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Will your child be 4 years old by September 1st?
Does your child live in one of these communities?

  • Central Falls
  • Pawtucket
  • Cranston
  • Providence
  • East Providence
  • Warwick
  • Johnston
  • West Warwick
  • Newport
  • Woonsocket
  • North Providence

If you answered yes to both questions, click here to enter an application in the RI State Pre-Kindergarten Program Lottery!

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Pre-K flyer in English
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Head Start is a comprehensive child and family development program that promotes school readiness in low-income preschool children. Services include education, health, nutrition, social services, and other child and family supports. Parents are involved in their children’s learning, and the program helps families in meeting their educational, literacy, and employment goals.

How does it work?

The Children’s Friend Head Start program has a number of options in order to meet the needs of families and children. Most children participate in a traditional center-based preschool classroom. Some children, whose parents are working, or in school or vocational training, participate in an extended day program at a Children’s Friend location or with our Child Care/ Head Start partners. A smaller number of families participate in a home-based program. Assistance with transportation is provided.

Our Head Start program ensures that all children are up-to-date with immunizations and that their health needs are being met. Children receive nutritious meals and snacks while participating in the program. Families are linked with resources, and provided support in meeting their goals.

Who is eligible?

  • Families living in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland and Lincoln
  • Children ages 3 – 5 years of age.
  • Children with disabilities.
  • Homeless children.
  • Families must meet income guidelines.

How do I get involved?

For more information about Head Start services at Children’s Friend, contact the enrollment team at (401) 752-7500 or email headstart@cfsri.org




153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
401.276.4300 phone
401.331.3285 fax

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