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Tri-Town Community Action Agency Head Start is now recruiting!

Head Start is a free program for children from families who meet federal income guidelines – a family of three with annual income of $20,160 would qualify, for example – or other qualifications.

Tri-Town runs Head Start centers at its main office, 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston; 79 Waterman Ave. and 2204 Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence; and 185 Main St. in Burrillville. All centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and rated by the Bright Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System.

To start the application process, contact Tri-Town Community Action Head Start at (401) 519-1979 or Barbara Chadwick at bchadwick@tri-town.org


Need a Job? Call Us!

Tri-Town Community Action Agency seeks to help applicants get work – and help business owners hire qualified candidates – through its job readiness programs.

Under the supervision of Tri-Town staff, participants complete a 20-hour orientation program, which includes lessons on improving “soft skills,” like work ethic and problem solving; enhancing work readiness; understanding financial literacy; preparing for job interviews; and completing CPR, First Aid, and AED training.

For employers, Tri-Town funds up to 150 hours of paid experience, which can last up to six weeks, depending on the applicant’s schedule.

For more information on Tri-Town’s job readiness and placement programs, call (401) 330-7748, or click here.


Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the Tri-Town Resource Guide.

Tri-Town Head Start to Open Pre-K in 2016; Here's How to Apply


Tri-Town Community Action Agency Head Start will be opening a new pre-K classroom in North Providence this fall, funded by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

As part of the recruitment process, the RI Department of Education is holding a lottery for eligible children to be selected for placement in the pre-K program.

To be eligible, children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016, and reside in the town where the program is offered.

For more information on applying to the lottery for the pre-K program, click one of the links below to view and download the PDF, or visit the Tri-Town office for a printed application.



Tri-Town Health Center Hosts Story Time in North Providence


Tri-Town Community Action Agency Health Center hosted a story time event for local children at its North Providence location on May 25.

In collaboration with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, the story time event focused on the importance of literacy for young children. 

“Reading to our children is a small task that has a huge impact on their social and emotional development,” said Tri-Town President and CEO Joseph DeSantis.  “We are proud to partner with Reach Out and Read Rhode Island to continue to ensure we get books in the hands of the youngest members of the community.”

Children in attendance were greeted by NHPRI’s “Dr. Care Bear” mascot, and listened to several classic stories read by representatives from NHPRI, Reach Out and Read RI, and Tri-Town Health Center Medical Director Dr. Matt Malek.  

“Young children get so many advantages from having books read to them,” explained Malek. “Language and communication development, logical thinking skills and parent/child bonding all improve when adults read to their kids.”

Tri-Town Community Health Centers have been a supporter of the Reach Out and Read RI program for several years, and offer children a book to take home at their annual well child exams.

"We were honored to host an event like this in collaboration with our partner organizations who share in our commitment to promote literacy, child health and wellness, and family engagement," said Tri-Town Chief Operating Officer Brenda Dowlatshahi. “Their support of community health centers such as Tri-Town enables us to provide exceptional, affordable care to those who otherwise may not have access to quality care.”

WPRI’s The Rhode Show filmed the event for a segment shown on June 1. Each child received a book and bookmark to take home after the event.  

“Story Time at Tri-Town achieved exactly what we were hoping for,” said Brenda Whittle, Vice President for External Affairs at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. “It was a wonderful collaboration among three partners who understand and appreciate how crucial it is to encourage literacy in children as well as to promote that special time when a parent and a child can share a book.”

Tri-Town Health Centers, located at 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston, and 33 Maple Ave., North Providence, are currently accepting new patients. All insurance plans are accepted, and same-day appointments are available. For more information or to make an appointment at either of the Tri-Town Health Centers, call (401) 519-1940 or visit tri-town.org



Apply for the Pre-K Lottery Here

Tri-Town Community Action Agency Head Start will be opening a new pre-K classroom in North Providence this fall, funded by the Rhode Island Department of Education. 

Click on the headline to view more information and the application forms in English and Spanish.

Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the Tri-Town Resource Guide.

Tri-Town Community Action Agency  ·  1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919  ·  P: 401-351-2750  ·  F: 401-351-6611
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