The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a public, non-profit educational institution established in 1987.

The multi-purpose educational collaborative provides special education programs and other educational services primarily to its member school districts in northern Rhode Island. 


This Week!


  • Join us for NRIC's Transition Employment Center (TEC) Program's Open House on Tuesday, May 12 at CCRI, Lincoln.   Click here for details.


The Chicks Have Hatched at AOP!

Students in both our Orchard Farms classrooms studied the life cycle of the chicken.  The chicks hatched on April 14th and will be returned to Casey Farm on Friday April 17th where we hope they will enjoy a long and fun life.

Congratulations to TEC Staff Members!

Congratulations to the following members of our TEC staff who recently received their Certified Employment Support Professional certification:

Justine Beatini, Donald Blais, Kerri McLaughlin, Nicole Miale and Della Nimely


NRIC Teacher Assistant Training Schedule

 May 2015   

 July 2015

 September 2015

Click here to register for one of the above sessions.  


Special Olympics Day is a Big Hit for Students, Staff & Parents

On April 17, 2015, two busloads of enthusiastic students and staff from NRIC rode to the RI College Murray Center for the Special Olympics Motor Activities Training program (MATP), a program for athletes not typically included in traditional Special Olympics programming.  Student athletes got to practice their skills in such activities as bowling, golf, basketball, baseball, volleyball and soccer.  RI College student volunteers did a wonderful, enthusiastic job of welcoming and cheering all students from the Collaborative and assisted the Special Olympic athletes at the various sports stations that were set up for the morning events.  Several parents also attended the events to cheer on and assist their children which added to the heartwarming, enjoyable nature of the morning.  Click here for more info.

NRIC Celebrates 29th Annual Meeting!

On March 25, 2015, NRIC held our 29th Annual Meeting.  It was a great night to celebrate our many accomplishments and programs that are positively impacting the lives of children throughout Rhode Island.   In addition, we were happy to honor staff members who achieved 20 years of service along with employees who were recognized for their dedication and work achievements in promoting the mission of the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative. Congratulations to all our award recipients, including Cindy VanAvery, who received the Director's Award.   Click here for more details.

NRIC Receives Wellness Leadership Award!

NRIC was the recipient of the 2014 Wellness Leadership Award by the RI Interlocal Risk Management Trust at their Annual Loss Prevention Luncheon.  NRIC was recognized for its demonstration and commitment to creating a safe and healthy workplace through the development of innovative wellness and ergonomic programs.