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Early Head Start

Providing a head start in learning.

Early Head Start is a federal program for eligible families, that are expecting a child, or with a child ages birth to three years old.  The program provides services that promote cognitive, language and social-emotional development of the child.  Children enrolled in the program will receive medical and dental screenings at no cost, and families are provided with assistance locating health care, and emergency services whenever needed.

The Tri-County Early Head Start program offers a home-based option for children aged birth to three years old, in which an educator visits the home once per week to engage the child in educational and developmental activities, and socialization strategies.  Classroom-based options are available for children ages 18 months, to 3 years old, and focus on fun and engaging curriculum to prepare the child for pre-school.  

Northern RI

The Early Head Start program provides center-based early education services to 24 children in three classrooms at three locations. Early Head Start also offers home-based services to 34 children and families including 8 prenatal clients.  Families residing in the towns of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester, Foster, and Scituate, are eligible for the northern RI Early Head Start program.

Washington County

The Early Head Start program provides center-based early education services to 8 children in one classroom. Early Head Start also offers home-based services to 22 children and families including 5 prenatal clients.  Families residing in the towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Hopkinton, Richmond, Exeter, Charlestown, Westerly, and New Shoreham are eligible for the program.

Early Head Start classrooms are located at:

1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI
185 Main Street, Pascoag, RI
2204 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI
1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, RI

For more information on the Early Head Start programs, contact us at 401-351-2750.

**All centers are licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families and participate in the Rhode Island Quality Rating and Improvement System, Bright Stars. Four centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.