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Tri-County 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-County Head Start Centers are located at the main office, 1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston; 79 Waterman Avenue and 2204 Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence; and 185 Main Street 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-County Community Action Head Start at (401) 519-1979 or Barbara Chadwick at

We are pleased to announce our new name -

Tri- County

Community Action Agency

We are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2016, the Tri-Town Community Action Agency and the South County Community Action Agency have merged all programs and services under one entity, the Tri-County Community Action Agency.  The merger creates an opportunity for both organizations to strengthen and expand as one Community Action Agency with an increased capacity to deliver high quality services, maximize federal, state and local resources, increase program and financial efficiencies, and improve the health, education, employment, housing and income security outcomes for individuals and families living in Rhode Island.   



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

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-County Resource Guide.

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