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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)

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Local Service
Statewide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth, or service at a satellite office.
Nationwide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth or services at a regional/national headquarters location.
311 Doric Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-467-9610
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
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

Kids Connect Agency
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: 8/16/2022
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9241
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
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
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
Crisis Line: 401-258-8678
1935 Kingstown Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-3016
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Crisis Line: 401-258-8678
Address:
1935 Kingstown Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-3016
Eligibility:

Residents of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Westerly.

Program participation are subject to eligibility requirements

FCCP Intake (866) 840-6532

Services Provided:
  • Head Start and Early Head Start link
  • 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. Locations

Additional lead agencies for the Family Care Community Partnership 

Community Care Alliance Northern Rhode Island

Communities for People East Urban Core

Family Service West Urban Core

Child and Family East Bay

Tri-County Community Action Kent/Washington County

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/29/2022
Statewide Provider
1000 Bullocks Point
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: 401-437-1000
Statewide Provider
Address:
1000 Bullocks Point
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: 401-437-1000
Services Provided:

The services we offer help make sure everyone can reach their full potential. This may mean solving immediate challenges, like access to food or housing. Or, it may mean getting and staying healthy for life. There’s medical and dental care, behavioral health care, human services and community programs. We help children, youth, families, adults and elders. EBCAP has over 20 services. Our programs focus to improve health, social, and educational outcomes through the strengthening of parent-child relationships, evidence-based curriculum, and skill development.

Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Early Childhood Education Programs link

Parents as Teachers link

Healthy Families America link

The services provided by EBCAP include:

Head Start and Early Head Start services; Even Start;

family health and dental services;

family development case management services including social service information and referral and basic human needs;

youth programs;

the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless; Heating and Energy Services; the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Feeding and Nutrition Program (WIC); the Newport Skills Alliance; youth services; and senior services including case management, senior employment, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparents and the Ocean State Senior Dining Program (meals in a social setting).

Provider Profiles:

East Bay Community Action Program provides a wide array of health and human services to the residents of RI's east bay: East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport and Jamestown.
A number of satellite locations for WIC:
Tiverton -401-625-1364
Newport 401-619-5970
Bristol -401-253-7577

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/16/2022
4350 South County Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: 401-351-2750
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: 9/14/2022
34 Pond Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-351-2750
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
34 Pond Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-351-2750
Eligibility:

Basic Needs, Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP)

Services Provided:
  • Head Start
  • Employment & Training
  • Food Bank
  • FCCP
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP)
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: 8/29/2022
415 Tower Hill Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-351-2750
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: 9/26/2022
Statewide Provider
57 Howard Avenue, Louis Pasteur Building
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 855-697-4347
Statewide Provider
Organization Name: State of Rhode Island Department of Human Services
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Address:
57 Howard Avenue, Louis Pasteur Building
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 855-697-4347
Toll Free Phone: 855-697-4347
Services Provided:

RI Department of Human Services oversees a number of programs to help individual and families in Rhode Island. A complete comprehensive list is on their website.

Childcare

Includes Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and Head Start link

Supplemental Nutrition Program SNAP

Medicaid and Medicare Programs

Includes Katie Beckett Katie Beckett is an eligibility category in Medicaid that allows certain children under age 19 who have long-term disabilities or complex medical needs to become eligible for Medicaid coverage.

The Sherlock Plan

Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities Program is a type of Medicaid eligibility for working adults with disabilities.

Medicare Premium Program

SSI State Supplemental Payment

Long Term Services and Supports

Includes Medicaid Long Term Care Supported Services (LTSS) and Enhanced Assisted Living Program for elderly and adults with disabilities.

RI Works Program

RI Works is a financial and employment assistance program for parents and families with little to no income who have children high school age or younger.

General Public Assistance Programs

Includes Bridge Fund, Hardship Program and Funeral/Burial Assistance 

Refugee Assistance Programs

Energy Assistance Programs

 

Provider Profiles:

DHS' programs and services, including those offered by our four divisions, collectively serve more than 300,000 families, adults, children, older Rhode Islanders, individuals with disabilities and veterans each year. Each have their own eligibility requirements and our staff are happy to assist those who need us through the application process and any other needs. 

Office locations

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/13/2022
Statewide Provider
25 Howard Avenue
Louis Pasteur Building #57
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-1321
Statewide Provider
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
Service Categories:
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.

Early Head Start provides the same services for infants and children up to age 3 and their families. 

https://www.earlylearningri.org/parents-families/ri-head-start-early-head-start%c2%a0programs

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: 2/21/2022
185 Main Street
Pascoag, RI 02859
Phone: 401-351-2750
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: 9/26/2022
2204 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Organization Name: Tri-County Community Action Agency
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Address:
2204 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
Services Provided:

Head Start and Early Head Start

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/29/2022
79 Waterman Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
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: 9/26/2022
Rockwell Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-351-2750
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: 9/26/2022
204 Warwick Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-1850
Address:
204 Warwick Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-1850
Service Categories:
Eligibility:

A federal and state funded  early education program for 3 and 4 year old from September to June. Classrooms are 4 or 6 hours a day, five days a week.

This program is limited to Woonsocket residents who meet our Head Start selection criteria.

Services Provided:

Programs

Provider Profiles:

Karen G. Bouchard Children's Center -  204 Warwick St, Woonsocket

Bourdon Blvd Children's Center - 2 Bourdon Blvd, Woonsocket


Cass Park Children's Center - 350 Newland Ave, Woonsocket

Gov. Pothier School-420 Robinson St., Woonsocket

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/27/2022
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160 Draper Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889
Phone: 401-828-3228
Address:
160 Draper Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889
Phone: 401-828-3228
Fax: 401-826-8920
Eligibility:

6 weeks to 5 years

Kent County residents, referrals outside of Kent County on a case by case basis.

Services Provided:

Center Based Child Care

Early Head Start

Head Start

State Pre-K at West Warwick and Warwick locations

Kids Connect Agency

Provider Profiles:

CHILD, Inc. is a private non-profit agency providing comprehensive child development and family support services to low and moderate income families residing in Kent County, Rhode Island.

CHILD, Inc. owns and operates four child development facilities. All CHILD, Inc. facilities are licensed for child care by the Rhode Island Department of Education. All facilities are also approved and funded by the Federal Administration for Children and Families. We maintain accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and participate in Rhode Island’s independent child care rating system BrightStars.

Multiple locations:

23 Cady Street, Coventry, RI 02816

849 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI 02886

28 Payan Street, West Warwick, RI 02893

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 9/6/2022
Nationwide Provider
8th Floor Portals Building
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-737-1030
Nationwide Provider
Organization Name: U.S. 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: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 8/18/2021