Head Start Resources

The federal Administration of Children and Families' Office of Head Start funds the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center. It is home to countless evidence-based resources for programs, families and children. For more information, check out the website here: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/

The following is more information and other national resources about the regional priorities guiding the work of the Rhode Island Head Start Collaboration Office. For eligibility information, how to apply and find a Head Start program, go here


A mom holding her infant child looks down at her son who is looking back up at her. They are standing in front of a grey brick building.

Services to Children Experiencing Homelessness

Head Start Collaboration Offices support access to services for children and families experiencing homelessness through coordination with state and local education agencies implementing McKinney-Vento requirements.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

Increase opportunities for children with disabilities.

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Health Services

Promote access to timely health care services, including those around general health, oral health, and mental health.

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Child Welfare

Establish or enhance coordination with child welfare services, including foster care and child protective services.

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Parent and Family Engagement

Parent and family engagement in Head Start and Early Head Start is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.

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Encourage and support collaboration with welfare systems, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In Rhode Island, the TANF program is Rhode Island Works

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Community Services

Support full utilization of relevant community services, including public schools, public libraries, museums, and law enforcement agencies. The offices also promote effective outreach efforts to Head Start-eligible families.

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Military Families

Support outreach by Head Start grantees to military families whose children do not have access to quality early childhood services when located away from military installations.

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