Camp Enrollment
Join us for a fun, relaxing and magical summer of weekly camps! Each week the children will explore a different theme, which is woven into the rhythm of the day through story, circle, songs, activities, adventures, crafts, and games.
Children will enjoy active, healthy summer days filled with music, gardening, drama, fort building, woodwork, crafts, the arts, nature and water exploration, cooking, creativity, and imagination outside on our well-shaded playground equipped with sandbox, water source, climbing opportunities, jump ropes, and room to run around.
Call us at (401)-228-8702 for more information.
Summer Camp Flyer
Summer Camp Enrollment Application
We believe that the ease in transition between home and school helps children to feel safe and comfortable, as well as builds a strong community. Our daily activities are designed to be fun, interactive, and meaningful. Each incorporates learning goals related to different academic areas. These activities are designed with families in mind and can easily be done with children at home.
Some of the practical life skills that children may be seen participating in throughout the day may be: cleaning, cooking or baking, washing the dishes, setting the table, watering and caring for plants, woodworking, sewing, or fixing broken toys.
The rhythm of the day also follows an in and out breath pattern, so that children do not spend too much time in either a structured or unstructured activity. For example, during our morning free play (out breath), children have an hour of free choice and creative play. That is followed by our morning group time (in breath), where children practice sitting in a large group and following a teacher-led activity. This rhythm continues throughout the day, providing a dependable schedule that allows children to feel comfortable, safe, and ready to engage and learn.
Indoor & Outdoor Classrooms
We see our indoor and outdoor classrooms as extensions of one another, and split our time between them. We spend a minimum of one hour each day outside (unless the weather is too frightening, of course!) and try to spend one full day per week outdoors as well.
We know that family support is critical to the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children. To this end, we continually work to build upon and strengthen these trusting relationships, by expanding learning opportunities to include our families, encouraging them to spend time in our classroom, and to join us for field trips and community outings.
We believe that a child’s success depends on the collaboration between family, child, and teacher. Through this collaboration, we are able to provide the best care for the diverse needs of our community and the children we serve.
The Mariposa Family Council
Our Family Council is a leadership and advocacy group made up of teachers, staff, volunteers, and family members (past and present), that is actively involved in planning, supporting, and guiding the direction of the classroom, our programs. The council supports our Director, Education Coordinator, and teachers in offering relevant, culturally responsive, and meaningful family events. Participants serve as a resource and sounding board for the organizing of events, the development of new programs, and the expansion of community partners. The Council meets four times a year in September, November, February, and May.