Head Start


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Head Start, Early Head Start & Child Care

Give Your Child A Head Start

To enroll click here to complete our pre-application.                          
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For general information, please contact:
Linda Laliberte, Vice President of Head Start/ Early Head Start
Telephone: (401) 367-2001, x204


East Bay Community Action Program's Early Childhood Services provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, social services and parent engagement services to pregnant mothers, children, and their families.  The goal of the program is to enhance the development of low-income, at-risk children, in an effort to prepare them for kindergarten, ready to learn and succeed.

Program Locations (for list including classrooms and hours click here)

 Newport Center                                              
 8 John H. Chafee Blvd.
 Newport, RI  02840
 (401) 367-2001
 Turner Avenue Center
 70 Turner Avenue
 Riverside, RI  02915
 (401) 649-4233
Tiverton Center 
 1048 Stafford Road
 Tiverton, RI  02878
 (401) 624-4736    
 Willett Avenue Site
 386 Willett Avenue
 Riverside, RI  02915
 (401) 437-0018
Mary V. Quirk School 
 790 Main Street
 Warren, RI  02885
 (401) 245- 2833   
 John F. Kennedy School
 740 West Main Road
 Middletown, RI  02842
 (401) 619-1670

Most of our sites are located on public bus routes.  East Bay Community Action Program will provide information to families about RIPTA bus passes, routes and other services.  You may also contact RIPTA directly 401-784-9500. East Bay Community Action Program can also assist families to assess other options such as alternative site placement and home based services. 

Head Start & Early Head Start Program Calendars

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For the 2017-2018 Head Start school year calendar click here.
For the 2017-2018 Early Head Start calendar click here.


Parent Handbook

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Early Head Start and Head Start Program Requirements 

Head Start is a federally funded program designed to serve income eligible pregnant women and children age birth to 5 years including children with disabilities. The Head Start program sets aside most of the program's slots to families whose incomes fall at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Head Start is able to serve a small percentage of families whose incomes exceed the guidelines.

Eligibility for the Head Start program is based on the following:

  1. Residency: Families must live in one of the following towns and cities to enroll in an EBCAP early childhood program: Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Prudence Island, Little Compton, Tiverton, Bristol, Warren, Barrington or East Providence.
  2. Age of the child
  3. Family income level
  4. Or special eligibility due to foster care status or homelessness

Dependent upon your eligibility and your child's age we offer the following program options:

Early Head Start

  • Home-Based Program for pregnant mothers and children up to age 3 in which you receive weekly visits and take part in play group activities at one of our centers or a location in your community.  This program is provided at no cost.
  • Fee based extended day child care is available full-day and year-round for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years: Classroom group size is capped at 8 children where four children are assigned to one adult to allow for more individual attention and nurturing.  EBCAP accepts and encourages families to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program.  Diapers, formula and meals are provided at no additional cost.  For more information or to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program click here.

Head Start Program

  • Classrooms for 3-5 year olds which offer a part-day program that operates five days per week between September and June at no cost to families.  Meals and snacks are provided.
  • Extended child care beyond the part-day option is available to families year-round, for an fee.  EBCAP accepts and encourages families to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program.  Children do not need to potty-trained, and diapers as well as meals are provided at no additional cost.  For more information or how to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program click here.
  • Home-Based Program focused on children who have a medical diagnosis, injury, sensory needs, or behavioral challenges that prevent attendance in a center-based preschool program.  This program is offered at not cost to children ages 3-5.

Early Head Start and Head Start Enrollment Information

Once you complete the application a specialist will reach out to you to schedule an eligibility interview at a location of your convenience - your home or one of our centers.  During the interview, you will need to provide documentation of income from all sources.  You will also be asked a few questions to determine your eligibility score.  Families with the highest eligibility scores will receive priority in enrollment.  The process ensures children and families with the greatest need are prioritized for enrollment into the program.  EBCAP is continually accepting applications and will assign the child to a wait list if an opening is not immediately available.

Questions?  Call us toll free 1-877-367-2008

State Funded Pre-Kindergarten

Research has consistently shown that at-risk children who attend a high-quality preschool are more successful in kindergarten and beyond – both academically and socially – than peers who did not attend high-quality preschool. In addition to positive social and academic outcomes, several research studies have demonstrated that providing access to high-quality preschool is one of the most cost-effective investments government can make. With support from the Federal Preschool Expansion Grant and state dollars, the Rhode Island Department of Education has funded East Bay Community Action Program since 2012 to operate state-funded Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

Program Locations

Turner Avenue Center
70 Turner Avenue
Riverside, RI  02915
(401) 649-4233
(This program is available to
East Providence residents only).

John F. Kennedy School
740 West Main Road
Middletown, RI  02842
(401) 619-1670
(Temporary location; program is available to Newport
residents only).

Newport Center                                   
8 John H. Chafee Blvd.
Newport, RI  02840
(401) 367-2001
(This program is available to
Newport residents only).

Pre-K 2017-2018 Program calendar

Program Eligibility Requirements:

Children, who are 4 years of age on or before September 1 of this year, are eligible for the program.  Participants in this free program are selected by lottery.  At this time, only residents of East Providence and Newport are eligible.  The lottery for the State Funded Pre-K has closed.