Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

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Tri-County Community Action Agency - Westerly

34 Pond Street
Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 596-7272



Head Start
Adult and Youth Education, Employment & Training
Food Distribution
Family Care Community Partnership
Heating Assistance
Youth Diversionary Program
Wayward Disobedient (assistance with filing)
Food Bank and Commodities Distribution

Head Start educators work with families and children to implement developmental and socialization strategies that work best for you and your child. Our classrooms are bright and inviting and are designed to maximize creativity and learning. Healthy lunches and snacks are provided to children daily. In addition to providing educational and nutritional resources, children will have access to health and dental screenings at no cost, and families will be provided with health referrals and referrals for emergency services whenever needed. We recruit families 12 months per year.

Early Head Start is a federal program for eligible families, that are expecting a child, or with a child ages birth to three years old. The program provides services that promote cognitive, language and social-emotional development of the child. Children enrolled in the program will receive medical and dental screenings at no cost, and families are provided with assistance locating health care, and emergency services whenever needed.

The Tri-County Early Head Start program offers a home-based option for children aged birth to three years old, in which an educator visits the home once per week to engage the child in educational and developmental activities, and socialization strategies. Classroom-based options are available for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, and focus on fun and engaging curriculum to prepare the child for pre-school.

The Early Head Start program provides center-based early education services to 8 children in one classroom. Early Head Start also offers home-based services to 22 children and families including 5 prenatal clients. Families residing in the towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Hopkinton, Richmond, Exeter, Charlestown, Westerly, and New Shoreham are eligible for the program.

The Tri-County Community Action Agency Head Start Program provides a center-based, comprehensive early childhood education program for 76 children from ages three to five years old,

Eligibility Guidelines: The programs service families with income at or below the federal poverty guidelines, children in living in foster care, and families experiencing homelessness. Ten percent of enrollment slots must be filled with children with a diagnosed disability.

Tri-County Community Action Agency offers assistance with all aspects of essential needs and daily living, including food assistance. We welcome individuals to visit our food pantries once per month, and offer distribution of canned goods, pasta, grain, juice, peanut butter, rice and flour and other foods as contributed through the State of Rhode Island and purchased through the Rhode Island Food Bank. For more information about the Food Assistance Program, contact us at 401-351-2750 x. 1913.

Tri-County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, offers assistance with managing costs associated with home energy bills. Tri-County is able to help with paying fuel and utility bills during the winter months for eligible clients, and we can arrange for the installation of home insulation to reduce home-heating costs (gas, electric, propane, oil, kerosene or wood) through our weatherization program. Eligible clients must meet income guidelines.

Primary Services:

  • Child Care Centers  [Show Definition Details]

  • Extended Child Care  [Show Definition Details]

  • Food Pantries  [Show Definition Details]

  • Head Start  [Show Definition Details]

  • Heating Fuel Payment Assistance  [Show Definition Details]

  • Infant Care Centers  [Show Definition Details]

  • Weatherization Programs  [Show Definition Details]

General Information


Office Mon-Fri 8:00AM-4:30PM
Food Bank Open on the last Tue of every month from 1:30PM-3:30PM
Heating Assistance (By appointment only)

Intake Process:

Call First

Program Fees:

Varies by program


Children Birth to 5 Years Old

Handicap Accessible?



Handicap Accessible

Is Shelter?


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