Dependents

Dependents

The transition to the United States can be both challenging and rewarding for your spouse and dependents. There are several places in the Providence area that offer English language classes, and community groups that may be of interest to dependents. 

Higher Education Opportunities - Primary/Secondary/Childcare Options for Children - Volunteering - English Language Options

Higher Educational Opportunities for Eligible Dependent Spouses and Children

Certain dependent immigration classifications DO NOT allow for full-time study for spouses AND/OR may have age limitations for dependent children pursuing a full-time courses of study. Please discuss with OISSS any plans for dependents (spouse and/or children) to pursue higher education programs.

Bryant University 
http://www.bryant.edu

Community College of Rhode Island 
http://www.ccri.edu

Providence College 
http://www.providence.edu/

Roger Williams University 
http://www.rwu.edu/

Salve Regina University 
http://www.salve.edu/

Rhode Island College 
http://www.ric.edu/

University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth 
http://www.umassd.edu/

University of Rhode Island 
http://www.uri.edu/


EDUCATIONAL AND CHILDCARE OPPURTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

If you have a dependent child between the ages of 6 and 16 with you while you are in the U.S. they are required by Law to attend school.  If you have dependents who will be attending school in the U.S., be sure to bring birth certificates or proof of age and all medical, dental, and academic records for those dependents (if these documents are not in English a certified translation of each document will be required).*

There are three levels of education that children move through (Kindergarten through 12th grade)

  1. Elementary School (grades K to 5, ages 5-10)
  2. Middle school or junior high school (grade 6 to 8, ages 11-13)
  3. High school (grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18)

If you have a dependent child and you are living in the City of Providence.  You may want to enroll your child in Providence Public Schools.  Public Schools are usually free of charge, co-educational, and funded primarily through city and state taxes. 

There are several private schools within the state of RI.  Unlike public schools, private schools require that you pay a fee for your child to attend their school.

If you have a dependent child that has not yet reached school age and you need someone to care for your child while you are teaching, researching or studying at Brown during the day.  You may want to enroll your child in a daycare program.  Almost all daycare facilities in the U.S. require you to pay a fee.  Below are links that will assist you in finding a daycare provider in the state of Rhode Island
http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/child_care.php
http://www.daycareresource.com/rhodeisland.html

There are also child care facilities affiliated with Brown University

*If your child has not received the required immunizations and you wish to register your child for school.  Hasbro Children’s Hospital offers a free Immunization Clinic for Children living in Rhode Island.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If your spouse would like to volunteer his/her time with a local organization in Rhode Island please visit the links below to search for an organization that meets your interest.

VolunteerMatch

Serve Rhode Island


ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES IN RHODE ISLAND

(English as a Second Language- ESL)

Community College of Rhode Island
Lincoln Campus
401-333-7074

Providence Campus
401-455-6019
http://www.ccri.edu/engl/esl/

DaVinci Center
401-272-8010
470 Charles St, Providence, RI
http://www.davincicenter.org/

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
401-461-5940
645 Elmwood Ave, ProvidenceRI
http://www.diiri.org/

Genesis Center
401-781-6110
620 Potters Avenue, Providence, RI 
http://www.gencenter.org/

International House of Rhode Island
401-421-7181
8 Stimson Avenue, Providence, RI
http://internationalhouseofri.org/

Progresso Latino
401-728-5920
626 Broad St, Central Falls, RI
www.progresolatino.org

Providence Community Library
401-455-8016
http://www.provlib.org/event-topic/esl-program

Rhode Island College
401-456-8573
http://www.ric.edu/esl/

Roger Williams University
401-354-5300
http://rwu.edu/admission-financial-aid/undergraduate-admission/international/esl-program

English Language Programs close to Rhode Island

Boston University
http://www.bu.edu/celop/index.shtml

Northeastern University
http://www.cps.neu.edu/degree-programs/international/language-preparatory/

Tufts University
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/esl/

Yale University
http://www.yale.edu/eli/