Head Start & Early Head Start

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Head Start

A safe and nurturing environment for our littlest learners.

Tri-County Community Action Agency provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to pregnant women and children and their families from birth to age 5 years, in eight towns located in northern Rhode Island and in nine towns located in Washington County.

Head Start is a federal early education program for income eligible families. Children participate in many services that promote cognitive, language and social-emotional development. We partner with parents and recognize you as your child’s first and most important teachers! With a variety of service options available, like part day or full day classrooms, we know we can find a schedule to suit the needs of your family.

All children enrolled in the Early Head Start, and Head Start programs receive free medical, dental, nutritional, and developmental screenings


We are currently accepting applications for both home based programs, and classroom programs for Head Start and Early Head Start. We accept pregnant women, and children from birth to age 5 that meet income guidelines. There is no cost to participate in Head Start programs.

Residents of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester, Foster, and Scituate are may apply for our classrooms located in northern RI.

Residents of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Hopkinton, Richmond, Exeter, Charlestown, Westerly and Block Island (New Shoreham) are eligible for our classrooms in Washington County.




Early Head Start

Income eligible families expecting a child, or with children from birth to age 3 years old.


Head Start

Income eligible families with children from 3 to 5 years of age.


Prenatal Program

Designed to enhance the healthy growth and development of young children and their families.


Family Handbook

The Tri-County Head Start, Early Head Start, and State Pre-K Family Handbook is an essential guide for families participating in these programs. This comprehensive handbook outlines program structure and provides detailed information on various important aspects, including safety protocols, program rules, staff roles, and family expectations. Designed to foster a collaborative and informed community, the handbook ensures that all families are well-equipped with the knowledge they need for a successful and enriching Head Start, Early Head Start, or State Pre-Kindergarten experience with Tri-County.

Annual Reports

The Tri-County Head Start and Early Head Start programs strive to bring quality, caring early education to  parents and children.  Every year we complete an Annual Report to provide a snapshot into our classrooms, and into the daily routines of our kids for our parents and community partners.