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

Head Start and Early Head Start Application (English)

Head Start and Early Head Start Application (Español)

“Tell Me More” Referral Form 

EBCAP Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education Programs provide high quality comprehensive early childhood education services for eligible families and children from prenatal to age five. We partner with parents to teach children the skills and abilities needed for success in school and life. Together with our community, we support parents to keep children safe, healthy, and improve their overall well-being.

All programs support early learning and parent-child relationships. We collaborate with local schools to screen children and provide early intervention. Additionally, we are a certified Kids Connect provider through the Rhode Island Department of Human Services and Medicaid. Kids Connect allows us to support children, with moderate to severe special needs, in classrooms alongside typically developing peers. All children are provided an educational experience supported by Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum (for center based), Grow Great Kids Curriculum (for home based) and the Teaching Strategies GOLD child assessment system. 

As children are screened and/or assessed, teachers or home visitors use data to collaborate with parents and form individualized education plans.  All center-based children receive daily meals/snacks in the classroom at no charge to families.

We are proud of our comprehensive services that bring together an impressive array of internal resources and community partners to meet the needs of the children and families in our care.

Who We Serve

Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education serves pregnant mothers, young children (0-5), and their families. EBCAP actively recruits low-income applicants and children with special needs as required by the Office of Head Start’s enrollment standard.  Children in foster care/kinship care as well as children and pregnant women experiencing homelessness are considered for priority enrollment.   

To provide each child an individualized learning experience, EBCAP considers all aspects of the child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development and learning. Children and families of all abilities are welcome to the program. Modifications and reasonable accommodations are made to ensure all children are included in program activities. Since the East Bay community has its roots in many cultures, EBCAP’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education program works with a network of agencies that are culturally relevant and diverse.

East Bay Community Action Program cares for all residents of the East Bay, regardless of their gender, age, race, or income status.

Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility Requirements

Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility Requirements

Key Features

EBCAP’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education services include:

  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Behavioral health
  • Education
  • Family engagement and development 

All Head Start and Early Head Start families are assigned a family advocate who assists the enrollment process, works in partnership with parents and families to establish goals, and assists with community referrals.

Features of the Head Start program for children aged 3 to 5:

  • Home-Based Program offers Head Start services to children ages 3-5 years in their home. The program focuses on children who have a medical diagnosis, injury, sensory needs, or behavioral challenges that prevent attendance in a center-based, pre-school program.  Home-based services may also be provided to families who are not able to provide transportation to a classroom facility.
  • Classrooms for children ages 3 to 5 operate five days per week between September and June at no cost to families. Children do not need to be potty-trained, and diapers as well as meals/snacks are provided at no cost to families.
  • In Newport, Middletown and East Providence, fee-based, extended childcare is available to families from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Full day care can be purchased during school vacation weeks (excluding the December holiday break) and the summer months.  Children do not need to be potty-trained, and diapers as well as meals are provided at no additional cost. EBCAP accepts and encourages families to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program Application.

Features of the Early Head Start program for pregnant women and children up to age 3:

  • Home-Based Program for pregnant mothers and children up to age 3 enables parents and children to participate in weekly 90-minute home visits and to take part in playgroup activities at one of our centers or a location in the community. This program is provided year-round at no cost to families.  In Newport and East Providence, fee-based, extended childcare is available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., year-round (excluding the December holiday break) for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Classroom group size is capped at 8 children with four children assigned to one adult to allow for more individual attention and nurturing. Diapers, formula, and meals are provided at no additional cost. EBCAP accepts and encourages families to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program Application.

Features of the Pre-Kindergarten Program, children must be 4 years of age by September 1st :

  • Classrooms for 4 and 5-year-old children operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. five days per week, between September and June at no cost to families. Children are not required to be potty-trained to enroll, and diapers as well as meals/snacks are provided.
    • In Newport, fee-based, extended childcare is available to families from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Full day care can be purchased during school vacation weeks (excluding the December holiday break) and the summer months. EBCAP accepts and encourages families to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program Application.

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

Location(s) of the Program

Hours of Operation

Head Start Center- Newport     7:00 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Turner Avenue Center                8:00 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Tiverton Center                           9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Willett Avenue Center                7:00 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Mary V. Quirk School                 8:30 A.M. -2:30 P.M.

John F. Kennedy School            7:00 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

How to Enroll

Applications may be submitted to Head Start and Early Head Start year-round. Apply online or call 401-367-2001 ext. 206.

Head Start and Early Head Start Application (English)

Head Start and Early Head Start Application (Español)

The Rhode Island Department of Education oversees on-line applications for the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms in the spring prior to the following school year. During the application period, families may complete the paper application and return it to the school of choice. Families, who have missed the deadline, may also complete the paper application and return it to the school of choice. Families completing the application after the close of the lottery will be added to a waiting list.

2020-21 State Pre-Kindergarten Program Lottery Paper Application (English)

2020-21 State Pre-Kindergarten Program Lottery Paper Application (Español)

How You Can Help

Our Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K programs actively recruit volunteers and encourage all parents to volunteer by participating in their child’s education. Parents are considered a child’s primary educator and a vital part of the program and the community. Volunteerism can potentially lead to job or leadership opportunities within the program.

Documents for Parents

2018-2019 Annual Report

2020-2021 Calendar

2020-2021 Head Start Parent Handbook

“Tell Me More” Referral Form 

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