Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) & Head Start

The Starting RIght Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) program can subsidize the cost of child care for families that are residents of Rhode Island. CCAP is available for children who are US citizens or legal residents and under age 13. The age can be extended to 18 if the child has special needs.

Head Start programs promote school readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings. They also engage parents or other key family members in positive relationships, with a focus on family wellbeing, by participating in leadership roles and having a say in program operations. You do not have to have CCAP to qualify for Head Start.

Find out more about these different programs and more resources below.