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Head Start - TriCounty
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Head Start


The Tri-County Community Action Agency Head Start program provides full day, center-based early education services to children throughout Rhode Island.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!  Click HERE to apply.  For an application in Spanish, click HERE.

Our exceptional team of Head Start educators work with families and children to implement developmental and socialization strategies that work best for you and your child.  Our classrooms are bright and inviting and are designed to maximize creativity and learning.  Healthy lunches and snacks are provided to children daily.  In addition to providing educational and nutritional resources, children will have access to health and dental screenings at no cost, and families will be provided with health referrals and referrals for emergency services whenever needed.  We recruit families 12 months per year.

Eligibility Guidelines: The programs service families with income at or below the federal poverty guidelines, children in living in foster care, and families experiencing homelessness. Ten percent of enrollment slots must be filled with children with a diagnosed disability.


Northern Rhode Island:

The Head Start program services 134 children in five classrooms across northern Rhode Island. Children from ages three to five years of age, who reside in the towns of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester, Foster, and Scituate, are eligible for the northern RI Head Start program.  For more information, contact us at 401-519-1979.

Southern Region:

The Tri-County Community Action Agency Head Start Program provides a center-based, comprehensive early childhood education program for 76 children from ages three to five years old, who reside in the towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Hopkinton, Richmond, Exeter, Charlestown, Westerly, and New Shoreham.  For more information, contact us at 401-515-2471.

Head Start classrooms are located at:


1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI
7 Rockwell Avenue, North Providence, RI
79 Waterman Avenue, North Providence, RI
2204 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI
185 Main Street, Pascoag, RI
1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, RI
415 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, RI
4350 South County Trail, Charlestown, RI
34 Pond Street, Westerly, RI

For more information on the Tri-County 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.