Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Early Childhood Education Programs
Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education programs provide childhood education, healthy nutrition, social services, and parent engagement services to pregnant mothers, young children, and their families. The goal of the program is to enhance the development of low-income, at-risk children to prepare them for kindergarten, so they are ready to learn and succeed.
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 and the Teaching Strategies GOLD child assessment system. As children are screened, teachers use data to form individualized classroom lesson plans. All 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 serve pregnant mothers, young children, 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 and 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.
EBCAP’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten Early Childhood Education services include:
- Behavioral health
- Education/Special Education
- Family engagement and development
All families are assigned a family advocate who oversees 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 3 to 5 years of age:
- Home-Based Program offers Head Start services to children ages 3-5 years in their home. The program is focused 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. – 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Full daycare 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 three enables parents and children to participate in weekly 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 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 do not need to be potty-trained, 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 daycare 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. – 2:15 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.
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.
How You Can Help
Head Start and Early Head Start actively recruits volunteers and encourages all parents to volunteer by actively participating in their child’s education. Parents are considered a child’s primary educator and a vital part of the program and the community. The partnership between parents and the program has been the cornerstone of Head Start since its inception in 1965. Volunteerism can potentially lead to job or leadership opportunities within the program.