"The children take violin, they have friends, they play, they READ. My youngest son has never been a reader.  When he grumbles a bit that 'they make me read every day' it is music to my ears!"

due to covid-19:

All of our education programming is on hold until further notice.

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We believe... all children deserve education programs that support personal development and academic achievement.


For more information, contact: Sally Swistak, Director of Education, at sswistak@mlkccenter.orgor (401) 846-4828 x117

The Preschool at the MLK is an affordable licensed educational program for children 3-5 years of age.  


Open from 6:45 am – 5 pm daily, our preschool provides working parents with a safe and nurturing place to care for their children during the workday.

DHS is accepted and scholarships are available.


Our program helped develop the RI Early Childhood Education Standards and was designated a Preschool Center of Excellence by the national Early Learning Reading First Program.


 It is our goal to help build a child’s positive self image and prepare our students for school readiness. In an atmosphere of praise, we create a climate for growth of creativity, curiosity for learning and the courage to try.

After School Academy

For more information, contact: Jeanine Richardson, After School Coordinator, at

or (401) 846-4828 x209

The After School Academy at the MLK is a quality after school program for students ranging from kindergarten to 4th grade.


Serving students from Newport County, we offer affordable programming in support of our students’ academic success.  


DHS is accepted and scholarships are available.


Upon arrival, the children are offered:

  • a nutritious meal

  • homework help 

  • art lessons

  • violin lessons with the Newport String Project

  • theater experience

  • singing with Newport County Youth Chorus

  • nutrition classes

  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) programming

  • & more special programming!



Summer Adventure Camp

For more information, contact: Jeanine Richardson, Summer Camp Coordinator, at or (401) 846-4828 x209

Summer Adventure Camp is an 8-week literacy, science and math-based program for children entering 1st grade through those entering 5th grade.  


Hours are 8 am - 4 pm 

(Extended hours are available)

 DHS is accepted and scholarships are available.

One of the goals of Summer Camp at the MLK is to help prevent the academic slide that normally occurs over the summer. All of the activities are fun, with a wide array of field trips integrated into an experiential learning curriculum that increases the camper’s knowledge base.  


Activities/Field trips include :

In 2019...



Preschoolers reading


Students received homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities



INCREASED reading levels over 8 weeks of Summer Camp


Improved their math scores in Summer Camp

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-4828

Fax: 401-848-7360

EIN: 05-0271882


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