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Head Start: Federally-funded child development program; provides educational experiences, medical and dental services, nutritional meals, counseling and opportunities for parental involvement; help prepare low-income children and children with disabilities ages 3-5 to enter and succeed in school. (AIRS HD-1800.3000) Early Head Start: A federally-funded program; provides early education, health, mental health, nutrition and social services; low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to 3. (AIRS HD-1800.1800)

311 Doric Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-467-9610
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Organization Name: Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
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Address:
311 Doric Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-467-9610
Email: info@comcap.org
Eligibility:

Resident of Rhode Island and catchment areas are Cranston, Scituate, Foster, and Coventry, though some programs are statewide. Eligibility varies with programs.

Services Provided:

Multiple locations and caring staff works within our many departments to provide comprehensive, coordinated care and case management.

Family Support and Services link

  • WIC
  • Healthy Families America and Love that Baby
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)
  • Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCP)
  • RIWorks

Childcare, Early Head Start and Head Start link

Learn to Earn youth summer employment  link

See website for information on all programs.

Provider Profiles:

Comprehensive Community Action Program is a private, nonprofit community action agency formed under the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act.

CCAP is one of Rhode Island's largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. Our professional staff provides a wide spectrum of services designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.
Additional information on locations link

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/7/2021
Main Office
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300
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Address:
Main Office
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300
Services Provided:

Children's Friend & Service has extensive programs to support families in Rhode Island. Please see website for details. 
Programs include:
Early Head Start
Head Start
Child Care

Adoption Support and Preservation
Foster Care
Fatherhood Initiatives
Provider of Family Care Community Partnerships FCCP

Home Visiting Programs including:

First Connections
First Connections at Children’s Friend provides free, voluntary, confidential home visits in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence to pregnant women and families with young children, birth to age three.
Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services. The program pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns with a Family Support Worker, who provides home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s fourth birthday.

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services to expectant first-time mothers and then their newborns. The program pairs expectant mothers with a registered nurse, who provides intensive home visiting services to the mother and her child until the child’s second birthday.

Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program

WIC offices have temporarily moved to 153 Summer Street in Providence. Please call ahead to check hours. 401.752.7781 

Early Intervention at Children's Friend is listed separately in the directory. 

Provider Profiles:

Children's Friend provides a comprehensive array of social services that strengthen families, are culturally relevant and support the healthy development of children.
Across Rhode Island, our staff provides services to help over 31,488 individuals annually.
Sites in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls, we provide a broad array of services for children and families.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9241
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Organization Name: Meeting Street
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Address:
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9241
Fax: 401-533-9101
Services Provided:

Early Headstart

Meeting Street serves  eligible young children (birth to age 3) and their families in Providence, RI and  children in New Bedford, MA, through our Early Head Start programs. Our Program begins before birth with pregnant women to ensure they have access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care.


Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services. The program pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns (younger than two weeks old) with a Family Support Worker, who provides home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s fourth birthday.

Olneyville Early Childhood Initiative

The goal of Meeting Street's Early Childhood Initiative in Olneyville is to prepare children in the Olneyville community to enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Early Learning Center 

An inclusive daycare for children of all abilities ages 6 weeks - 5 years 

Pre-K Program

The RI Pre-kindergarten Program is a state-funded program located on the Meeting Street Campus in Providence RI that provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children

Provider Profiles:

Meeting Street is where children of all ages and abilities receive individualized attention from highly trained, dedicated educators, therapists, and staff who work as a team, sharing strategies and identifying solutions to bring out the best in each and every child.

At Meeting Street we believe in the power of inclusion and foster it in all we do. Our goal is to create an environment, and ultimately a world, where individuals of all abilities learn, play, work, and live together.

Information on Meeting Street Early Intervention Program and The Grace School are listed separately in the directory.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/29/2021
155 Gansett Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: 401-275-5808
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
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Address:
155 Gansett Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: 401-275-5808
Services Provided:

CCAP offers programs for children and their parents that focus on early childhood education and development, mental and physical health, safety, nutrition, family engagement, and parenting.

Programs include:

  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • Childcare programs

The Incredible Years-a training program for parents to address certain behaviors in children 2-7 years old.

Provider Profiles:

Mon-Fri 7 am-5:30 pm

Comprehensive Community Action Program(CCAP) has several locations.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/1/2021
178 Norwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-467-5196
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
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Address:
178 Norwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-467-5196
Services Provided:

CCAP offers programs for children and their parents that focus on early childhood education and development, mental and physical health, safety, nutrition, family engagement, and parenting.

Programs include:

  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start

The Incredible Years-a training program for parents to address certain behaviors in children age 2-7 year old.

Provider Profiles:

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) has several locations.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/1/2021
1935 Kingstown Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-3016
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Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
1935 Kingstown Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-3016
Toll Free Phone: 800-432-2605
Eligibility: Residents of Washington County and West Greenwich. Program participation are subject to eligiblity requirements
Services Provided: Head Start and Early Head Start
Joyful Learning Child Academy
Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP)
Senior and Disabled Adult Services
Heating Assistance (by appointment)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Provider Profiles: Mission:
“To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, health, prevention, and other services to people in need,while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life."

Tri-County Community Action Program has 12 sites in multiple communities throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
4350 South County Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: 401-351-2750
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Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
4350 South County Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Head Start [https://tricountyri.org/services/early-childhood-and-development-programs/]
Youth Links
Charlestown Youth Center [http://www.dlt.ri.gov/youthworks411/CharlestownYC.htm]
Location [https://tricountyri.org/locations/charlestown/]
Provider Profiles: Mission:
“To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, health, prevention, and other services to people in need,while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life."

Tri-County Community Action Program has 12 sites in multiple communities throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
34 Pond Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-519-1913
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Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
34 Pond Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-519-1913
Eligibility: Basic Needs, Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP)
Services Provided: Head Start
Adult and Youth Education, Employment & Training
Food Distribution
Family Care Community Partnership
Heating Assistance
Weatherization
Youth Diversionary Program
Wayward Disobedient (assistance with filing)
[https://tricountyri.org/locations/westerly/]
Provider Profiles: Mission:
"To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, health, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.”

Tri-County Community Action Agency has 12 Locations across the state. Helping individuals and families on the road to self-sufficiency since 1964."
Source: Rhode Island Quality Institute
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
415 Tower Hill Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-351-2750
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Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
415 Tower Hill Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Heating Assistance & Weatherization
Head Start
Food Distribution
Emergency Services
Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) [https://tricountyri.org/services/family-care-and-community-partnerships-program-fccp/]
Adult and Youth Education, Employment & Training [https://tricountyri.org/services/youth-education-training/]
North Kingstown [ https://tricountyri.org/locations/north-kingstown/]
Provider Profiles: Mission:
“To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, health, prevention, and other services to people in need,while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life."

Tri-County Community Action Program has 12 sites in multiple communities throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
25 Howard Avenue
Louis Pasteur Building #57
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-1321
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Organization Name: Rhode Island Department of Human Services
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Address:
25 Howard Avenue
Louis Pasteur Building #57
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-1321
Fax: 401-462-6878
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Services Provided:

Head Start Collaboration Offices (HSCOs) facilitate partnerships between Head Start agencies and other state entities that provide services to benefit low-income children and their families.

Provider Profiles:

Head Start is a federally funded program created in 1965 in an effort to combat poverty. The program offers a wide range of services to low-income children aged three to five years old.

The Rhode Island Head Start State Collaboration Office (RIHSSCO) is located in the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. The Department of Child Care directly oversees the RIHSSCO within the Department of Human Services. The mission of the RIHSSCO is to provide early care and education services for children birth to 12 years.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
185 Main Street
Pascoag, RI 02859
Phone: 401-351-2750
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
185 Main Street
Pascoag, RI 02859
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Head Start and Early Head Start [https://tricountyri.org/services/early-childhood-and-development-programs/]
Provider Profiles: Mission:
“To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, health, prevention, and other services to people in need,while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life."

Tri-County Community Action Program has 12 sites in multiple communities throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
2204 Mineral Springs Ave
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
2204 Mineral Springs Ave
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Head Start and Early Head Start [https://tricountyri.org/services/early-childhood-and-development-programs/]
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
79 Waterman Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
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Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
79 Waterman Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Head Start [ https://tricountyri.org/services/early-childhood-and-development-programs/]
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
Rockwell Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
Rockwell Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided: Head Start [ https://tricountyri.org/services/early-childhood-and-development-programs/]
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/26/2019
8th Floor Portals Building
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-737-1030
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Organization Name: US Department of Health and Human Services
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Address:
8th Floor Portals Building
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-737-1030
Toll Free Phone: 866-763-6481
Fax: 202-737-1151
Service Categories:
Services Provided: OHS manages grant funding and oversees local agencies providing Head Start services. Head Start promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services.
Find a Head Start program by using the Head Start locator.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/20/2018